Turkish straightforward analyses

this is a nice Turkish review of what prominent American ideologues thought of Hamas’ leader Khaled Mashaal recent visit to Turkey. For example you have major neocons’ opinions along with more moderate elements. A useful and simplistic way to refresh our memories of the way major American policy “influencers” thinks of Middle East rapprochement that […]

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ok that’s it i have to say it. the only person who can still pull things up in this country (if surrounded by the right people that are now politically weak) is Aoun. Unfortunately, between the mad megalomaniac general and the isolationists-cum-playing-with-fire-with-the-americans-wackos, it seems that we have a slight chance to be more on the […]

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Meanwhile in Nigeria

It is interesting to see how instrumental were these uproars against the caricatures of the prophet in shaping the way simple reporting is now taking place. News agencies always have “background” information on daily news in order to make up a substantial article. They end up mixing two pieces of news in a way that […]

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Foreing Policy explanations

This article by Stephen Zunes argues religious extremism’s rise is directly correlated with harmful US foreign policy in the Middle East. The logic is interesting, and is important as a source of explanation when such views are lacking in the mainstream media. You will find an exaustive review of US doings in the region. Yet, […]

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Russia supports Hamas-led parliament but will consult Israel for the serious matters

eh oui let’s not forget material concerns. According to Russian news agency Mosnews: Russia to Seek Israeli Consent Before Selling Arms to PalestineRussian military equipment will only be supplied to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) with Israeli agreement, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted by Russian media as saying. “All equipment supplies to Palestine might […]

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the 14th of February

Joseph Samaha in the Safir a day after the 14th of February demonstrations is simply brilliant. He may be the only intellectual that is not caught in the hegemonic euphoria of narrow patriotism that blinds the average Lebanese citizen today. It is the way he dissects with scrutiny and acute analytical skills the daily affairs […]

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Just to remind the readers of how this blog works. There is Bech (a Lebanese pessimistic lazy observer) and Davidovich (an American “mixed race” with an irremediably colonialist heritage, though cold analyzer, who possess a lot of poetic undertones in his style of writing).I remind the readers of the producers of knowlege because the structure […]

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A lazy sum up

Friends, I have been out of Lebanon for quite some time (three weeks, a remarkable amount of time in my standards). I have been shuffling the daily evolution of ideological structures in the thoughts of the various Medias in a very superficial manner. I was feeling weak and did not want to comment on the […]

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some thinking after the storm

Lately violent demonstrations erupted in certain parts of the Muslim world as a reaction to the prophet’s caricatures drawn by a danish guy.Well, there is a good analysis made in the Forward, arguing that demonstration in Lebanon, Syria and Iran are political manipulations aimed at voicing the discontent of these countries to the recent European […]

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