Thank you Sweden

Sweden protests Israeli role in drill Sweden withdrew from an international air force drill to protest Israel’s participation.Sweden and Israel were among nine countries due to take part in next month’s Spring Flag air exercises in Sardinia, intended to boost cooperation for peacekeeping operations.But the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm announced this week that the Swedish […]

French foreign diplomacy

Hey friends and relatives, Check out the competence of the French Foreign Affairs Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, when dealing with Middle Eastern issues from Lebanon to Iran. This article is truely hilarious… (Thank you M.S. for referring it to me)Just to give an example: La presse israélienne, éberluée, l’a suivi jusqu’au musée Yad Vashem de la […]

The possible privatization of security

or the on-going distrust in the StateSomething to work with dear friends, something to be wary of:Nadim Gemayel has opened a new “house” (bayt) in Ashrafieh, as we have “houses” of Phalangist here and there in the country. It may be a benign action (Nadim fares badly relative to the leadership and mobilization skills his […]

Like in the good old days!

Iran to help Cuban oil industry TEHRAN, April 25 (UPI) — Iran and Cuba have signed wherein the Islamic republic will help Havana modernize its oil industry, IRNA reported.The deal, signed by Iran’s Agriculture Jihad Minister Mohammad Eskandari and Cuba State Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, in Tehran last Saturday, came as part of an economic cooperation […]

The economy and the Syrian presence

An interesting article by Renoud Leenders (who wrote an interesting chapter of the latest edited book by Steven Heydemann “Networks of Privilege”) translated in the Lebanese daily Al Safir (cannot find the original source) assesses the link all-to-often made between economic problems in Lebanon and the Syrian presence there. He bases his analysis on the […]