I want to talk about a very simple idea I have in mind. I think killing Pierre Gemayel has many repercussions that we already talked about but the most important repercussion is on internal Christian feuding. I think this is where the core problem lies. Just to make a long story short the traditional Phalangists […]Read More How to understand Gemayel’s assassination? A Christian perspective
If you think about it federalism is obviously not a good option in Iraq for the US because Iran would definitely get the upper hand. However, in the Lebanese case, it is the only option if the US hopes to keep some king of political leverage (especially when possibly working out the resolution of the […]Read More Who stands to gain from federalism?
Two days ago, the Pope was rectifying his immature political stances towards Muslims by welcoming Turks into Europe (It’s not because you’re Muslims that you can’t be in the civilized world, that sort of argument), and calling Islam a ‘religion of peace’. But yesterday, next to the “house where the Virgin Mary is thought to […]Read More The Pope goes to Turkey
Do puppets cry when the puppeteer cuts their strings?Read More Are Those Scissors I See Before Me …
It seems the House of Saud’s Beirut-based hedge-fund manager, a.k.a. Lebanon’s Prime Minister, has vowed to stay in office to prevent the outbreak of civil war. How kind … Along those lines and in the same tradition of disinterested obligation, I am now vowing to stay out of office to: 1) save the children;2) prevent […]Read More On Vows: Saying I Do And Leaving the Rest Undone …
This gun-toting smiley-faced beer-bellied charmer is the very same Trevor Flugge who headed the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) when it was lining Saddam’s pockets to secure wheat sales during the oil-for-food program. The morally-unblemished-especially-in-Iraq Americans are outraged. But is it moral outrage or the smell of $$?Read More Aussies do it with a smile…
Palestinian-Filipino-American Hip-Hop Champs THE PHILISTINES & Notoriously Offensive Sudani / Syiran MCs THE N.O.M.A.D.S. are back from a groundbreaking performance in AMMAN, JORDAN…and ready to close off 2006 with a blast! DEC. 9 – LOS ANGELES The PHILISTINES, Omar Offendum, EXCENTRIK, & live funk band the LEGITIMATES ~Also: DJ Myson, MC RAI, Souk Sonic and […]Read More Hippity-Hoppity: LA and DC …
“The United States relationship with Lebanon ‘remains firm, enduring and non-negotiable,’ the embassy statement said.” Why do we wait for the cusp of a break-up before we say the sweetest things to our paramours?Read More Kiss of Death …?
Just not retarded propaganda that does not pass the smell test of a deaf, blind child … To be fair, this bit of ridiculousness is not aimed at audiences in the Middle East or anywhere else, but rather the product of some nasty bureaucratic infighting within the empire … I guess the crazies of the […]Read More I Am All for Propaganda …
Lebanese Army Intelligence has reported that it arrested member of the Lebanese Forces during a military training in Kisrawan (in the region of Bahchouch – Jroud). It was mentioned on NTV and Al Manar.Read More LF training camp
So I am told that March 14 represents the majority, and March 8 the minority, but that leaves me with one question: 1) Why do the choreographers of that continuing technicolor exercise in mass delusion known as the Independence05 movement sound like heralds of the apocalypse, while Hizbullah and its allies sound like housewives organizing […]Read More Beirut’s Bolsheviks …
A 57-year-old female suicide bomber attacked Israeli troops in Jabaliya. Three Israeli troops were slightly wounded in the blast. Does it mean that they can still brush their teeth at night while remembering that the the organ pieces of this mother tainted their cloth?Read More It could have been your mother
To the Lebanese who can only find unity in disunity & blaming external players: please, take a minute to look within. A right place to begin. If it weren’t for our own sheikhs, beiks & heirs & the fissures they propagate, we might have a semblance of a self-respecting state. They slip through your cracks […]Read More Let’s not split heirs
While the United States has been talking to both Syria and Iran for some time over the nightmare that is Iraq, it seems negotiations may soon achieve the imprimatur of officialdom in the coming months. To be sure, the United States faces a difficult task — on both the domestic and international level — in […]Read More The Squeaky Wheel: politiques a la libanaise …
The rise of a powerful and wealthy resources-based corporate state in Russia (“sovereign democracy”), its rapidly expanding control over global strategic resources, and the resultant loss of leadership and control of the global oil market by the West’s oil majors are developments that move directly against the very foundations of the US-led oil-market order and […]Read More As The World Turns …
By the way, did you know that Ghassan Tueni called the Shia the “proletarians of the earth”? Yes, these were the good old days: On the 18 of March of the year 1974, Ghassan Tueni’s Annahar column was titled: “The Shi’a are the proletarians of the earth, apparently the most submissive class, but the most […]Read More History, the only lesson man has
Here is what I heard from friends in Lebanon: Michel Aoun tried to call several times the Gemayel family to give his condoleances but Amin refused to talk to him. Meanwhile, the French TV LCI reported very weirdly enough that Aoun did not want to call Gemayel for condoleances. Why would they report such a […]Read More Tears and Gossiping from Beirut
OK, so there’s grief in here. There’s also wide eyes, excessive rigidity, and an arm held out (in Roman salute or otherwise). Averted eyes? Covering one’s vital organs? Hands clasped together? There’s so much going on in this picture. I’m no expert, but I do know these variously signify (in no particular order) defensiveness, evaluation, […]Read More non-verbal communication
Important update: Advised by hilal, this very good post by Jij, that sums up in a much nicer way (that man can write!) the current situation. I advise you to read it carefully, I basically agree with everything he says. Now if you still want to read a similar opinion but written in a much […]Read More Get some sense you people!
Yes my friends this was the title of the article of none other than Mr. Walid Phares top expert (emeritus) of terrorist issues. Do you realize that this guy makes a living out of not only uttering bullshit to American officials but also by endangering the lives of millions of people in the Middle East? […]Read More "Crushing a Flower of the Cedar Revolution"
And this is only for the West Bank: A new study conducted by left-wing group Peace Now has found that approximately 40 percent of settlements, including long-standing communities, are built on private Palestinian land and not on state-owned land. In a press conference held in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the group presented a report asserting that […]Read More Who said Israel is not expansionist?
Not to worry we are training UN people to safely remove cluster bombs: The Israel Defense Forces said yesterday that it is helping to train U.N. peacekeepers on safe clearing of cluster bombs and mines left behind from last summer’s war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.Read More They destroy and then they help you clean afterwards
An American priest and nun spent several hours yesterday at a Palestinian militant’s home that Israel has targeted for destruction, the first foreigners to join a weeklong standoff between Palestinian “human shields” and the Israel Air Force. Father Peter Dougherty, 65, and Sister Mary Ellen Gundeck, 55, Michigan-based peace activists, said they were sent by […]Read More The ways of the lord are impenetrable
No News: So, the official civilian death toll in Iraq for October was 3079. Never mind focusing the camera on the living (hell). Numbers are easier to digest. Disturbing, but a fine substitute for Sudoku when you’re stuck for ideas. No News: The murder of Gaza continues. Israeli business as usual with “targeted assassinations” reliably […]Read More no news is good news, no?
A good press title “Is syria this suicidal?“. A question worth thinking about to counter the quasi-conviction of the “anti-Syrians” that it is them who did it without even allowing time for some elements of investigation to emerge.A bad press title “Lebanon slaying complicates U.S hopes“. These hopes being of course the falacious idea that […]Read More The good, the bad and the ugly
Looking at the Australian history wars, I couldn’t help but share this little bite: Among the many types of public intellectuals, there is a curious category to which Windschuttle belongs: disillusioned former ultra-leftists who begin to move to the right and, because of a temperamental incapacity for moderation, are incapable of stopping until they reach […]Read More the pull of extremities
Mr. Wittmann, meanwhile, is a Trotskyite turned Zionist turned Reaganite turned bipartisan irritant turned pretty much everything in between — including chief lobbyist for the Christian Coalition, the only Jew who has ever held that position. Time and again, we just do it better in the Empire … On a less cheerful note, it is […]Read More And You Thought Lebanese Politicians Were Slippery …
Scroll down for more updates Zvi Bar’el at his best: However pure political and diplomatic logic makes it difficult to see Damascus behind the assassination. The day Gemayel was killed, Syria chalked up one of its most significant diplomatic achievements since its defeat in Lebanon in April 2005: the renewal of full diplomatic relations with […]Read More Israeli Enlightenment
Sorry I must have shuffled too quickly while reading but it seems that Geagea had something to say that is quite revealing: 1- No Syrian bashing at any time 2- He said that there are Trojan horses within the government (a very mysterious thing to say, I really wonder what that means) 3- He called […]Read More Update: What Samir Geagea has to say
Theory and applicationsThere are different reasons why you kill in Lebanon (keeping in mind the fact that assassinations are aimed at dividing): 1- It’s a politically influential official who has many connections and can broker deal you want to stop. In this case the assassination comes at a certain political cost, because you loose someone […]Read More Reasons for killing a politician in Lebanon (and elsewhere)