Remarks to share

I am trying to summarize what is always in the back of my mind when I think of political issues in the Middle East: 1- How do social movements emerge in this region and do we have cases where they succeeded in changing the status-quo? To what extent are Hizbullah and other movements a manifestation […]

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Democracy and its discontents

German infamous Catholic pope hopes that “democratic Lebanon will survive” according to Naharnet. First, note what Naharnet decided to lead its article with: out of everything the pope said on this glorious Christmas day, it may have found the biggest stupidity uttered. Seriously do these people think (Naharnet and the Pope) that all these people […]

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I hear it (from a seriously reliable source) that Druze MP Walid Jumblatt is unrelentingly trying to get in touch with our sister (sourya el shakika) next door. But to no avail, it seems that the Syrians are really fed up this time.7aram Jumblatt… he was close to winning everything (the climax was the 14th […]

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Civil war in Palestine

That’s it, ask any Irish he would have told you long ago that the Palestinians would end up in this situation once occupation last so long that parties once opposed to such occupation would end up finding common grounds with the occupation because of vested interests at stake. There are no secrets to understand Aristotle’s […]

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SSNP weapons seized

Weapons seized in Koura in the offices of the SSNP (Syrian Social Nationalist Party). There are claims that these weapons are old and that the 14th of March (Fatfat) is trying to find scapegoats for the security instabilities.In any case, my biggest worry would be SSNP and LF (Lebanese Force) clashing. It is intra-Christian hostilities […]

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Seniora met Olmert?

Apparently in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, during the Ramadan period. It’s also quoted in the Israeli newspapers. Hizbullah’s website mentions it. It all comes from the same source, the Palestinian news Agency Maan.Well, I hope they met, these two have so much in common, it would be a shame not to share insights. Seriously. On […]

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More mysteries

The french could have shot Ben Laden in Afghanistan twice in 2003 and 2004, soldiers have testified, they had him in sight on several occasions. Why didn’t they do it? Because they did not receive any order from central American command.Either the Americans ignored them because they would have hated to face the fact that […]

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From Ben Gurion to Rafic Hariri

A historical moment if we are to believe information gathered by Hezbollah. For the first time in history a plane landed in the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut directly from the Ben Gourion International Airport in Tel-Aviv. The report is highly detailed: a falcon type airplane with about 10 people on board arrived on […]

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Assad writes a letter to Olmert

It seems that the Lebanese press is not really concerned by the issue, but has anyone been watching Syria lately?Well, it has been making peace ouvertures for several years now, but this time it is proposing no pre- conditionality on the starting of negotiations, not even getting the Golan back. In a letter sent to […]

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A Reason to Celebrate …

At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret documents will be instantly declassified … After years of extensions sought by federal agencies behaving like college students facing a term paper, the end of 2006 means the government’s first automatic declassification of records. Okay, so some of you might have better reasons, […]

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Goverment Work, Revisited …

“Democracy promotion” has been a focus of both Democratic and Republican administrations, but the Bush White House has been a particular booster since 9/11. Iran contra figure Elliott Abrams was put in charge of the effort at the National Security Council. Until recently, Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of the Vice President, oversaw such work at the […]

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A (fill in the blank) from HRW

It seems we all misunderstood HRW’s press release instructing Palestinian civilians on how to comply with international law by allowing Israel to better fix their aim. They’ve come out with a…well, not exactly a retraction, not a mea culpa. OK I need help at this point. HRW, errare humanum est perseverare diabolicum (Seneca, a very […]

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Uh-oh …

The law firm at which former US Secretary of State James Baker is a senior partner used an Israeli middleman to bypass US sanctions on Iraq and push through a multimillion-dollar collection effort involving the regime of Saddam Hussein, according to an Israeli businessman who said he mediated the deal. Now will my Lebanese friends […]

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Only in America …

Relationship experts report that too many couples fail to ask each other critical questions before marrying. Here are a few key ones that couples should consider asking: 1) Have we discussed whether or not to have children, and if the answer is yes, who is going to be the primary care giver? 2) Do we […]

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It’s the economy stupid

That the political clout of some of the Party of God’s services extends beyond class and even sectarian affiliation is illustrated by a personal anecdote reported to me by an independent candidate from the Biqa’a. The candidate, who lost to one of Hizballah’s contestants in the 1992 parliamentary elections, had solicited the vote of a […]

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All services can be provided

A verbal confrontation between a Downtown reveler and anti-government protesters over the weekend undercut hopes that area businesses might operate as normal while the protests continue. After several days of negotiations between the owners of Taboo nightclub, Hizbullah security and the Lebanese Army, the club opened its doors on Saturday for the first time since […]

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Bridging the Cultural Divide …

“No way! That’s so funny. We don’t have a spine when it comes to the White House, either.” Photo (L-R): Sen. Thune, Rep. Kirk, Sen. Collins, Sen. Lieberman, Sen. McCain, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Addendum: Does it seem that perhaps the most entusiastic person in the room just might be … the water […]

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