“Air power plays major roles, and one of those is as a deterrent, whether it be in border control, air sovereignty or something more kinetic,” said the senior Pentagon official, using a term that refers to offensive military action. What pricks …Read More Something More Kinetic …
It seems that the US is up to something with Iran (and I don’t want to contradict my fellow blogger apokraphyte here): The United States could be using its two air force bases in Bulgaria and one at Romania’s Black Sea coast to launch an attack on Iran in April,” the Bulgarian news agency Novinite […]Read More US preparing to fight Iran
Grignotes que je te dise, grignotes: The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to approve moving the separation barrier near Modi’in Ilit away from the Green Line in order to take in two settlements, as was first revealed by security sources and a brief submitted by the state to the High […]Read More Meanwhile in Palestine
Especially for the pedantic “I don’t believe anything, it’s cooler to be Grey (because more sophisticated)” type: Prime Minister Fouad Seniora and the “Mufti of the republic” Mohammad Rashid Qabbani made some phone calls in order to stop the arrest wave and ask for the release of most of the suspects which ended up being […]Read More More "Shi’ia crescent" propaganda
It would be interesting to think of relations between Lebanese organization Hizbullah, and the Iranian State (and whatever political fragmentation this ‘state’ entails) as a highly complex one that does not easily fit the description of a State with a Proxy. In this case, any Lebanese ‘local’ interest group or political organization is not a […]Read More Iran-Hizbullah relations
Survey reveals total shake-up of political map if elections were held today: Likud would win big with 32 mandates, followed by Lieberman’s Israel Our Home with 10; Kadima in third place with 9 mandates. Netanyahu far ahead of rivals as ‘best suited to be prime minister.’ Anyone who reads this blog knows I often place […]Read More More Depressing News …
I’ll say goodbye for now to think of an answer, and leave you with a few of my favourite Leunig cartoons…Read More because…
Well, I guess the Americans really are standing down as the Iraqis are standing up. See this delightful article in the NYTimes for evidence that the USG is now allowing the Iraqi government to issue its own propaganda. It is a bit rough around the edges, but then again the Iraqis dont have access to […]Read More The Handover of Power …
Boubess Group is firing opposition employees.Boycott all their restaurants for the sake of Lebanese unity:Mandarine, BOB’s, Entrecote, la Piazza & Bennihana plz forward to all… The source? Iranian Mukhabarat. Bouhou!Read More Just got this email
Don’t shoot the messenger, even if you do think this comes from a dubious source (next time, I’ll aim to quote from Annahar, promise…). Fisk is wrong; it’s not “sectarian hatred” that is driving the war, but outside powers that are using their proxies within Lebanon to achieve their geopolitical objectives. In other words, this […]Read More For your consideration
Does this make any sense? To anyone? I get the feeling the White House is not a happy place these days, so keep your eye on the exits, especially once Republican presidential aspirants start “talking Iraq.”Read More Reduced to Incoherence …
Obviously, very few individuals probably really know the details of the poker game between the Iranians and the Americans over the last three and half years, but it seems clear that neither side will accept a public shaming without a quick, humiliating response. Thus, it is not surprising that just a couple of days after […]Read More Re-raising the Middle Finger …
The movie “Assraelis” was produced by a Los Angeles-based porn movie company, Tight Fit, which is headed by Oren Cohen, an Israeli. On the package of the DVD version of the movie, which is sold on the Internet for USD 25, is affixed a kosher stamp similar to those appearing on kosher food products sold […]Read More Too Funny …
Rev. Robert Frederick Drinan, S.J.Read More Requiescat in Pace.
1- The snipers and other gunmen who participated in the killing and injuring of students at the Beirut Arab University work in one way or another for Al Mustaqbal. Don’t try to sell me the “the other did it” argument (Even if there are Syrians and Palestinians they have been subcontracted by Mustaqbal). They are […]Read More Important points to remember
Funny how the media is sometimes unable to think for themselves. In any case this morning the news broke that Israeli warplanes had launched poisonous balloons over Nabatiyeh. Everyone from Manar to the Lebanese army itself was releasing statements about these attacks. I kept wondering how that could be possible and why on earth out […]Read More The poisonous balloon hoax
Three things were taken from my bags as they made it from Beirut to Casablanca to NYC: 1) Brand-new cell phone; 2) Poster of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah; 3) Collection of poems by Billy Collins. I will let readers divine that mystery … Ten Questions: 1) Is Marrakesh Orientalism’s EuroDisney? 2) How can Casablanca be Africa’s […]Read More Wandering, Wondering: A New Land, An Old Love
The Lebanese Army is certainly one of the key players in current events, maybe even the predominant variable in the equation.Several sources have quoted the possibility of a millitary “coup”, but what would that mean? How would it be possible? A real “coup” would be hard to believe, in the sense of a complete take-over […]Read More The almighty Lebanese Army
Whatever you want to say on what happened in the past two days, there are a couple of points one will have to keep in mind: 1- The government is obsolete and has no authority whatsoever on what’s going on in the streets. Seniora lives on another planet, along with Chirac. They have no idea, […]Read More The privatization of security
Beirut. Thursday, 25 January 2007. When did university students, traditional bearers of social revolution, start to play out the designs of murderous old megalomaniacal hypocrites nostalgic for the days of sectarian militia death-by-ID checkpoints, sniper warfare, chaos and curfews? A perfect smokescreen for the real inciters-cum-killers in their ivory towers and their hit men on […]Read More Lebanon today, a viable state of sheep with opposable thumbs
Maybe there is an underlying message in Geagea’s criticism of the national security apparatus. Some sort of auto-legitimisation of the importance and role of his militia in taking over where the regular forces fail, some sort of warning that it might be time for him to take up his historical role as paramilitary leader.Some of […]Read More Dark days
All Lebanese share a context. And a common history, even if Lebanese educational administrators fail to formulate this to fit a national curriculum. In the pursuit of a national identity, this is criminally negligent at best. Can an amnesiac learn from his/her mistakes? And, what’s the problem? Here, Laurie King of Electronic Lebanon with ‘Lebanon […]Read More Back to basics: Is who you are, good for you?
From watching the news lately, I come to think that the Lebanese media simply does not recognize that there is a population in the country. For the past couple of days, I heard Geagea, Seniora, Jumblatt, Frangieh(s), Nasrallah, Aoun, a plethora of bishops and sheikhs, and I may be missing many, attacking each other on […]Read More What about the people?
Allen Jasson, prevented from flying by airline staff who argued that his T-shirt was a security risk. Don’t you feel safer? All hail the Flying Kangaroo! That’s Qantas, by the way.Read More Security Risk or Fashion Victim?
Not that important considering the daily flow of events taking place in Lebanon, but some of the Lebanese press reported on the seizing of 75 katyusha rockets in the house of an unnamed guy from Bira (in the region of Rashaya). Security sources said that the dude is an “arms’ dealer”.Read More And now for a quick ‘security’ commercial break
From the very objective and factually impeccable Arab News, direct out of Saudi Arabia (my emphasis): The Siniora administration, says Nasrallah, has no legitimacy since he withdrew along with five other Hezbollah ministers  in November. He is demanding fresh elections. In normal times it would be perfectly sensible for President Emile Lahoud to dissolve […]Read More Time to Be Pro-Saudi, Pro-West, Pro-…Pro-Lebanon?
Downtown, Beirut, LebanonRead More While watching Nasrallah speak
The good thing about being in Lebanon is that it’s always nice to come back to seeing stuff like this printed on the front page of Lebanese newspapers (here l’Orient le Jour): Here’s the caption: Lorsque tous les moyens sont vains, les villageois palestiniens n’ont plus que la prière pour montrer leur protestation face à […]Read More Back to the culturally biased rags
I said in an earlier post that I will write about the paris III conference and the economic situation in Lebanon. But why do so, when you find no one else but your favorite Lebanese economist (and political scholar) Georges Corm writing a very good overview of Hariri’s destructive economic policies today in the press? […]Read More Georges Corm s’exprime
Can somebody find the original version of this (by Mahmoud Darwish): We love life whenever we can.We dance and throw up a minaret or raise palm trees for the violets growing between two martyrs.We love life whenever we can.We steal a thread from a silk-worm to weave a sky and a fence for our journey.We […]Read More We Love Life …