The media has been swamped by a defense of French culture and values as being superior and enduring than the culture of those who were seemingly targeting it. I just want to propose some nuances that would advise to tone down this rhetoric. Given that people like to call the Paris attack, a French 9/11, […]Read More France and the Question of Culture
The recent events in France betray the primacy of the political (and not religious) dimension in the way different communities, groups, and states have handled (and have been handled in) this affair. One facet is Israel’s urge to profit from the situation and attract a few more Jews to the promised homeland to which France […]Read More France and antisemitism: It’s the politics stupid!
Well, it turns out that there may well be interesting developments in French politics with the arrival of Nicholas Sarkozy as president. The French envoy Jean-Claude Cousseran who was roaming around the backdoors of Syrian government buidings around the time Mustaqbal deputy Walid Eido was killed, turns out to have a history of confrontation with […]Read More The new Frenchman in the East
I have this little theory that the latest political assassinations (starting with Rafic Hariri) in Lebanon are carried out by local actors (Lebanese mostly but may include regional players) are triggered by international political shifts and decisions in order to force a status-quo on Lebanese political alignments and decisions. Although I don’t have the time […]Read More Local motives, international triggers
Just another menage-a-trois at a parisian salon? Non, mon petit, never underestimate frankish philandering: P.S.: Query: How come Christopher Marlowe never talked about the nice threads Dr. Faustus got to wear? Necromancy has its benefits, indeed. P.P.S.: Lest one think I spend my time perusing Saida’s weeklies, I should thank my “anonymous” source inside the […]Read More A Lover’s Rectangle …? Or Maybe Rhombus or Shit, Is That a Trapezoid …
So Druze feudal warlord Walid Jumblatt and Sunni oligarch Saad Hariri are pushing French corrupted (in part by the lavish payments of Hariri family) and arms dealer president Jacques Chirac to accept civil war long-time militia-man extreme Christian wacko Samir Geagea as a most appropriate candidate for the presidency of Lebanon? And so Chirac meets […]Read More Thanks to Jumblat and Hariri begging, Chirac will push for Geagea?
Ok so whereas most of the newspapers (of course not Al Mustaqbal) were reporting about Chirac having asked Israel to attack Syria in the midst of the July war (as leaked in Israeli newspaper Maariv, english link), l’Orient le Jour was busy living its ideological fantasy world, of a French president decorating a wealthy successful […]Read More News from upper class colonial remnants a.k.a. L’Orient-le-Jour
So it turns out that in Israel a stamp has been made with the face of French candidate for presidency Nicholas Sarkozy as a thank you note for his ‘Comité de soutien à Israel’.I am posting this because I know that most of the French/Lebanese community want to vote for him as “the right is […]Read More Stamping in Tel Aviv
When asked to clarify his president’s statement, Casa shifted uncomfortably in his chair.Read More The Importance of Posture When Lying …
At the opposite end of the spectrum of reactions was a major Gulf state official. Speaking privately, not for quotation, he said, “if I had to choose between living with a nuclear Shiite Iran across the Gulf from us, and the bombing of Iran’s nuclear installations, with all the dire consequences of such an attack, […]Read More Are the Gulfies This Crazy …?