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Switching to Digital Reading

It has been a few months since I switched from reading paper editions of The New York Times and The Economist to the digital versions. It was not an easy decision: I grew up in a home where we received a large number of daily newspapers and weekly magazines (and free subscriptions by virtue of my father’s job in the Lebanese parliament). I have been accustomed to holding a newspaper (or newspapers) in my hand since a very early age, and we were taught reading from newspapers. Holding a morning newspaper becomes an essential part of one’s daily routine.

Lessons of the October War

There is no question that the Syrian and Egyptian regimes have been extracting propaganda benefits from the October War. With Gulf money, the October War has been a decades-long propaganda bonanza running in various media outlets in the Arab world since 1973. That October was a victory for the Arabs (or for the regimes, according to regimes’ claims) is not even questioned. It is customary in Arab political usage, including in the political literature of Arab political parties and media, to refer to the victory of October. But the October war was a very complicated affair.

Who Won in the Regional (Bloody) Chessboard of the Middle East?

Myths About the Syrian “Revolution”

The narrative of the Syrian revolution is an official version of events: All Western media and governments (and all Arab oil and gas media and governments) are expected to strictly adhere to it, and they all do, without dissent. All accounts of the beginning, evolution, and possible conclusion of the Syrian conflict are uniform, as if synchronized by central casting. But one of the most persistent version of events of the Syrian conflict has to do with the birth of the armed rebellion.

Kerry-Lavrov Agreement

For the First Time: AIPAC Reluctant About War in the Middle East

Obama’s Bombs

Why the Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Go Away (I)

The spooky Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi personality cult won’t sweep the Muslim Brotherhood away. The notion that by labeling the Ikhwan and their sympathizers as terrorists, the Muslim Brotherhood would be “cleansed” from the state and society is not rooted in history. The Brotherhood is one of the oldest established parties in the whole Middle East, and they have suffered from decades of isolation, ostracization, and repression. And they, like that famous cartoon character, keep coming back after being beaten severely.

Car Bomb in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut

Car bombs are a disease: They were planted in our region by the Zionist terrorist gangs since the 1930s. But all the present-day methods of terrorism were originally introduced to our region by the Zionists. In fact, the silly formula that Thomas Friedman introduced in his silly book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, can be easily reversed: The Middle East region did not corrupt Israel, it is Israel that has corrupted our region and introduced to it ugly forms of combat and terrorism.

Humiliation of Israel in South Lebanon: Unreported by Western Media

My friend Amer was commenting to me how the failed Israeli terrorist “commando” raid in South Lebanon did not receive much coverage in the Western press. It is true, failures of Israel don’t get reported in the Western media. But there are other reasons as to why this raid by Israel did not get coverage in the Western media: They don’t want to cover violations by Israel of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

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