The Comparisons Between Lebanon’s Civil War and America’s Situation Now Are a Step Too Far

The Comparisons Between Lebanon’s Civil War and America’s Situation Now Are a Step Too Far

Time was in the 1990s, even after 2000, that any country in danger of political chaos or “implosion” – a word I still instinctively loath, along with “epicentre” – was in danger of being “Lebanised”.   Djibouti would become “the Beirut of the Horn of Africa” and the Balkans, inevitably, subject to “Lebanonisation”. For a…

The Menace of Far-Right Historical Revisionism

The Menace of Far-Right Historical Revisionism

The impeached U.S. President, Donald Trump, has taken a step never attempted by any of his predecessors. Trump, who every day is exposing his fascist policies and intentions, has announced that he is establishing a “1776 Commission” to re-write American history and force-feed it to every public and certain private school students throughout the United…

The USA on the Brink of Civil War

The USA on the Brink of Civil War

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, the country is divided into two camps that suspect each other of preparing a coup d’état. On one side are the Democrats and the non-party Republicans, and on the other are the Jacksonians, who have become the majority in the Republican Party without sharing its ideology. Remember, already in…

America’s Fake Civil War

America’s Fake Civil War

The United States, in the fourth year of the Trump presidency, is in near anarchy. On April 29, 2020, a 600-car caravan, mostly trucks, from the ‘suburbs’ of Portland, Oregon, drove through town on what was ostensibly a Trump political rally. Demonstrating in town, and at this time no one is sure exactly what is…

Will Hillary and the Dems Get the Civil War They Are Trying to Provoke?

Will Hillary and the Dems Get the Civil War They Are Trying to Provoke?

If you have not already seen this, check out this video of Hillary Clinton stating that, quote, “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances“: “Any” means “any”. That would include the (admittedly hypothetical) case of Trump clearly winning by a landslide. Again, “any” means “any”. The direct implications of that is that the Dems…

Can Lebanon be Saved?

Can Lebanon be Saved?

“Well, we can all agree that the sea took 70 per cent of the blast!” a close Lebanese friend announced to me this week, with intriguing if doubtful science. I had asked him – because I knew the answer – which of Lebanon’s religious communities had suffered most grievously from the explosion that changed the…