Monthly Archives: August 2020

Middle Eastern Academic Amnesia on Imperialism

Some years ago I attended a conference in Washington attended by Middle East Scholars –  or at least those who imagined themselves in that category. After the usual number of erudite talks by various scholars, one being a favorite  of … Continue reading

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Q.When did the Beginning of the End for Lebanon Begin? A. When it was Pushed and Pulled into the Morass of Middle East Politics

The slide of Lebanon to disaster and chaos began when the Lebanese corrupt and weak leadership were pushed and pulled into the morass of Middle Eastern politics. When I was there from 1967 to 1970 it was an oasis of … Continue reading

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Education as the Answer to the Mess in the Middle East?

The idea that that education, as so many western academics believe, is an answer to   creating a progressive society  in the Middle East is a nonstarter. Among other things it necessitates forgetting that Germany with the highest cultural and … Continue reading

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