THE LEBANESE REVOLUTION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amin ELSALEH   
Thursday, 07 November 2019 09:56

Chapter I

 

 

When Amin requested from me to write about the Lebanese Revolution I told him many times that I tried but didn’t know where to start and don’t know how to finish. This Revolution is so dynamic and unique that there are so many things going on every day, changing tools and tactics, innovative ideas and actions, new songs, messages and sky rocketing mass media news, comments, videos and reading materials….

First I have to say that even we, the Lebanese, never thought that this will ever happen again after the 14th of Mars 2005 where hundreds of thousands of people from all religions and different political views (except the allies of Syria) gathered in one place, the Martyrs’ square in Beirut, for one day and under only one flag (the Lebanese flag) to request the pull out of the Syrian forces from Lebanon. Several occasions pushed people to go back and gather in this symbolic place to express their anger but never with the same magnitude and would last for one day or few hours only.

On and after the 17th of October hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took back the streets and squares in many cities of Lebanon and even remote villages for over more than 26 days now which makes them more than half of the Lebanese population to participate in this revolution which is still going strong which make of it a unique thing in history because the daily life activities for most parts of the country is still going on but with some perturbation of course.

I will not talk about the reasons behind this massive coalition and its endurance but just to resume them: people are fed up with the politicians and ruling parties’ theft, negligence, selfishness, ignorance and most of all neglect of the society basic rights, well-being necessities and needs to a point that it led to a near bankruptcy of the Lebanese economy and banking sector.

I want to talk about the uniqueness of this revolution even in recent times, setting it as a model for how a revolution can reach it goals without bloodshed, without riots and civil commotions, without people clashing with each other and with the ruling authority enforcement agents even though it tried to practice suppress

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Les arabes et la question de la différence PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 May 2019 09:02

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Could there be “A New World Order” and would it work this time? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:28

 

Prepared by Imad F Abdullah, April 30, 2019

Beyond Sykes-Pico after WW1 and the International Treaties following WW2 which set the course of the last century,

the New World Order before our eyes now has been to divide, to Parcel-out, and to instill hegemony on such parcels

rather than total subjugation. Watching recent events one can easily come to this conclusion.

Let’s start with Libya: Every day now the situation gets more dire and Libya can easily be split to two countries,

each having its own port (Tripoli or Benghazi). With the current offensive. Libyanbanks are accumulating huge debt

making the country totally vulnerable to lenders in addition to warring sides

Yemen is so bloodied that a peaceful reunification seems years away. Two separate countries seem to be the

intended outcome, and unfortunately it has taken a disastrous toll on its people

Lebanon could be on the verge of a divide across its land starting around Sidon and running East to the Syrian Border.

The area south of the divide up to Israel’s northern border can expect a vicious war intended to root out Hezbollah fighters

without heavily impacting Beirut or the North. Hezbollah is no match for Israeli American English French power and Iran

may be helpless to assist with all the air and land routes controlled by the US military

The current embargo and sanctions imposed on Syria will cause substantial deterioration in military capabilities

that reduces the effect of its support for Lebanese factions siding with it. Syria’s Eastern Provinces where the oil is

plentiful are occupied by outside powers, and splitting the country at least in the near term may be the end result.

The situation in the NW area of Idlib could result in another permanent division absent the will to have it reunified

with Syria since nobody knows what to do with the hardened foreign fighters there.

 

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The Crystal Ball - June 12, 2018 by Imad Abdullah PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Imad Abdullah   
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:09

 

 

The Crystal Ball is a periodic greeting, whimsical and satirical, with featherweight and some weight, reflections and projections on the past, present, and the future.

Our world is a fascinating place, offering us the gift of time together with all the feelings and senses we have, our mind, family and friends, and the mundane such as Presidential Elections, Sports, Hurricanes, and Grand stock market Meltdowns. Casino life and the Las Vegas fame are no match for the wonder and excitement of the New York startling money game.

On the wondrous side, The Crystal Ball attempted in the past to place a perspective on our Universe, where some scientists estimate that there might be 125 billion galaxies. As light travels 6 trillion of our land miles per year, they pegged the Universe at approximately 14 Billion Light Years across, some 84,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles give or take, and still expanding in search of its ultimate fate.

Backtracking on the time line, we can’t seem to be too sure about the exact time of the famed Big Bang, possibly in the vicinity of 10 to 15 billion years ago. In creating matter, scientists have “Temperature” all figured out: about the first 10 to the -43 fraction of that Big Bang second (10 + 43 zeroes), the Temperature was 100 million trillion degrees, and Gravity was born. In the next few fractions of that second, and as the Fahrenheit was dropping to one billion billionth degree, matter emerged in the form of electrons and quarks and the electromagnetic force appeared. By the time we’re down to the one Trillion degrees, protons and photons came spinning, and a minute later at the one billion degrees, Helium, Lithium and Hydrogen.

Following our ancestors through time, Earth assembled itself around 5 billion years ago, bio-life near 3.4 billion years, and about 700 million years multi-cellular plants and animals came about. Our humanoid ancestor appeared 15 million years hence, and we’ve finally arrived to Homo sapiens the last 100,000 years, a very recent past tense. A century and a half ago life expectancy was 37 years, as Evolution was not concerned with our longevity but only in re-production to maintain our species, as grandparents past 37 would then compete with their siblings for food supplies. Our physical make-up was not of concern to evolution and perfection thereafter evaded us, let alone being granted a biological warranty. In perspective, an economic recession may be good for our health as it creates stress, which may force evolution to continue our mutative advancement to a better physical specimen.

Explaining The Big Bang evaded scientists so far, and through the ages just about every one dead or alive has grappled with this question at some time to no avail, Until Now….

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Montée de l’Asie et Eclatement ou recomposition du monde arabe - Ma lecture de La açabiyya d'Ibn Khaldoun par Amin ELSALEH PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 16:55

 

Préambule

Je viens de mettre à jour ma lecture du concept du "Açabiyya (عصبيه) or "cohesive force" d'après les deux articles de références de Adib Gabriel Hathout et les commentaires du regretté d'Aek Abid. Ce qui m'a éclairé c'est cette phrase de Aek Abid "je voulais partager et construire cette "intelligence collective" à travers cette petite réflexion sur Saul Alinsky Le changement : comment procéder ? et comment peut-il contribuer à la montée de l’Asie ?

INTRODUCTION

Le 10 janvier 1401 a lieu le premier face-à-face entre Tamerlan et Ibn Khaldoun. Aux portes de Damas où campent ses troupes, le Sultan des Mongols et des Tatars est semi allongé et appuyé sur son coude. Tamerlan tend sa main à baiser par l’illustre invité, et le savant de le faire avec une modestie non feinte. Mieux encore, dès cette première rencontre avec le maître des lieux, l’admiration est de mise : « Que Dieu t’assiste Sire, cela fait aujourd’hui trente ou quarante ans que j’espérais te rencontrer »/


Pourquoi l’article suivant attire l'attention d'un large public en Europe et ailleurs :

https://www.academia.edu/…/Ibn_Khaldoun_et_Tamerlan_Enseign…

Deux Extraits

1. " Remplacer la confrontation par le dialogue a été le choix d’Ibn Khaldoun quand, aux portes de Damas, en 1401, il allait jusqu’à faire l’éloge de Tamerlan. Dans un grand instant de l’histoire de la pensée, Ibn Khaldoun illustrait comment le dialogue avec un envahisseur sanguinaire ne signifie pas une souscription à la cruauté de ses crimes. La stratégie d’Ibn Khaldoun est, au contraire, susceptible d’amener le dictateur à raisonner ; ce qui limite les dégâts qu’il pourrait faire.

2. Commentaire de Aek Abid : Je voulais partager et construire cette "intelligence collective" à travers cette petite réflexion sur Saul Alinsky (Ecole de Chicago et facilitateur de "Community Organizing (organisateurs de communauté - on dirait plutôt à l'heure d'internet organisateur de réseaux) :

Le changement : comment procéder ?

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