The Arabs: A History

How is diplomacy faring in the Arab world today, supervised by British foreign policy and foreign intervention?

The Arabs: A History

Arabic countries have long suffered from disappointments: since the fall of Ottoman rule in the region, there has been a lot of talk about how imperial rule breeds suffering. In those days, a spectacular course of friendship was charted with the fellow French Empire to rule but I believe this would never have been the right choice for the British Empire (or in the Middle East, the Roman Empire). Our history suggests that we prefer to be rare, we like to dominate independently and we like to be hostile towards all competition, no matter how small; the British and Roman Empires have been good Imperial forces in the world, so snobbery is a natural characteristic to our brand of Imperialism.

Disappointments for the Arabs began when in the early 16th Century, the Ottomans conquered the region at large: this book, to an extent, focuses on the modern consequences of tyrannical Ottoman rule in the Gulf and the following few centuries are given a brief introduction and nothing else, so that as readers, we can focus on the brutal stories from an Imperial rule more. The tyranny was so profound, the only way the Ottomans could rule was through taking away of rights, rather than exercising law to settle local disputes, like in the Roman Empire. People lived in fear of their government, who would as the story goes sometimes threatened royal subjects with brutish behaviour, as one ruler after another exhibited their mannerism of governance, never doing too much.

Soliman the Magnificent, was one such ruler who was selfishly magical in portions of the Arab world, as an Ottoman ruler but most of his days were coloured with hostility coming from the Portuguese and French Empires. In the book, you also meet the heroic Ahmad al-Jazzer, the former governor of Damascus (then inclusive of Israel and Palestine), a defender of Beirut, and a soother to Mount Lebanon. Meanwhile, local rulers such as Daher al-Umar and the Mamlukes of Cairo grew into singular (and thoughtless) rulers, who captivated the Arab world. Decades of corrupted rulers, who used national wealth to feed their greed, many of which so badly lost their trading posts in Israel they permanently retreated, saw the Middle East shape up to be a region greatly distrustful of the United States of America. After emerging through bloody and very tough battles (Algeria), learning to put their faith in local Islamists (such as, the Muslim Brotherhood) instead of isolated nationalism in governance, for it in the past breeded repression, the Arab world emerged stronger in places and freer in others.

Arabs soon began to learn of the ways of their European rulers, their connections to technology, and how they materialised trading posts with Europe for the Arab world. Railways and telegraphy enshrined Ottoman rule in the early 1900s in the Gulf, further strengthened by the arrival of the British after the Ottomans lost to them in the First World War. There was great hope and exuberant democracy put on display by the former President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson and Arab nationalists, and mysterious words were spoken by British politicians but then it all came to a bitter end in the fifties/sixties as the Arab world lay in the dust with their dreams. Pan Arab-nationalism was replaced by local nationalism in countries such as Egypt and in 1948 Arab rule was defeated in Palestine in the absence of realization of that colonial dream. The Arab world was treated as a profitable source of national wealth for the British and it still holds true today. It is a lucrative source of trading power and the modern Arab world is incomplete without talks of foreign (policy) involvement, without talks of intervention in conflict zones. The book helps you realise that in the Middle East responsible power and politics, demonstrating leadership is a necessity, both for the Arabs and for Arabic countries.

Pity the Nation: what is happening to Lebanon?

As part of the Arab Empire, once upon a time, much like Syria, is plain rivalry with it causing its downfall or is there more?

Pity the Nation

Lebanon is a place of constant struggle, owing to regular negligence from so many Western voices. They fail to intervene when required and when the going gets tough they even run out of the country, with their tail between their legs as fast as they can – this is the most pathetic display of democratic urgency, I have ever seen. In this book by the London Times correspondent Robert Frisk you will meet a British man who remained in Lebanon since 1975 to report back on the local carnage as most of his contemporaries fled and his thoughts on the conflict.

There is always war in Lebanon, there is too much violence to deem acceptable, and it all seems so never-ending. Tragic personal stories weave a Lebanese tapestry of a war in the book that is emotional and relatable: colourful and ethnic, people are caught up in no man’s war. Nationally, chieftains, private armies and even sects only really care about their inner turmoils at being unable to rule, while the United States, who leads in global affairs, falls short at intervention or peacekeeping efforts spectacularly in Lebanon.

The book is a rare find and you will find yourself unable to tear yourself from it because it is such an absorbing story: what is happening to Lebanon? Lebanon’s tapestry gets darker and more dangerous by the minute – so much savage accounts of an ethnic war as a decade ends in dust because of betrayal and mirage. Political troubles in the tapestry is spelt out by excellent war reporting and as a reader you slowly learn about the importance of good diplomacy in the world: the more we bravely talk of Lebanon, the faster the salvation will be for the Lebanese and the more it’s national history will chart a path of a glorious victory over negligence (and young ruffled innocence).

The Hemsworth Romantic Effect

Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth

The Miley Cyrus Drama Over Liam Hemsworth Ends In Tears…For “The Princess Bride-To-Be”
Hemsworth & Miley Cyrus…in “happier days”

When Liam Hemsworth called off the engagement with Miley Cyrus, millions of hearts broke around the world. But in retrospect you have got to respect Hemsworth’s decision and he probably did the right thing – Liam’s family breathed a huge sigh of relief when Miley Cyrus was no longer slated to join in with the Hemsworths as a “celebrity Mrs.”. The two met each other whilst filming The Last Song and they instantly started going out. Liam was constantly quiet about the relationship as Miley became an annoying one-person jukebox about her “romantic equation” with Liam for anyone who has no other choice but to listen to her pike about how lucky she is…in love, in the most absurd way imaginable.

The relationship would hit the rocks from when it began in 2010 and finally ended for good in mid-September 2013 – the two admittedly did step out on the RC a lot, as Miley evolved from a songstress to an arm candy for the Hollywood heartthrob, with no hesitation at all. Throughout it, Liam was busy stepping out of his house for that necessity: promotional work for films and he has rarely been spotted with her, except for that one random house visit while they were dating.

I bet that was scary for “the Miley Cyrus team” to have in the gossip pages but what are you gonna do? Liam could see what Miley is like and it turns out, he simply wasn’t going to publicly be with her (in Gucci), for a long time. I must say though what was more shocking was how Hemsworth could never put a stop to Miley always going on and on about their relationship despite his public lack of interest in joining Miley in her “ridiculous, solitary (and a little bit mad) childish behaviour despite her age”. So….why did the couple break up then?

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