9/11, Twenty Years On

9/11, Twenty Years On

Twenty Years Ago: My husband begins calling relatives in his hometown, Beirut. They, unlike us, have televisions and have seen the second plane smashing into the tower. “God help us if this is from the Middle East!” my husband says softly. Soon more shock waves of this merciless quake arrive: The Pentagon has also been hit. Four passenger jets on transcontinental flights are reported hijacked. Three are accounted for, all their passengers and crews dead. How many more planes have embarked on murderous suicide missions? And for whom?

Déjà Vu All Over Again: America Flees Afghanistan

Déjà Vu All Over Again: America Flees Afghanistan

Twenty years hence, will we be watching the current rising global superpower – China – becoming mired in Afghanistan, repeating a pattern that saw Alexander the Great, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and now the United States and NATO stumble and fall in that mountainous country?  The Taliban are sure to have strong opinions about their neighbor China’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority. Déjà vu all over again would be tragic, but not surprising.

And Yet, Nothing was Done: the Beirut Port Blast One Year Later   

And Yet, Nothing was Done: the Beirut Port Blast One Year Later  

A headline in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz on the first anniversary of the blast declared bluntly that “Lebanon was beyond saving.” No: Lebanon and the Lebanese can and must be saved. It is the political class that must be removed from power and set adrift in the toxic sea of sin and sorrow they have created. An international investigation is crucial if Lebanon is ever to recover from this heinous crime.

Pegasus, the Flying Trojan Horse that Can Weaponize Anyone’s Mobile Devices

Pegasus, the Flying Trojan Horse that Can Weaponize Anyone’s Mobile Devices

Pegasus is not simply a phone hacking technology; it is a weapon, one that elicits fear and threatens the lives and livelihoods of anyone whose mobile devices have been infected with it. According to NSO, its Pegasus spyware is named after the mythical winged horse, but NSO calls it a “Trojan horse,” and brags that it can fly anywhere and access anyone’s private information.