Some film titles and what they might mean in the Middle East:
American Dream: peace in the Middle East
The King and I: Al Sisi after his visit to the Saudi king on his plane.
The Hustler: Netanyahu visits with Obama.
The Count of Monte Cristo: Morsi dreaming of escape from his military prison at Chateau d’If.
Slumdog Millionaire: the nightly dream of every South Asian laborer working on Qatar’s World Cup projects.
Dangerous Liaisons: arming the Syrian opposition militias.
Return of the Mummy: Hosni Mubarak visits Al Sisi at Qubba Palace.
The 300: Iranian embassy in Baghdad.
The 3000: Iranian embassy in Damascus.
The 30,000: political prisoners in Egypt.
Lonely are the Brave: Iranian embassy in Riyadh
Lonely are the Brave: Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Ali Baba and the Forty-plus Thieves: a history of Bahrain (or some other Gulf country).
King Lear: Prince Bandar wandering between projects destabilizing Syria and Iraq and Lebanon.
The Sheik: anyone who has any influence in the UAE.
The Wild Bunch: ISIS, ISIL, Al Nusra, Al WTF
All That Money Can Buy: Saudi foreign policy
The Prince and the Paupers: Saudi Prince (any prince) walking down certain Riyadh streets he usually avoids, runs into people he usually does not see.
Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: take your pick……..
The Idiot: no comment.
Mohammed Haider Ghuloum