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27 Apr 2009

More Dispatches Coming

Michael J. Totten's blog I spent the last ten days writing a long essay about Beirut and Baghdad for “City Journal”:http://www.city-journal.org/index.html and consequently didn’t have much time to work on my next dispatch ...

6 Oct 2009

Iran Isn’t Stalinist Russia

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/118292. And don’t miss my collleague “Emanuele Ottolenghi’s follow-up comments”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/ottolenghi/118752. North America Middle East Europe and Central Asia South Asia ...

19 Oct 2008

Fasten Your Seatbelts

Michael J. Totten's blog Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently didn’t know reporters were in the room when he said “this”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/39261 at a fundraiser in Seattle. It will not be six months before ...

12 Mar 2008

Handshakes with the Enemy

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/2945. Middle East Iran Iraq Diplomacy Government War ...

12 Jul 2007

The Israeli Economic Miracle

that ascends across the TA-25 index is in large part owed to Bibi. Add Israel’s ...

29 Oct 2010

Yanukovich Defines Freedom of Speech

In the 2009 Index, Ukraine was tied for 89th place, with Senegal, after Albania ...

17 May 2017

Cambodia is 50th Most Fragile State: Fragile States Index

Phnom Penh Post. Cambodia. 12:12 PM EDT
9 Jun 2009

No Divine Victory for Hezbollah

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/69132. Middle East Israel Lebanon Syria Government Hezbollah Violence ...

8 Aug 2011

Gold Rush

500 stock index was down. Some 2,500 miles away from Wall Street, ...

6 Sep 2013

War Rape: Rwanda, Bosnia, and Now Syria

For the first time ever, a UN Security Council resolution has directly addressed rape as a weapon of war, a crime that no state has ever been held accountable for despite its rampant use.
8 Oct 2015

China Stock Crash Imperils Proposed Nicaragua Canal

In 2013 the entrepreneur Wang Jing announced a mammoth project to build a canal across Nicaragua. But recent downturns have cast a shadow on his plans—and China’s mystique.
18 Sep 2008

Al Qaeda’s Defeat in Iraq

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/31621. North America Middle East South Asia Afghanistan US Iraq Barack ...

16 Jul 2008

Is the War Over?

”:http://michaelyon-online.com/index.php ...

29 Jan 2008

Libya’s Son

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/2137. North America Middle East Libya US Iraq Government Violence ...

8 Jan 2013

Rethinking Failed States

As cases like Libya, Mexico, Georgia, Colombia, and even the US show, the science of ranking “failed states” is a lot less scientific than it might seem.
29 Mar 2016

Ukrainian Identity After the Euromaidan

Has Ukrainian identity changed since Euromaiden that overthrew a regime? Ukrainian analyst Mykola Riabchuk says yes, citing the rise of Ukrainian civic identity rather than ethnicity.
12 Nov 2009

The Show Needn't Go On

out”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/evelyn-gordon/163102 here a few days ago, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner can’t ...

23 Jan 2013

Can China's Toxic Air Clear a Fog of Lies?

China's government is accustomed to hiding the truth. But last week its citizens saw (and tasted) something foul and dangerous that cannot be disguised—unprecedented air pollution levels.
8 Oct 2009

Cult of Personality

Pollak”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/120961 today: Here is the test of whether Barack Obama and his senior ...

15 Aug 2009

From Munich to Gaza

“this”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/76201 I may need to re-evaluate my opinion. UPDATE: I posted the link ...

23 Jun 2009

President Obama’s letter to Ayatollah Khamenei

“story”:http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/24/iran.obama.letter/index.html but ungraciously does not source _The Washington Times_). What ...

31 May 2009

Around the Web

and no”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/trager/67961. Even the _New York Times_ is “losing patience ...

25 Jan 2009

The Mood in Israel Now

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/52091. Middle East Israel Lebanon Palestine Government Hamas Military War ...

5 Jan 2009

Harry Reid Steps Up

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/49162. North America Middle East Canada Israel US Palestine Peace ...

Journalistic Malpractice

Michael J. Totten's blog “My friend and colleague Noah Pollak”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/49311 on the journalistic malpractice of some of our other colleagues: Allow me to propose a metric for evaluating whether a journalist ...

2 Oct 2008

Joe Biden’s Alternate Universe

in COMMENTARY”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/35261. North America Middle East Europe and Central Asia Israel Lebanon US ...

14 Sep 2008

Blowback in Russia

in COMMENTARY”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/30591. Europe and Central Asia Georgia Russia Insurgency Government ...

25 Jul 2008

Defining “Victory” in Iraq

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/17921. North America Middle East US Iraq David Petraeus War Military ...

30 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Downfall?

apogee”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/7881. Hassan Nasrallah isn’t likely to ever be stronger than he is right ...

22 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Victory

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/7881. North America Middle East Qatar Lebanon US Peace Insurgency ...

8 Feb 2008

Assad Suckers Obama

Magazine”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/2392. North America Middle East Lebanon US Syria Bashar Assad Barack Obama ...

22 Jan 2008

While You’re Waiting

news”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/2031. The Times of London says “Hamas has been planning to break ...

27 Jan 2017

ANALYSIS. 2016 Corruption Perception Index Affected by Panama Papers

The Express Tribune. Pakistan. 01:20 PM EST
25 Jan 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

Transparency International. Germany. 01:56 PM EST

Democracy Index 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit. United Kingdom. 01:41 PM EST
5 Apr 2016

Is Ukraine's Economic Potential Its Destiny?

Ukraine can attract world-class investment once Kyiv decides to implement the legal, judicial, and property rights reform necessary to make it happen.
7 Jul 2016

Culture and Corruption in Ukraine

Corruption is a serious impediment to economic development in Ukraine—and fighting it is a slow battle, but there is no going back to the free-for-all days.
22 Aug 2013

China’s Incredible Shrinking Economy

A new paper by Christopher Balding of Peking University argues that Beijing has grossly inflated the size of its economy. If accurate, China could be headed for a major debt crisis.
9 Dec 2016
17 Nov 2016

Afghanistan Ranked Number Two on Global Terror Index

Tolo News. Afghanistan. 03:05 PM EST
2 Dec 2009

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

in Commentary”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/jpodhoretz/185022: Whatever the flaws in the speech itself — and they were considerable ...

12 Nov 2009

The Show Needn’t Go On

out”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/evelyn-gordon/163102 here a few days ago, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner can’t ...

12 Jul 2009

Abbas Goes to Eleven

the rest”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/hazony/73031. Middle East Palestine Israel Mahmoud Abbas Diplomacy ...

7 Dec 2008

Iraq at the End of the Surge

section”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/45151?cp=1#comment-2365572, “published on the same day on the same subject are at so great ...

18 Feb 2009

A Third Lebanon War?

recently”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/52642 that Nasrallah appears to have been deterred by Israel’s devastating ...

12 Jun 2009

Iran on Fire (Continuously updated)

of the World”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/69651. Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting “regular updates and analysis at the Commentary Magazine blog”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index ...

9 Jan 2009

Gaza and Afghanistan

is”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/48801, and who have no objection, or at least little or no vocal objection, ...

30 Nov 2008

What’s Next in Iraq

in COMMENTARY”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/45151. North America Middle East US Iraq Violence Military War ...