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24 Nov 2015

Suddenly, Dialogue with North Korea Is in Vogue

South Korea, China, and the UN have shown interest in renewed talks with North Korea, but the Kim regime’s murderous and unpredictable ways at home and abroad don’t inspire confidence.
28 Mar 2004


of a 50-50 Senate. As late as the summer of 2001, pitifully few of Bush’s own ...

1 Feb 2016

Iran Gets its Blackmail Money

Robbins said to him during an interview with the BBC last summer. “There ...

1 Mar 2011

A Glass Half-Full Moment

half empty. It is also half full. Originally posted at PJ Media . Middle ...

26 Feb 2010

Iran Essentials: Part 1

movement comes full circle, ending the 30-year oratorio on the notes ...

16 Feb 2010

The Test of Democracy

to power through elections in 1996, 2001, and 2009. In Latvia, the first re-election of a sitting government occurred in 2006, a full 15 years after ...

7 Jun 2012

Magnitsky Bill Clears First Hurdle in US Congress

As the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Magnitsky Act this week, US legislators moved closer to taking a bold (and rare) stand against human rights violators in Russia.
8 Dec 2015

Putin, Opposition Leaders Open Yeltsin Presidential Center

“Every meter of this museum, every minute spent among these exhibits and these memories is a reproach to [Putin]. For betraying, distorting, losing, handing away to thieves …" writes one opposition journalist.
7 Dec 2015

Kim Calls First Party Congress in 35 Years

The party congress indicates Kim Jong Un has consolidated power in North Korea at the expense of the army and others. Hopes for real reform are overly optimistic.
1 Feb 2011

Game Over: The United States Must Abandon Its ‘Stability’ Fetish

— there for a couple of weeks in the summer of 1979, and beyond the unbelievable heat, ...

22 Mar 2016

In Cuba, Prosperity is a Crime

President Obama chose to make the historic visit to Cuba despite a lack of progress on human rights, but while there he seized the chance to spotlight Castro and kick back at the country’s status quo. The ball is in Castro’s court. It’s anyone’s guess what change, if any, may come.
20 Jul 2009

What the West Bank Actually Looks Like

Downtown is full of shoppers. Islamist scolds have backed off. Police make ...

6 Aug 2010

The Perils of Public Opinion

. “In 2009, when they were less angry with the U.S. and more optimistic ...

1 Jun 2009

A Tall Order for Saudi Arabia?

”:http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1243872307395&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull. Most Turks, including ...

30 Oct 2015

Challenging China in the South China Sea

Beijing failed to deliver on its threats this week as a US vessel conducted exercises in the South China Sea. It might not all be empty threats, and with more US transits planned, China may not stand down next time.
21 Oct 2015

The UK's Misplaced China Policy

The UK may aspire to become China's "best partner in the West", but Britain should note the failures and hazards of "engagement" and take care to coordinate its China policy with its allies in the West.
3 Feb 2009

The New Backbone of the Sunni Resistance

wrote”:http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14779 in the Palestine Chronicle . “There is true and full collaboration ...

4 Sep 2015

Ukraine’s Complicated History

“The current Russian war against Ukraine and the problems of the Donbas are not a recent phenomenon,” says historian George Liber, “but the product of a long evolution.”
10 Dec 2015

Syria’s Unfriendly Skies

It’s unclear if the downed Russian pilots intended to violate Turkish airspace, but the incident shows how Russia’s unusual air control procedures pose a danger in Syria’s crowded skies.
19 Aug 2014

Vice News Embeds With the Islamic State

Michael J. Totten's blog I’ve just returned from a very brief summer vacation in a remote part of the Pacific Northwest without cell phone coverage or Internet access, so I’m a bit behind on what’s happening ...

5 Oct 2015

At the UN, Poroshenko 1, Putin 0

In their recent UN addresses, the Russian president came off as a shortsighted, blustery whiner while his Ukrainian counterpart looked like the strong ruler of a country with a future.
16 Nov 2015

France’s “Merciless” Response to ISIS is Anything But

necessarily do the job either. Not even a full-blown invasion followed ...

25 Feb 2014

Italy's New PM and Old Unemployment Problem

Sworn in as Italy’s newest prime minister over the weekend, Matteo Renzi inherits an ailing economy. So what exactly is the plan? He hasn't mentioned that just yet.
3 May 2007

Protesting Incompetence

”:http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1178096594399&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull, quite convincingly, from ...

13 Feb 2014

Drug Trade: What About the Big Guys?

It might be heartening to see US and Italian authorities work together to arrest a ring of mobsters, but it’s hard to forget that they represent only a portion of a major drug-trading operation.
27 Feb 2016

The Man Who Punched Christopher Hitchens

Michael J. Totten's blog Adonis Nasr, the Lebanese facsist who attacked me and Christopher Hitchens on the streets of Beirut in 2009, has been killed fighting for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria . Nasr ...

11 May 2015

Democracy in Retreat

Regimes in countries like China, Russia, and Iran don’t even try to hide their contempt for democracy anymore. Will the next American president do more to fight back?
7 Dec 2015

Samantha, Powerless: Obama’s Problem from Hell in Syria

to a full-blown genocidal army massacring its way through Syria, Iraq and beyond. ...

16 May 2015

Egypt's Former President Sentenced to Death

from going full Assad and creating a North African version ...

7 Jan 2014

Al Jazeera's 'False News' Problem

Egypt's government should neither arrest nor abuse reporters, nor restrict press freedom. But that does not give the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera license to "report" distorted and "false news".
28 Oct 2015

US Upgrades Security at Nuclear Bases Near Syria

Security upgrades at the largest US overseas nuclear weapons bases, in Turkey near the Syria border and in Italy, suggests unease.
24 Dec 2013

The Global Implications of Utah's Ruling on Polygamy

A recent ruling by a US federal judge ignores the proven dangers that polygamy poses to women in such relationships—not just in the state of Utah but in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere abroad.
21 Aug 2015

Anti-Donbas Sentiment Growing in Ukraine

A year ago, the suggestion that Ukraine would be better off without the Russian-occupied bits of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces provoked cries of treason. Not anymore.
17 Dec 2013

Taking the NSA to Court

Larry Klayman has a way of intruding into the consciousness of a nation with unusual causes, but in bringing suit against the NSA’s “almost Orwellian” metadata collection, he is more than justified.
23 Jun 2015


office in June 2009, I devoted months to studying the new president, poring ...

9 Nov 2012

Understanding Ukraine's Ultranationalist Support

Why did the Ukrainian ultranationalist Svoboda party pick up seats in last week’s parliamentary election? The answer has more to do with rejection of the current regime than support for its policies.
20 May 2015

Cameron's Referendum Quandary

Whatever David Cameron hopes to achieve in the next five years, his second term is going to be tormented by Britain’s vote on EU membership and the ongoing bid for Scottish independence.
9 Dec 2013

Al Jazeera and the Poisoning of Arafat

Despite its strong reputation among Western media outlets, Al Jazeera seems to have gone out of its way to give credence to conspiracy theories about Yasir Arafat’s death.
20 Aug 2015

The Price of American Diplomacy in Cuba

the people of Cuba couldn’t see it. In 2009, Barack Obama pulled the plug ...

16 Jun 2015

Suu Kyi Meets China's Top Leaders, Withholds Criticism

Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a visit to China on Sunday, but Burma’s pro-democracy leader resisted calls to challenge Beijing on the political prisoner and fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.
11 Feb 2011

Do Animals Speak Ukrainian?

the blog is that Buzyna is a very angry man, full of resentment at being ...

7 Feb 2011

Egypt and the Way of Revolutions

Nothing in politics is certain. But history offers some guides to what we can expect from the Egyptian revolution
18 Nov 2013

Negotiating to Stop Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

France and Israel have correctly declared that Iran must cease its nuclear development program, but have the statements prematurely cornered Rouhani?
13 Nov 2009

Amazing Photographs from Afghanistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Take a look at these “extraordinary pictures from Afghanistan”:http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/10/30/photographer-collection-david-guttenfelder-in-afghanistan/ by David Guttenfelder ...

11 Jun 2015

Europe’s Northern Group

The Northern Group wouldn’t usually be headline news, but it's become an important way for non-NATO members to cooperate with the alliance on Russia's new aggressiveness.
12 Nov 2013

Unsuspecting Heir of Nazi Art Dealer Nabbed

Hildebrand Gurlitt’s collection of extorted and stolen art, facilitated by the Nazis, surfaced because Gurlitt’s son made a careless Swiss border crossing.
6 Jan 2009

Rockets Out of Lebanon

.”:http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_spine/archive/2009/01/08/the-sounds-of-arab-silence.aspx Middle East Israel Lebanon ...

4 Nov 2013

The Flame-Haired Fatale of Britain's Phone-hacking Scandal

Britain’s draconian libel laws are as much to blame for the UK phone-hacking scandal as tabloid journalists. Unfortunately, the long-term outcome might be further press restrictions.
28 Oct 2013

Driving Ms. Saudi

The women protesting the Saudi ban on female drivers are starting a revolution whether they can admit it or not. And the Saudi clerics and government are doing their best to stop it.
21 Oct 2013

Spying on the French

The French government summoned the American ambassador to explain US electronic spying as its technology minister considers a major investment in cyber surveillance.