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In Depth: Middle East, Palestine and Lebanon

19 Sep 2016

Unstable, Unruly, and Reprobate: The Middle East Today

Tehran and Riyadh compete to expand their regional influence by maneuvering troops, funds, and surrogates in the midst of war, faltering economies, ethno-sectarian tension, jihad, and refugees.
19 Jun 2013

Syria’s Endgame: Prospects Dim, Options Narrow

The revolution to remove Assad has metastasized into a grotesque sectarian war among the Sunni majority, the ruling Alawite minority, and a host of other uncertain players.
27 Jun 2012

Assad Delenda Est: The Case for Aiding Syria’s Rebels

if nearly every Sunni Arab in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly ...

14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

16 Sep 2014

American Conservatives Find Common Cause with Israel

American conservatives are more pro-Israel than ever, but not for religious reasons: They see Western civilization under assault from radical Islam, just as they once saw it threatened by Communism.
2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

still bad in Egypt despite the peace treaty between the two countries ...

27 Oct 2005

Rogue States

Turkish Cypriot half is a rogue state recognized by only one single country ...

7 Nov 2011

Sixty Two Days

a nuclear-armed Iran would put all those countries in even greater danger than ...

24 Aug 2006

Getting the Story

“you” being the media. Most foreign correspondents left the country after ...

7 Oct 2005

Palestinians and Weapons Smuggled Into Lebanon

of this country’s sovereignty. The Daily Star also reports that Parliament has ...

22 Feb 2010

Turkey's Day of Reckoning

countries wanted all along: That is, to put some distance between Damascus ...

19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

he says, “is to look at the social tissue of these countries ...

9 Aug 2009

Where the Middle East Fights Its Wars

Yasser Arafat and the PLO used the country as a terrorist base and set up ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

but they’ve never come close to threatening the country’s existence. ...

10 Jan 2009

Publishing Schedule

in the Middle East right now, and nothing I have from the other countries ...

16 May 2008

Lebanon’s Future

to fight for it, as their Lebanese counterparts are in their own country ...

14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
9 May 2013

The New Black Hole of the Eastern Mediterranean

Michael J. Totten's blog Until awfully recently, Lebanon was the country in the Eastern Mediterranean that acted as a gravitational black hole that sucked in the neighbors. The Israelis, the Syrians, the PLO, ...

10 Nov 2005

One Degree of Separation

that includes many countries. Al Qaeda — and I think this ought to go without ...

12 Dec 2004

Sick and Twisted

in the comments seems to think it’s okay to blame Jews in one country for the murder of a guy who “looks Jewish” in a different country. And precisely how many ...

28 Aug 2012

The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

the destruction of Israel. There is no non-violent way to destroy a country. I’d ...

3 Apr 2011

The Remaining Thugs

demonstrations than any Arab country by far, and has been producing them since ...

1 Jun 2007

Al Qaeda in Lebanon – CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED

of all Arab countries. More than two thirds of the people who live ...

27 May 2007

Syria’s “Resistance” – UPDATED

It is the only country on Syria’s border that threatened to respond to violence with violence. And it’s the only country on Syria’s border not terrorized by Assad ...

21 Jan 2007

Hezbollah Riots in Lebanon (Continuously Updated)

elsewhere in the country as well. Michel Aoun threatens to escalate . UPDATE: ...

18 Oct 2011

In Egypt, with Liberals

country, but it certainly wasn’t totalitarian. For the most part, if people ...

27 Nov 2006

NY Times: Hizbullah Training Mahdi Army

and mobilization levels reaching beyond the country,” said Hizbullah MP Mohammad Raad ...

27 Jan 2011

The Gathering Storm

Michael Zantovsky's blog As of last week, the Middle East is in turmoil. The old regime in Tunisia is gone; a new one has not quite taken its place. The game is up in Sudan, which will soon divide into two countries ...

1 Aug 2006

Instalinks

“LEBANON IS A FINAL COUNTRY FOR ALL ITS CHILDREN”: Robert Rabil says a fresh ...

21 Dec 2011

A Challenge to Newt Gingrich

Authority. But this country is ill-equipped to deal with large amorphous bodies ...

21 Jan 2010

The Middle East Has Always Been Hard

Bashar Assad’s overlordship in his country began, “but this process ...

14 Jun 2009

An Enemy of the World

country. Understand the mind of a totalitarian. “Probe with a bayonet,” ...

3 Feb 2009

The New Backbone of the Sunni Resistance

for instance. But even the more hysterical residents of Arabic countries see ...

3 Oct 2005

Death Had No Echo

much the opposite of the way things used to be in this country. Thomas ...

11 Sep 2005

From Portland to Beirut — and Beyond

Hardly anyone I know of has blogged from so many different countries ...

9 May 2008

Lebanon’s Third Civil War

No country on earth can withstand that kind of geopolitical tectonic pressure. ...

23 Jun 2011

Just Journalism Interview

from the face of the earth. No other country gets discussed ...

7 Feb 2009

A Dispatch from the Border with Gaza

and Gaza Every major population center in the country would be under attack ...

13 May 2009

Brace for a Hezbollah Victory

Politics are much more complicated in Lebanon. The country is so ...

29 Jan 2009

Who Really Won the Second Lebanon War

said”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2007/01/so-this-is-our-victory.php. “This is how Hezbollah wins. Israel destroys our country while ...

28 Feb 2008

The Moderate Supermajority

the Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah axis that has been sabotaging their country for decades. When ...

27 May 2007

Fatah Al Islam Threatens all of Lebanon

the United States. When the confused CNN anchor asked why — if neither country ...

27 Aug 2006

Eyeless in Gaza

and Cairo. People get used to war, though. So do countries. Arabs are firing ...

11 May 2006

The Palestinians of 1948

wanted their own sovereign country. And it was easy to be pro-Israeli ...

22 May 2007

The Story of Gaza

and Cairo. People get used to war, though. So do countries. Arabs are firing ...