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30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
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.
30 Dec 2012

Iran in the Balkans: A History and a Forecast

Iran’s largest diplomatic contingent in Europe resides in tiny Sarajevo. And the Islamist presence—including terror cells and training camps—continues to threaten the region, and the West.
2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

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

30 Jun 2013

Lebanon's Israel Syndrome

Lebanon is in important ways the least anti-Israel country in the Arab ...

27 Oct 2005

Rogue States

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

19 Mar 2011

No One Could Have Predicted Any of This in January

of force against a country that was elected to its own Human Rights Commission, that Barack Obama would fire missiles at an Arab country when less ...

19 May 2013

How to Become a Dictator

Bashar al-Assad has kept an iron grip on power, like his father Hafez, by perpetuating his mythic profile as Syria's indispensable ruler, without whom the country would undoubtedly descend into the abyss of sectarian war and ethnic cleansing.
16 May 2011

Don’t Even Try Defecting to Lebanon

systems. The country very nearly recovered its sovereignty and reverted ...

5 May 2011

An American in the Paris of the Middle East

Square to demand the removal of the country’s Syrian overlords. The Syrians ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

most of inland Syria — the flat, dry country where the Sunni dominate. ...

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

And there are certainly countries where the West has more national interests at stake, ...

25 Jul 2006

Lebanon’s Premature Liberalism

thought war could engulf the whole country, and not just the border, in one day with no warning? I kept my eye on the country, even so, because ...

22 Nov 2006

March 14 Wins the Day

Independence Day to Lebanon. UPDATE: Just a thought here…How different a country ...

23 Oct 2006

Berri Crosses Lebanon’s Red Line

“moderate” ally, one of Bashar Assad’s point men in the country, said what he ...

24 Jul 2012

Hezbollah's Swedish Roots

Last week’s suicide bombing in Bulgaria by a Swedish citizen is only the latest reminder of Stockholm’s lax attitude toward the terrorists within its own borders.
22 Feb 2010

Turkey's Day of Reckoning

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

24 Oct 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh. In a country ...

30 Nov 2011

Libya’s Transition: Time to Get Real

The excitement of Libya's revolution has often belied how far behind the country truly is.
19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

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

1 Nov 2011

Arab Spring for Him, Arab Winter for Her

Arab Spring victories have slowly emerged in Libya and Tunisia. Just not for women.

20 Jun 2006

Lebanon Hurts Those Who Love Her

and Druze – could live together, and even thrive, in one city and one country ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

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

29 Nov 2004

Home From Libya

I have a lot to say about the country, but you’ll have to wait a while ...

25 Apr 2009

Eurasia’s Shatter Zones

together a country with no natural borders that seethes with ethnic ...

8 Feb 2013

Assessing Israel's Strike on Syria

The details of last week’s strike in Syria remain unclear, but a few preliminary conclusions can be drawn—including that Hezbollah could threaten to drag Lebanon into the Syrian war.
24 Aug 2010

The Perfect Iranian Storm on the Horizon

also interesting how that part of the country interacts with the rest ...

12 Sep 2012

Reading the Benghazi Embassy Attack

A rocket attack in Libya has killed the US ambassador and others. But the killings are a sign of post-Qaddafi lawlessness and disorganization rather than inherent extremism in the country.
4 Jul 2012

Chasing Demons from the Middle East to the Balkans

Ethnic divisions and tensions take on different forms across the world. What is universal, however, is our obligation to not stand by while sectarian slaughter wipes out millions.
17 May 2013

Legacy of Qaddafi's 'Organized Chaos' Keeps Libya Back

Democracy in the Middle East is struggling against the legacy of two generations of dictatorship and a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that restricts political freedoms and rights. The West should be patient.
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, ...

24 Jan 2011

Lebanon Is Lost

that “Lebanon is an independent country,” but he’s too late. Lebanon isn’t Gaza ...

1 Oct 2005

Bashir

is the national sport here.) Bashir Gemayel is a real lightning rod in this country ...

5 Mar 2005

Syria Shudders

and outside the country. Marc Cooper found an outstanding blog by Ammar ...

28 Aug 2012

The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

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

2 Oct 2008

Joe Biden’s Alternate Universe

of the government in the country immediately to the north of Israel.” [Emphasis ...

3 May 2007

Protesting Incompetence

founding fathers in the country’s political leadership. Almost every one of the statesmen who built this country out of stone and swamp and battle has passed ...

15 Dec 2006

Kerry: Syria has “needs”

about our differences with these countries … and nothing in the discussion ...

22 Mar 2011

Friends in High Places

Telegraph , worries that Islamic extremists in Britain will use the country ...

13 Dec 2012

Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech

to settle with the rest of the country. It won't be pretty. * Morocco ...

10 Oct 2009

In the Crosshairs of the Syrian-Iranian Axis

the numbers. The only thing they can do is take the country by force. And taking the country by force…they can’t do that either. MJT: Not the whole thing, ...

4 Feb 2006

Reactionaries

I have been giving this country for the past year was destroyed today ...

25 Dec 2005

A Magnificent City

promise and more. It is not just “the Muslim country that works.” It’s ...

30 Oct 2005

Internet Hell

Michael J. Totten's blog Call me crazy, but I figured that going from the Middle East to a European Union country would improve my Internet situation. It didn’t. Cyprus is Internet hell. Internet access here ...

27 Nov 2004

Out of Libya

Michael J. Totten's blog I made it. I’m out of Libya and have moved on to a much more dangerous country – France. Think I’m kidding? It’s statisically possible I’ll be mugged here. And I spent much ...

2 Sep 2003

Two Shiite Views of the “Resistance”

for U.S. and British forces to leave the country. “So far, the (anti-U.S.) ...

12 Oct 2008

Resisting the United Nations

the other countries have, you would say no?” I said. “We wouldn’t say no,” he ...

14 Jun 2009

An Enemy of the World

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

11 Nov 2005

It’s Not All About the U.S.

of our country.” The Lebanese Christian community does not share his view. ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

I’ve never been to a country run by a lunatic. Neither has Shelly. ...

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