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In Depth: North America, Middle East and Lebanon

1 May 2011

Lost in the Levant: Lebanon Reappraised

In The Ghosts of Martyrs Square, Beirut Daily Star editor Michael Young offers a timely and beautifully written accounting of Lebanon's struggle for stability amid political and religious diversity and extremism.
28 Feb 2012

Non-Interventionist David Rieff is Wrong on Syria

Especially after Libya, non-interventionists like David Rieff must do more than simply recall the failures of the Iraq War when considering Syria.
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.
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.
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.

1 Sep 2009

American Brethren: Hebrews and Puritans

From the first Thanksgiving to The Scarlet Letter, the Puritans are well known to most Americans. But as Jim Sleeper reminds us, Cotton Mather and his tribe took more than one of their strokes from the ancient Hebrews—and the influence lives on.
17 Dec 2008

US Arms Lebanese Military

country. The Lebanese often mocked this aid comparing it to that the Israelis receive. However, no other country supplied the Lebanese with nearly as much ...

31 Jul 2006

Democracies and War

personal affection for Lebanon, the country where I recently lived, the only country other than the US where I’ve ever lived, this is what anguishes me ...

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.
18 Nov 2006

Thought for the Day

Unlike most of us, Josey Wales grew up in a country that was blown up ...

26 Oct 2008

Lebanon’s Enemy Within

to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora: “Lebanon will be the last Arab country ...

9 Jan 2010

From Baghdad to Beirut

be that it becomes a more backward version of Lebanon. The two countries share encouraging traits that neither has in common with any other country in the Arab ...

12 Nov 2010

Odds and Ends

startling and overwhelming it is to visit an Arab country—in this case ...

19 Feb 2013

Free Syrian Army Threatens Hezbollah in Lebanon

reasons the organization has never tried to conquer the rest of the 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 ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

fighting between sectarian militias in a country like Lebanon transition from ...

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 ...

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

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

7 Feb 2013

Shooting at the Neighbors

in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli , the second largest in the country ...

6 Aug 2010

Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone

country in the region aside from Lebanon. It’s an electrifying piece ...

14 Nov 2006

Iran Wants Lebanon Now

battleground for countries more powerful than itself. Just about every group in the country allows itself to be used as a proxy by some nation or other, and so ...

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.
29 Jul 2006

Al Qaeda Heading to Lebanon – And Why Israel Needs to Help Reconstruct Lebanon

is conditional…Assistance to rebuild a devastated country is a wise choice. Okay then, ...

14 Jul 2006

My Friend is a Refugee

on this very subject. Israel has lost him. And he has lost his country . You’ve made this country unliveable for the people fighting to disarm Hezbollah. ...

20 Jun 2006

Lebanon Hurts Those Who Love Her

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

22 May 2006

Elsewhere in Lebanon

for Lebanon too. Here are 32 photos of a country that (unnecessarily) frightens ...

9 Feb 2006

Back from Iraq

keeping their part of the country safe and secure. Now that I’m back I can ...

10 Dec 2008

Welcome Charles Chuman

the country I learned from him and from people he introduced me to. He recently ...

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.
13 Sep 2011

The Fracturing of Libya’s Rebels

splintering was inevitable after Qaddafi’s regime fell. No country in the world ...

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.
24 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Disneyland

Hezbollah has buit a museum-theme park atop a mountain in Lebanon dedicated to its "victorious" exploits against Israel. Conspicuously missing from this propaganda playland however are the terror group's monstrous attacks against civilians.
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.
23 Jul 2012

Assad Delenda Est

in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly happen. There’s no reason ...

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, ...

24 Jan 2011

Lebanon Is Lost

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

10 Jan 2011

Let Us Not Praise Pro-Terrorist Newspapers

in a semi-democratic country that actually does have decent newspapers, ...

29 Jul 2006

Grim Days Ahead

apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who ...

27 Jul 2006

The Stakes for Nasrallah…and Lebanon

indefinitely bend the country to the breaking point, or push it toward communal ...

25 Jan 2010

Iran’s Private Army Digs in for a Wider Lebanon War

the scope of the problem to include those two countries, but having it would ...

3 Jun 2006

Why Hezbollah Circles the Drain

reasserting themselves in the country. However, even Shias in Lebanon would ...

10 Nov 2005

One Degree of Separation

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

22 Apr 2013

The Beginning of the End for Hezbollah

Now that Hezbollah's power has passed its pinnacle, what does the future hold for the Iranian regime's ability to use its proxy among Lebanon's Shias?
27 Jun 2010

The Ghosts of Martyrs Square

wanted to write a book about his country for years, and he finally did ...

9 Oct 2011

Assad Really Does Need to Go

with the rest of Lebanon’s militias when it conquered the country at the end ...

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 ...

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