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In Depth: Religion, Middle East and Lebanon

3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

The number of genuinely liberal democracies to emerge soon in the Arab world is likely to be one or zero.
7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
30 Nov 2006

The breaking of a country: Hizbullah takes to the streets of Beirut

the ministers (!) but wants to put the country on stronger foundations and restore ...

18 Mar 2012

The Great Ideological Battleground, Redux

I've seen so far, my initial analysis seems sound. This country is more ...

1 Feb 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

these countries have in common with each other is that they’re in turmoil ...

14 Aug 2013

Exodus

the country's largest Christian community. Along the way, Mr. Tadros offers ...

7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
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 ...

4 Feb 2010

Israel Threatens Assad with Regime Change

in the Middle East anyway. Not a single Arab country — unless you consider Gaza ...

3 Jan 2007

Interviewed by Hugh Hewitt

they can get it is to be the only political party in the country that has ...

12 Nov 2010

Odds and Ends

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

12 Oct 2005

I Am Not a Spy

stupid. After that it’s offensive. After that it makes your country look ...

29 May 2006

What Now?

which is dumb. If you’re going to blame a country for the behavior ...

11 Oct 2005

Syria’s Interior Minister “Kills Himself”

actually killed himself. This country is rife with conspiracy theories, ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

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

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

and Iran were back in the saddle. They don’t govern the country directly, ...

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.
3 Jul 2013

Armed Forces Control Egypt

hooligans, and gang rapists. In other countries, such as Lebanon, Tunisia, ...

16 May 2011

Don’t Even Try Defecting to Lebanon

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

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

24 Oct 2011

Tunisia Votes

Michael J. Totten's blog Tunisia, the first Arab country both I and the “Arab Spring” visited, successfully held what looks like a free and fair election. This doesn’t surprise me. The Islamist party has reportedly done ...

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.
30 Aug 2012

Syria's War Spills Into Lebanon

but the two countries still function to an extent as a single political unit. ...

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.
27 Dec 2006

Meanwhile…

of public relations for his country. I should not have to clean up his mess ...

24 Jan 2011

Hezbollah is Nearing its Apogee

the country is not merely a state sponsor of terror, but is an actual terrorist ...

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 ...

1 Oct 2005

Bashir

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

1 Jun 2011

The Levantine Crucible

“We want to rebuild our country,” one tells Totten. “And that includes ...

14 Jan 2007

The Liberal Cleric of the Dahiyeh

to find in the Middle East, especially in modern countries like Turkey ...

1 Jun 2007

Al Qaeda in Lebanon – CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED

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

20 Sep 2012

The Terrorist's Veto

on paper. The country was theoretically free. But free speech ...

27 Mar 2013

Northern Lebanon Burning

Syria's civil war is spilling into Northern Lebanon, pitting Alawite and Sunni neighbors against one another as the Lebanese police look out for only one powerful constituent—Syria.
2 Jun 2009

Advice for Barack Obama from Lebanon

usually reserved only for heads of state. Both countries described Aoun ...

5 Dec 2006

How not to run for president of Lebanon

the shots in the country. Tony concludes: As such, Aoun is but the latest ...

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