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In Depth: Middle East and Lebanon

7 Nov 2011

Sixty Two Days

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

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, ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

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

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 ...

10 Dec 2006

Deal or no deal?

for Damascus could very well be Damascus being told to quit using the country ...

19 Apr 2011

Here’s Another Print Interview

satellite state inside the country. “Martyrs” killed in battle with Israel ...

4 Apr 2011

Release Date

booksellers across the country, and of course Amazon.com has a virtually ...

12 Mar 2011

What if Qaddafi Wins?

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

10 Mar 2013

The North is Ready to Blow

Lebanon always seems ready to erupt in violence, but with the civil war in neighboring Syria raging on, conflict seems even closer.
27 Feb 2007

Seymour Hersh Botches Lebanon (and Egypt)

Michael J. Totten's blog Lebanon is the most complicated country I have been to by far. Lebanese politics are as complex and bewildering as any you will find anywhere — and that’s doubly true when you add ...

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 ...

26 Nov 2006

Welcome Abu Kais

from South Lebanon, from Hezbollah country. He is not, however, even ...

7 Feb 2013

Shooting at the Neighbors

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

22 Nov 2006

March 14 Wins the Day

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

27 Oct 2006

Iraq the Movie — To Be Filmed in Beirut?

of humor in that country.) Middle East Lebanon Iraq Hezbollah Violence ...

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 Aug 2006

Getting the Story

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

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.
29 Sep 2010

A Nice Little Fantasy

day to a tour of the southern part of that country. He will visit sites ...

3 Apr 2006

Adjusting to Home

to figure out which country I woke up in. I love traveling, but I’ve been ...

19 Nov 2009

A Third Lebanon War Could Be Much Worse than the Second

country. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere in Lebanon while Israelis are actively fending off that kind of assault. No country can afford ...

7 Oct 2005

Palestinians and Weapons Smuggled Into Lebanon

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

6 Aug 2010

Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone

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

7 Nov 2011

Unsteady Progress in Western Libya

Libyans try to keep calm despite frustrations as they wait for their economy, democracy, and daily life to slowly rebound.
19 Jun 2013

Syria's Fight to the Death

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

22 Feb 2010

Turkey's Day of Reckoning

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

10 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

in the 1980s and 1990. And “Vietnam” (the metaphor, not the country) is supposed ...

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.
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.

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 ...

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, ...

19 Jul 2006

What the World Needs Now

weapons and troops from countries like France, Russia, India and China ...

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 ...

10 Jun 2006

Lebanese-Israeli Dialogue

countries should be recovered by their own governments, would you not agree? Would you not agree that Lebanon, as a small country, should relatively ...

9 Apr 2011

Eleven Questions

existence as an Iranian army inside the country, we have little choice ...

22 May 2006

Elsewhere in Lebanon

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

4 Oct 2006

Dispatches from the Front Now in Print

country. Yet they have more in common with each other than most of them know. ...

9 Feb 2006

Back from Iraq

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

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 ...

1 Jan 2006

Iraq is Not the First Arab Democracy

and the car bombs that have shaken the country since February. I have ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

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

22 Aug 2011

The Historic Implications of Qaddafi’s Downfall

Generation leadership—the country’s current crop of autocrats—would ever order ...

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.
10 May 2009

Lebanon Before the Collapse

the stability of the country while, day to day, mouthing all kinds of insane stuff ...

10 Jan 2009

Publishing Schedule

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

29 Mar 2011

Two Stories

important to refer readers to countries where the rebellions against dictators ...

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