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In Depth: Middle East and Lebanon

21 Jan 2010

The Middle East Has Always Been Hard

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

8 Aug 2012

"A Writhing Ghost of a Would-Be Nation"

Syrians gave democracy a shot after the French left, but the country became ...

3 Aug 2010

“The Greatest Collection of Nightmares on Earth”

people who come here to see the country and have a good time. My sense ...

18 Mar 2007

A New Power Rises in Iraq

is a funny place. One part of a country may be consumed by blood, fire, ...

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.) ...

9 May 2011

Hanging with Hezbollah, Part II

had made the country just dangerous and unstable enough that I didn’t ...

31 Mar 2007

Hope Over Hate: A Lebanon Diary

and killing of Jews. It is thus easy to view Lebanon as a country in which ...

4 Apr 2011

Welcome to Hezbollahland

countries are often not pretty, but the rural south appeared settled, ...

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,” ...

13 Feb 2007

Lebanon’s Non-existent Center Somehow Holds

the country from flying apart into pieces. It barely held together like unstable ...

31 Jul 2006

Some Small Encouraging Signs

But that cuts both ways. Hezbollah cannot take over the country unless they summon ...

30 May 2006

Leave Beirut Out of It

and loathe them. Lebanon is not yet a sovereign country. The Beirut government ...

17 Jul 2006

Hezbollah Flexes its Missiles

guard, and officials in both countries are just now learning the extent ...

3 Feb 2009

The New Backbone of the Sunni Resistance

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

7 Nov 2005

The Stranger from Damascus

It was just an ambiguous moment between two foreigners in a third country. Since ...

24 Oct 2005

Things Don’t Work Right

That should only take three hours to pull off in this country — Inshallah. ...

11 Nov 2005

It’s Not All About the U.S.

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

15 Oct 2005

New Comments Policy

It is a pleasure meeting most people in this country. Everything is peachy here now ...

9 Jan 2006

Send Me to Iraq

in other Middle East countries? Is there any hint that the Kurds are using ...

3 Oct 2005

Death Had No Echo

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

2 Oct 2005

Martyrs

that this Middle Eastern country was not like the others. The likes of Moammar ...

24 Sep 2005

A Hazardous Profession

Michael J. Totten's blog Lebanon, nearly alone in the Arab world, has a free press. The country is no longer ruled by an unelected foreign dictatorship. Its parliament is national, democratic, and sovereign. ...

11 Sep 2005

From Portland to Beirut — and Beyond

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

4 Oct 2005

Hitchhiking the Chouf

of the country – was further down the road. “Time to hitchhike,” Dan said. We stuck ...

9 May 2008

Lebanon’s Third Civil War

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

7 Sep 2009

The Warlord in His Castle

the country they fled to as refugees. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are second class ...

29 Nov 2004

A Photo Tour of Libya

and desert adventure tour offices. But Libya is not a normal country ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

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

23 Jun 2011

Just Journalism Interview

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

13 Oct 2009

Hezbollah Isn’t a Model for Afghanistan

with the country next door and violently assaults its own capital. It’s also a global ...

8 May 2011

Hanging with Hezbollah, Part I

how bad things could get in their country. Everyone over the age ...

28 Dec 2006

Hezbollah’s Christian Allies

in a country where every group is a minority and none are allowed to bully ...

7 Feb 2009

A Dispatch from the Border with Gaza

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

3 Feb 2007

The Beirut Branch of the Mossad

the Maronites are probably the most liberal group as a whole in the entire country ...

25 Dec 2007

A Fresh Look at Hezbollah

that if you and I were sitting in a room drafting the constitution of a country ...

17 Feb 2008

The Dungeon of Fallujah

place”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001068.html on my first trip to the country, and “Martin ...

9 Jun 2009

No Divine Victory for Hezbollah

vest around his own country when he picked a fight with Israel in 2006. ...

21 Nov 2006

The Stage is Set – Updated

in Lebanon have infiltrated the country and are leading combat units ...

25 May 2009

Did Hezbollah Kill Hariri?

country’s history. Accusing Hezbollah of assassinating Hariri — and, ...

13 May 2009

Brace for a Hezbollah Victory

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

12 Apr 2009

Hezbollah’s Mushroom Cloud

dead, and so is their country. I can’t tell whether or not Israel ...

8 Jan 2011

The Israeli Way of War

is conducted appropriately. I want to live in a country where there is an address ...

13 Aug 2006

The Storm Before the Calm

was rampant in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Israel is a small country ...

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 ...

18 Dec 2005

Nasser’s Biggest Crime

No country builds streets like this anymore anyway.” It felt like an Arab New ...

27 Apr 2006

“Everything Could Explode at Any Moment”

unusual. Shortly after I left the country, a story broke in the Daily ...

9 May 2007

UNIFIL, Unfulfilled

this small country, constantly under attack, has been able to flourish ...

1 Jan 2006

Former Syrian Vice President Fingers Assad

that country has. Middle East Europe and Central Asia Lebanon France Syria UAE ...

12 Feb 2007

The Fiercest Liberal in Lebanon

solidly pro-American and staunchly anti-Syrian group in the country ...

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