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In Depth: Africa

2 Jan 2005

Who’s Stingy?

Michael J. Totten's blog Jonathan Last notes that tsunami relief donations from rich Muslim countries are – shall we say – stingy compared with Japanese, Taiwanese, and Western donations. I don’t expect fat aid packages from Afghanistan and Somalia. ...

4 Dec 2004

No, the Dungeons Aren’t Charming

Michael J. Totten's blog Cliff May, founder of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote the following post for The Corner . THE DUNGEONS ARE PARTICULARLY CHARMING THIS TIME OF YEAR The New York Times Travel section this week features Libya, ...

30 Nov 2004

Weirder Than Libya

Michael J. Totten's blog When you visit another country you meet other people who are also visiting the country. Inevitably you’ll discuss other places you’ve been. If you go to Costa Rica you’ll meet people who’ve been to Guatemala and Bolivia. Go ...

17 Nov 2004

Travel Writing

Michael J. Totten's blog My worst kept secret is that I would rather write about travel than politics — although I enjoy political writing, too, or I wouldn’t bother with it. This year I finally got to do a little travel writing. And if things go my ...

8 Aug 2004

Catching Up Here

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s amazing how quickly a guy can get behind on the news. I spent the weekend up in Seattle visiting some writer friends and being generally unplugged from whatever’s going on in the world. I’m not completely out of it like ...

26 Jul 2004

Kerry: Stop Genocide in Sudan

Michael J. Totten's blog So far, the supposedly anti-war candidate John Kerry has articulated the most forceful position yet against genocide in Sudan. I believe in the value of American leadership in the world. Today, a massive humanitarian crisis ...

24 Jul 2004

A Photo Tour of Tunisia

Michael J. Totten's blog Here is the North African coastline along the Gulf of Tunis as seen from the cliffside seaside village of Sidi Bou Said. In the days of Carthage the pagan God Baal was worshipped in a sanctuary atop the larger mountain Djebel ...

14 Jul 2004

The North is a Garden

Michael J. Totten's blog The fine old Tunis medina is an ancient maze of twisting streets, carpet stalls, cafes, shuttered windows, arched passageways, minarets, hanging baskets, gypsum lamps, scavenging cats, and secret paths. Western rap music ...

8 Jul 2004

The South is a Desert

Michael J. Totten's blog DOUZ, Tunisia – The sand gets in your teeth. This is not the sand you know. Not the rim of pulverized granules of silicon and rock that ring the beaches of the world, nor the finely ground dirt of the Great Basin, the Mojave, ...

4 Jul 2004

On the Edge of the Sahara

Michael J. Totten's blog I am writing on an alien keyboard so I will have to keep this brief. Half the letters are in the wrong place and typing is hard. I may be able to write more easily in a few days when I get back to a large city. Also, you see ...

29 Jun 2004

To the Sahara

Michael J. Totten's blog We’re off. We leave for Rome in a few hours. Tonight will be the third night in five where I spend the night on an airplane. The day after we get to Rome we fly to Tunisia. Thank God that’s a short one. By the time we get ...

26 Jun 2004

In Ottawa

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m in Ottawa, Canada, mildly jet-lagged and severely sleep-deprived. I was going to post some photos and commentary, but tonight it ain’t happening. First thing tomorrow (Monday) morning I go to the Libyan embassy to pick up ...

23 May 2004

Winds of Change

Michael J. Totten's blog Tossing Saddam in the slammer keeps yielding intended benefits . TUNIS (Reuters) – Arab governments, responding to a U.S. campaign for Arab democracy, have promised to carry out political and social reforms in an oil-rich ...

19 May 2004

Brandon Mayfield Released

Michael J. Totten's blog My fellow Portlander Brandon Mayfield was arrested a while back because his fingerprint supposedly showed up on evidence connected to the terror attacks in Madrid. Turns out the fingerprint belonged to an Algerian national. ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

Michael J. Totten's blog In three months my wife and I are going to Italy to visit some friends in Milan. While we’re in the neighborhood we figure we’ll hop on over the Mediterranean and bum around Tunisia for a week. (Why Tunisia? Read this .) It ...

4 Apr 2004

The Trouble with Fallujah

Michael J. Totten's blog What happened in Fallujah was a barbaric horror show. Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down explains in the Wall Street Journal (free registration required) why it needs to be answered with force. It is a mistake to conclude ...

17 Mar 2004

More Trouble for Spain?

Michael J. Totten's blog Spaniards may think they won a reprieve from terrorism, but Lee Smith argues in Slate that there may be more trouble ahead . If the Spanish electorate believed that committing 1,300 troops to Iraq had needlessly exposed it to ...

7 Jan 2004

History and Total War

Michael J. Totten's blog When I was a teenager and first learned about the Holocaust, something precious and small, not hope but perhaps faith , slipped away and was lost to me forever. I have read about it in books. I have seen it in movies by ...

2 Sep 2003

Race: Human

Michael J. Totten's blog James Lileks : I’m lucky; I don’t know where I come from. We have some theories, but they’re just that. One side of my lineage dead-ends in an adoption; the other trails off in Europe, east of Paris. Don’t know. Don’t. Care. ...

10 Aug 2003

Taylor is Out

Michael J. Totten's blog Sometimes the threat of force works wonders all by itself, so long as the threat is credible. Charles Taylor has feld Liberia into exile in Nigeria. He wasn’t driven out by years of civil war but by a cocked American gun. ...

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