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21 Nov 2004

Learning Their Names

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has launched a website offering online access to their recently completed database of over 3 million names of Jewish victims of the Nazi holocaust (via The New York ...

11 Nov 2004

News from the Rift

Michael J. Totten's blog London’s Telegraph reports that the Spanish media are blasting Prime Minster José Luis Rodr“guez Zapatero as the anti-American asshat that he is . The Spanish Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodr“guez Zapatero, yesterday ...

10 Nov 2004

Holland Snaps

Michael J. Totten's blog It keeps getting uglier in the Netherlands since the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Volkskrant reports ( see Slate for details in English) that 5 Christian sites and 10 Muslim sites have been attacked in the past week. ...

9 Nov 2004

Arafat Officially Dead

Michael J. Totten's blog It looks like Yasser Arafat is finally – officially – dead . RAMALLAH, West Bank – Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian ...

23 Oct 2004

New Column

Michael J. Totten's blog My latest Tech Central Station column is up. It’s about Turkey’s dicey relationship with the European Union: Turkey and the Problem of History . Europe and Central Asia Economy ...

21 Oct 2004

Once More Into the Breach

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens returns to The Nation to write one last column . One of the editors of this magazine asked me if I would also say something about my personal evolution. I took him to mean: How do you like your new right ...

18 Oct 2004

For and Against Bush

Michael J. Totten's blog Here is yet another endorsement of George W. Bush from a lifelong British lefty who now lives in New York: Sarah Baxter in the Times of London, a Democrat for Bush . I don’t know if there are enough of us to become a movement ...

10 Oct 2004

To the Shores of Tripoli

Michael J. Totten's blog I finally got my visa. I’m going to Libya at the end of next month. While you are at home eating Thanksgiving turkey, I will be here eating couscous and being led around by one of Ghaddafi’s official government babysitters: ...

7 Oct 2004

The Second Debate

Michael J. Totten's blog I only watched part of the debate tonight. I taped the whole thing and may sit down to absorb it this weekend. (Then again, I may not.) I found this one far more irritating than the first. I did see a few small pieces. And ...

6 Oct 2004

Documents: Saddam Bribed France, Russia, and China

Michael J. Totten's blog John Kerry rather undiplomatically described the allies of the United States as a “coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted.” As it turns out there really was a coalition of the bribed and the bought ...

5 Oct 2004

A Liberal Muslim Manifesto

Michael J. Totten's blog “We are of Muslim culture. We oppose misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and the political use of Islam. We reassert a living secularism.” That’s from A Muslim Manifesto From France published in this summer’s issue of ...

3 Oct 2004

Heinz-Kerry: No Blood for Oil!

Michael J. Totten's blog I can see why those on John Kerry’s campaign staff cringe when his wife Teresa pops off in public. She is no Hillary Clinton. And I don’t mean that as a compliment. (I like Hillary now more than I did before. She isn’t on my ...

28 Sep 2004

The Dark Towers of Paris

Michael J. Totten's blog I went to Europe for the first time on my honeymoon a little more than two years ago. Shelly and I started our trip in France, went south into Spain, and then north up to Amsterdam. She had been to Europe before. I had not, ...

26 Sep 2004

Department of Duh

Michael J. Totten's blog John Kerry must know the truth about France and Germany. He’s a senator. He’s been around a while. Our two “allies” didn’t refuse to help the coalition in Iraq because they don’t like Bush’s cowboy talk or because Rumsfeld ...

18 Sep 2004

“Militant” = Terrorist

Michael J. Totten's blog Nelson Ascher, for those of you who don’t know, is a Brazillian journalist based in Paris who also writes in English at his blog called Europundits . He speaks, reads and writes, gosh, I don’t know how many languages. He is ...

15 Sep 2004

Honesty = Disloyalty

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m enjoying the new blog by Eric the Unread , a disgruntled lefty type who lives somewhere in Britain and moved to the center like I did. (Hey, Eric. The Tories are useless, so at least you can stick with the Labor Party. I ...

8 Sep 2004

Fiddling on Two Fronts

Michael J. Totten's blog If you’re surprised by or skeptical of the following , please raise your hand in the comments: VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is using negotiations with the European Union’s “big three” on suspending sensitive nuclear activities to ...

15 Aug 2004

Class Warfare – A Reality Check

Michael J. Totten's blog The Democratic Party is frequently accused of waging “class warfare” inside the United States for bickering with the GOP about the tax code. Now is a good time to revisit what class warfare actually looks like. From a blog I ...

11 Aug 2004

The Game Plan

Michael J. Totten's blog We’ve launched a full-blown offensive against Moqtada al-Sadr’s milita in Najaf. No doubt many will think we’re doomed for no other reason than because this is happening, without regard to what it might look like when it’s ...

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, ...

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 ...

13 Jun 2004

European Earthquake

Michael J. Totten's blog Elections in both Britain and Germany all but annihilated the political status quo. The British Labour party came in a humiliating third place, which according to Andrew Sullivan is the worst showing at the polls of the party ...

11 Jun 2004

Tourism in Ottawa

Michael J. Totten's blog So it looks like I may have to fly 3,000 miles to Ottawa, Canada two weeks from now to run a 20-minute errand. (Yes, I’m serious. Long story. Don’t ask. Just understand that the Libyan tourism-visa bureaucracy is something to ...

5 Jun 2004

A Liberal Empire?

Michael J. Totten's blog I hate the word empire when used to describe the United States. If the US is an empire, it sure is empire-lite. We are not expanding the borders. It’s hard to have colonies when you don’t have any colonists. Aside from Iraq ...

4 Jun 2004

The Death of Ronald Reagan (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Ronald Reagan is dead . I am not a member of his fan club. I’ve said plenty of things about him that I don’t regret, but I would choose not to say them in front of his family or in public on the day that he died. I did not ...

1 Jun 2004

Tilting at Science

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Crowly writes in The New Republic about how America is rapidly falling behind the curve in a key sector of biotechnology. Last month, The Boston Globe published a science article, datelined from far away Brno, Czech ...

30 May 2004

The Weather Movie

Michael J. Totten's blog Saw The Day After Tomorrow . You know, the weather movie. Global warming cooks up Antarctica which melts fresh water ice into the ocean causing a breakdown in the salinity level which makes the North Atlantic current to go ...

27 May 2004

Fisking Pat Buchanan

Michael J. Totten's blog Pat Buchanan is being an ass again. Fisking him may be, as Gerard Van der Leun likes to put it, one of those Fish. Barrel. Bang! type of deals. But still it’s something that needs to be done every couple of months to reduce ...

20 May 2004

New Comments Policy

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s time to start cracking heads in the comment section. I’ve been getting too many complaints from reasonable people about trolls, and invariably the people who (rightly) complain tell me they don’t want to hang out here ...

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. ...

18 May 2004

Pure Baathist Propaganda

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m still amazed Stalinist George Galloway was (until they kicked his ass out) a Labor Party MP in Britain. He is a fascinating person, though, in a Hannibal Lector sort of way. He recently wrote a new book. Johann Hari calls ...

16 May 2004

The (Im)moral Case Against the War

Michael J. Totten's blog The Nation used to be one of my favorite magazines before I started having the same problem with it that I used to have (and sometimes still have) with conservatives. What I can’t stand most of all, even more than its ...

28 Apr 2004

An Unlikely Friendship

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon told me to read Imshin because it would be good for me. And he is right. An Israeli woman meets a young Palestinian man at a wedding in France. Friendship of a sort soon follows. Find out how and why . Middle ...

24 Apr 2004

Europe Gets Jihad

Michael J. Totten's blog Europeans are having serious problems with some of their immigrants. LUTON, England, April 24 — The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say. In this former ...

19 Apr 2004

Another Kind of Terror

Michael J. Totten's blog Damn this is creepy . MADRID, Spain (CNN) — The body of a Spanish police officer who was killed in a raid on suspected Islamic terrorists was removed from its tomb Sunday night, dragged across a cemetery, doused with gasoline ...

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 ...

28 Mar 2004

Real Terrorism in Uzbekistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Two female suicide bombers killed at least 19 people in Uzbekistan. Here’s how Reuters reported it . TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (Reuters) – At least 19 people were killed in a series of explosions and shoot-outs in Uzbekistan in ...

21 Mar 2004

Pas Comme Les Autres

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t have time to write much tonight. But I would like to point you to a guest piece by Gabriel Gonzalez at Winds of Change . Gabriel is a frequent contributer to my comments section, so some of you will recognize his name ...

19 Mar 2004

Name-Brand Socialism

Michael J. Totten's blog Socialism is dead. Really. Oh, sure, its rotting corpse hasn’t fallen over yet in Cuba. ¡Socialismo o muerte! is still Fidel Castro’s bumper sticker after all these years. It’s as old as the cars in Havana. Someone should ...

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 ...

15 Mar 2004

The Price of Appeasement

Michael J. Totten's blog Lee Harris suggests a thought experiment in Tech Central Station . Suppose that last week’s attack had not been the work of terrorists, but the work of the United States. Suppose American jets had flown over Madrid on ...

14 Mar 2004

Home Again

Michael J. Totten's blog I just got back from spending four days in the lovely city of Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s after midnight and I’m too tired and out of the news loop to write anything. Blogging will resume shortly. I couldn’t help but ...

Yes, It Was Appeasement

Michael J. Totten's blog It looks like terrorism works, at least in Spain . MADRID, Spain (AP) — The leader of Spain’s victorious Socialists said Monday he will withdraw his nation’s support for the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, restating a campaign ...

10 Mar 2004

Terror in Madrid

Michael J. Totten's blog At least 180 people were killed in Madrid by ten or more bombs in commuter train stations. The Spanish government seems certain i t was the Basque ETA , not Al Qaeda. This is huge, by far the worst terror attack in Spain ever ...

Al Qaeda in Spain?

Michael J. Totten's blog From Fox : MADRID, Spain — Al Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibilty for a series of bombings Thursday that left at least 190 people dead and 1,240 wounded. According to wire reports, Al-Quds Al-Arabi — a London-based ...

16 Feb 2004

Yearning for Tyranny

Michael J. Totten's blog The Guardian reports (surprise, surprise) that some British politicians were paid to help prop up Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Anti-sanctions campaigns by former Irish premier Albert Reynolds, former Labour MP George ...

7 Feb 2004

Reviewing the Democrats

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens in Slate on party-mindedness : I know many people who are much more intelligent than George Bush (even if they do keep saying so themselves) and whom I have heard, over the past decades, talk with perfect ...

6 Feb 2004

MJT Was Here

Michael J. Totten's blog I feel like I’ve been to lots of places in the world, but sheesh. From the look of these maps, I’ve hardly seen anything. I’ve been to all the red places. Before the end of this year I expect to add Puerto Rico, Italy, and ...

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