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In Depth: Europe and Central Asia

27 Dec 2003

Friedman Discovers Poland

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou makes fun of Thomas Friedman for being six months behind the news. Poland is pro-American. Who knew? Friedman is sometimes silly, but I confess to being a fan. His book From Beirut to Jerusalem is sadly out ...

26 Dec 2003

A Drive Through Western Oregon

Michael J. Totten's blog Some days I just have to get out of the city. My Italian friend Giorgio inspired me. He visited us for Christmas (in Boise) and desperately wanted to drive in the countryside. “I need to see the American West,” he said. “This ...

24 Dec 2003

Back from the Big B

Michael J. Totten's blog Just got back from a festive get-together of far-flung friends in Boise, Idaho ( the Big B! as our friend Ezra from Manhatten calls it.) Our pal Giorgio flew in from Milan, Italy and wanted to drive to the mountains to see ...

17 Dec 2003

The Decline of France

Michael J. Totten's blog I enjoy taking a poke at France as much as the next person, but I should say that Shelly and I went to Paris and Cassis on our honeymoon two years ago and we had a wonderful time. I liked France a great deal, and I do feel ...

16 Dec 2003

Clear-Eyed Marxists

Michael J. Totten's blog There are some leftists (Paul Berman and Christopher Hitchens among them) that I still like more than I like some liberals. And this post (you might have to scroll down) about the UN on the British Marxist group blog ...

14 Dec 2003

Defending Saddam

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Jeremy Brown at Who Knew comes this little tidbit . A French lawyer [Jacques Verges] known for his notorious clients said on Monday he would be ready to defend Saddam Hussein and that the former Iraqi leader must be ...

12 Dec 2003

Jerks

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Tim Blair comes this tidbit from England: A church has been told that it cannot publicise its Christmas services on a community notice board to avoid offending other religions. I’m trying to imagine myself in this kind of ...

11 Dec 2003

Terror Supporters in Germany

Michael J. Totten's blog Harry Hatchett got his hands on a report to be published this Saturday in Britain. According to Harry, one in four Germans supports the Baathist and Islamist terrorists in Iraq, and some activists there are even raising money ...

10 Dec 2003

Not Even Remotely Romantic

Michael J. Totten's blog Twice-divorced congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich went on a date this morning (yes, this morning) while reporters stood by. The two met Thursday morning in the lobby of a downtown hotel and later discussed ...

9 Dec 2003

Normblog’s New Digs

Michael J. Totten's blog Norman Geras (you know Norm, he’s the hawkish British Marxist professor) has a shiny new blog home . Norm – May I suggest you provide a link to your new site on your old site? Some of your readers might wonder what happened ...

17 Nov 2003

Britain: America Doesn’t Suck

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou emailed me this piece from the Guardian . A majority of Labour voters welcome President George Bush’s state visit to Britain which starts today, according to November’s Guardian/ICM opinion poll. The survey ...

16 Nov 2003

The Problem of Uzbekistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Since 9/11, the US has been changing its attitude about third-world dictators. The “our bastards” realpolitik is slowly phasing out. But what about Uzbekistan ? The Bush Administration is rather, um, cozy with Islam Karimov’s ...

12 Nov 2003

Bosnia Gets An Apology

Michael J. Totten's blog Finally : SARAJEVO (AFP) – The president of the rump Yugoslavia, now renamed Serbia and Montenegro, apologised for the “evil” his country had caused during Bosnia’s war of independence and asked for forgiveness. “I want to ...

10 Nov 2003

The Tip of the Liberal Spear

Michael J. Totten's blog The US and British armed forces have achieved more objectively liberal results in the past six months than anyone else I have seen in my lifetime. Here is Tony Blair on Iraq: The press is free; over 170 newspapers in ...

8 Nov 2003

Michael Moore’s Decline

Michael J. Totten's blog From Michael Moore’s latest screed against Americans in Germany’s Die Zeit : (Via Jeff Jarvis .) Should such an ignorant people lead the world? How did it come to this in the first place? 82 percent of us don’t even have a ...

7 Nov 2003

A New Blog from Iraq

Michael J. Totten's blog If you haven’t already, check out the new blog from Iraq by Alaa called The Mesopotamian . Here’s a sample of what you’ll find. You have amongst you in the US alone an estimated more that one million Iraqis, not to mention ...

16 Oct 2003

Nothing to See Here?

Michael J. Totten's blog Malayasian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s Nazi-like rant is whitewashed by the media . The EU prepared a text condemning his remarks. Can you guess which European president blocked the condemnation? This is apparently what ...

13 Oct 2003

Racism at the New Republic?

Michael J. Totten's blog What the heck is up with this in the New Republic by Gregg Easterbrook? “Set aside what it says about Hollywood that today even Disney thinks what the public needs is ever-more-graphic depictions of killing the innocent as ...

7 Oct 2003

No Terrorist Threat?

Michael J. Totten's blog Jeff Jarvis reports : Michael Moore says on the Today Show: “There is no terrorist threat.” Lester Holt, shocked, says is there not evidence of a terrorist threat just two miles away? Moore says, “How many people died because ...

29 Sep 2003

Rosh Hashana Faux Pas

Michael J. Totten's blog Check out the first sentence of this piece : A Texas high school has apologized after the school band waved a Nazi flag during a performance on Friday, the start of the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana. The school band ...

28 Sep 2003

Bosnia, the Middle East, and “Realism”

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens reviews French journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy’s new book Who Killed Daniel Pearl? Lévy has some interesting things to say, not just about Daniel Pearl and Pakistan, but about the Terror War in general. ...

22 Sep 2003

Anti-Americanism

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Jeremy at the excellent new blog Who Knew? I learn that Jean-François Revel’s French best-seller L’Obsession Anti-Américaine will soon be translated in English and released in the United States. The English version will ...

Saddam Gets Desperate

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s an underreported story from the Mirror . SADDAM Hussein has been in secret negotiations with US forces in Iraq for the past nine days, we can reveal. The Iraqi dictator is demanding safe passage to the former Soviet ...

16 Sep 2003

Tectonic Shift

Michael J. Totten's blog The world has truly turned upside down. Thomas Friedman, liberal Democrat at the New York Times , calls France an enemy, yes an enemy of the United States . Europe and Central Asia France ...

14 Sep 2003

The Christopher Hitchens of Britain

Michael J. Totten's blog I am pleased to announce that this is the first web log to provide a permanent link to British journalist Johann Hari’s new Web site . (The permanent link is under “Columnists” on the left. His site is not a web log.) If you ...

3 Sep 2003

Don’t Panic

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou in a piece that manages to be both refreshing and sobering at the same time: That mistakes have been made in postwar Iraq is not in doubt, but that predicted disasters have not transpired is rarely ...

2 Sep 2003

Two Shiite Views of the “Resistance”

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s one , as reported in Yahoo! News : Lebanon’s top Shiite Muslim cleric warned that Iraqi Shiites would join the armed resistance against U.S. and British forces if the occupation of Iraq persisted for too long. Grand ...

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. ...

20 Aug 2003

Blaming America First

Michael J. Totten's blog Jessica Stern in the New York Times says every problem in Iraq is our fault . Yesterday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was the latest evidence that America has taken a country that was not a terrorist ...

18 Aug 2003

Unhinged in Paris

Michael J. Totten's blog Europeans used to blame Jews when people got sick. That same impulse still thrives on the continent. Howard Fineman in Newsweek: The blame-America attitude gets silly at times. For example, you might have wondered what caused ...

5 Aug 2003

History of the Ba’ath Party

Michael J. Totten's blog Hovig John Heghinian in the Comments section pointed to this article about Michel Aflaq, founder of the Ba’ath Party. It’s not a new article, but it is worth reading anyway since it explains the ideological foundations of ...

29 Jul 2003

Discrediting the ICC

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m a big fan of bringing dictators to justice. And so in principle I should wholeheartedly endorse the new International Criminal Court in the Hague. Some of the conservative arguments against it don’t wash, as Randy Paul ...

28 Jul 2003

The Poisoned Fruit of Anti-Americanism

Michael J. Totten's blog No more do I want to hear that Europeans are more sophisticated than Americans. Here’s the latest. BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) – Almost one in three Germans below the age of 30 believes the U.S. government may have sponsored ...

Quote of the Day

Michael J. Totten's blog From Merde in France who blogs from, well, France of course. Remember Americans, you are hated here. Hated more than the worst terrorists and murderers. Europe and Central Asia France Terrorism ...

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