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In Depth: North America

13 Dec 2003

An Early Christmas Present

Michael J. Totten's blog Okay, so most Iraqis don’t celebrate Christmas, but they are celebrating today because Saddam Hussein has been captured alive . Woo hoo! Alaa blogs from Baghdad : This, surely, is the mother of all days for us. The heroes of ...

Coalition of the Pissy

Michael J. Totten's blog T-bogg says he hates to join the Coalition of the Pissy. But he joins on his own free will . Is Iraq better off now than it was before? At the moment, yes. Will it be better off after the US Corporations finish acquiring all ...

10 Dec 2003

Pre-Marital Bickering?

Michael J. Totten's blog Sean LaFreniere wants the US to annex Europe . The idea is crazy, but in a few short paragraphs he made me go hmm . North America US ...

Pathetic and Sad

Michael J. Totten's blog Mainstream journalists are shockingly uninformed about what is happening in the world. Tim Blair writes about the huge anti-terrorism demonstrations in Iraq and notes that the Washington Post’s Middle East editor – editor! – ...

9 Dec 2003

View from the Radical Center

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens is interviewed by Jamie Glazov in Front Page Magazine , and he goes after both the right and the left with brass knuckles. These are long exerpts, but the interview itself is quite long, and as usual with ...

8 Dec 2003

Central America Photo Album

Michael J. Totten's blog Parque Central Cathedral, Guatemala City Antigua, Guatemala Antigua, Guatemala Cathedral at night, Antigua, Guatemala Volcan Agua Lake Atitlán before a thunderstorm Me at Tikal Tikal Above the Petén jungle, Guatemala Dock, ...

7 Dec 2003

We’re Back

Michael J. Totten's blog We’re back! And it’s cold and dark here. Yesterday we were on Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. To get home we flew to Belize City, then to San Salvador, then on to Guatemala City. We stayed in a Five Star hotel in Zone ...

27 Nov 2003

To Lake Atitlán

Michael J. Totten's blog We left the colonial city of Antigua by taxi at dawn and ventured deep into the highlands for Lake Atitlán, a virtual inland sea ringed by towering cliffs and swooping volcanoes. The gravitational pull of Guatemala City still ...

24 Nov 2003

In Guatemala City

Michael J. Totten's blog Guatemala City is a rough place. The air is choked with diesel fumes. Buildings downtown are smudged with streaks of black. Narrow sidewalks are made narrower by street vendors, and on Avenida 6 pedestrian traffic spills into ...

20 Nov 2003

We’re Off

Michael J. Totten's blog Shelly and I are going to bum around Central America for the next two weeks, and we’re leaving tonight. We’ll spend a week in the Guatemalan highlands, and then another week on an island off the coast of Belize. Keep checking ...

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 ...

Bloggers are People too

Michael J. Totten's blog Sheila O’Malley reminds us of something that ought to be obvious but is still often forgotten. We are greater than the sum of our blog posts . North America US ...

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 ...

The Ultimate Wingnut

Michael J. Totten's blog It seems that Ted Rall has become a fascist sympathizer. He wrote this appalling column on Veterans Day. NEW YORK–Dear Recruit: Thank you for joining the Iraqi resistance forces. You have been issued an AK-47 rifle, rocket ...

Dueling Cartoons

Michael J. Totten's blog Tom Tomorrow is a talented cartoonist. Even when I think his work is hopelessly wrongheaded, as this cartoon making fun of warbloggers is, he can still make me laugh. In this cartoon he goes on about “chickenhawks,” those who ...

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 ...

5 Nov 2003

We Cannot Run Away

Michael J. Totten's blog Democrats like to complain when people say they can’t be trusted with national security, as if it’s some “straw man” (their new favorite buzzword) spun up by Karl Rove and the White House. It’s not what Republicans say that ...

Finally

Michael J. Totten's blog Maybe I can soon stop referring to the so-called Iraqi resistance . LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Times has ordered its reporters to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraq as “resistance fighters,” saying the ...

A Liberal Vision

Michael J. Totten's blog The Democratic slide into oblivion is excruciating to watch. But democracy comes with anti-toxins. Good ideas beat bad ideas over time. Yesterday George W. Bush said this : Sixty years of Western nations excusing and ...

2 Nov 2003

America First?

Michael J. Totten's blog Cara Remal compares today’s anti-war leftists to yesterday’s right-wing America Firsters, among others. She includes some fascinating Dr. Seuss cartoons from World War II. One shows a woman reading a story to her children. ...

26 Oct 2003

Why They Hate Us

Michael J. Totten's blog Even after the terrorist massacre at the International Red Cross center in Baghdad, Red Cross spokeswoman Nada Doumani still doesn’t understand the world she is living in. Maybe it was an illusion to think people would ...

22 Oct 2003

South America Photo Album

Michael J. Totten's blog Four weeks from today Shelly and I begin our annual trip out of the country. This time we leave for fifteen days in Central America. One week in Antigua, Guatemala, and another on an island off the coast of Belize. There is ...

18 Oct 2003

21st Century Liberalism?

Michael J. Totten's blog Disaffected Democrat Gerard Van der Leun wants to export the American Revolution to the entire human race. Arrogant? Perhaps. But it sure beats “Bush=Hiter.” North America US ...

14 Oct 2003

Schizophrenic Liberalism

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s a new liberal hawk blog called One-Sided Wonder by Anne Cunningham. I sure can relate to this. I use the expression “the left” advisedly; I make a distinction between between being a liberal & being leftist, ...

11 Oct 2003

If the Shoe Fits…

Michael J. Totten's blog An anonymous reader emails Glenn Reynolds, and Glenn responds approvingly. Your link to the Ebadi story reminds me of what the WaPo, NYT and the AP did after the fall in the Soviet Union. All of a sudden the most hard-line ...

8 Oct 2003

California’s De-Alignment

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens once said the Washington Post is a great newspaper because you never know on which page you’ll find the front-page story. Its opinion page is also unpredictable. Today a conservative columnist boos Arnold ...

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 ...

6 Oct 2003

Losing His Virginity

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon says he is losing his virginity all over again. Today he is voting for a Republican for the first time ever. Of course, he’s talking about Arnold in California, a liberal Republican who is hated by the right ...

30 Sep 2003

Joe Wilson: Hysterical Moonbat (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog I said I wasn’t going to write about the Wilson/Plame scandal. Okay, so I’m breaking my promise already. The liberals need to be saved from themselves. Kevin Drum says the Republicans have an odious attack plan to smear Joe ...

Reuters Watch

Michael J. Totten's blog From Reuters : Police Open Fire to Break Up Iraqi Jobless Protest : Police opened fire on Wednesday to break up crowds of angry jobless Iraqis — including former soldiers — demonstrating in Baghdad and Mosul as frustration at ...

26 Sep 2003

The Iraqi Underground

Michael J. Totten's blog The Baathists do love to bury things in Iraq . TIKRIT, Iraq – U.S. troops uncovered one of their biggest weapons caches to date Saturday at a farm near Saddam Hussein’s birthplace, including anti-aircraft missiles and a huge ...

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 ...

17 Sep 2003

The Paradox of Terror

Michael J. Totten's blog Three different countries were recently polled, and respondents were asked whether or not they were satisfied with their lives. The three countries were Israel, the United States, and Canada. Now. Ask yourself which of these ...

Activists Against Nation-Building

Michael J. Totten's blog Judith Weiss sent me this from the left-wing activists at moveon.org : The US occupation in Iraq has left American soldiers unprepared and vulnerable, the country degenerating into chaos, and the Iraqi people embittered and ...

14 Sep 2003

Ted Rall: Left-wing Terror Apologist

Michael J. Totten's blog Ted Rall demonstrates how the far-left meets the far-right on the nasty side of the political circle . NEW YORK–Nearly 70 percent of Americans tell Newsweek that “the United States will be bogged down in [Iraq] for years ...

10 Sep 2003

The Problem of Yasser Arafat

Michael J. Totten's blog Israel has decided to remove Yasser Arafat . The security Cabinet decided on Thursday to expel Yasser Arafat but put off immediate action. Individual government officials and Cabinet ministers have not yet commented. “Recent ...

7 Sep 2003

Chomsky in Havana

Michael J. Totten's blog If you think you can stomach it, here is the transcipt of an interview with Noam Chomsky by Bernie Dwyer on Radio Havana , dutifully published in Z Magazine . (Via Oliver Kamm .) Here are some excerpts. [Bernie Dwyer] A ...

4 Sep 2003

Bomb Found in Portland

Michael J. Totten's blog Someone found a bomb on a commuter train in the Portland suburbs. Investigators are trying to determine how a bomb with the power to kill a person was left on a MAX train in Washington County. Police explosives experts ...

Generation X and the American Flag

Michael J. Totten's blog Sean LaFreniere, real liberal and fellow GenXer, wants to take back his country and his flag from the Baby Boomers. North America US ...

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. ...

28 Aug 2003

Hate

Michael J. Totten's blog Michelle at A Small Victory has posted a collection of violently anti-Semitic and anti-American cartoons that keep appearing on Indymedia . North America US ...

24 Aug 2003

Taking Responsibility

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know if we can reconstruct Iraq. I am optimistic, I am hopeful, but I won’t make a fool of myself and say it’s inevitable. When the US decided after so many decades of feet-dragging that it was in the same trench as ...

Greatest Figures in American History

Michael J. Totten's blog John Hawkins at Right Wing News asked several left-of-center bloggers, including yours truly, to send him a list of who we think are the 20 greatest figures in American history. Rather than invent objective criteria I decided ...

21 Aug 2003

A Fair and Balanced Judge

Michael J. Totten's blog Al Franken easily beats Fox . A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News’ trademark infringement lawsuit against humorist Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the satirist’s new book that ...

20 Aug 2003

What Must Be Said

Michael J. Totten's blog Joe Katzman is one of my favorite conservatives in the blogosphere. No. Wait. I shouldn’t put it that way. Joe Katzman is one of the best writers in the blogosphere. How many other Jews after September 11 dedicate every ...

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