Articles by Michael Totten

The Liberal Shia Cleric You Should Meet

HARET HREIK, LEBANON - In the dahiyeh, the suburb, of Haret Hreik south of Beirut, where Hezbollah built its command and control center and the "capital" of its illegal state-within-a-state, lives Sayyed Mohammad Ali El Husseini, a moderate Shia... Read More

Iran Ascendant

Now that the Democratic Party controls both houses of Congress, some kind of change in America's strategy in Iraq is probably coming. Most Americans think that's why the Republicans lost the election. Yet tinkering with the strategy, deploying more... Read More

Across the Attila Line

[This is the second installment of a series on Cyprus. Part One can be found here.] The Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus is no longer a hotel. It is also no longer in Cyprus. It's a bullet-pocked dormitory for United... Read More

The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Sometimes Your Enemy

BEIRUT -- Syria's exiled former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam ratchets up his own personal war against Bashar Assad's ruling Ba'ath Party regime every couple of days. First he implicated Assad in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik... Read More

Cyprus: NATO's Internal Cold War

If you live in the United States, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is not a place you are ever likely to see. Most visitors are middle class tourists from Europe -- Britain, mainly -- who buy cheap package vacations at... Read More

The Slow Rot of Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO - To those who are easily and perhaps willingly fooled, Egypt's ruler Hosni Mubarak appeared to cry "uncle!" after sustained U.S. pressure to open up his one-party state and hold real elections. But the reforms are a farce --... Read More

Car Bombs Return to Beirut

BEIRUT -- Yesterday, after a quiet spell that lasted almost three months, the terrifying wave of car bomb assassinations against anti-Syrian journalists and political figures started up again in Lebanon. This time the target was Gebran Tueni, the editor-in-chief of Read More

No Peace Without Syria

"No war without Egypt. No peace without Syria." - Arab proverb BEIRUT - Once again Lebanon's hot southern border is a frontline in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Last week it exploded in violence as Hezbollah fighters stormed across the border into... Read More

'The Source of the Chaos'

BEIRUT -- The Lebanese army fully deployed into the streets of Beirut while awaiting the release of U.N. special prosecutor Detlev Mehlis's report on his investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Armored vehicles and heavy... Read More

Old School Terrorism in Lebanon

BEIRUT -- Every couple of weeks, a car bomb explodes somewhere in Lebanon. Except for the 650 pound truck bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, all have exploded in Christian areas. A handful of bombs were placed under... Read More

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