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Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten is a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal and the author of seven books, including Tower of the Sun and Where the West Ends.

Syrian strongman Bashar Assad is willing to fight Israel to the last Lebanese Shia, but he won’t risk one of his own. It’s far easier...

Helen Thomas is at it again. "I can call a president of the United States anything in the book,” she said at an anti-Arab-bias workshop in...

Almost everyone thought that the Syrian government assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in central Beirut in 2005, but most evidence now points to...

Claire Berlinski's must-read article in the September issue of Standpoint describes how the overwhelming majority of Turks have no idea what really happened earlier this...

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was never a "moderate" organization. I briefly interviewed their spokesman many years ago, and it could not have been more obvious that...

Once in a while, I "meet" someone online, on blogs and in comment sections, who thinks the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks might end...

Israeli historian Yaacov Lozowick is in favor of continuing the settlement freeze that's set to expire later this month — as long as the freeze...

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is now officially blaming Israel for assassinating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut on Valentine's Day in 2005....

A few days ago, I interviewed the brilliant Israeli writer Benjamin Kerstein — who also happens to be my friend — at a café in...

The warm welcome travelers experience in the Arab world is so well-known it has become a guidebook cliché, but the Arabs have earned it. Their...

Walter Russell Mead argues in the American Interest that President Barack Obama is more likely to go to war with Iran than many conventional observers...

Paul Berman takes the thesis of his outstanding new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, to the pages of the Wall Street Journal and dubs...