Monthly Archives: May 2013

Taken – a novel by Michael Totten. Book Review.

Taken’ is the first novel by Michael Totten. Totten, an American blogger and foreign correspondent, is the author of ‘the Road to Fatima Gate’ and two other works of reportage.  In the Middle East, he has reported from Lebanon, Iraq … Continue reading

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Burning of Hizballah flag in northern Syria

Opposition activists set fire to a flag of the Lebanese Shia Islamist organization, Binnish, northern Syria, February, 2012.

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The Failure of Western Policy on Syria

Tower Magazine, May, 2013 The Syrian civil war has now entered its third year with no end in sight. Over 70,000 people have died. 1.5 million refugees have fled Syria, with another two million displaced within the country’s borders. According … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s Kurdish Gambit

Jerusalem Post, 17/5 On May 8th, fighters of the Kurdish PKK militia began to withdraw from their positions in Turkey, bound for their mountain strongholds in Kurdish-ruled northern Iraq. The decision by the PKK to withdraw is the result of … Continue reading

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The Israeli Debate over Syria

Tablet Magazine, 14/5: The civil war in Syria has led to a keen debate among the professional echelon tasked with advising policymakers in Israel. This debate has been reflected in a more subdued public conversation and occasionally in spectacular events—like … Continue reading

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Is Assad Winning?

Jerusalem Post, 3/5 The imminent demise of the Assad regime has been announced on numerous occasions over the last two years of civil war in Syria. But the regime has held on. Despite some advances by rebels in the south … Continue reading

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