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Michael J. Totten

In the Land of the Brother Leader

Photos by Michael J. Totten Young men who like their comforts, and a dainty table, or who wish to pass their time pleasantly in the company of women, must not go to Arabia. —Carsten Niebuhr, Description of Arabia, 1772 When you visit another country, it’s hard to get a feel......

Guess Who’s Coming to Iftar

Photos by Daniel PepperBEIRUT — Syrian occupation troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, but the country has not yet regained its full sovereignty. The radical Shiite Hezbollah militia still controls its own territory in the suburbs south of Beirut and along the border with Israel. The Islamic Republic of Iran props......

A Beirut Diary

Photos by Michael J. TottenBeirut, Lebanon — Just as the last Syrian troops were ending their 30-year occupation, I traveled with three young leaders of the Cedar Revolution on their campaign up the coast to the ancient Christian stronghold of Mount Lebanon. As we got to the gates of the......
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