August 26, 2008

The Truth About Russia in Georgia

I Am Georgia Stop Russia.jpg

TBILISI, GEORGIA

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 6:34 AM | Permalink | 295 Comments »

August 20, 2008

Report from Tbilisi

(Note: I'm writing a long piece for this Web site called The Truth About Russia in Georgia. I should have it finished by this weekend. In the meantime, here is a short piece I filed for City Journal.)

Russia

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 7:42 PM | Permalink | 45 Comments »

August 17, 2008

In Country

I have arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia, after a long slog overground from Baku, Azerbaijan. This country is rougher than I expected. Downtown Tbilisi is wonderfully exotic and charming, but the outskirts and the border region have been much more brutally Sovietized than anything I saw in Eastern Europe, including Albania. It is shocking to see. Georgia aches with past and present oppression from Moscow.

I'll write something substantive when I can. In the meantime, take a look at my colleague and traveling companion Andrew Breitbart's dispatch from Baku. Read it. Trust me.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 11:30 PM | Permalink | 39 Comments »

August 16, 2008

On My Way to Georgia

Baku Blue Lights.jpg

Baku, Azerbaijan

I am in Baku, Azerbaijan, and heading to Georgia in two days.

I've been here for the better part of a week and have lots of interesting material, but instead of returning home to write I would rather make the short hop over to Georgia and get even better material. Georgia is only a few hours away.

Caucasus Map Georgia and Azerbaijan.JPG

I will write this trip up as soon as I can.

If you have any story ideas that don't involve me getting shot by the Russians, or if you know someone in Georgia I ought to meet, please let me know in the comments or by email.

If you value independent dispatches from the troubled parts of the world, please consider a donation to help offset my travel expenses.

You can make a one-time donation through Pay Pal:

Alternately, you can now make recurring monthly payments through Pay Pal.

$10 monthly subscription:

$25 monthly subscription:

$50 monthly subscription:

$100 monthly subscription:

If you would like to donate and you don't want to send money over the Internet, please consider sending a check or money order to:

Michael Totten

P.O. Box 312

Portland, OR 97207-0312

Many thanks in advance.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 2:44 AM | Permalink | 27 Comments »

August 9, 2008

The Explosive Caucasus

Just as I

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 4:34 PM | Permalink | 23 Comments »

August 6, 2008

Help Keep the Dispatches Coming

A significant percentage of my travel expense income has come from those of you who signed up for recurring payments through a Blog Patron subscription. Blog Patron, unfortunately, has now closed. That cash flow has stopped up entirely. If you were one of my Blog Patron subscribers, please consider re-enrolling with a Pay Pal subscription so I will continue to have money for travel expenses. I would write these dispatches for free if I could, but I don't have a trust fund or any other independent source of wealth to keep me going.

And just so you know what you'll be paying for: I have a handful of pieces remaining from Kosovo, and I'll be returning to Iraq shortly, most likely to Sadr City or somewhere else in the Baghdad area. I'll also have a dispatch or two from the mysterious former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan which lies between Iran and Russia. The trip to Azerbaijan is paid for by the Azeri government, but I still need money for travel expenses to Iraq and for war zone insurance while I'm embedded with counterinsurgency soldiers.

Many sincere thanks to everyone for all your assistance. There is absolutely no way I could do what I do without you.

$10 monthly subscription:

$25 monthly subscription:

$50 monthly subscription:

$100 monthly subscription:

$500 monthly subscription:

You can also make a one-time donation through Pay Pal:

If you would like to donate for travel and equipment expenses and you don't want to send money over the Internet, please consider sending a check or money order to:

Michael Totten

P.O. Box 312

Portland, OR 97207-0312

Many thanks in advance.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 12:43 PM | Permalink | 10 Comments »

August 4, 2008

An Israeli in Kosovo

Prizren and Hills.jpg

Imagine what would happen to a handful of Jewish veterans of the Israel Defense Forces who tried to move from Tel Aviv to an Arab country to open a bistro and bar. In only a few countries could they even get through the airport without being deported or, more likely, arrested. If they were somehow able to finagle a permit from the bureaucracy and operate openly as Israelis in an Arab capital, they wouldn

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 1:02 AM | Permalink | 71 Comments »

August 2, 2008

Problem with Internet Explorer 7

I took Site Meter off the site, at least temporarily, because readers using Internet Explorer 7 could no longer access this page.

If you're using Internet Explorer 7, do yourself and me a favor. Stop it. Seriously. It's crap. Use Firefox. It's free and vastly superior.

I had to strip down my Web site because of Microsoft's horrible product. Every other Web browser in the world has no trouble accessing my site.

UPDATE: Site Meter tech support tells me this is fixed, so I put the code back in. Obviously you can't even read this if the problem persists, but if you can read this and are using Internet Explorer 7, please let me know in the comments. Many thanks in advance.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 10:15 AM | Permalink | 18 Comments »
|

Winner, The 2008 Weblog Awards, Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Winner, The 2007 Weblog Awards, Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Read my blog on Kindle









Sponsored Links

Buy a used boat

Shanghai Hotels

Yachts for sale


Recommended Reading