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Clinton, The UN, and the Bosnia Disaster

The New York Review of Books     |    December 18, 1997     |    ESSAY

121897cover In the bitter wind and cold of late December 1995, shortly before the coming of Orthodox Christmas, the Serb fathers of Sarajevo began trudging toward the graveyards.
 
Tags: Clinton | UN | Balkans | Bosnia

America and the Bosnia Genocide

The New York Review of Books     |    December 04, 1997     |    ESSAY

120497_pic1 To the hundreds of millions who first beheld them on their television screens that August day in 1992, the faces staring out from behind barbed wire seemed powerfully familiar.
 
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia

Still Living in a Cold War World

Harper's     |    December 1997     |    ESSAY

Harpers_cover Three years have passed since I stood in a marketplace in Sarajevo, notebook in hand, gazing through the chaos of smoke and running feet at the scores of dead heaped upon the earth.
 
Tags: Cold War | Foreign Affairs

The US and the Yugoslav Catastrophe

The New York Review of Books     |    November 20, 1997     |    ESSAY

112097cover Scarcely two years ago, during the sweltering days of July 1995, any citizen of our civilized land could have pressed a button on a remote control and idly gazed, for an instant or an hour, into the jaws of a contemporary Hell.
 
Tags: Srebrenica | Balkans | Bosnia

Iran-Contra in the Light of History (discussant)

President Reagan and the World (book)     |    July 1997     |    COMMENTARY

Reagan_and_world I think I'd like to begin by asking about Iran-Contra the question the Jesuits like to ask when they see a difficult problem, which is: What is its quiddity? What is its "whatness"? What separates it from everything else - in particular, from other scandals?
 
Tags: Latin America | Iran-Contra | Reagan

Staying on in El Salvador (Introduction)

El Salvador: Photographs by Larry Towell     |    June 1997     |    INTRODUCTION

Elsalvador Inward-gazing and self-absorbed, Americans tend to learn about the world only during times of crisis.
 
Tags: Latin America | El Salvador | Larry Towell

Guardian Angels

The New Yorker     |    November 25, 1996     |    TALK OF THE TOWN

A spectator of the culture wars writes: For a while there, Bob Dole had me worried.
 
Tags: Media

Hypocrisy in Action: What's the real Iran-Bosnia Scandal

The New Yorker     |    May 13, 1996     |    COMMENT

Hypocrisy may be the mother's milk of politics, but there are occasions -- the controversy now being manufactured in Congress over "secret" Iranian arms shipments to Bosnia is one -- when the glass runs over.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs | Balkans | Bosnia

Running Free: Mark Danner on an Athlete's Trials

The New Yorker     |    February 26 & March 4, 1996     |    SHOWCASE

That excellence equals beauty was taken for granted by the Greeks, fathers of the Olympiad, and Hassiba Boulmerka embodies the equation's power.
 
Tags: Olympics

Perilous Fight: Haiti's Problems will not yield as easily as its Army

The New Yorker     |    September 26, 1994     |    COMMENTARY

You can do anything with a bayonet, Napoleon is said to have observed, except sit on it.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs | Haiti

House on Fire: America's Haitian Crisis

ABC     |    July 27, 1994     |    TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

How can it be that America is on the verge of invading a country already burdened by catastrophe?  What does it take to get killed here?
 
Tags: Haiti

Through A Child's Eyes: The Yugoslav War

The New Yorker     |    April 04, 1994     |    PORTFOLIO CAPTION

For besiegers of cities, a child is an especially lucrative target. If the aim is to sow terror among those holding out behind the walls, how better to do it than by murdering children?
 
Tags: Balkans

While America Watched: The Bosnia Tragedy

ABC     |    March 30, 1994     |    TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

Camp_(1) American fighter planes in the skies over Sarajevo. To the survivors in the ruined city below, the planes are a familiar sight.
 
Tags: Bosnia

The Truth of El Mozote

The New Yorker     |    December 06, 1993     |    A REPORTER AT LARGE

Elmozote Heading up into the mountains of Morazán, in the bright, clear air near the Honduran border, you cross the Torola River, the wooden slats of the one-lane bridge clattering beneath your wheels,  and enter what was the fiercest of El Salvador's zonas rojas...
 
Tags: Central America | Latin America | El Salvador

The Fall of the Prophet

The New York Review of Books     |    December 02, 1993     |    ESSAY (PART III)

120293_pic1 Late on a breezy afternoon, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the elected president of the Republic of Haiti, descended from his limousine on Capitol Hill and, accompanied by his entourage of Haitian aides and American lawyers, made his way slowly into the Capitol to meeting room S-116, where a group of senators and staff assistants awaited him.
 
Tags: Aristide | Haiti

The Prophet

The New York Review of Books     |    November 18, 1993     |    ESSAY (PART II)

111893pic1 On a sunny Columbus Day afternoon, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, president of the Republic of Haiti, walked slowly down the steps of the Georgetown house in which he has made his home for much of the last two years, and faced a restless crowd of reporters and photographers.
 
Tags: Aristide | Haiti

Haiti on the Verge

The New York Review of Books     |    November 04, 1993     |    ESSAY (PART I)

110493_pic2 On a sweltering morning in Port-au-Prince, in July of 1915, a party of gentlemen attired in black morning coats, striped pants, and bowler hats strolled past the wrought-iron gates and around the courtyard of the elegant mansion that housed the French legation and pushed through a side door.
 
Tags: Aristide | Haiti

Transatlantic Relations - Confronting the Paradigm Change

The Council on Foreign Relations     |    1993     |    ESSAY

1993_transimage It strikes me that "The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship" has quite a considerable past.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs

The Price in Haiti

The New Yorker     |    October 25, 1993     |    NOTES AND COMMENT

Americans are so devoted to democracy and so respectful of its central ritual that we tend to confuse the one with the other. Call it the Election Day Myth.
 
Tags: Haiti

How the Foreign Policy Machine Broke Down

The New York Times Magazine     |    March 07, 1993     |    ESSAY

For a half-dozen years, Iran-contra has haunted American political life. The ghost arose anew on Christmas Eve, thanks to President Bush's pardons, and it is fated to reappear one day soon when Lawrence Walsh, the independent counsel, releases his final report.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs
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