Jul 27, 2002

Gov. Davis goes where Bush fears to tread

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — A remarkable event occurred this week in California — one that should cheer environmentalists around the world who were angered by the Bush administration’s rejection of the Kyoto treaty on global warming. California’s Democratic governor, Gray Davis, signed a bill that ...

Jul 4, 2002

The Cyprus connection: How Milosevic evaded arms sanctions

NICOSIA, Cyprus — On Dec. 27, 1998, a Yugoslav named Drakomir Stojkovic flew from Belgrade to Cyprus’s Larnaca airport on a private jet carrying bags stuffed with 35 million deutsche marks — worth roughly $17 million. One might assume that such an eye-popping figure ...

North of the border, Chinese reap a rich harvest

May 28, 2002

North of the border, Chinese reap a rich harvest

LAZAREVSKOYE, Russia — In order to enter Lu Binzheng’s pig farm, visitors have to dress in white lab coats, stand under an ultraviolet light to kill any germs and slosh their shoes in disinfectant. Lu, a 37-year-old Chinese farmer from the town of Tsyamusy ...

May 28, 2002

North of the border, Chinese reap a rich harvest

LAZAREVSKOYE, Russia — In order to enter Lu Binzheng’s pig farm, visitors have to dress in white lab coats, stand under an ultraviolet light to kill any germs and slosh their shoes in disinfectant. Lu, a 37-year-old Chinese farmer from the town of Tsyamusy ...

Apr 27, 2002

Greek Cypriots bluster over Israeli snub

NICOSIA — At first glance, Cyprus might seem a likely friend for Israel in a hostile region. An eastern Mediterranean island just 105 km from Syria, the Republic of Cyprus is a democracy with a free press, thriving banking and shipping industries, and a ...

Apr 18, 2002

Israeli offensive shakes Jordanian society

GAZA REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Gloom hung over the house where Amin’s adult daughter had died of an unknown disease. Rain was leaking through the tarpaulin that served as a roof in half of the two-room structure of mud brick and cinder blocks where ...

Apr 11, 2002

Threat of new Iraqi war has neighboring Turkey on edge

ANKARA — At his shop in the ancient citadel of this busy capital city, Satilimish Sutchuoglu and three fellow carpet sellers gather to drink tea and trade forecasts of economic doom. Tourists, who provide most of his bread and butter, have been scarce since ...

Mar 31, 2002

Who can blame U.S. for going it alone?

ATHENS — It was a curious political moment in the cradle of democracy. A recent visit by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sparked a flood of favorable media coverage about Iran — and an avalanche of condemnation of America. In a story headlined, “Greece does ...

Mar 8, 2002

Propaganda fuels Muslim anti-Semitism

NEW YORK — It was, by all accounts, a heinous conclusion to a barbaric crime. The Pakistani kidnappers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl forced him to state that he was a Jew and his mother and father were Jews. Then, having laid ...

Dec 30, 2001

Russia's free press loses another battle

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — In July 2000, I joined Russian reporter Grigory Pasko and two carloads of fellow journalists in a visit to Irina Grebneva, a newspaper editor who had been jailed for five days in the Pacific port of Vladivostok, Russia. Her crime was ...