Terry Anderson’s Four Years (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post, March 17, 1989 “It’s too bad about your friend,” Iran’s ambassador to Damascus nodded gravely. “He is innocent. They are all innocent as individuals. It is a very unfortunate situation.” The friend was Terry Anderson. The speaker was Ali Akhbar Mohtashami, the man U.S. intelligence claimed held the power of life and […]

Is America Out to Lunch? (The New York Times)

The New York Times, Aug. 30, 1988 SARASOTA, Fla. — What happened, America? You used to work so well. For a decade, in my travels as a foreign correspondent, I wrestled with telephones and plumbing in godforsaken corners of the world, wistfully recalling the American efficiency I’d left behind. Did I have an idealized memory […]

Terry Anderson, Devalued (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 16, 1988 SINCE THE MORNING of March 16, 1985, when Terry Anderson, an Associated Press correspondent, was dragged from a car in West Beirut, his whole world has been a series of damp basements and cramped rooms. His companions have been a blindfold and a chain. Fear, loneliness and doubt […]

They remain the forgotten Americans (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 26, 1986 (LONDON) — IT’S HARD TO FIND mention in the European and American press of what the United States is doing to free its hostages who remain in Lebanon. The Reagan administration’s “quiet diplomacy” remains quiet. The forgotten Americans remain forgotten. Somewhere in Lebanon in the last few weeks, probably […]

Wary Guerrillas Meet Peacekeepers (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Jan. 4, 1980 DENDERA MISSION, Rhodesia – They stare through suspicion-filled eyes,  clinging to their weapons. A week ago, these men and women would have killed any white man they  encountered. Today, they walk among white men in military uniforms who,  their commanders assure them, are foreigners and neutral. They […]

Replay of violent decade faces Southern Africa (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Jan. 2, 1980 SALISBURY – Although it enters the 1980s with a major peace agreement,  Southern Africa faces the prospect of a replay of the bloodshed of the  past decade. Few seasoned observers doubt that post-election Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)  will be a nation torn by armed clashes between political groups seeking  […]

Car Crash Kills Rhodesian Guerrilla (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

Salisbury RHODESIA (Dec. 28, 1979)  — Special to The Globe and Mail  – The future of the Rhodesian ceasefire was in jeopardy  yesterday with a warning from Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance  co-leader Robert Mugabe that he might not take part in the operation and  with the news that the commander of Mr. Mugabe’s forces, Gen. […]

British Troops Arrive in Rhodesia (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Dec. 21, 1979 SALISBURY – The first contingent of British troops for the ceasefire monitoring force arrived here yesterday to develop the military infrastructure to support about 750 fellow Britons and another 350 soldiers from four other Commonwealth nations. The 110 soldiers arrived aboard a Royal Air Force VC-10 within […]

Zambia’s future hinges on farm campaign (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Nov. 25, 1977 LUSAKA – On a flight over the Zambian bush, it quickly becomes obvious that something is missing. The veldt stretches as far as the eye can see, a vast, unbroken sea of brown grasses gently swaying in the hot breeze. What is missing is the patchwork quilt […]