For the third time in Pakistan's traumatic history, the army has seized power--this time, apparently, against the advice of the United States. The country is under martial law.
Repressed memory is the ammunition of history, returning when one least
expects it to puncture the complacency of the present.
Karen Rosenberg has taught Russian literary history in the United States and Austria.
On September 19, as the UN peacekeeping force was deploying in the ashes of Dili, our correspondent Allan Nairn was deported from West Timor to Singapore.
Just before Christmas in 1997, as a tumultuous stock-market crisis ravaged emerging markets in every corner of the globe, readers of the Wall Street Journal were treated to some good news:
The Russian Foreign Minister says it's an American plot to keep Russia weak. The head of the KGB-successor agency offers that same conviction in a formal briefing to President Boris Yeltsin.
Indonesia's scorched-earth compliance with international pressure on East Timor has left Dili, the capital, in ruins, displaced some 100,000 people to refugee camps under the control of the bruta
Finally, the rampant corruption at the core of Russia's post-Communist transformation is front-page news.
After the war life will begin to stir once again, but we won't be here, we will have vanished just as the Aztecs have vanished.
While the Indonesian military's thugs continue their rampage in East Timor, most foreign reporters have fled the country.