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  • October 12, 2000

    On the Events in Serbia

    It took them thirteen years to ditch
    Old Slobodan Milosevic.
    Now people see a new day dawn,
    But notice that he's still not gone.

    Calvin Trillin

  • October 12, 2000


  • October 5, 2000

    The Former Yugoslavia

    During the Kosovo crisis of last year, it was commonplace if not routine to hear two mantras being intoned by those who had decided that "never" would be about the right time to resist ethnic cleansing with a show of force. We were incessantly told (were we not?) that NATO's action would drive the Serbs into the arms of Slobodan Milosevic. And we were incessantly told (were we not?) that the same NATO action would intensify, not alleviate, the plight of the Kosovar refugees.  Now there has been an election that was boycotted by almost all Kosovars and by the government of Montenegro. And even with the subtraction of these two important blocs of opposition voters, it is obvious that Milosevic has been humiliated, exposed, unmasked, disgraced.

    Christopher Hitchens


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  • March 30, 2000

    Who Is Putin?

    Russia's third presidential election, on March 26, should have been historic--the first democratic transfer of Kremlin power via the ballot box.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • March 9, 2000

    All the President’s Mien

    Leon Aron, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has over the past few years become known as an authority on Boris Yeltsin, a man he patently likes and has vigorously defended

    Abraham Brumberg

  • February 3, 2000

    The Pinochet Principle

    The arrest of Augusto Pinochet in England more than a year ago stunned the world and emboldened those seeking to bring dictators and war criminals to justice.

    Roane Carey

  • January 20, 2000

    A Man of Straw

    In principle, I rather detest articles or items that begin or end with the words, "You heard it here first." Nonetheless, this is what I told the readers of this column on December 28, 1998, in r

    Christopher Hitchens

  • January 6, 2000

    President Putin?

    Boris Yeltsin's sudden resignation as President on New Year's Eve provoked ritual praise of his legacy by the same editorial voices that have been championing him for nine years as Russia's great

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