Arlene Getz

Beaten, Tortured And Jailed

Alejandra Rodriguez is not her real name. Even three years after being granted asylum and the right to live in the United States, the petite Guatemalan doctor is still afraid to reveal any details that might enable authorities in her home country to identify her or her family. "Being a woman in Guatemala is [already] reason to be discriminated against," she says. "Being a lesbian just made things worse."Rodriguez is one of a small category of asylum-seekers who have won permanent residence in...

Is Peace Possible?

Peace is still possible in the Middle East-but Israel is only prepared to wait a few days for Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to enforce his recently-declared ceasefire, Israeli President Moshe Katsav said Monday."Our tolerance is not an expression of weakness, it's not an expression of hesitation," Katsav told a media briefing in New York. "The expectation is that Yasir Arafat will implement his announcement. [He must] show his seriousness."Katsav was speaking three days after a suicide bomber...

Drugs: What Now?

Will the tragic downing of a missionary plane over Peru cause the Bush administration to rethink its anti-drug strategy in the region? Probably not, says Ethan A.

Voting For Peace?

The outcome seems all but certain. When Israelis cast their ballots in Tuesday's election, the polls show that they will opt for right-wing leader Ariel Sharon to replace their current prime minister, Ehud Barak.But while Sharon's commanding lead over Barak has removed some of the political suspense, the effect of the Feb. 6 election on the shaky Mideast peace process has yet to be determined.

Investing In Infancy

When movie star Susan Sarandon visited the slums of India, she saw community workers using different-sized dolls to show mothers how much their children should grow.

Newsweek Poll: Voters Divided Over Court Decision

The latest Florida Supreme Court ruling has split Americans along partisan lines, but also made them more tolerant of Vice President Al Gore's refusal to concede defeat, according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll conducted before and after the decision.The survey showed a sharply divided initial public reaction to the court decision ordering statewide hand recounts of disputed votes, with 46 percent agreeing with the court and 47 percent disagreeing.

Is It Over Yet?

The first would-be spectator arrived at 3:57 a.m. yesterday. Others arrived throughout the day, prepared to spend a chilly Washington night camped out in hopes of getting a seat to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear arguments that could decide the presidential election.

Getting Out The Vote

In Georgia, voters waited in line for hours. In suburban Chicago, the unexpectedly high numbers at the polls helped residents win bond approval for new libraries.

Commentary: What's The Rush?

Six years ago, I covered South Africa's first democratic election. It was an electrifying time. Millions of citizens once denied the vote because they were black were willing to walk for miles to reach a polling station and wait on line for hours so they could cast the first ballot of their lives.But if the excitement was palpable, so was the fear.

Who Voted For Whom

Yes, the gender gap's still there. So is the racial divide, the urban-rural distinction and even--to a lesser extent--religious differences. As candidates George W.

Out In The Cold

The sales clerk at the Paris department store shook her head. "Sorry," she said, "your credit card is not being accepted. I don't know why." I found out soon enough: my bank had frozen my account because of an "unusual" spending pattern.

Virtual Refugees

Christina Moore still chokes up when she thinks of the first request from the Kosovar men brought to an Albanian refugee camp after weeks in jail. The hundreds of men did not immediately ask to see the families from whom they had been summarily separated by Serbian authorities during last year's crisis in Kosovo.

Muted In The Mid-East

The usually staid Ha'aretz newspaper trumpeted it in a banner headline. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, said the Israeli daily, had picked "one of us" as his running mate in the race for the White House.

When Votes Are Not Enough

The last 25 years have been good ones for democracy. More than 100 countries replaced one-party or military rule with multiparty systems. And for the first time in history, some three-quarters of the world's population has a government installed by ballot rather than bullet.