A little more than two years ago, Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello came to power on a vow to clean up corruption in Brazil. Today, the dashing 43-year-old free marketer has not only failed to live up to that promise-he also faces well-documented accusations that he ripped off the government on a grand scale himself A Brazilian congressional commission has found that Collor personally benefited from an influence-peddling ring operated within the government by his former campaign...
France's ambassador to Haiti was one of the first to see armored cars moving in on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Port-au-Prince home. He raced to the house and managed to pull the president into his bulletproof car, but not before soldiers had killed one Aristide bodyguard.
The moment Yitzhak Shamir dreaded had arrived: President Hafez Assad of Syria agreed to U.S. proposals for a Mideast peace conference. His enemy's concession confronted the Israeli prime minister with a dilemma: how to avoid snubbing his American patrons without setting his country on the road to territorial compromises.
The best description of the gulf war's impact on American society came from President Bush himself: "We've kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all." For half a generation, the memory of defeat in Vietnam--and the deep national divisions exposed and fed by that defeat--haunted the United States at home and abroad.