Clinton on King: What Cost?

Will Clinton's Martin Luther King comment cost her black support in the South Carolina primary? A veteran of the civil rights movement weighs in.

Daoud Hari: A Guide Through the Valley of Death

Explorers, journalists and adventurers going to Africa have long relied on local guides for advice and protection. Richard Burton, the intrepid Victorian-era explorer, employed a man he dubbed "the End of Time" when he made his way across the wastes of Somaliland in 1854.

Q&A: Iraq's Ambassador to U.S.

Iraq's ambassador to the United States backs the Petraeus plan, calls for Iran to 'stop interfering' in his country's affairs—and expects a continued American presence there for a long time to come.

Capital Sources: Anatomy of a Nuclear Sting

Gregory Kutz and his colleagues wanted to order enough radioactive material to make a dirty bomb. So they set up bogus companies and applied for separate licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state of Maryland.

United Nations: A New Way to Fight Famine?

Famines generally follow a grim script: first the rains fail, then aid agencies issue dire warnings, and finally the United Nations scrambles to raise money and send food aid as journalists write stories of horror and tragedy.

The Taliban'S 'Bloody Spring'

Turmoil in Iraq gets most of the headlines these days. But in Afghanistan, where the Bush administration began its war on terror in October 2001, the trend lines are not good, either.

Worrisome Signs

Political pressure and sober intelligence analysis don't mix well. Paul R. Pillar, who served as the CIA's National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, took that as a clear lesson from the Iraq war.

Fighting in the Shadows

Mogadishu is a place most Americans would rather forget. During the 1990s, the "Black Hawk Down" debacle symbolized the dangers of dabbling in far-off lands we don't understand.

Death of a Peacemaker

My friend Yahya was asleep at home with his wife when several heavily armed vehicles rolled to a stop outside his house around 2 a.m. last Monday. It was raining in Mogadishu, and the patter of droplets obscured the sounds of the night.

Photo Ops

James Nachtwey has been described--by a fellow photographer--as the Angel of Death. If you see Nachtwey in a ravaged land, and people are not dying in front of his lens, they soon will be.

Kashmir's Psychic Toll

Zohur Ahmed Dar had no reason to fear when he went to his neighborhood mosque one night late last year. But after an evening of prayer and ritual to celebrate the day the prophet Mohammed received revelations from God, Dar never made it back home.Riding his motor scooter through the dark streets of Srinagar--the summer capital of the disputed, Indian-ruled region of Kashmir--Dar was attacked by "unidentified gunmen" wearing masks.