Jeffrey Bartholet

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.