Jeffrey Bartholet

Mao Versus The Mystic

Li Hongzhi doesn't seem like a revolutionary with the power to topple the Chinese government. His guiding principles, taken from a blend of Buddhist, Taoist and mystical beliefs, are "Truth, Benevolence, Forbearance." He also believes, among other things, that aliens inhabit the earth, and that he can give his followers a "celestial eye" with supernatural powers.

Gold Is Losing Its Glitter

Ah, the good old days. Think back far enough, and "striking it rich" meant swinging a pickax at a slab of rock and opening a vein of gold. Wealth was not a blip on a computer screen or an option to be exercised three years hence.

Starving And Alone

THE FIRST THING Catherine Bertini noticed was how small the children were. As head of the United Nations' World Food Program, she got unusual access to schools and day-care centers on a recent trip to the North Korean countryside.

Dimming The Sun

GODZILLA WAS ON A RAMPAGE--or so it seemed. By the early 1990s Japan was gobbling up everything in sight, from Rockefeller Center to Hollywood studios. American homes were filled with gadgets made by Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Pioneer.

Defection In Beijing

HWANG JANG YOP, NORTH KOREA'S top ideologue, told colleagues in Beijing that he was going to a department store. Instead he embarked last week on one more mission to change the world.

A Few Cracks In The Ice

THE CEREMONY ALONG THE DEMILI- tarized zone was proceeding smoothly and solemnly, as befits the handing over of dead men's remains. North Korea had issued a rare apology the day before, expressing "deep regret" for the lives lost in South Korea when its spy submarine ran aground there last September, and its panicked soldiers killed three civilians trying to get back home.

Silent Princess

MASAKO OWADA BEGAN TO disappear on June 9, 1993, the day of her wedding. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, an up-and-coming diplomat who spoke five languages.

A Deadly Blow To Peace

ALL THAT YANIV DAYAN HAS TO LOOK forward to are memories. It was only a short time ago that his fiancee, Hofit Ayash, was talking about what she'd wear to their wedding in June.

Souls At War

THIS BEING THE HOLY LAND, it was probably inevitable that the assassin would claim to be acting in the name of God. American assassins--to take a more familiar breed-have shot at presidents over ideology, frustrated ambition or to catch the attention of a movie star.

The Peacemakers

People who make peace in the Middle East are called a lot of things. "Traitor" and "dupe" are among the mildest. And as PLO leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a landmark agreement at the White House last week, their opponents were manning the barricades.

Trouble In The Family

Terror has kept Saddam Hussein's regime in power, and terror may tear it apart. Last week two of Saddam's most trusted lieutenants defected from Iraq along with their wives--Saddam's own daughters.

How Big A Threat Is Hamas?

Israeli intelligence agents call him ""the engineer.'' A prime suspect in the Tel Aviv bus bombing, and at least five other attacks, Yehya Ayyash, a 28-year-old Palestinian, has been on the run for nearly two years.

A War On Peace

Bus no. 5 was nothing but a charred metal skeleton. Among the debris were twisted bodies, limbs wrenched in odd directions, faces mutilated. Orthodox Jews from Israel's Burial Society, together with emergency workers, removed corpses from the wreckage and carefully placed smaller body parts into transparent freezer bags.

A Bloodied Prize

It looked more like war-making than peacemaking. Israeli special forces stormed a stone safe house where Muslim extremists were holding an Israeli corporal hostage.

Signing On The Dotted Line

THEY WERE EXHAUSTED. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators bargained through the night before appearing together last week in Cairo. They finally were ready to make good on the deal signed nearly eight months earlier at the White House--self-government for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho.

Does Peace Have A Prayer

EVEN IN THE HOLY LAND, SOME PRAYERS are best left unanswered-like those said over the grave of Baruch Goldstein, now a place of pilgrimage in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Stuck In The Promised Land

NOT EVERYONE IN THE MILITANT Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba thinks it's the promised land. "We went because of the money; it was cheap to get an apartment there," says Sarah Malul, who moved to Kiryat Arba 10 years ago.

Digging In On The Heights

VICTOR SCHOENFELD, AN AMERICAN Jew working in the Golan Heights, is a fanatic--about wine. The Californian oversees a winery founded by Israelis on the strategic plateau captured from Syria in the 1967 war.

Arafat Plays Rope-A-Dope

ONCE AGAIN, THE WHOLE WORLD seems to be ganging up on Yasir Arafat. Israel accuses him of negotiating in bad faith. Jordan warns him to toe its line. Syria encourages his most lethal enemies.

Will Brother Fight Brother?

IBRAHIM MEHANNA AND HIS SON AYMAN are legends in their Gaza City neighborhood. Ayman, 19, joined the armed wing of the Islamic group Hamas as a teenager. Friends boast that he bought black-market assault rifles for Hamas until his capture by Israeli agents this year. "Whoever knows Ayman knows he'll never change, no matter what changes around him," says one of his chums.

Macho Zionism Fights Back

AHARON HALAMISH ADMITS THAT HE has "this madness" when it comes to the Arabs. A contractor in a Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank, Halamish doesn't hire Palestinian workers because he wants them all to leave the Israeli-occupied areas.

Who Needs A Peace Like This?

ON THE FACE OF IT, THE MIDEAST peace is still going strong. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators last week set an agenda for working out the fine points of self-government in Gaza and the West Bank town of Jericho. "We achieved within hours what wasn't achieved [at peace talks] in Washington in two years," said Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath.

A Wave Of Terror All Their Own

With 180 people dead in terrorist attack, since last year, Egypt has been looking for someone to blame. Until recently, one of the Egyptian government's favorite scapegoats was the foreign press. "There is a Western media prejudice against Egypt that distorts Egypt's image," Interior Minister Hassan al-Alfi told NEWSWEEK last month. "The reality is that everything is safe." Alfi has been at the forefront of Egypt's tough battle against Islamic extremism.