Alvaro Uribe Velez--slight and bespectacled--looks more like a high-school math teacher than a hard-charging ideologue. But there's nothing wimpy about his message: from the moment he declared his candidacy for Colombia's 2002 presidential election, the former state governor promised to halt peace negotiations with the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and restore law and order.
If justice delayed is justice denied, then four American men sitting in a Caribbean jail must be nursing a special sense of grievance. A year ago last month William Labrador and three friends were arrested in the British Virgin Islands for the murder of Lois McMillen, a 34-year-old painter from Connecticut.
THE DOORBELL RINGS. GWEN ANDERSON, archetypal South African white matron and costar of the comic strip ""Madam & Eve,'' opens her front door to a black couple. ""Don't mind us,'' says the man. ""We're house-hunting for after the election.'' ""I'm sorry,'' says a flustered Gwen, ""but this house isn't for sale.'' ""Who said anything about buying it?'' the man rejoins.
IT SEEMED A FAIRY-TALE ENDING TO A story of national redemption. Before even half the votes were counted, South African President F. W. de Klerk conceded defeat in an election that ended three centuries of white-minority rule. "We have proved we can work together," he said.
The attack began at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 30 near Luanda's international airport. Some three dozen fighters from UNITA (the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), Jonas Savimbi's rebel movement, fired mortar rounds at airplanes and helicopters parked on the tarmac, killing at least 13 people.
They were apartheid's fiercest warriors. Throughout the 1980s, such covert South African units as Army Special Forces, the police counter in surgency force known as Koevoet (Crowbar), and the Portuguese-speaking "Buffalo" Battalion ran a campaign of assassination and sabotage against the African National Congress and other Soviet-backed groups based in Black Africa.
"We want guns!" chanted the throng, and Nelson Mandela's reply--a clenched-fist salute--looked suitably militant. African National Congress "comrades" were rallying last week in memory of 39 residents of Boipatong township whose bloody deaths two weeks ago put in question the future of democratic reform in South Africa.
In early 1987 Paul Simon kicked off a world tour to promote his exuberant platinum-selling album, "Graceland." Blending Western pop with the infectious mbaqanga rhythms of South Africa's black ghettos, the award-winning record brought worldwide exposure to township music.