Karen Breslau

Climbing Mt. Rushmore

NO MATTER WHERE BILL CLINTON turns his gaze in the Oval Office, one of his predecessors is staring back at him. Busts of Lincoln and FDR peer down from the bookshelves.

A Spring Break To Envy

IN MASAI CULTURE, WHEN YOU REALLY WANT TO HONOR A WOMAN, YOU REFER to her as the mother of her oldest daughter. So last week, when a group of Masai schoolgirls in northern Tanzania held up a sign saying KARIBU MAMA CHELSEA, it meant more than just "Welcome, Chelsea's mom." Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, on a good-will tour of several African countries, understood the compliment.

Clinton Goes Corporate

FOR MOST WASHINGTON POWER players, making the rounds of the weekend talk shows is a cherished ritual. Leon Panetta, President Clinton's former chief of staff, was a jovial regular.

An Enforcer With An Edge

RAHM EMANUEL ISN'T AFRAID to say no to Bill Clinton. Often he says a lot more. In one Oval Office session last year, the president went around the room asking advice about a technical law-enforcement question.

The Best Of Times, Or Not

After six months of u.s. occupation, Haiti's glass is half full or half empty -- depending on whether you are an American or a Haitian. Americans brag that political violence has virtually ended, that the once oppressive army has been largely disbanded, that democratic government is beginning to take hold and that business is picking up.

Closing The Deal

Americans and Chinese don't agree on much these days, what with disputes over human rights and intellectual-property rights. But Richard Mueller, the U.S. consul general in Hong Kong, recently found some common ground -- in chicken parts.

Blues For The Blue Helmets

WHY IS THE UNITED NATIONS imploding in Bosnia? One answer lies in the story of 11 Leopard battle tanks that set off from Denmark last October to the besieged Bosnian town of Tuzla, where a Nordic U.N.

How Formidable A Foe?

Opponents of military intervention in Bosnia often invoke the deterring image of the fierce, cunning partisans who confounded Hitler's mighty Wehrmacht during World War II.

Faultless To A Fault

Germans have a cultural tendency to define mistakes and failures as anyone's fault but their own. When teenage neo-Nazis in the Baltic port city of Rostock firebombed a building last month that housed Romanian Gypsies and Vietnamese workers, sociologists explained that the frustrated youths lacked recreational activities-as if hurling Molotov-cocktails were a sport.

Will Kosovo Be Next?

The way some Serbs in Kosovo see it, Qefsere Uka committed a political act last week. The 27-year-old ethnic Albanian gave birth to a son and named him Granit, because, she says, "I want him to be strong." Granit's father was fired from his job at a wood-processing plant last year after refusing to sign a loyalty oath to the government of Serbia.

Life And Death In The Camps

They were living cadavers-silent men with jutting bones and terrified stares. Packed 600 to a stable that measured 230 feet long by 30 feet wide, they jumped to attention as one group at the bark of a prison officer when the commander of the Manjaca detention center in northern Bosnia escorted a reporter inside.

The Push For National 'Purity'

After Serbian fighters burned his village in northern Bosnia to the ground in May, Hasan Mahmudagic fled to Prijedor, a nearby city populated by Muslims. But instead of finding refuge, the 24year-old Muslim farmer was rounded up by Serbian soldiers and taken to a camp where he was detained along with several thousand other Muslim men. "It was like a cleaning," he says. "They had a couple of tanks and soldiers and they just took all the men." Those who tried to escape from the detention camp...

Life Among The Ruins

By 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Stefica Puskaric can no longer stand the confinement. She ventures downstairs and sits uneasily outside her apartment building.

A Riptide Of Refugees

For three weeks the frightened family hid in a forest, dodging skirmishes between Bosnian militiamen and former federal soldiers just across the border with Serbia.

Germany's Chaotic Spring

If there's one thing Germans hate, it's das Chaos. But suddenly, disorder is sweeping their reunified country. For the first time in almost 20 years, government worker unions went on strike throughout western Germany.

Screening Out The Dark Past

In 1939 a German-Jewish teenager named Salomon Perel fled to Poland to escape Nazi pogroms. When the Nazis invaded Poland, Perel made his way to Soviet-held territory; through a combination of linguistic skill, subterfuge and bizarre fortune, he was cared for first by the Soviet Communist Youth League, then by a German Army officer who sent him to an elite school for Hitler youth.

The New Face Of Berlin

One recent afternoon in Berlin, a devoutly trendy audience of intellectuals, mostly dressed in black, sat in a dark room, smoking cigarettes and pondering the future gestalt of the reanointed German capital.

Spin That Wheel, Svetlana

HOST: Let's give a warm welcome to Oleg from Sverdlovsk. Oleg, I see you used to teach the history of the Communist Party. Better get busy rewriting! (Audience snickers.) CONTESTANT No. 1: That's right, Vlad!

Terror In The New Germany

Detlev Karsten Rohwedder, the man known as "the manager of German unity," was up late one night last week working in the study of his Dusseldorf home. Suddenly a bullet smashed through the study window and hit him in the spine.

Dean Of The Deutsche Mark

Watch this," says Karl Otto Pohl. "It just came in from London." In a small conference room overlooking the glittering Frankfurt skyline, Europe's most influential banker settles into a leather chair.