Malcolm Beith

Off To The Graveyard

And so, an era is over. After more than a decade of delighting English football fans at Manchester United and Spanish aficionados at Real Madrid, David Beckham is coming to America.

Clean Nukes Go Public

The darkest side of nuclear power, as North Korea just dramatically demonstrated, is that its waste can be made into bomb fuel. Current nuclear reactors are powered by a mix of two isotopes of uranium that produce a third isotope--uranium 239, which ultimately decays into bomb-grade plutonium.

Growing Pains

An Iraqi soldier is running across the street, an automatic weapon in one hand, firing blindly down the alley towards the enemy, apparently unaware of his fellow soldiers in the line of fire. "Somebody slap that f---er," yells U.S. Army Capt.


Overshadowed by Lebanon, the violence in Iraq has hit new highs. Attacks in the towns of Kufah and Mahmudiyah left more than 100 dead last week, while Baghdad alone saw a 40 percent spike in bombings and shootings.

Counting Corpses

The morgue is several blocks away, but the stench of rotting flesh wafts through the streets of the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Bab Al-Muadham. The odor is so powerful that doctors, police and cleaning workers cover their mouths and noses as they walk through the halls of the one-story building, struggling to avoid slipping on the black, oily film that covers the floors.

'Ready to Do Our Job'

The tidy green grass, the sun beating down on the back of the neck, excited spectators spilling onto the track encircling the field—it felt a bit like a high-school field day.

'He's Not Afraid'

After nearly 10 months of court proceedings, Saddam Hussein's chaotic trial is finally drawing to a close. Charged with ordering the murder of 148 Shiites from the village of Dujail in 1982, the deposed Iraqi dictator has been prone to angry outbursts in the courtroom, often simply using the trial as a forum to vent about America.

Continental Crisis

Rising out of the sand near a residential suburb of Dakar, the Demba Diop Stadium was beginning to fill up. Thousands of Senegalese fans sporting green, red and yellow national football shirts waited patiently in two orderly lines, while a band played West African tunes and groups of young boys sold bags of drinking water in the scorching spring heat.

Young Guns

Judging from the headlines, you might have thought a prophet had passed away. IS THERE LIFE AFTER ROO? Read one. A KILLER BLOW, lamented another. The Mirror best summed up the national mood: OUR ROOINATION.

Football's Big Fear

They descended on Briesen in the middle of the night, about a hundred in all. In the cold of late November, in the woods surrounding the little German border town, the rumble began.

Into Thin Air

A power struggle between the monarchy and Maoist rebels has paralyzed the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal for more than a year. Finally, after 16 consecutive days of violent pro-democracy protests in the capital of Katmandu, a weary King Gyanendra agreed to hand over power to an elected prime minister--allowing for a political process but also maintaining the monarchy. The international community praised the compromise, but the struggle in the streets went on.

A Day in Buenos Aires

It may be known as the Paris of South America, but in many respects, Buenos Aires has more going for it than its European counterpart. The peso--at three to the dollar--makes everything from steaks to suits a bargain for most visitors, and the city's lively Latin vibe easily beats the smug attitude of Parisians.

Can Préval Prevail?

In the end, it came down to a simple choice: declare Rene Préval the winner of the Haitian presidential elections or watch the country descend into violence.

Waiting in Misery

Samuel Bien Aimé woke up at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning ready to vote. After trekking 2.5 miles to the nearest polling station in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and standing patiently in line for nearly six hours, Bien Aimé finally cast his ballot for presidential candidate Rene Preval. "I waited in misery for this," said the smiling 28-year-old as he left the polling station near the capital's Cité Soleil slum.As a country, Haiti is no stranger to such sentiments.

Post-Saddam Art

American curator Peter Hastings Falk got the idea for an exhibit of post-Saddam Hussein Iraqi art when he saw a photograph of a painting over a mural of the deposed dictator in Baghdad. "My first thought was, 'This guy's got guts'," he says. "I have to contact [him]." The "guy'" was Esam Pasha, a Baghdad-based artist whose works are now featured in "Ashes to Art: The Iraqi Phoenix" at the Pomegranate Gallery in New York City through Feb. 22.

The Great King Khan

Shahrukh Khan has acted in nearly 60 films and produced more than a handful of his own. But at 40 years, he's just hitting his stride. "Age hasn't hit me yet," says the father of two. "Only when my knees are in pain, or when I run out of breath from going upstairs, does it remind me that I'm 40." His career is certainly still in ascendance: He's got four new films slated forrelease this year, and his latest, "Paheli," is now India's contender for the best-foreign-film Oscar.

Beauty in the Beasts

It's difficult to spot a diamond in the rough. It's even harder to see the beauty in, say, a pig. But football--known as the beautiful game--has, on occasion, transformed what some might consider rather ordinary beasts into priceless gems.

The Beat Goes On

A year ago it was difficult to find a nightclub in Latin America that wasn't pulsating to "Gasolina," a raunchy number by reggaeton star Daddy Yankee. Bootleg CDs of the tune were on sale at street stalls from Santo Domingo to Tijuana.