Articles by Peter Maass

Riot in October

Details  |  January 2001
Inside a roiling soccer stadium in Belgrade, old hostilities ignite an afternoon of bloody jubilation, steel-toed kicks, and broken teeth.

Death and Taxis

The Washington Post  |  December 24, 2000
This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria. By Karl Maier

The Accidental Warlord

Talk  |  December 2000
Hussein Aideed was counting potholes in Southern California when he was drafted to replace his father as leader of one of Somalia’s most feared militias. As Aideed is learning, life as a tribal chieftain isn’t what it used to be.

Serbia Is Not Freed of Its Ugly Illusions

The New York Times  |  October 24, 2000

Mittel Hizzoner

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 22, 2000
The former opposition leader and new mayor of Belgrade, Milan Protic, explains one of his postrevolution mandates: clean up the streets already.

The Supercool Top-Secret DVD-Decoder Song

The New Yorker  |  October 16, 2000
Talk of the Town

Mogadishu Dispatch

The New Republic  |  October 2, 2000
Tennis helps bring Somalia’s dead capital back to life.

Diary From Belgrade

Slate  |  October 2000
Five days in Serbia’s turbulent capital.

Milosevic May Not Relinquish Hold So Readily

San Jose Mercury News  |  October 1, 2000

Deadly Competition

Brill's Content  |  September 2000
As demand for war footage to air on the network news heats up, more journalists are taking chances in dangerous situations — and for two of them, the risks proved fatal.

The Horror

The Washington Post  |  August 27, 2000
Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda. By Scott Peterson

Another Day in the Drop Zone

Outside  |  July 2000
They fly into lands of hunger and madness, dispensing food while warlords dispense terror from the barrel of a gun. They trade safety and comfort for the sharp edge of altruism, predictable careers for the daily bread of death and disease. They’re relief workers on the front lines–and once they’re hooked, they can never go home again.

Open Sesame

The New Republic  |  June 12, 2000
North Korea opens up.

Is Prayer the Best Medicine?

Talk  |  June 2000
At Duke University, researchers are testing a time-honored and potentially explosive premise: that prayer, even from the other side of the world, can actually help heal the sick.

Court Martial

The New Republic  |  March 13, 2000
An Islamic militia gains ground in Somalia.

James Nachtwey’s Inferno

George  |  December 1999
For more than a decade, photographer James Nachtwey has chronicled the war zones of the world—Rwanda, Bosnia and Chechnya among them. Now, a new book, Inferno, brings us his vision of hell on earth.

Serbia on the Couch

Talk  |  December 1999
Tijana Mandic was the therapist of choice for Belgrade’s cultural elite. Then a war-scarred veteran came under her care, and the horror of his battles in the Balkans began to haunt her dreams.

Get Ready, Here Comes the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle

The New York Times Magazine  |  September 26, 1999
Star Wars missile defense: the sequel.

To Enter Heaven, Click Here

Talk  |  September 1999
Isaac Tigrett wants to do good. But can he do well?

I Am Elena. You Will Fly Now.

Outside  |  July 1999
There, up there in the Arizona sky! It’s the cream of the once-mighty Soviet machine! Now pulling G’s at an airport near you.

Balkan War Criminals: The Most Wanted

George  |  June 1999
The war in Yugoslavia is so complicated that it’s sometimes hard to tell the players without a scorecard. Well, here it is—a list of the Balkans’ bad guys.

Let’s Not Forget Milosevic’s Partner in Crime

The New York Times  |  May 31, 1999

Milosevic, the Perfect Dictator

The New York Times  |  May 3, 1999

Rudy Awakening

George  |  April 1999
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has New York under his thumb, and he’s become one of the GOP’s rising stars. But as Giuliani ponders his next move, New Yorkers are starting to rebel against his rough-and-tumble tactics.

Taken Hostage

The Washington Post  |  February 21, 1999
In the Cellar. By Jan Philipp Reemtsma

The Secrets of Mississippi

The New Republic  |  December 21, 1998
Post-authoritarian shock in the South.

NASA’s Lack of Shuttle Diplomacy

The Washington Post  |  December 10, 1998
Dragonfly: Nasa and the Crisis Aboard Mir. By Bryan Burrough

Back to Bosnia

The New Republic  |  October 12, 1998
A war correspondent returns.

Moon at Twilight

The New Yorker  |  September 14, 1998
Amid scandal, the Unification Church has a strange new mission.

Destruction of Cultural Property

Crimes of War  |  August 1998
Definition of a War Crime

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