Articles by Peter Maass

How a Camp Becomes a City

The New York Times Magazine  |  November 18, 2001
Every refugee camp has its own social hierarchy. In Shamshatoo, on the Pakistani border, it all begins with a man named Nusrat.

Emroz Khan Is Having a Bad Day

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 21, 2001
Which is not unusual, and helps explain why Peshawar’s youth are tinder for Islamic extremism.

The Volunteer

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 7, 2001
Finding love on the battlefield.

Do You Know the Way to Paradise?

Slate  |  October 4, 2001
Terrorism, suicide and the Quran.

The Zealot

The New York Times Magazine  |  September 30, 2001
Getting ready for the jihad.

Pakistan’s Everyday Dangers

Slate  |  September 28, 2001
The unnoticed perils of working in the Third World.

A New Theory From Pakistan

Slate  |  September 23, 2001
The Mossad and 9/11. A dispatch from Peshawar.

Macedonia Diary

Slate  |  September 13, 2001
Dispatches from Skopje

Milosevic and the Beginning of Honesty

The New York Times  |  June 30, 2001

Have It Your Way

The New Republic Online  |  June 29, 2001
Why the Bush administration should be thrilled about Macedonia.

Ayn Rand Comes to Somalia

The Atlantic  |  May 2001
In the absence of government bureaucracy and foreign aid, business is starting to boom in Mogadishu.

Sin City

The New Republic  |  April 30, 2001
How the French became Puritans.

This Space for Rent

The New Republic Online  |  April 27, 2001
Dennis Tito is the Neil Armstrong of our time.

Our Half-Baked Balkan Policy

The Washington Post  |  March 26, 2001

Ad Nauseum

The New Republic Online  |  March 7, 2001
Race and free speech at the Daily Californian.

Radio Wars

Brill's Content  |  March 2001
Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic understood the power of propaganda and did his best to control the media. But his failure to silence the U.S.-supported radio station B-92 was emblematic of the war he lost to control the country.

The Curse of Normalcy

The Atlantic  |  February 2001
Writers in post-Milosevic Yugoslavia discover that angst no longer sells.

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.

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