Daily Archives: April 9, 2002

Seeing Kosovo Anew

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“You can help little Johnny. Or you can turn the page.” For years, a charity dared readers to ignore their full-page ads, and many managed to. In a world saturated with images of “bang-bang” (as some in the news business call scenes of violence), it’s hard not to get used to scenes of fighting and suffering.

Three years ago, as Kosovo dominated the headlines, many photojournalists captured images of NATO jets striking the forces of Slobodan Milosevic, tractors full of Kosovar Albanian refugees streaming to the borders, bodies by the roads, and tattered tents and burnt houses. Not Melanie Friend. She came up with another approach, one meant to make people stop, look, and listen, and to move beyond terms like “refugee.”

Related Information:
Melanie Friend will discuss and show slides from her book, “No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo” on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7 p.m. at New Words Bookstore
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge MA
For more information: 617-876-5310.


Melanie Friend, author and photographer, “No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo”

Visar Hoti, producer and general manager, Radio Tema, Ferizaj, Kosovo.

Israel Goes it Alone

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One step forward, two steps back. Israel’s Prime Minister moves some troops out and others into Palestinian territories as President Bush implores him to withdraw immediately. Colin Powell continues to circle the war zone, the Secretary of State’s plane is currently on the ground in Egypt, and Arab leaders are urging him to go to Israel sooner rather than later to help broker a ceasefire.
At the same time, many Palestinians remain under a form of house arrest. Tanks are in the streets, Apache helicopters are in the air, and running gun battles keep the doors closed. Israelis, many uncomfortable with the attacks, still note that there haven’t been any suicide bombings since the latest phase of the Army offensive began. Israel, Palestine, and the United States.


Ariel Merari, Director of the Political Violence Research Unit at Tel Aviv University

Hamdi Farraj, head of the Palestinian TV station Al-rouah in Bethlehem.