Between Tyranny and Bombs: A Review of “Baghdad Diaries”
By Frank Smyth, May 14, 2003, The Washington Post

Try to imagine yourself or your family living in Baghdad over the past decade, enduring tyranny, privation and wars. What if your family came from the old ruling guard but the quality of your life had only eroded under President Saddam Hussein’s regime?

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Battle Cry of Freedom: A Review of Taking Liberties
By Frank Smyth, March 9, 2003, The Washington Post

How many Americans take their rights for granted? Last month an impressive number of antiwar demonstrators converged on San Francisco and New York in chartered buses. Similarly, more than 30 years ago, various protest organizers chartered buses to bring anti-Vietnam-War…

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Living Dangerously: A Review of “The Lion’s Grave”
By Frank Smyth, November 10, 2002, The Washington Post

Any egomaniac with an audience can do a live stand-up in an alleged combat zone these days, but Jon Lee Anderson is a war correspondent’s journalist. On Sept. 11, while most Americans were still either looking up…

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After the Shelling Stops: We Need More Than Missiles To Oust Saddam
By Frank Smyth, December 20, 1998, The Washington Post

Who doesn’t want a new government in Baghdad? The Clinton administration’s sustained airstrikes against Iraq will cripple some of Saddam Hussein’s military capabilities, but few believe that unilateral bombing will, by itself, compel lasting change in Iraq.

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The Nun Who Knew Too Much: Dianna Ortiz Links This North American Man to Her Rape and Torture in Guatemala
By Frank Smyth, May 12, 1996, The Washington Post

They met on the set of NBC’s “Today” show. Jeanne Boylan, the forensic artist who drew the Unabomber…

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Gunning for His Enemies: Neal Knox, the Real Power at the NRA, Sees Diabolical Plots Everywhere
By Frank Smyth, July 9, 1995, The Washington Post

An artful conspiracy theorist can easily cultivate believers. One day history will add to the conspiratorial log the name of Neal Knox, one of America’s more widely…

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Arms and Mandela: After the Honeymoon, He Faces the Deadly Dilemmas of South Africa’s Arms Industry
By Frank Smyth, May 22, 1994, The Washington Post

The little-noticed role of South African-made arms in the catastrophe of Rwanda presents Nelson Mandela with…

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