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Letter from Havana: Gays, Catholics, and Transvestites in the New Cuba
By Frank Smyth, January 4, 1999, Salon.com

Che Guevara would have been puzzled by the joy of this past Christmas in Cuba, the first time this traditionally Catholic island has officially celebrated the holiday…

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Silent Struggle
By Frank Smyth, September 14, 1998, The New Republic

Last week’s missile attack against Sudan also struck Americans like a bolt from the blue. Who knew where Sudan was on the map, let alone that it was a bitter enemy of the U.S.? Actually, the strikes were the culmination of a long struggle within the Clinton administration about how to deal with that nation’s…

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San Jorge’s Struggle: Guatemalan Village Blocks Resort
By Frank Smyth, June 3, 1998, Cultural Survival Quarterly

When Jorge found me, I was having coffee with a friend in the lakeside town of Panajachel, Guatemala. Jorge was panting, having peddled a fast mile on his bike from the nearby village of San Jorge de la Laguna or “Saint George by the Lake.”

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Eritrean Run
By Frank Smyth, October 3, 1997, Open Road

Squeezing the nearest hand-hold, my right knuckles turned red from friction with the passenger door while my left hand clung to the handle of a 10-gallon water jug secured behind my bench. Our driver and translator, Kelata Abraham, honked each time he approached a blind mountain curve. This road of dirt and loose rocks…

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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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People in the Mist
By Frank Smyth, January 3, 1995, Escape

Well over six feet tall, Louis Nzeyimana has long arms and legs, a strong build and high cheekbones. A veterinary scientist who worked with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas until the country imploded in April, Nzeyimana is an obvious Tutsi, like the vast majority of the 300,000 to 500,000 Rwandans killed in recent months…

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The Horror: Rwanda, a history lesson
By Frank Smyth, June 20, 1994, The New Republic

For most of the world, Rwanda’s dark spasm of violence seemed to come out of nowhere. It didn’t. Though the bloodiness of the killing fields is unprecedented, the country, at least in its post-colonial existence, has been subject to a number of massacres: some took place…

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