Category Archives: World leaders

Insight: Raul Castro and the U.S. Secret Service

Amid the fuss about the handshake today between Barack Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, I recalled how the Cuban leader once surprised me: He showed his admiration for the U.S. Secret Service. During former president Jimmy … Continue reading

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A surprise encounter: Nelson Mandela

Imagine walking out a door and unexpectedly coming face to face with Nelson Mandela. That’s what happened to me in South Africa in 1990 – one of the biggest and best surprises of my life. Only months earlier Mandela had … Continue reading

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Malala Yousafzai deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

She’s such an inspiration.

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Sunrise at the MLK Memorial

I snapped this photo recently just as the sun was rising on the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington. MLK is an idol of mine. I’m proud and impressed that my mother and my grandmother knew him, worked with him, … Continue reading

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Flashback: 1991 Soviet press credential

In 1991, I obtained this USSR government-issued press credential in Moscow just after the botched coup attempt to oust Mikhail Gorbachev as the Soviet leader. CNN President Tom Johnson and I teamed up with our Moscow-based colleagues to snag the … Continue reading

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Gadhafi’s Crazy Love for a Senior U.S. Official

Moammar Gadhafi once had such a mad crush on a prominent U.S. official who the Libyan leader knew only from her TV appearances, Gadhafi tried sending her a secret message asking if she reciprocated his love for her. For this … Continue reading

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Hanging Up on Gadhafi: The Prankster Who Wasn’t

As Moammar Gadhafi fights for his life amid a bloody revolt in his country, I am reminded of my bizarre encounter with the Libyan leader. In 1991, as the U.S. was poised to invade Kuwait to expel Iraqi occupiers, the … Continue reading

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Mideast Encounters: Nine Prime Ministers, Two Presidents, Two Kings, Two Queens, One First Lady, One First Daughter, and One First Son

During my decades criss-crossing the Middle East, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet many of the region’s most remarkable, famous, and infamous characters. Here are a few of them. Missing from these photos: meetings with Israeli Prime … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter in North Korea: The First Time

President Carter is back in North Korea for the first time in 16 years.  He’s there trying to secure the release of an American who was arrested for making an illegal crossing into North Korea. In 1994, I was privileged … Continue reading

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Lebanon: The Movie… and My Heartbreaking, Dangerous, and Inspiring Lebanon Experiences

The new Israeli-made movie “Lebanon” is an unvarnished, distressing view of war as seen from the inside of an Israeli tank during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. I saw the movie a few days ago, and I recommend you see … Continue reading

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