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Amy Wilentz

Entries by Amy Wilentz

How Google Killed Me

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:23 PM

I bet you've never read a blog post written by a dead person before. But Google has turned me into a zombie, declared dead but still walking around.

Do a Google search on me, if you feel so inclined, and check out the Google-search factbox on the right hand side...

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Frantz Zephirin's Heroic Portraits

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 11:39 AM


One day last year, before the earthquake hit Haiti, the artist Frantz Zephirin called his gallery in Petionville to say that he'd just met U.S. Ambassador Janet Sanderson at Toussaint l'Ouverture airport. He told the gallery owner that he'd mentioned to the...

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Haiti and the Depths of Darkness

(140) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 11:09 AM

It's the middle of the night and I'm trying unsuccessfully to locate friends in Port-au-Prince over the Internet. Nothing's getting me anywhere. I'm imagining the apartment building where I last saw Renald Clerisme, a former priest who was a hard worker in the cause of democracy and who was foreign...

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Benazir Bhutto: A Killing and Three Funerals

(13) Comments | Posted December 28, 2007 | 10:24 AM

When you know someone personally and have seen them recently, their death at the hands of terrorists seems more real, and more nauseating, than when you hear about the terrible killings of strangers. Somehow, you are more likely to imagine real flesh and real blood and bone. When you...

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When Bhutto Goes Home

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2007 | 12:53 PM

Benazir Bhutto now finds herself in a bind of her own making. She's irrevocably back in Pakistan. But because of the dreadful bombing attack on her triumphal return procession, she's boxed in, reduced to begging the government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf to grant her permission to travel by convoy in...

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Bhutto Bombs

(15) Comments | Posted October 18, 2007 | 6:59 PM

Well, now Benazir Bhutto is back with a vengeance. It's like the old days in Pakistan, but worse. After today's bombings, Bhutto's iron will to remain in Pakistan has probably been strengthened. I went to interview her recently in Dubai for More magazine, and it was clear she would not...

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From Port-au-Prince to Silwan

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2005 | 5:47 PM

I always enjoy convergence. When two parts of the world, culturally utterly removed from each other, engage in similar behaviors, it can be illuminating. Here’s my favorite new example.

In Haiti on Saturday, Haitian police forces raided a slum I know very well, and killed as many as 30 people,...

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