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Interviews from the international press and our correspondents around the world
Interview: Federico Mayor Zaragoza
“I can no longer accept that some leaders, in the name of the people and of democracy, continue to use force,” former UNESCO director Federico Mayor Zaragoza tells WPR correspondent Carmen Font.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Early on Sunday, Oct. 5, Israel bombed what it said was a terrorist training camp in Syria. Two days later, London’s pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper featured an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as its lead story. We present an abridged translation.
Iraqi Kurdish Leader Massoud Barzani
Frankfurter Rundschau’s Andrea Nüsse interviews Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, one of the two most powerful Iraqi Kurdish factions.

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Economist Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto works with heads of state to institute reforms that give their nations’ poorest citizens formal property rights for their real estate holdings and businesses so they can use those assets to release capital.

French Writers Frédéric Beigbeder and Luc Lang
Two years after the attacks that plunged America into mourning, two French writers have published novels about this historic tragedy. Le Nouvel Observateur invited them to sit down and discuss their contrasting viewpoints.

Chinese Editor Hu Shuli
Rong Jiaojiao and Xiong Lei interview Hu Shuli, World Press Review's International Editor of the Year.

Sierra Leonean Editor Paul Kamara
World Press Review Sierra Leone correspondent Foday B. Fofanah, interviews Paul Kamara, the award-winning editor of the trailblazing Freetown daily For di People.

Libyan Leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi
Charles Lambroschini, a journalist for Paris' conservative Le Figaro, interviews Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi.

Israeli Writer Oz Shelach
World Press Review associate editor Sarah Coleman interviews Israeli writer Oz Shelach about his work, Israeli politics, and his hopes for the future of the Middle East.

Threats to Regional Security in Southeast Asia
Former Singaporean Ambassador Mark Hong Tat Soon speaks to World Press Review about the North Korean crisis, Jemaah Islamiyah, and the war in Iraq.

Zimbabwean Editor Iden Wetherell

Iden Wetherell speaks to World Press Review Web editor Elijah Zarwan about the political dimensions of famine, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's crackdown on civil society and the press, Zimbabwe's role in the Congo, and how the U.S. media can do a better job of covering Zimbabwe.

Nobel Prize Laureate Imre Kertész
Die Zeit's Iris Radisch records an intimate and wide-ranging coversation with Imre Kertész, the first Hungarian to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Indonesian Muslim Leader Hasyim Muzadi
The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto interviews Hasyim Muzadi, the leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, about the terrorist attack in Bali and its aftermath.

East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao
World Press Review associate editor Rachel S. Taylor speaks with East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao about the challenges facing the United Nations' newest member.

Broadcaster Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Television viewers in the United States may remember Hunter-Gault as a national correspondent for Public Television’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (now the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer), where she spent 20 years. She left that position in 1997 to move to South Africa, where in 1998 she became bureau chief of CNN International in Johannesburg.

Sierra Leonean Opposition Leader Ernest Koroma
World Press Review Web editor Elijah Zarwan profiles Sierra Leonean opposition leader Ernest Koroma about the challenges of reconstructing Sierra Leone after years of grisly civil war.

Mexican Human-Rights Activist Gen. José Gallardo
Mexican Gen. José Gallardo was on the fast track to the highest echelons of power before his outspoken criticism of human-rights abuses in Mexico landed him in jail for nine years.

Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami
“I try to disturb the viewer,” tells Libération's Didier Peron, in a conversation about film, modern Iranian society, and the politics of gender.

Indian Writer Amitav Ghosh
Sheela Reddy, writing for the independent New Delhi magazine Outlook, interviews acclaimed Indian writer Amitav Ghosh about the intersection of political violence and literature.

Exiled Eritrean Editor Milkias Mihreteab
When the Eritrean government shut down all of the country's independent newspapers, the world's attention was elsewhere. Meron Tesfa Michael interviews exiled Eritrean editor Milkias Mihreteab.

Colombian Paramilitary Leader Carlos Castaño
Carlos Castaño—leader of the brutal paramilitary group Autodefensas Unidas por Colombia (AUC)—speaks frankly about the AUC's operations to reporters from Bogotá's centrist newspaper, El Tiempo.

Author/Entrepreneur Alexander Blakely
In Siberia Bound: Chasing the American Dream on Russia's Wild Frontier, Alexander Blakely documents the ups and downs of being a young American entrepreneur in post-communist Siberia. World Press Review interviewed the author about his experience.

Hamas Spokesman Hasan Yosef
Jerusalem's Palestine Report interviews Hamas spokesman Hasan Yosef.

Sierra Leonean Journalist Philip Neville
World Press Review
Web editor Elijah Zarwan interviews exiled Sierra Leonean journalist Philip Neville about recent events in Sierra Leone.

Nigerian Human-Rights Activist Olisa Agbakoba
"Self-seeking politicians will continue to ride roughshod over the nation," Olisa Agbakoba tell Lagos' Vanguard.

Directors' Dialogue
Six filmmakers from the Mediterranean basin whose films were presented at this year’s Cannes Film Festival discuss the impact Sept. 11, terrorism in Algeria, and the Israeli-Palestinian war have had on their work.

Egyptian Human-Rights Activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim Issandr El Amrany, writing for, was the first to speak with Ibrahim after his release from prison.

Italian Publisher Inge Feltrinelli
World Press Review
Italy correspondent Beatrice Cassina interviews publisher Inge Feltrinelli on the state of Italy's publishing industry.

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic
Nina Bilandzic, writing for, interviews Stjepan Mesic, President of Croatia.

Palestinian Authority Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Abdel Rahman
Abdel Rahman speaks about his reactions to the the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.


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