Greg Dabel

Balkan spring

Bosnia | With ethnic tension and economic hardship lingering over post-war life, many wonder when a new season begins
by Greg Dabel
Posted 4/01/06, 12:00 am

SARAJEVO- When a Lufthansa flight enters Bosnian airspace, the German pilot maintains 9,000 feet until the last possible moment. Then he abruptly angles the commercial jet into a chilling nosedive straight into Sarajevo International Airport. Officially this landing approach is necessary to avoid tricky winds that swirl through the snowy mountain passes surrounding Sarajevo. But for veterans of the Balkans' long war, it's an eerie reminder of the combat landing patterns used to avoid rocket launchers and snipers once hidden in the hills.

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Documentary disinformation

Persecution | Russia's Orthodox Church spearheads a televised, nationwide smear campaign
by Greg Dabel
Posted 9/03/05, 12:00 am

KRASNODAR, Russia -- When graduate student Dima Belozyorov took a late-night study break from his Russian literature assignment and turned on the television in his Krasnodar apartment, he was aghast to see a documentary disparaging evangelicals. "The program reported the Adventist Church in Krasnodar was printing Satanic Bibles and using human blood for ink," he told WORLD. "They also alleged that the church commits a dozen ritual murders each year."

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Weary and wary

Tsunami | Sri Lanka's wiped-out fishing villages do a slow business in aid, comfort, and reconstruction
by Greg Dabel
Posted 2/05/05, 12:00 am

GALLE, Sri Lanka - In the bygone fishing village of Hambantota sits a large sturdy statue of Buddha, unfazed in a debris field that extends one-half mile inland. In 39 fishing villages along Sri Lanka's southern and eastern coastline that scene repeats. Entire towns have been swept off the map yet the stone Buddhas remain.

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