March 29, 1998 |
By every measure, the Internet Cafe here is a wild success. Sales are enormous. Tables and the bar are packed night after night with high-spending customers. Lunches and Sunday brunch are standing-room only. Business in Bosnia just doesn't get any better than this. So why is cafe owner Morgan Sowden, a Briton, bailing out? "Either I cheat or I give up," he says.
July 21, 1997 |
On one side of Bosnia's postwar divide, teenage survivors of the siege of this city skate through what was once a military bunker and is now a booming underground mall. Shoppers browse air-conditioned boutiques and sporting-goods stores, selecting beachwear for their first vacations in years. Some venture into the bigger showrooms, looking to replace cars and appliances destroyed by almost four years of ethnic slaughter.
September 22, 1996 |
It was a lesson in free-market economics that might make the most seasoned capitalist proud. Onetime enemy soldiers Ahmet Colic and Milenko Vukovic sat shoulder to shoulder atop a flatbed truck parked at a muddy roadside market here. Their legs dangled from huge sacks of Canadian sugar stacked four deep and four wide. Colic hadn't moved a bag all day, and he was getting antsy. Vukovic, joining his newfound friend for a smoke, suggested upping the price.
July 31, 1996 |
A passenger train sputtered out of Sarajevo on Tuesday, reopening a key north-south railway and prospects of an economic recovery in Bosnia after 3 1/2 years of war. Bosnian officials and foreign diplomats boarded the five-coach train headed for the Adriatic port of Ploce, Croatia, after a ceremony in which Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic proclaimed: "This, today, is the second opening of the city."
January 27, 1996 |
For 3 1/2 years, as he manned a mortar position near the front line, Eldar Mujezinovic was obsessed with one thing--survival. But now, as his confidence grows in the prospects for peace in the former Yugoslav federation, Mujezinovic is plagued by a new worry. "During all that time, I had only one thought on my mind: How do I keep myself--and my son--alive?" Mujezinovic, 28, said, gesturing toward his 3-year-old son, who was born underground during the height of the shelling in Tuzla.