International Wire

Fresh out of journalism school in 1997, I went to Bosnia to cover the first elections since Yugoslavia was ripped apart by ethnic civil war.  I found my story in the industrial city of Tuzla, the only city in the former Yugoslavia to remain multi-ethnic throughout the conflict, thanks to its Muslim mayor, Selim Beslagic, who protected his minority Serb and Croat citizens from harassment while he rallied a multi-ethnic militia to defend Tuzla from years of brutal siege by Serbian nationalist forces.

His reward for this was to be specifically targeted by the ruling Bosnian nationalist party for ouster in the first elections since the war.

No spoilers — to find out what happened, read the story, which ran on the front page of the Christian Science Monitor.