Uli Schmetzer has interviewed Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong and Marlene Dietrich. He uncovered war crimes during Pinochet's Chile coup, parachuted into the Middle East's Intifada and swam with Castro in Cuba. He reported the Tripoli bombings and Tiananmen Square bloodletting. He received an Alternative Pulitzer for a report on CIA Stinger missile deals during the Afghan-Soviet war. Schmetzer's career began in Australia during the 1960s. He then joined Reuters from 1966, covering Mexico, Cuba and South America. After freelancing from Rome (1977-1986), he joined the Chicago Tribune with high-level appointments in Rome (1986-1988); Beijing & Manila (1988-1996); Asia (1996-98); New Delhi (1998-2000); Tokyo (2000). He resigned to write books in 2004. Times of Terror: Notebooks of a Foreign Correspondent, is a memoir of politics and journalism. The novel, GAZA, explores a journey by three friends through Israel and Gaza. His year is divided between Italy, Australia and the Philippines.