He calls it the War Room. Located behind 30-ton blast doors in a fallout shelter—built for Congress in the late 1950s and nicknamed “The Last Resort”—its walls are papered with plans, diagrams, and calendars that painstakingly plot out the minutes ’til the Big Day. Across the hall is a replica of the battle site, stocked with high-tech equipment and laid out inch-by-inch to resemble what he’ll find when he touches down on French soil.
In early December, nations met for another round of climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, where a joint initiative was launched to make women more integral to the process known by the acronym REDD, which aims to compensate developing countries for protecting forests. NEWSWEEK’s Katie Baker and Tania Barnes spoke with noted Indian economist Bina Agarwal on how women are central to global conservation efforts. Excerpts:
Last year, in the run-up to Copenhagen’s climate summit, UNDP head and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark outlined how climate change will disproportionately affect the world’s poor. “Receding forests, expanding deserts, changing rainfall patterns, and rising sea levels will trap people in hardship,” she wrote.
A wildly entertaining new book by former Daily Telegraph literary editor Tom Payne suggests that our celebrity culture has rather old roots.
In his book "Fame," Tom Payne explores how our current celebrity obsession is in fact quite old, drawing parallels between the ancient Greeks and Romans and tabloid staples such as Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, and Princess Diana. Megastars like Lady Gaga, he argues, are elevated to the status of demigods—but we demand sacrifices from them in return.
Some 40 million Americans use online dating services, and just under half the country is single. That’s a lot of awkward first dates. Finding Mr. or Ms. Right is like shopping for a winter coat on Amazon. If it doesn’t work out, you can just send it back, and there are hundreds of replacements just a click away.
The meaning of the veil for women in Muslim societies has been much debated in the West. Is it, as European backers of its ban would argue, a symbol of repression? Or is it a political statement—a “rejection of the Western lifestyle,” as Ayaan Hirsi Ali has written? Two new memoirs by Western women tackle the issue from an insider’s vantage point.
A few years ago, all-around hot chick Stephanie Dolgoff started to notice salespeople in trendy boutiques, the ones who "used to swirl around me like bees over a puddle of orange soda," no longer bothered to pitch her skinny jeans and spiky heels. Life was otherwise swell--good job, great husband, beautiful kids, loving friends--but she'd become, in her own estimation, "Formerly Hot."
Global differences in intelligence is a sensitive topic, long fraught with controversy and still tinged by the disgraceful taint of pseudosciences such as craniometry that strove to prove the white “race” as the most clever of them all. But recent data, perplexingly, has indeed shown cognitive ability to be higher in some countries than in others.
The publisher is marketing this memoir as “the rock and roll version of The Satanic Verses.” What’s so scandalous? In addition to the expected drugs-and-sex debauchery, Last Living Slut, for starters, makes a mockery of the author’s natal religion. This is the groupie tell-all gone disastrously wrong.