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  • Iranians Say No to Nukes

    By Maziar BahariThe most important opposition to Iran's nuclear program in 2010 could come from inside the country. Before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection in June, there was widespread consensus among Iranians that Iran had a right to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes--and if you scratched the surface, many also favored a nuclear deterrent. After all, they reasoned, Pakistan and Israel both have nuclear arsenals; why shouldn't Tehran be able to defend itself?...
  • Back in the Driver's Seat

    By Jean AlesiOver the past two years, formula one has put in place a slew of new rules to cope with the fact that the sport had become increasingly expensive, and that many fans thought it had become more about engineering bells and whistles than the skills of the driver. The idea was to increase the parity between the wealthiest teams--the perennial winners like McLaren-Mercedes, Renault, and Ferrari--and all the rest. This was a good idea, in general, but the economic crisis exacerbated all of the manufacturers' financial difficulties and, along with the rule changes, ensured that 2009 was tumultuous. Prior to the start of events, BMW and Honda dropped out. After the season ended, so did Toyota--a team that had never won a race despite the millions it poured into the sport. Renault is also reportedly considering dropping out. And Mercedes sold its interest in one team only to buy an interest in another. Meantime, newer teams have emerged, like Red Bull, which came in second...
  • By The Numbers: Green Shoots

    Global economic growth is expected to shake off its standstill in 2010, according to a new forecast from the U.S.-based research firm the Conference Board. That's good news, especially for developing nations, which will account for an increasingly bigger share of the global pie: 3.5: Percentage projected growth of the world economy in 2010.80: Percentage of that growth expected to be fueled by emerging or developing markets.66: Percentage contribution to world GDP by advanced economies in 2000.46.5: Percentage contribution to world GDP by advanced economies in 2009.
  • Newsverse: Faith-Based Health-Care Reform

    "Oral Roberts University estimated that Mr. Roberts, its founder and first president, had personally laid his hands on more than 1.5 million people during his career." The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2009Let not some bureaucrat come near my heart.If it stops beating, it's sure to restart.It was the promise of Oral's grand vision:We can be cured by that old-time religion.He had a health plan you can't filibuster.You just had to donate the most you could muster.There were no copays, no waits for appointments,When Oral cured you by prayer and anointments.There at the altar, among Oral's minions,No one was asking for second opinions.The deaf would grow hair and the bald ones would walk!Blind men would throw down their crutches and talk!They threw out their pills without fear or compunctions;Faith overcomes all erectile dysfunctionsWithout any taxes or fancy concoctionsOf Medicare buy-ins or government options!Here is reform from the heart, not the head!The...
  • India Starts a Water Fight

    By Maha AtalWashington has lately become concerned that Pakistan is dragging its feet in the fight against the Taliban because it sees the Islamists as a check on its archrival, India, whose influence in Afghanistan is growing. What alarms Pakistan most is the possibility that India will gain control over the water from two Afghan rivers that flow into the volatile Pakistan border regions, where water shortages could inflame local insurgencies. Indian investment in Afghanistan has doubled since 2006, to $1.2 billion, and up to 35 percent of that is going into canals for local irrigation, as well as hydroelectric dams that will supply power to Iran and Turkmenistan, India's gateways to Central Asia and the Gulf....
  • Why Public Opinion On Climate Change Has Lost Momentum

    By Jeneen InterlandiEd Kilgore has an interesting piece on TNR exploring some possible explanations for the recent Pew report, which found that the number of Americans who believe manmade global warming is real has dropped 14 percent from last year.  His three contenders: the current economic crisis, the radicalization of the Republican Party in the wake of Obama’s election and a “determined effort by the hard-core antenvironmental right to dominate the discussion and change its terms.” (This includes their seizing upon the so-called ‘climate-gate’ scandal.)  In the end, I think, all three probably play a role in the shifting opinion polls. But there’s another possible explanation that I think warrants some consideration: it’s not that we Americans don’t believe in global warming, it’s that we don’t really care about it. Kilgore gets at this a little bit when he discusses the obvious effect an economic downturn has on our priorities as a nation. Put simply: it’s a lot harder to care...
  • Headlines About Health Care You Can Expect to Read in the Next Few Days

    By Jerry Adler WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 16—Senate negotiators attempting to iron out details of a health-care reform bill acceded today to demands by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) that the legislation not cover Americans born in a month without an “r,” a provision the Congressional Budget Office said would “make America the laughingstock of the world” but save $7.6 trillion over the next 15 years. Lieberman, whose amendment requiring Americans to sign up for health insurance at their place of worship was reluctantly endorsed by the administration last week, made the new demand at a “tense” lunch meeting with leading Democrats, according to a Senate staffer who asked not to be identified because “the guy just kind of spooks me, you know?” Sources at the meeting said Lieberman became visibly angered when the only sandwiches left when he arrived were ham and Swiss, and he accused “the Moveon.org crowd” of stealing his tuna salad.  Republicans, while cautiously welcoming the new...
  • Put a Ring on It

    by Jessica Ramirez It's been a rough year for the $65 billion global diamond industry. Its two biggest markets, the U.S. and Japan, which together consume nearly two thirds of the world's diamonds, cut their imports of polished stones by 72 and 26 percent, respectively, in the first half of 2009. But some of the shortfall is being replaced by an emerging buyer: ­China, where polished-diamond imports rose nearly 13 percent through June. The country is poised to overtake Japan as the No. 2 diamond market by sales this month--evidence that Chinese consumers are spending more. "For us, exports for Hong Kong and China are now about equal to those to the U.S.," says Freddy Hanard, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.  ...
  • Police Report Says Five Americans Wanted to Pursue Jihad After Being Inspired by YouTube Videos

    By Mark Hosenball and Michael IsikoffA ringleader of the five Washington, D.C.-area men arrested in Pakistan this week was inspired to wage jihad by watching YouTube videos showing attacks on  U.S. Army and military installations, according to a Pakistani police report.  The “interrogation” report on the five Americans, obtained Friday by Declassified, sheds new light on what spurred the five Americans to leave their homes and fly to Pakistan, apparently on a mission to join forces with Islamic militant groups. After being rejected by two Qaeda-linked terror groups, the five Americans were headed to a Taliban sanctuary in northwest Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan when they were detained by Pakistani authorities.According to the Pakistani document, drawn up by a police official in Sargodha and based on interviews with the suspects, the Americans “had a deep interest in the religion and they were of the opinion that a Jihad must be waged against the infidels for the atrocities...
  • More Bad News for India's BJP

    By Jason Overdorf and Sudip Mazumdar This week india's Parliament will begin what promises to be its most pointless debate in history--though one not lacking for histrionics--as its members take aim at a handful of opposition leaders with the aid of a flabby report on a 17-year-old crime. But the manufactured controversy could still spell trouble for the now ­perennially beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party. Once again raising the specter of the BJP's violent ­Hindu-nationalist roots, the report assesses responsibility for the 1992 destruction of the Babri mosque by Hindu radicals. It will likely be the last nail in the coffin of the BJP's Lal Krishna Advani, the party's prime-ministerial candidate in 2008 and the man whom everyone has blamed--or credited--for the event. ...
  • Why North Korea Will Return To Talks With The West

    By Takashi Yokota It's been a year since North Korea went AWOL from the six-party nuclear talks. Since then, it has test-launched a ballistic missile, detonated an experimental nuclear bomb, declared that it will enrich uranium, and increased its stash of weapons-grade plutonium. As U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth visits Pyongyang this week, skeptics doubt he can coax the recalcitrant North Koreans back to the table, but there are reasons to believe he can.  Pyongyang thinks its belligerence has strengthened its bargaining position. And according to a source close to the talks, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in October promised the North Koreans that Beijing will send "the largest amount of food and energy assistance since the 1950s" next year, should the North return to the negotiating table. Last month the Obama administration also said it is ready to offer normalized relations, a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War, and economic assistance if...
  • Iran's Price Wars

    By Rana Foroohar and Babak Dehghanpisheh The news last week that Iran may stop subsidizing gas, food, and other basic goods came as a surprise. While experts agree that Iran's subsidies distort the economy and encourage overconsumption, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been known for his economic prowess before now. During his four years in office, his ill-conceived policies have created high inflation, and he's plundered Iran's sovereign wealth fund to reward cronies. ...
  • Where The Next Debt Crisis Will Occur

    By Jerry Guo Who's after Dubai? The profligate city-state's $59 billion debt deferral late last month sent investors fleeing from nearby markets like Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. But as the dust settles, it's becoming clear the targets are not deep-pocketed Middle East neighbors. Rather, the places in real danger of facing the next credit crunch are the highly indebted economies of Europe's periphery. A quiet crisis is brewing in Eastern Europe, where Bulgaria, Hungary, and the Baltic states face staggering foreign debts in excess of their GDP. While sovereign default is unlikely--having occurred only in Ecuador and Argentina in the past decade--it's increasingly doubtful that these governments and their state-backed corporations could keep up their debt payments. ...
  • Newsverse: Other Than That, Mrs. Obama, How Did You Enjoy the Dinner?

    By Jerry Adler I have the honor to presentTo you, Mr. President—This fellow standing over here…Oops, he went to get a beer.Well anyway, when he comes backI think his name is Joe, or Jack.I have it in my other ‘Berry. But this next guy is very, veryFamous, though I can’t quite place him.I’ll have the Secret Service trace him.And here is Madame—wait a sec,I’ll have to do a background check.She came with one of those two guys—The bald one has a Nobel Prize.The other, with the cummerbund,Runs some bank or mutual fund.The tall guy with the long gray beardLooks familiar—gee, that’s weird.He spit into that woman’s bourbon.He’s dressed in sandals and a turban.You have to wonder how a nutLike that could make the White House cut.
  • Pastor Rick Warren Responds to Proposed Antigay Ugandan Legislation

    By Lisa MillerRick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life, drew fire last year when he was invited to give the invocation at President Obama's inauguration. His support for Proposition 8 in California, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman only, and his anti-gay-marriage views concerned many in Obama's base.Now Warren's on the defensive again, this time for his affiliation with Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor who has endorsed proposed legislation in Uganda that makes certain homosexual acts punishable by life in prison or even, in some cases, death. Ssempa has made appearances at Saddleback and has been embraced warmly by Warren and his wife, Kay. In October, Warren distanced himself from Ssempa and the Ugandan legislation, saying, "Martin Ssempa does not represent me; my wife, Kay; Saddleback Church; nor the Global PEACE Plan strategy," a reference to Warren's work in the developing...
  • By the Numbers: Carbon Monsters

    Developing countries now produce more greenhouse-gas emissions than developed nations do, says a new study published in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Fossil-fuel emissions from developing countries--many of which are resisting caps on their CO2 output--have more than doubled since 1990 while output in rich nations is finally starting to fall: 54 Percentage of global emissions now produced by developing countries.137 Percentage increase in China's and India's emissions since 1990.138 Percentage rise in China's per capita emissions since 1991, to 5.8metric tons per person.1 Percentage fall in America's per capita emissions since 1991, to 19.9metric tons per person. Source: Nature Geoscience