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    To Live and Die in Damascus

    Famine, junk food, weight gain, shisha smoking, and trouble with the in-laws in Syria’s war-torn capital
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    The Story of Willie

    Nashville rejected him as a singer, but he turned out to be one of the best songwriters in history. This is how Willie Nelson—poet, author, activist, cowboy, outlaw, outcast, misfit, and everyman—became the enduring face of American music.
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    Automatic A

    Elite colleges are grading too leniently—and that exacerbates inequality.
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    Solving Syria

    Is there a realistic way for America to help stop the civil war?
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    The Show That Changed the World

    Whether the 1913 Armory show was about shocking the public or bringing European sensibilities to American shores, its bottom line is clear: it sold Americans on modern art.
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    The Once and Future King

    The newly born Prince of Cambridge is expected to live and rule into the 22nd century. What will his realm look like more than 50 years from now?
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    Robert Langdon, the long-suffering but durable Harvard professor who is the protagonist in The Da Vinci Code and several other Dan Brown novels, has a thing for Harris Tweed. No, make that passion, verging on obsession. At one point in Brown’s new novel, Inferno, Langdon discovers another character sewing a secret pocket into his jacket. “The professor stopped and stared as if she had defaced the Mona Lisa,” Brown writes. “You sliced into the lining of my Harris Tweed?” Langdon erupts in what may his most emotional moment in the entire novel.
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    The Correspondent

    The desert in Kuwait seemed such a wasteland. Goose farms near the Iraqi border yielded huge quantities of s--t, which gathered along the sides of the roads and in the yard of the house where we were squatting. When the sandstorms blew, so did the s--t, smearing the world with its stench. That patch of desert already felt abandoned to the war. There was no question that it would slide in of its own weight; it was just a question of when. The border—the constant pounding of tanks, the hovering helicopters, and the military police patrolling—was a trembling faultline.
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    David Frum on the Rhetoric of Iraq

    When the Bush administration decided to go to war in 2003, David Frum found himself at the center of a daunting messaging effort. In Newsweek, he looks back on Bush’s ‘axis of evil’ speech and more.
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    Hats Off…

    ...to the dedicated staff of Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
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    David Chase

    ‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase on the anxieties of love.
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    Buddhas in Danger

    Among china’s greatest art treasures are the Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, an oasis on the fabled Silk Road that once linked China and Europe. Their ancient frescoes, sculptures, and other relics date as far back as A.D. 430 and have survived wars, environmental damage, antiquities hunters, and the chaotic Cultural Revolution. But their biggest threat today is tourism.
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    Who Was Jesus?

    A recent papyrus that referenced Jesus’ wife caused an uproar. it may be a hoax, but what do we really know about the historical truth of the early life of Jesus? Even the gospels disagree.
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    Angels in the Wings

    Grassroots supporters, lobbyists, miracles, politics—even for the most venerated Catholics, it's a long climb.
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    Two Worlds Merge

    When the hurricane hit, the city's Orthodox Jews stepped up to care for their African-American neighbors.
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    Leaner and Greener

    Newsweek’s annual rankings reveal the planet’s biggest protectors—and polluters.
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    War of the Wombs

    Keith Mason and his wife are leading a growing national campaign to legally define human embryos as people, which would outlaw abortion—and possibly some forms of birth control, opponents say. In an exclusive interview, he discusses his ambitious plans.
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    Copenhagen

    Peter Høeg on a Danish metropolis with a sense of humanity.
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    Green Rankings Methodology Webinar

    In June, Newsweek and its research partners (Trucost and Sustainalytics) will be holding an online workshop for sustainability managers at the companies we are researching. In this webinar, we will go over the methodology and research process as well as answer questions. Further details and registration information will be posted on this page shortly. Please check back soon.
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    Erasing Kasparov

    Russia’s former world chess champion was supposed to defeat Putin. Does he have a move left to play?
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    Melinda Gates’s Birth-Control Bombshell

    She plans to use the Gates Foundation’s billions to revolutionize contraception worldwide. The Catholic right is pushing back. Is she ready for the political firestorm ahead?
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    A Dictator, Vanquished

    As Charles Taylor prepares to go to prison for war crimes, Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee rebuilds a battered Liberia.