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  • South Korea’s Sarkozy

    Lee wants to save his country by nudging it right and toward the U.S.—but his people may not cooperate.
  • Mapping A New World

    A provocative book on the rise of Asia highlights the need to move beyond old notions of East and West.
  • From A Mouse To A Tsar

    Dmitry Medvedev has toiled under Vladimir Putin's shadow. But the heir to the presidency will soon have to show his true colors.
  • Fidel’s Children

    Cuba's leader has resigned, and the nation's youth are starting to push back.
  • Mail Call: The Obama Appeal

    Readers of our Jan. 14 cover story on Barack Obama were inspired. "He's not like any other," said one. "He'll lead us to a new America." Another wrote, "His authenticity and sincerity trump opponents' Washington résumés." A young U.S. voter in China said he'd return to work on Obama's campaign. ...
  • ‘We Will Work Together’

    Musharraf's political opponents join forces against him. What it means for him—and the U.S. war on terror.
  • Russia’s Medvedev Woos Business

    Dmitry Medvedev, a shoo-in as Russia's next president, recently addressed a key constituency—business leaders—with a hopeful and comforting message.
  • How Will Raul Castro Govern?

    A noted Cuban expert says Raul Castro is his own man with his own ideas. But that doesn't mean major changes should be expected soon.
  • Pakistan's Democratic Moment

    The United States now has an opportunity to make good on its commitment to democracy in Pakistan. It can start by severing its ties with Musharraf.
  • The End of Musharraf?

    After humiliating election results, the U.S. ally may wield little power in Pakistan.
  • Why U.S. Likes Big Cars

    The small-car craze might be fine for Asia and Europe, but the land of the gas-guzzling behemoth SUV may never go along, says a leading anthropologist.
  • Can Independent Kosovo Survive?

    Kosovo's declaration of independence isn't likely to solve its many problems—or defuse tensions in the troubled Balkans
  • Pictures That Move In 3-D

    In 1947, Hungarian British scientist Dennis Gabor was tinkering with ways to improve the resolution of the electron microscope when he accidentally invented the hologram. The feat won him a Nobel, but since then nobody has been able to figure out how to make the holographic version of a motion picture—holograms have remained static. Recently, however, researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson wrote in the journal Nature that they have created an updatable holographic film, made of a unique blend of polymers that allows images to be stored, erased and replaced with new images every few minutes. That's too slow for Hollywood but fast enough for a host of new applications, says laser scientist and lead author Nasser Peyghambarian. Doctors could perform keyhole surgery guided by MRI images in 3-D. Soldiers could watch battlefield images from many different angles at once. The next step is to cut the time needed to refresh the 3-D image from minutes to milliseconds, leading to...
  • Periscope: The Islamist Tide In Pakistan Is Turning, And None Too Soon

    The Islamist politicians who have done so much to make Pakistan the world's most dangerous nation appear headed for defeat. In 2002, riding anti-American anger after the invasion of neighboring Afghanistan, the MMA candidates won an unprecedented 56 seats in the 342-member national assembly, and a power broker role they used in conniving ways to help keep President Pervez Musharraf in power. They also formed a government in the North-West Frontier province, turning it into a haven for Al Qaeda and other groups who have used the region to launch domestic and international attacks. Now, in a vote this Monday, the MMA may win no more than 10 seats, a development that could undermine both Musharraf and, ironically, the terrorists he's been fighting.The Islamists have played a double game. Even as they railed against Musharraf's security alliance with the United States, and his sporadic drives against extremists, they quietly worked with the increasingly unpopular general. The military...
  • Just A Little Drop Will Do You

    Travel-size bottles never last long enough, and airport security is likely to confiscate any container that holds more than 90 ml. But there is a way to get more anti-aging power out of a small jar: use a serum. The heavily concentrated liquids require just a few drops for full effect, so a 30 ml bottle can last for weeks. Created by a Nobel Prize-nominated scientist, Amatokin Intensive Skin-Rejuvenating Serum is designed to boost stem-cell production for a healthier complexion ($230; amatokin.com). AmorePacific's Time Response Pure Essence 100 Skin Renewal Serum is made with green tea to moisturize, prevent inflammation and stimulate collagen production ($500; amorepacific.com). And RéVive Intensité Volumizing Serum fights sagging skin and crow's feet by restoring volume to the face, noting that loss of fullness—not wrinkles—is the true enemy of youthful skin ($600; reviveskincare .com).
  • Watching Flowers Blossom

    As Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly snarkily put it in "The Devil Wears Prada," "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Yet in today's downbeat economic climate, the abundance of bold, luxurious floral dresses and separates in top-end spring collections is a refreshing show of optimism. Dolce & Gabbana hand-painted buds amid swaths of paint on tulle ball gowns (price upon request; dolcegabbana.com). Christian Lacroix showed an exaggerated black-and-yellow floral short-sleeved coat ($4,284; christian-lacroix.com). Marc Jacobs incorporated a luscious deep blue floral print into his collection, including a body-skimming dress and a calf-length skirt bedecked with floor-length streaming ribbons, making it potentially dangerous ($2,500; marcjacobs.com). The youngest of the bunch, Thakoon, showed his teen spirit with several pieces done in a neon-on-white graffiti-inspired print that only upon close inspection reveals itself as flowered (from $595; thakoon.com). Even the Devil might...
  • The Death of Terror's Pioneer

    Hizbullah's Imad Mugniyah was responsible for some of the deadliest attacks on Americans on record. His death will likely spark more killings.
  • The Maximalist

    It may look more like an instrument of torture than a wine accessory, but this corkscrew from Sveid is definitely the one to use on that 1982 bottle of Château Mouton-Rothschild sitting in the cellar. Made of aviation-grade titanium and a fingertip lever of 18-karat gold (or platinum), the device uses 52 moving parts and a scissors motion to dislodge the cork. Only available made to order, the corkscrew and its handsome storage box can both be engraved with the owner's name. Prices start at €50,000, making finding a worthy bottle the biggest challenge (www.sveid.com).
  • Russia’s Mighty Mouse

    Vladimir Putin's handpicked successor seems like a loyal nobody. But he could turn out to be a welcome surprise.
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot

    It's easy to find the perfect shot of espresso at a neighborhood café. But for those who prefer to drink their first cup of the day while wearing pajamas, home brewing is a bit iffier. Thankfully, a handful of luxury machines on the market can bring a slice of Starbucks into any kitchen.Espresso is made under pressure, and machines are rated by how many "bars" (think barometric pressure) they have. Melissa Niosi, coffee education manager for Saeco USA, a maker of quality coffee machines, says it takes only nine bars to make a great cup of espresso. Yet all top-shelf machines offer between 15 and 19 bars. The perfect espresso has a good dose of "crema" on top, that frothy, foamy brown skin—really an emulsification of the oils in coffee beans—that gives texture to your drink.The price of a machine depends on its ease of use and construction materials. Near the top end, Saeco's Primea Cappuccino Touch Plus prepares two cappuccinos or latte macchiatos at once, using a built-in ceramic...
  • Try Accounting For Taste

    Savoring Cheval Blanc 1982 in your cellar is far superior to guzzling champagne in a VIP lounge.
  • The Road Ahead

    The U.S. fleet won't look like the European one until fuel prices climb well over $10 per gallon.
  • Vanilla Option

    The next revolution in green cars is more likely to come from ordinary combustion engines than some exotic technology.
  • In The Slow Lane

    Plug-and-play electric cars for urban drivers are pushing the envelope on green. Just don't try gunning them—yet.
  • Small. It’s The New Big.

    Poor countries are getting rich, gas costs are rising and our planet is heating up. The result: a new breed of 21st-century cars that are cooler, cheaper and more compact than ever.
  • Mail Call: The Rising Dragon

    Readers of the China cover articles in our year-end double issue were delighted with the reportage. "Melinda Liu's presentation of China's recent history was fascinating," wrote one who "could not put it down." Another agreed, "it was excellent." A third faulted us for quoting Confucius out of context. ...
  • Is China’s Labor Law Working?

    New labor regulations designed to protect China's workers are already having an impact, according to an American-based watchdog.
  • Burma’s Defiant Artists

    Despite a censorship crackdown, Burma's underground artists are determined to get their message out.
  • Kurdistan: Messy Oil Politics

    Peaceful Kurdistan has been the silver lining amidst the upheaval of the Iraq War. But controversial oil deals threaten the stability.
  • Q&A: Sarkozy's Religion

    Sarkozy's religion may not be a throwback to the past so much as a look to Europe's future, argues religious scholar Alan Wolfe.
  • Flickr Helps the Library of Congress

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the right word worth? The U.S. Library of Congress aims to find out. It has teamed up with Flickr, the popular photo-sharing site, to create Flickr Commons. By putting 3,115 of its archival photographs on the site, the LOC hopes Flickr's community of users will provide information about the photographs, taken in the first half of the 20th century. It's like one big wiki gallery: the hope is that Flickr's 23 million members will comment on the photos, and also supply tags—usually one-word or one-phrase descriptions that could be used to categorize and sort the collection. "It's akin to bringing the mountain to Muhammad," says Matt Raymond, the LOC's director of communications. "It's an excellent way to use the technology." Giving the unwashed masses the power to tag the LOC's photo archive sounds risky, but so far the response has been positive. Within 24 hours of the launch in late January, viewers had commented on 500 photos and...
  • Technology: Will Japan Buy the iPhone?

    The Japanese mobile industry is on Apple alert. This is the year CEO Steve Jobs said Apple would launch the iPhone in Asia. So far, Apple isn't saying when the introduction will come to Japan. Despite expectations of news at the Macworld conference last month, Apple hasn't given any details. Japanese consumers, who revere Apple for its technology and elegant design, are full of anticipation.The iPod has captured more than 50 percent of the portable-music-player market, beating even Sony devices, and expectations for the iPhone are high. Scores of bloggers have pledged to buy the phone as soon as it comes out, and anecdotes abound of Japanese tourists buying iPhones abroad to use simply as an iPod.Despite the fan factor, whether Japanese consumers embrace the iPhone to the degree they snapped up iPods is an open question. The longer it takes for Apple to launch in Japan, some analysts say, the more challenging the battleground will become. Over the past year, Japanese handset makers...
  • Protecting Your Internet Reputation

    The growing threat that your good name will be unfairly besmirched online has given rise to a new industry: Internet reputation repair. Companies like ReputationHawk and Reputation Defender aim to push offending material down a few search pages, where most users won't see it. They do it by creating multiple links to positive data about you, crowding out the negative, for $4,000 to $30,000. For clients not yet tarnished, they recommend creating a "preemptive wall" of positive online content, to ward off future attacks. Jeff Henderson of DONE! SEO calls this "the next generation of public relations." Of course, the same trick could work for bad guys, but the services say they refuse clients who might do harm to others.
  • Film Explores Iran's Transsexuals

    Transsexuals aren't a cultural marker typically associated with religiously inflexible dictatorships, but they are common in Iran—by some estimates, there are 150,000 Iranian transsexuals, and the country hosts more sex-change operations per year than any country outside Thailand. Iranian-American director Tanaz Eshaghian's new film, "Be Like Others," offers a fascinating look at how this subculture can exist.Explaining the apparent paradox, one Muslim cleric says that while homosexuality is explicitly outlawed in the Qur'an, sex-change operations are not. They are no more an affront to God's will than, for example, turning wheat into flour and flour into bread. So while homosexuality is punishable by death, sex-change operations are presented as an acceptable alternative—as a way to live within a set of strict gender binaries, as a way to, well, live like others. The tragic aspect comes through in discussions with patients and their reluctant parents in the waiting room of Tehran's...
  • Female-Only Transportation

    When Ariadna Montiel was a student in the 1990s and rode Mexico City's subways during peak hours, she shunned skirts in the hope of sparing herself the groping hands of a male passenger. Now the 33-year-old architect—who took charge of the capital's bus system a year ago—has devised a novel solution to the dilemma of leering lotharios: women-only bus service. Coaches bearing pink LADIES ONLY signs on their windshields made their debut on four Mexico City bus routes last month, and Montiel plans to extend the service to 11 more routes in coming weeks. "We've had to increase the original number of vehicles exclusively for women by 20 percent because there has been so much demand," says Montiel.There was a time not long ago when such segregation would have been deemed unacceptable, if not unlawful. But women-only public transit is catching on. The Tokyo subway network began setting aside cars exclusively for women more than two years ago, and Rio de Janeiro did the same with its subway...
  • After Super Tuesday

    The big primary day brought intense media coverage around the world, but with Democrats still split, much of it focused on McCain, pro and con. Samples: Israel: Haaretz rates them from one to nine on friendliness to Israel—McCain (7.75), Clinton (7.5), Obama (5.12)Cuba: Granma zings McCain as anti-Cuba; Havana hasn't forgotten he served in the U.S. Navy during Cuban missile crisis.Germany: Der Spiegel doesn't like McCain either; denounces Democrat infighting as a boon to McCain in November.Britain: The Guardian predicts that Huckabee, with appeal limited to the south, will become McCain's running mate.