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  • How to Feed the World

    Below, eight leaders in the fight against hunger offer up food crisis action plans, and long term ideas for how to end famine and bolster farming.
  • War is the Answer

    Sri Lanka's leaders are testing a dangerous theory: that the best way to end a civil war is by winning it.
  • Hunger: The Biggest Crisis of All

    If you have any doubt about the long-term implications of hunger, consider the following statistic. In North Korea, where food shortages and famine have been endemic for years, the average adolescent is 18 centimeters shorter than his counterpart in South Korea. Hunger has created a lost generation. Today, as food prices spiral out of control, the worry is that millions more of the world's poorest will also be lost to its ravages. Over the past few months, there have been food-related riots in 22 countries.One government (Haiti) has fallen because of them. Others are under pressure.It all underscores the incredibly political nature of food. Fuel prices have risen farther and faster than agricultural commodities over the past few years, and the $1 trillion subprime mess dwarfs the food crisis in terms of economic impact. But you don't eat oil or stocks. "Food is a radically different threat, because it affects so many of the world's poor so profoundly," says Erwann Michel-Kerjan,...
  • How a Cemetery Saved an Iraq Veteran’s Life

    Before being deployed to Iraq in 2003, Andrew Alonzo worked as a caretaker at one of the nation's largest military cemeteries. When he came home, that graveyard helped save his life.
  • Food: Cookies That Cost A Fortune

    If your sweet tooth is acting up again and you're tired of boring old Swiss chocolates that cost their weight in gold, there's always cookies. THE GOOD LIFE has found some exotic confections that will impress even the most hardened sugar addicts (especially with the price tag).Indulge in Parisian Macarons, milk-based snacks containing nuts and almonds, and available in 13 different flavors, including apricot, almond, coffee and raspberry. Perfect for corporate events or special celebrations ($72 for 48 cookies; lepicerie.com).Put a magical twist in your wedding favors by writing personalized fortunes on the inside of dark- or white-chocolate coated Giant Wedding Fortune Cookies. They come with white, gold or silver sprinkles ($100; fortunate biscuits.com).Next time you're in New York, swing by Eleni's for a gift box of Butterflies in Nature cookies. These big, hand-iced sugar biscuits come in bold hues ($75; elenis.com). And to think it's all butter, flower and sugar.
  • Autos: A Car That Crouches Like A Cat

    The new BMW M1 Hommage is like the special-edition "Star Wars Trilogy": an eye-popping, 21st- century package for an old soul. The concept car, unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza in Como, Italy, last week, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original mid-engine supercar. Aside from the increase in size—the Hommage is significantly wider than the old M1—the new visual evolution is made up of countless subtle flourishes spun off from the original. Exaggerating the contours of the M1 with fluid strokes, the Hommage transforms the old turbo box into a crouching cat. The rear window is still louvered, though, and the wheels are an elegant caricature of the old signature. None will doubt that this car is in love with itself. As a concept car, the Hommage is just a modernized shell of its former self; in fact, the designers didn't even bother to build an interior at all. Still, the new design is a chance to look forward as well as backward: rumor has it that BMW is working on a real...
  • 4 Hours In Oxford

    Oxford may be home to a 700-year-old university, but it can offer much more than musty scholarship and antiquity. ...
  • Hot Spot: The Palazzo, Las Vegas

    The Palazzo has a lot to boast about. Together with its sister property, the Venetian, it is now the world's largest resort by room count—7,100, to be exact. It's also Las Vegas's tallest hotel tower, and it was recently named the world's largest "green" building, proving that sometimes bigger is better. ...
  • Sports: The New Latin Links

    Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, led by Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, the reigning queen of the women's pro tour. Latin golf courses are also becoming increasingly famous—Golf Magazine's latest list of the world's top 100 courses includes entries from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New ones are sprouting all over Mexico—$100 billion in golf-related development, including at least 30 new courses, is now underway.The roster of names who have designed courses in Mexico reads like a Who's Who of the sport. The star attraction of La Loma Club de Golf in the city of San Luis Potosí is a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened last year (www.lalomagolf.com.mx). Players who want to tackle the Greg Norman-designed, 7,000-yard-long El Camaleón near Cancún can choose from four five-star resort hotels nestled amid mangrove jungles in Mexico's Riviera Maya region (mayakobagolf.com). Both golfing legends are venturing farther afield. Nicklaus will apply his...
  • ‘We Are Not Rooted In Religion’

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to Owen Matthews about Islam, modernity and Turkey's role in Israel-Syria communications
  • This Turmoil Shall Pass

    One of Henry Paulson's top Treasury Department aides on how United States and world policymakers are responding to the fallout of the global credit crunch.
  • Mail Call: Debating Hillary

    Readers of our March 17 cover story on Hillary Clinton's historic campaign were divided. One wrote, "I got choked up reading your essays." Another asked, "What's with all these love letters?" A third said, "At 18, I had voted for Hillary. Later, I beseeched her to oppose the Iraq War … she did the opposite." ...
  • NATO: France Rejoins Atlantic Alliance

    A French politician argues that Sarkozy is ready to cast off the 'surrender monkey' label by rejoining NATO, a move that could revolutionize transatlantic relations.
  • An Operatic Debut For Robot Divas

    Scientists at MIT are about to produce the world's first robotic opera. "Death and the Powers," now in rehearsal at the school's media lab, is a story about an inventor who wants to live forever and decides to download himself into his household belongings. The opera features an animatronic set, robotic performers and live musicians using "hyperinstruments"—traditional instruments embedded with chips that interpret and enhance a performer's emotional emphasis. Singers may even use swallowable microchips that will change the way they sound.Created by Tod Machover, an MIT-based composer who grew up with an engineer father and a pianist mother, the show boasts big-name talent. The librettist is former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, and the lead will be sung by James Maddalena, who sang the part of Nixon in the celebrated opera "Nixon in China." The show is funded by Prince Albert II of Monaco, and will open in Monaco next year before a U.S. tour. Machover says his aim is to use...
  • Media Matters: Why Britain’s P.M. Is Popular Abroad But Hated At Home

    When Gordon Brown went on his second official visit to the United States in mid-April, all three presidential candidates made time to meet him—Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton even took a morning off from their fierce campaigning in Pennsylvania. Yet the British press corps used the occasion to slam the prime minister for his timing, which coincided with—and let him be overshadowed by—Pope Benedict XVI's stateside tour. Likewise, when Brown, at the end of his trip, gave a major address on globalization in Boston that was serious and carefully argued—vintage Brown—the Americans lapped it up, while the British press corps snickered.Seems the more Brown is lauded abroad, the more he's reviled at home. When French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited London, he praised Brown for his "courage and loyalty"—yet the U.K. press took this as another embarrassment, since it highlighted Brown's support for the unpopular Treaty of Lisbon (which will allow EU governance of Britain in place of a...
  • When The Sommelier’s A Machine

    For anyone who's at a loss when it comes to choosing the perfect bottle of wine for dinner, the Tokyo-based supermarket chain Daimaru Peacock has developed an electronic sommelier. The Wine Adviser, a square terminal installed over wine racks in its 10 newest stores, reads the bar code on nearly any label and instantly supplies information on the bottle: where and how it was made, nose and taste notes and what kinds of dishes, cheese and even bread it best pairs with. It recommended that a Bordeaux be served with roast beef, Maribo and Samsoe cheese and pain de campagne. The invention is the latest development in Japan's efforts to use more information technology in commerce. So far it's available only in the Daimaru Peacock stores and Queen's Isetan. Some users find the electronic sommelier far preferable to the human variety: it never tires of giving advice, and it doesn't expect a tip for its troubles.
  • The Maximalist: Gilded Golf

    Even if the shot isn't dazzling, now the golf-ball marker can be. Tri Mark Golf's luxe version is handcrafted from 18-karat white gold and studded with diamonds, citrine, amethyst and peridots. It's also highly functional, with a numbered measuring system that lets golfers figure out how many putter heads away the ball is. And when not dressing up the green, it can be put on a chain and worn as a necklace; buy it for $10,500 (trimarkgolf.com).
  • 4 Hours In Tel Aviv

    This vibrant, edgy city is the undisputed cultural center of Israel, effortlessly blending old and new. Known as the White City for all its Bauhaus buildings, it's best appreciated by simply taking to the streets. ...
  • Hot Spot: The Warrington, London

    Built in 1857, this pub in posh Maida Vale has long been a favorite hangout of locals. Now British chef Gordon Ramsay has updated the place and added his personal touch to the restaurant upstairs. The wait for a dinner reservation can be months—but pop in for lunch and you might get lucky. ...
  • Hitting Where It Hurts

    Giving timely food assistance to ward off further suffering among the world's poor has become a moral obligation.
  • In The Name Of Gandhi

    Philip Glass finds his newly revived 1979 opera 'Satyagraha' more relevant today than ever.
  • A Volcanic Venue

    To reduce overcrowding at Pompeii, officials propose limiting visitors and renting out the ruins.