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  • Mugabe’s Last Stand

    A former close ally may offer the best chance yet of toppling Zimbabwe's dictator at the ballot box.
  • Saddam’s Files

    They show terror plots, but raise new questions about some U.S. claims.
  • Chatting On A Digital Chameleon

    Dov Moran was out jogging late one night when he got tired of carrying his BlackBerry everywhere. So Moran launched Modu Phone in Kfar Saba, Israel, and in October plans to bring out a 39-gram device that can mate with laptops, car sound systems and high-performance digital cameras. The black phone with red and green buttons may be at the cusp of a trend in personalization of mobile devices, says Dan Yachin, an analyst at IDC in Tel Aviv. Modu is readying a line of wired casings to go with the phone—a waterproof one for skiing, another with data storage and modem, another that displays heart and pulse rates along with text. Russian distributors are interested in casings for kids; Italian operators are working on designer models. Modu plans to launch the phone in Italy, Russia and Israel for €180 (including two casings). Moran is betting that consumers will like the idea of changing cell phone styles, if not the actual hardware. "People buy phones as if they were cars—signing a long...
  • From Web to Print

    The pages of 8020 Publishing's two magazines are filled entirely with content submitted by readers through its Web sites.
  • Stemware: Taking Time To Breathe

    Oenophiles know that some wines need time to breathe to fully develop their bouquet and flavor. But busy connoisseurs don't always have the two hours-plus necessary for older wines to open up. Now, thanks to an innovative German stemware company, the impatient tippler need wait no longer. Eisch has developed an oxygenated glass that it claims can aerate wine in just two minutes, so a 1982 Bordeaux will reach its prime moments after being uncorked. The company isn't revealing the secrets of its special material, but a line of designs for whites, reds, sparkling wine and even hard liquor is now available ($28 each; eisch.de).
  • Fashion: What The Heel …?

    Women's footwear designers seem to be focusing their innovative efforts this season on one particular part of the shoe: the heel. Prada's Flower-Heel Mary Janes are dressed in purple and green velvet with dark green patent-leather trim, and the heel resembles an art-deco flower ($750; neimanmarcus.com).For something a little edgier, Louis Vuitton's Extreme Leopard Chain Pump ($1,570; eluxury.com) in pony-styled calf leather has a one-of-a kind heel made of leopard-print Plexiglas cut to resemble a chain. Fendi takes the motif more literally, making a black suede sandal with knotted straps, its heel encased in a metallic chain-link cage ($690; bergdorfgoodman.com).Christian Dior's glitzy red suede pump features a 14-centimeter cutout strassed, or crystal-covered, heel ($1,295; dior.com). Sergio Rossi's studded, rust, 10-centimeter-high leather sandals feature a heel made of three gold spheres ($793; sergiorossi .com). But for those who really want to walk on air, British fashion...
  • 4 Hours In Berlin

    Once divided, this German city has rebuilt itself into one of Europe's most affordable, artistically vibrant cultural capitals. ...
  • Hot Spot: Casa Cruz, Buenos Aires

    Since opening its imposing bronze doors in 2005, this Palermo Soho eatery has established itself as the key spot in the Argentine capital for local fashionistas and jet-setters to see and be seen. Owned by Chile-born Juan Santa Cruz, a former investment banker, it slyly blends pretentiousness with world-class fusion cuisine. ...
  • Global Investor: Don’t Wait To Hit Bottom

    As this is written, the financial panic of 2008 is in full swing. Equity markets around the world are being slaughtered by waves of selling. The most recent debacle is the forced fire sale of Bear Stearns, but we can be sure that tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be additional disasters as financial institutions, hedge funds and individuals rush to de-leverage, setting off a vicious cycle.Wise men to whom we should listen respectfully (such as George Soros) are saying this is the end of the 60-year post-World War II supercycle, and the secular abyss looms. However, after living through (and surviving) nine panics over the past 45 years, my intuition is that we are close to the end of this one, and that markets around the world are poised for a rally that could be as violent as the decline. It sounds dramatic, but the Dow Jones industrial average could rise a thousand points. Here are the reasons why:First, stocks around the world are cheap. We employ a variety of...
  • When Older Means Better

    A real bottle from a modest vintage can be fitted with a trophy label, dramatically increasing its value.
  • Testing Baby’s Brain

    Infants with early signs of autism respond well to therapy. Are health systems up to the task?
  • The Ingenue Grows Up

    Like Meryl Streep, the Chinese-American actress Joan Chen keeps getting better roles as she ages.
  • A Grand Experiment

    A 27-kilometer underground loop of magnets will soon go to work on the universe's deepest mysteries.
  • A Rare Rescue Mission

    Researchers race to preserve uniquely fragile paintings from the communist era in Vietnam.
  • Dumbing Russia Down

    The Kremlin has largely marginalized Russia's intelligentsia. But 'Girls of the Military' is a hit.
  • Mail Call: Evaluating McCain

    Readers of our Feb. 11 piece on John McCain expressed a wide range of opinions. "He is to be honored for his ordeal as a POW," wrote one. Another said, "I disagree with him on Iraq, health care and other issues." A third summed up: "He's just the sort of man we want in the Senate ... but as president? No." ...
  • Candidate Chosen for Pakistan PM

    The governing coalition has chosen a candidate for prime minister, just days after electing the first woman speaker of the lower house of parliament.
  • Taiwan Vote: Economic Focus

    In choosing a new president, Taiwanese voters focused more on their pocketbooks than fears of Chinese dominance.
  • Interview: The Dalai Lama on Tibet

    In an exclusive interview, the Dalai Lama talks to NEWSWEEK about the violence in Tibet, his vision of the future—and how he manages to sleep in spite of his distress over the killings.
  • Rome Subway Dig Yields Surprises

    Construction of a new subway line in Rome has unearthed some valuable--and vexing--artifacts. What happens when there's too much history in one place?
  • Who Won Iran's Elections?

    The reformists fared badly in Iran's parliamentary elections, but Ahmadinejad may end up being the true loser.
  • Life Inside the Green Zone

    Life in the Green Zone is hardly fun. But for an elderly Iraqi couple, it's a lot better than being on the other side of the checkpoints.
  • Iraq: A Teacher's Tale

    Even in the sheltered walls of an upscale Baghdad preschool, tragedy and loss are everywhere. A teacher's tale.
  • Iraq: An American in Baghdad

    After a series of Iraq postings, an American aid worker has mixed feelings about the effects of the conflict.
  • Finally, a Focus on Civilians

    Finally, the U.S. is taking more notice of ordinary Iraqis. After five years in Baghdad, a NEWSWEEK reporter hopes it's not too late
  • A Life in Exile

    He supports the American occupation and says life has gotten better in Iraq. Still, he doesn't have enough faith to go home just yet.
  • Correspondents' Picks: Rio de Janeiro

    Forever in a quest for sun, caipirinhas and the world's most perfect beach, travel writer Kristin Luna felt right at home on Rio's white sands among its cariocas. Read her picks on what to do next time you're passing through Brazil's crown jewel. ...
  • The Fight Over How to Fight

    Should we prepare for big wars or small ones? After Afghanistan and Iraq, the answer might seem obvious, but the truth is harder and more expensive: both.
  • NATO Future: The Wimps And The Warriors

    As NATO prepares for its summit next month in Bucharest, European governments are facing a high-stakes game of chicken. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned that unless European members increase their contributions to the war in Afghanistan, NATO risks becoming a "two-tiered alliance," divided between the willing and unwilling to fight. "Such a development," said Gates, "with all its implications for collective security, would effectively destroy the alliance."Gates's message comes as NATO is still struggling to redefine itself nearly 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet threat it was designed to counter. The United States and Europe have been trying to create a more flexible alliance capable of responding to smaller threats from rogue states and terrorists. But if NATO can't unite in Afghanistan—arguably the global headquarters of the terror threat to the West—then where can it unite? The warning from Gates suggests the answer may be nowhere.Gates is, however, being...
  • Therapy: Retail And Raku

    The Brazilian jeweler H. Stern has wisely figured out a way to allow women to pursue two favorite pastimes simultaneously: shopping and spa treatments. The high-end retailer recently unveiled its first spa in its home-base store in Rio de Janeiro, a state-of-the-art facility where shoppers can unwind while browsing diamond necklaces.Featuring a menu of treatments, the spa's specialties naturally utilize the company's prime assets: jewels. The Moon Rocks (90 minutes; $150), a massage combining heated volcanic rocks and diamond-embedded silver stone, and the Pearl Dust facial (90 minutes; $160) are exclusive to H. Stern. Instead of staring at the masseuse's feet during a treatment, guests gaze down upon a display of amethyst, tourmaline and other gemstones, strategically arranged beneath the table. The spa occupies 372 square meters and accommodates no more than six people at a time. Each guest has a private bathroom and waiting area, so that no client has to see another (hsternspa...
  • Décor: Rooms That Are Made In The Shade

    These lampshades are hardly made for blending unobtrusively into a room. In fact, they're much more like works of art, shining in the spotlight. It may be the 21st century, but Rothschild & Bickers' ruby handblown glass shade with fabric trimming infuses contemporary style with a touch of Victorian decadence (€299; rothschild bickers.com). Designer Janne Kyttanen won Young Designer of the Year in Finland this year, and his Palm Pendant lampshade is sure to illuminate any room with its innovative 3D print effect (€1,357; cameronpeters.co.uk). Tom Dixon's Twist pendant is made of pleated and twisted laminated cotton in a sleek hourglass design (€263; tomdixon .net). The Swan Light, true to its name, is built from feathers cast out of glass and gives us an elegant, ethereal glow (€520; hiddenartshop.com). Jasper makes a limited-edition lampshade featuring a lush green leaf motif digitally printed on delicate cotton satin (€215; hiddenartshop.com). And Squint Ltd.'s bespoke shades...
  • The Maximalist

    Carrying this handbag is like wearing an extra piece of jewelry. Darby Scott's minaudière is composed of 320 cabochon tourmalines, plus 34 diamonds that total four carats. The rims are made of 18-karat gold. Sold for €71,382, the main problem is that it will make your mobile and lipstick look unbearably shabby (available by request; darbyscott.com).
  • 4 Hours in: Lyon

    It may be France's second city, but Lyon runs a close second to Paris for culture as well as gastronomy. A galaxy of classy restaurants, boasting some 60 Michelin stars among them, can be found around the city's picturesque central district, rated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. ...
  • Hot Spot: Hotel Unique,São Paulo

    Designed to resemble a beached ship, the sleek, modern Unique provides a one-of-a-kind perch from which to explore the complex social backdrop of this Brazilian city, where helicopters soar over favelas to shuttle the ultrarich to church. ...
  • Easter: Eggs For Adults Only

    Why should kids get all the good Easter treats? These chocolate eggs are much too precious to waste in their wicker baskets. The Harvey Nichols Limited Edition, available only at stores in Britain and Ireland, is an 80cm-tall solid milk-chocolate egg inside a Valrhona dark-chocolate shell, flecked with gold-leaf designs (five available at $1,120 each; www.harveynichols.com for stores).Award-winning London chocolatier Paul A. Young has won a cult following for his made-to-order Easter eggs. Customers can choose from 20 different types of chocolate for the base, paired with unusual truffle fillings, including coconut and litchi or port and Stilton, and decorated with custom design elements—say, violins for a music lover. Orders take two weeks (from $200; paulayoung.co.uk).The dark-chocolate Large Egg Treasure by La Maison du Chocolat is covered with colorful pastel polka dots and carved with spy holes to reveal a solid milk-chocolate center. It must be purchased in the boutiques; it's...
  • A World Turned Upside Down

    These days, the farther east or south you head away from New York, the more robust and resilient the economies.