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  • Big Power Goes Local

    A grass-roots movement to generate power in towns and basements is challenging the energy industry's status quo.
  • Mail Call: Seoul’s Leader

    Readers of our March 3 article on South Korea's President Lee took us to task. One said, "The leftist government's defeat does not negate all its achievements." Another wrote, "Roh Moo Hyun's Korean is excellent, as are his speeches." A third simply rejected our comparison of Lee to Nicolas Sarkozy. ...
  • The Negotiator

     Kamal Nath has become not only the voice of India in trade circles, but an advocate of the developing world.
  • Q&A: Evangelist Luis Palau

    A prominent Argentine evangelist discusses his role as part of the 'Superclass,' and what it means to be a religious leader in a globalized, information-driven world.
  • What Power Looks Like

    They ride on Gulfstreams, set the global agenda, and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They have more in common with each other than their countrymen. Meet the Superclass.
  • Storm Warning

    The world could be one crop failure away from an actual food crisis. Market panic has already started.
  • Quirky Ways of Fueling the Future

    Chances are you've heard of hybrids and biofuels, but what about oil-producing yeast and turbinelike buoys that transform ocean waves into electricity? Those are just a few of the alternative-energy sources that may power the future, according to Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund and coauthor, with Miriam Horn, of "Earth: The Sequel" (Norton). "Everyone knows the current story of melting glaciers, rising sea levels, worsening hurricanes, dying coral reefs," says Krupp. " 'The Sequel' is the story of what happens next. We are just on the threshold of a great race." Solar-power technology is our best bet for now, says Krupp, but quirkier projects are essential elements of a smart, diversified energy strategy. New technologies might turn wood and fiber—rather than food crops—into biofuels. Medical research on how the human brain expels carbon dioxide might lead to new ways of burning coal cleanly. One energy firm is working on a way to direct smokestack emissions...
  • Power From a Distance

    Roy Kuennen had a problem to solve. In 1996, one of Amway Corp.'s products, a household water filter, kept breaking down. The filter used an ultraviolet lamp to kill bacteria, but the lamp had to be submerged in water, which corroded the electrical wires that powered the lamp. Kuennen, an engineer, got the wacky idea to remove the wires altogether and power the lamp with a coil magnet.Twelve years later, the wireless revolution that brought the mobile phone, Bluetooth and WiFi is about to extend its claim to the domain of power. A handful of companies are now trying to beam power directly to mobile phones, PDAs, laptops and other gadgets without our having to remember to plug them in overnight. The promise of wire-free power, though, may run afoul of the current penchant for all things green because it usually involves a loss of efficiency.The first products on the market won't force consumers into paroxysms of guilt. A charging pad for the Motorola Razr, made by WildCharge of...
  • Dengue Plagues Rio

    Tropical maladies are nothing new for Brazil. Still, until the late 1990s, dengue fever—the scourge of Asia—was practically unknown in the country, where battalions of mosquito killers had all but wiped out the virus's Aedes aegypti host in their efforts to combat yellow fever. But as Brazil's economic boom drew millions of immigrants from dengue-infested countries to Rio's poorly drained, mud-filled shantytowns, the disease flourished.Now it's nearing epic proportions: Brazil is home to seven out of every 10 new dengue cases in Latin America, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In 2002, nearly three quarters of a million Brazilians took ill and 91 died from the virus—nicknamed "breakbone" for the severe body pains it causes—and already this year, 54 people have perished in Rio, where the infection rate has doubled since the beginning of 2007. To make matters worse, door-to-door health inspectors have been turned away from the hardest-hit areas, in favelas such as...
  • Afghanistan’s Idol

    The usual line about "Afghan Star"—the TV hit where competitors croon traditional tunes—is that the show represents a cultural breakthrough in the country's strict Muslim society. It's not a hard argument to make: 11 million people tune in to the program, now in its fourth season on Tolo TV. More radically, a Pashtun woman named Lima Sahar recently made it into the top three finalist spots—a feat that would have been impossible seven years ago, when the Taliban banned music and tightly regulated women's actions.But not all viewers are sure that Sahar's star turn translates as progress in women's rights. "This superficial show is light-years away from the reality of most Afghan women, who still live in miserable conditions," says Maleha Ahmadzai, a Kabul schoolteacher. "Her presence may even become an excuse for traditional parents to stop girls [from] going to school." Others fear that Sahar will meet the fate of music-show host Shaima Rezayee, who was gunned down in Kabul in 2005...
  • By the Numbers

    They're not a natural pair, even if George W. Bush wants both Georgia and Ukraine in NATO, and Germany and France want them out. No one is listening to what the Georgians and Ukrainians want, which is (respectively) in and out:77 Percentage of Georgians who support NATO membership, according to a January referendum20 Percentage of Ukrainians who support NATO membership, according to recent polls60 Percentage of Ukrainians who support EU membership, according to the same polls84 Percentage of Georgians who support EU membership, according to D.C.'s International Republican Institute
  • Goodbye, Shanghai

    Evidence of an investor exodus from China is mounting. Some 200 Taiwanese firms have left the city of Dongguan, says a Taiwan trade group. The Federation of Hong Kong Industries predicts 6,000 to 7,000 of its factories in the Pearl River Delta will shut down this year. The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 5 percent of Korean firms in China are preparing to leave; an additional 25 percent are considering it. A recent Seoul headline read: FROM CHINA DREAM TO CHINA NIGHTMARE.Why? New labor rules requiring firms to hire staff long term, the rising yuan, tougher environmental laws and higher taxes are raising business costs. Half the Korean firms in China say they're in the red. Japanese investment in China has declined 44 percent since 2005, while increasing by 150 percent in Vietnam. Others are shifting to India, even North Korea, or just going home.
  • If Lethal Dictators Ban the Death Penalty, Who Cares?

    For years now, the death penalty has been held up as a marker of enlightenment, distinguishing the cultivated states that ban it from the brutish ones that still administer it. By this measure, the world is becoming a much more righteous place, with 135 of 197 nations now in the cultivated camp, up from 105 a decade ago when pillars of Western civilization like Canada and Britain still employed the death penalty. More surprising members are banning the punishment every month: the latest converts include Albania, Rwanda and Uzbekistan—and none of them was previously known as a paragon of respect for individual life. Now they have been saluted by human-rights groups like Amnesty International and the Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center for discarding the ultimate tool of official retribution.But the longer this list becomes, the more dubious is its use as a yardstick of societal advancement. Rwanda has come a long way since the genocide that took 800,000 lives in the...
  • Perspectives

    "Everyone should put down 'trisexual,' whoever you are."ActressVanessa Redgrave, reacting to the news that London's Arts Council is now requiring organizations to list the sexual orientation of board members on grant applications"I have to ask, 'What Cuban can pay a night in a hotel with a normal salary?' "Tatiana, a Havana-based doctor, commenting on the government's new policy to allow Cubans to stay in the country's hotels, alongside foreign travelers"They said that God had given them a signal to leave after the fourth partial cave-in."Oleg Melnichenko, deputy governor of Russia's Penza region, on 14 members of a doomsday cult who abandoned the underground bunker where they'd been hiding for half a year while awaiting the end of the world"Palestinian businessmen import everything from China. I even get orders to send Chinese-made Palestinian flags and the Palestinian kaffiyehs."Shyoukhi, an exporter in China's eastern Zhejiang province, commenting on the growing trade relations...
  • A Wing And a Chair

    The coolest new office toy isn't a nano-size satellite device. It's a desk made out of a Boeing 747. MotoArt turns salvaged historic aircraft parts into furniture. Now you can gather a board meeting around a wing-flap table ($12,000–$50,000) or put your feet up on a coffee table made from a B-52 turbine fan and a World War II Navy bomb ($2,500– $15,000). And if work gets too stressful, just push the EJECT button on the desk chair ($5,200; motoart.com).
  • Around the World in 131 Days

    Major cruise companies are scheduling ultra-long voyages for those with time to kill. These journeys evoke the golden age of steamship travel, with the added comforts of our time. The Silver Shadow visits 45 ports—including Bora Bora and Ho Chi Minh City—on a 92-day itinerary (from $55,170 per person; silversea.com). Cunard's Queen Mary 2 navigates the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans on its 90-day journey (from $19,362; cunard .com). Regent offers a 121-night tour on the Seven Seas Mariner (from $64,995; rssc .com). For those who really want to get away from it all, Holland America provides a whopping 131-day "Grand World Voyage," which stops on four continents (from $24,508; hollandamerica.com).
  • Sunset Marquis Hotel, Hollywood

    For most of its 45 years, it's been known as a discreet retreat for the wild and famous: Courtney Love wrote a song about the place, Brad Pitt moved in when he and Jennifer Aniston split and, most famously, '60s rock icon Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life there. Still run by its original owners, the Rosenthal family, the Sunset Marquis has just completed a $20 million expansion, adding 40 high-design Mediterranean-style villas. ...
  • Styling in the Rain

    Spring showers may be on their way, but that doesn't mean we need to dress to match the drear. Burberry encourages customers to face the rainy season head-on in its dazzling gold double-breasted leather trench coat ($2,495; burberry.com). Or for an extra candy-colored pop, Versace's incandescent bubblegum pink, thigh-skimming trench features a reflective silver belt buckle and embossed buttons ($2,740; neimanmarcus.com). For a more Catherine Deneuve look, try popping the collar on a deep violet Kilmuir coat from the heirloom Scottish rainwear brand Mackintosh, made from a watertight and super-lightweight Japanese fabric ($895; mackintoshrainwear.com). And women needn't have all the flair; men tired of khaki will stop traffic in the crimson double-breasted inspector's coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim ($750; barneys.com).For those tempted to spin around a lamppost and sing in the rain, a custom-made umbrella from Swaine Adeney Brigg (which also supplies Prince Charles with his favorite silver...
  • Digging Up the Dirt

    A forensics team is tracking down South Africa's disappeared—and reopening some very cold cases.
  • The Gangs of Beirut

    An eruption of street fights between Shiite and Sunni youths has many fearing a slide toward war.
  • The Overlooked Killer

    In Africa, traffic accidents are a leading cause of death, inspiring new calls for an end to the carnage.
  • Repression 2.0

    Totalitarian states are learning to control citizens by creating the impression of ubiquitous surveillance.
  • Ankara’s Quiet Revolution

    Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) must be delighted by the recent turn of events. On March 31, the nation's constitutional court agreed to review a case urging that the party be banned for allegedly violating Turkey's secular Constitution, throwing the country into a period of enormous instability. But while the outcome of the case is far from clear, the AKP, win or lose, will become stronger through the process. Indeed, amid the turmoil, the only real certainty is that the Turkish political environment, polarized along secular-Muslim lines since 2007, will shift to further strengthen the AKP.The AKP's initial strength lay in its commitment to pursuing a pluralist democracy and pushing for European Union accession. Following its rise to power in 2002, the AKP pursued a policy of consensual politics, making alliances with liberals, the media and the powerful business lobby on European Union accession and other issues. Yet once formal accession talks with the EU began in...
  • Attack of the Judges

    In the battle for the heart and soul of Turkey, the lines are now being drawn by the judiciary.
  • Live Talk: Peter Peterson

    Join Peter Peterson for a Live Talk on Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m., ET, about why, and how, he's chosen to give away his fortune to help solve U.S. economic challenges.
  • Zimbabwe: Poll Blow for Mugabe

    After Robert Mugabe loses control of Zimbabwe's parliament, an anxious nation waits to see if he will lose the presidency as well.
  • Correspondents’ Picks: Amsterdam

    The historic Dutch capital of Amsterdam still retains its Old World grandeur. Here's how to maximize your visit to one of Europe's most walkable cities.
  • Slowing the Money Trail

    Immigrants are starting to send less cash back home, in part because there's no one at home.
  • Why Beijing Needs Tibet’s Help

    Recent events in Tibet have underscored the fact that more than a Half Century of Chinese occupation—and forcible attempts to change Tibetans into Han Chinese—aren't working and never will. Resistance to Beijing's imperialism hasn't come just from the "Dalai Lama clique," as Chinese officials put it, but from all 6 million Tibetans.Thus Beijing's problems won't simply go away when the 14th Dalai Lama dies; he's now 72 and very durable. But that's a good thing, for China's leaders are going to need his help to peacefully resolve the crisis. The Dalai Lama remains committed to nonviolence and a solution that would benefit both sides. And he's the only person capable of persuading his people to accept such a deal.It's not difficult to imagine what an eventual agreement between China and Tibet would look like. Tibetans want the reunification of their territory and people, only a third of whom actually live in China's Tibet Autonomous Region (the rest live in historically Tibetan areas...
  • A Crash Landing

    Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports—and possibly the worst.
  • Building Moments

    Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel on his battle to reshape a world of cities that all look the same.
  • Lawrence Summers: ‘A Long Way From The 1970s’

    Lawrence Summers, the former Treasury Secretary, is as well credentialed as anyone to assess the global credit crisis. He won the John Bates Clark award for best economist under 40, was chief economist at the World Bank and ran Harvard University. But that almost certainly didn't stop a gasp of relief that he hadn't been in office to witness a financial crisis like this one. NEWSWEEK's Adam B. Kushner chatted with him by telephone about the prospects for recession, and for a new era of tighter regulation. Excerpts: ...
  • Mail Call: Turkey and the EU

    Our Feb. 18 cover story on Turkey's fight to join the EU got mixed responses from readers. One claimed, "Turkey isn't part of Europe—its leaders can't manipulate geography." Another said, "Erdogan is Islamizing Turkey, not democratizing it." A Turk demurred: "It will all depend on our high performance." ...
  • It Began With Books

    On Microsoft, meaning, and the drive to help educate children across the developing world.
  • With Rooms to Grow

    If there is any doubt that Moscow has arrived as a high-end tourist destination, just try booking a hotel room. Accommodations in the hotel-starved Russian capital are already going for $1,000 a night—not including breakfast. The number of travelers to Moscow is projected to increase fivefold, up to 5 million, within the next two years. Where will they all stay? Fortunately, the city is undergoing a hotel-building boom. And given the mega-high real estate prices, five-star accommodations seem the only way to go.Among the newest arrivals, the 11-story Ritz-Carlton offers 334 guest rooms and suites facing Tverskaya Street and Red Square. For $700, waiters will serve a tsar's breakfast—complete with Beluga caviar and champagne—on the terrace overlooking Lenin's Tomb (from $1,400 to $18,000 per night; ritzcarlton.com/en).The five-star MaMaison Pokrovka Suite Hotel boasts 84 suites done in sleek, 1930s-style décor, with unusually shaped red velvet furniture (from $529 to $3,347 per night...
  • Sirocco, Kalk Bay, South Africa

    Located about an hour outside Cape Town, this lovely open-air restaurant is snuggled on the main street between art galleries, antiques shops and the picturesque harbor filled with fishing boats and friendly seals. ...
  • Belize City

    This unspoiled Central American eco-tourism center is a perfect blend of natural beauty and compelling history, boasting world-class diving, ancient ruins, rain forests and small islands, like Cayo Espanto, which can be rented out for $12,000 a night. ...