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  • Mail Call: Will Google Falter?

    Readers hailed the new rivals to Google discussed in our Nov. 5 cover story. "This is just a part of globalization," one noted. Another added, "Business and technological innovation in accessibility, flexibility and ease of operation or service for users will determine whether Google remains the leader." ...
  • Movies: Revisiting Nanking

    A new documentary harrowingly revisits the atrocities of Nanking. Why it should be mandatory viewing.
  • The Battle for Rome’s Treasures

    Why did Italian leaders wait almost a year to unveil Rome's latest archaeological finds? The answer is as old as the city itself.
  • China’s New-Look Orphanages

    China's orphanages used to be seen as dumping grounds for unwanted children. No longer. An on-scene report from a volunteer caregiver.
  • The Transatlantic Gulf

    Times are tough in the transatlantic alliance. But Europe and America still have plenty in common.
  • Zakaria: The Fearful Giant

    It's not just Bush's fault. America is scared of the new world, and that's no way to run a hyperpower.
  • China Is Unlikely US Ally

    China's leaders, at least, still like the United States—but the reasons won't please Washington.
  • Repairing France's Suburbs

    The country's troubled banlieus, or suburbs, are partly the product of the best post-war intentions gone awry.
  • Fatah’s War on Hamas

    Palestinian spooks are finding inventive ways to undermine the Islamists in the Gaza Strip.
  • Why America’s Point Man On China Is Running Into a Wall

    Is Henry Paulson's big China offensive dead in the water? As the U.S. Treasury secretary preps for the next meeting of his widely hyped Strategic Economic Dialogue in Beijing this week, some China watchers are heralding its demise. Paulson left as CEO of Goldman Sachs and took the Treasury post on condition that he'd be America's point man on China, yet so far he's not even meeting the right people. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao declined to lead China's side, shunting the job off to Wu Yi, who will be a lame duck when she meets Paulson this week. Worse, her likely successor is thought to be Zhang Jiang, a provincial party chief who learned his economics at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, hardly a bastion of free-market liberalism.Treasury officials hope Paulson will end up working with Li Keqiang, a highly regarded reformer and rising star in the Communist Party. But it's unlikely anyone on the Chinese side will give much more anyway. The dialogue was supposed to work like this:...
  • Panda Lovers Love Coal

    It isn't just pandas the World Wildlife Fund is hugging. In a major policy shift, the group is cautiously embracing a longtime foe of the greens: King Coal. Its report, "Climate Solutions: WWF's Vision for 2050," maps out a plan for doubling global energy consumption while slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by 60 percent—the minimum necessary to limit global warming to 2 degrees C. Amid the usual call for renewables, WWF envisions coal delivering 20 percent of global energy needs in 2050.Why coal? Because "there is no silver bullet" to stop global warming, says Liam Salter, head of WWF's climate-change program in Hong Kong. Nor is it practical to rule out the dirty but abundant fossil fuel. The report envisions "a clearly defined, though limited, role for coal in a climate-friendly economy." Coal would fire highly efficient (and still experimental) power plants that store CO2 underground. Conservation would help bridge the gap between now and 2030, when the new coal plants will be...
  • Cashless In The Hinterlands

    Mobile banking might save the government and banks money and reduce fraud that plagues the public-distribution system.
  • Mail Call: A Terrorist Haven

    Readers of our Oct. 29 cover story on where the jihad is sent in hundreds of passionate cheers. "You're right. Pakistan is the hub of jihad," wrote one. "It's the breeding place and haven for terrorists," said another. A third echoed what many claimed: "America is the most dangerous nation today." ...
  • Cool Drawers

    The refrigerator never seems big enough to hold all those holiday leftovers and half-drunk bottles of champagne. But appliance-makers have devised an innovative solution: refrigerated drawers, which can fit under counters or stand alone and dramatically increase cool-storage space. Aga's two-drawer refrigerated units come in black, blue, claret or cream, and include an extra-deep drawer that can fit wine bottles standing up ($2,950; aga-ranges.com). The commercial refrigeration company Perlick recently introduced a residential line, which includes two-drawer ($2,978), four-drawer ($5,257) and six-drawer ($7,936) stainless-steel units (the larger ones include freezer space) that can be built-in or freestanding. Built-ins are available in stainless infused with copper or amethyst color (perlick.com). And Sub-Zero makes a double-drawer refrigerator, freezer or dual model, which comes in various shades of stainless or custom panels (from $3,126; subzero.com). Chillin'.
  • Visiting the Newest Wonders

    Intrepid travelers who missed visiting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by about 500 years now have a chance to visit the New Seven Wonders—a list of the top man-made landmarks chosen earlier this year via Internet by millions of voters around the world. Marriott is marking its 3,000th hotel by launching a series of luxury tour packages that allow visitors to experience the new wonders in style (marriott.com).Lovers should head to the world's most romantic monument, the Taj Mahal. They can stay in oceanfront rooms in frenetic Mumbai, and indulge in world-class Indian spa treatments ($6,660 per person, three nights). Marriott visitors to China can scale the Great Wall with their own private tour guide, then relax with a Zen-inducing yoga class ($3,806 per person, three nights). Packages to the lost city of Machu Picchu include forays into Peru's happening capital, Lima ($3,000, four nights). Visitors to the world's last Mayan temple at Chichén Itzá can exfoliate with spa...
  • Four Hours In Montevideo

    Often overshadowed by neighboring behemoth Buenos Aires, the Uruguayan capital is a bustling port and financial center that mixes modern culture with historic charm. It's also becoming a popular spot for Hollywood film shoots. ...
  • Hot Spot: Singapore

    This traditional Chinese shophouse has been converted into a hip new fantasy-theme bar built around a giant, whimsical tree hosting strange creatures on its walls.Ambience: The darker, ground-floor décor forms the trunk and features a funky art installation by local artist Donna Ong of creepy-crawlies made out of old clock mechanisms. The tables on the second level boast intricate sculptured centerpieces and unusual wall panels with oak-leaf motifs. The treetop third floor showcases a deep-blue mural with scenes from children's nursery rhymes; a canopy of LED lights provides a tranquil night-sky effect. ...
  • Home, Sweet Home

    It's never too early to start cultivating a luxury property owner. Children now have a growing range of dream-home options, conveniently located in Mom and Dad's backyard. The latest crop of kids' playhouses combine fairy-tale designs with real, modern-day facilities like running water and beds, and maybe even a guest room for jealous adults.Lilliput Play Homes makes enough different structures to populate a town: houses, a cinema, a town hall and a schoolhouse, all crafted from quality materials and colorfully painted; the Cotton Candy Manor features an upstairs balcony and starts at $8,999 (lilliputplayhomes.com).The little historian in the family might appreciate Hamleys authentic-looking two-story Tudor playhouse, with oak floors and hardwood windows and doors ($52,621; hamleys.com). La Petite Maison's elaborate creations, which include such amenities as electricity, air conditioning and an intercom to the family home, can be custom-built anywhere in the world (from $7,000;...
  • Mind Buffett, Don’t Panic

    A year from now, stocks, the dollar and U.S. inflation will be higher, and oil, gold, the euro and the pound will be lower.
  • Luis Moreno-Ocampo: The Global Lawman

    Midway through his nine-year term as prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo is ebullient about the prospects—and progress—of the tribunal. As bureaucracies go, he says, the court has moved faster than expected against those accused of war crimes. In New York last week to testify to the United Nations Security Council on Sudan, Moreno-Ocampo, 55, spoke to NEWSWEEK's Arlene Getz and Jonathan Tepperman about the work of the court and its evolving relationship with the United States. ...
  • Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Thousands of vehicles are set ablaze each year in France. Blame the urban planners—and the media.
  • The Luxuries of Technology

    I am caught on the horns of an argumentum cornutum, pondering the question, "Can a technology product be a luxury product?" It is the sort of philosophical issue worthy of a 21st-century Aristotle or Socrates. After all, one could argue that almost any product, be it a car or a garden sprinkler, is a technology product by virtue of the inclusion of technology to enable it to carry out its function of transport or irrigation, respectively.But being that I am not a rigorous—nor indeed any kind of—philosopher, I take a technical product to be something electronic, the exact workings of which I would have trouble explaining to my children. I would further add that these days a technology product is often something that is more or less obsolete, or is about to be superseded by a new generation of similar products, typically as soon as one takes possession of it. And it is the rapid onset of obsolescence that prevents my accepting that a technological product can also be a luxury product....
  • The Great Race

    Craig Venter recounts bucking the system to decode the human genome.
  • A Rock Star Is Reborn

    Carlos Ghosn made history by saving Nissan from bankruptcy. Now for his second act, he's engineering a turnaround at his Franco-Japanese auto alliance.
  • Where ‘Guanxi’ Rules

    Party politics, cross-Strait relations and good old greed still trump everything else in China.
  • Japan's Mob Modernizes

    Like smart businesses everywhere, Japan's infamous underworld gangs are reinventing themselves to cope with increasingly global competition.
  • Italians Stand Up to Mafia

    Italian industry is pledging to banish the age-old practice of paying 'protection money' to the mafia, while brave citizens take to the streets. But can Italy really eradicate organized crime?
  • Bomb Blast Rocks Kabul

    Visitors may think that Afghans are numb to violence, having witnessed so much. But the opposite is true.
  • Author in Hiding From Mafia

    After writing a best-selling book about the Neapolitan mafia, Roberto Saviano was forced into hiding. With Italian police arresting dozens of mafia suspects, he comes out to talk about his nation's fight against organized crime.
  • Bhutto, Sharif Team Up

    Pakistan's leading opposition leaders have united (sort of) against President Pervez Musharraf. But their impact will probably be minimal.
  • Russia’s Election Problems

    Putin has killed democracy in the name of stability. How the tragedy of the latest election will haunt Russia in the years ahead.
  • Iraq: Slogans of War

    The Iraq conflict has given rise to some peculiar turns of phrase. A guide to strategic linguistics—and what it tells about the U.S. military message.
  • Bali and the Climate Fight

    Without the cooperation of China, climate talks in Bali this week won't do much good--and may even harm the fight against global warming.
  • Q&A: Why Japan Can’t Innovate

    Despite its vaunted high-tech industries, Japan's propensity to look inward is crippling the country's ability to innovate and compete.
  • Afghanistan's Troubled Border

    Where the imperialists' Great Game once unfolded, tribal allegiances have made for a "soft border" between Afghanistan and Pakistan--and a safe haven for smugglers, militants and terrorists.
  • Q&A: Poor Progress on Forests

    The world's rainforests are deteriorating at an accelerating rate, but the Bali conference is only a baby step toward a solution. Renowned forest expert Thomas Lovejoy explains why the forests have gotten short shrift in the climate debate.