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  • 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; 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. ...
  • All in the Family

    Renewed violence in Iraq has devolved into an intra-Shiite blood feud.
  • The Maximalist

    When platinum just isn't enough, the diamond-encrusted Dubai First Royale credit card can deliver any good or service imaginable. Available by invitation only and hand-delivered to the front door, it comes with a personal lifestyle manager who can book private planes, land invites to exclusive parties and arrange to have the dog walked. No purchase, no matter how extravagant, will ever be denied. And for those wondering where to purchase a horse, it also comes with an equestrian concierge service ($2,000 annually;
  • Watch Out for the Bees

    A rose is a rose is a dress is a purse is a … shoe? This spring, roses can be found on all sorts of garments and accessories, and still look awfully sweet. They garnish Prada's satin clutch, their folds echoed on the pleated front ($695; bergdorfgoodman .com). Jean-Michel Cazabat covers a black silk shoe with a blossoming vine ($495, available in June; Rosettes accent a sterling-silver Tiffany bangle ($395), and hang with cultured freshwater pearls on an elegant necklace ($850; Fendi's short lemon-chiffon dress is flush with cascading silk rose petals ($1,710; bergdorfgood And no bouquet was ever more dazzling to carry than Judith Leiber's Precious Rose purse, a handmade, tiered mosaic of 1,169 pink sapphires, 800 tourmalines and 1,016 diamonds—more than 42 carats' worth (price upon request; contact store for information: 212-223-2999). Don't say we never promised you a rose garden.
  • Mountain Highs

    Thrill-seekers are discovering the joys of zip lines, rides that zoom over treetops at high speeds. Riders wear a harness that clips to a cable, and automatic brakes prevent crashes at the bottom. Popularized in Costa Rica as a way to tour the forest canopy, zip-line rides are popping up elsewhere around the globe.The newest is at California's Heavenly Mountain ski resort, where riders hit speeds of 80 kilometers per hour and enjoy views of Lake Tahoe ($30; ski On the super-steep zip line at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, riders can watch Nordic ski jumpers launch from the 120-meter jump that runs parallel ($20; The zip line at Alaska's Icy Strait Point, popular with cruise-ship customers, is more than a mile long. Suspended 162 meters in the air, riders sometimes look down to see bald eagles flying below ($90; The operators of the ProNutro 2000 in Sun City, South Africa, bill their zip slide—as zip lines are...
  • Taking Out the Trash

    If Silvio Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni came together they just might be able to save Italy.
  • Christian Provocateurs and Muslim Moderation

    Have you noticed that Europe is issuing new provocations to Islam, and that Muslims are reacting so far with calm? Dutch politician Geert Wilders is promoting a film he says will prove his belief that "Islamic ideology is a retarded, dangerous one." A Danish newspaper republished one of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad last month, after the arrest of a man purported to be plotting to kill the cartoonist. Most troubling was the pope's decision to baptize the Egyptian journalist Magdi Allam in St. Peter's on the night before Easter, thus converting a famously self-hating Muslim into a self-loving Christian in the most high-profile setting possible.Yet so far the main reaction to the pope was dismay from the 138 Muslim scholars of the new Roman Catholic-Muslim forum for dialogue, who said the "spectacle" of Allam's baptism, "with its choreography, persona and messages, provokes genuine questions about the motives ... and plans of some of the pope's advisers on Islam."There are...
  • Going Down the Tubes?

    As the Bear Stearns meltdown made front-page news in Britain last week, London bankers worried Wall Street's chaos could spread across the pond. And with good reason: bankers and regulators are still feeling the fallout of their own recent crisis of confidence.Last fall, after reports of liquidity problems at Newcastle-based Northern Rock, anxious account holders led the first run on a British bank since 1866. The lines lasted only a few days, but in that time, consumers reportedly withdrew billions in deposits from branches of Northern Rock, Britain's fifth largest mortgage lender. Offers from potential rescuers—including Virgin's Sir Richard Branson—were ultimately rejected by the government, which nationalized Northern Rock in February. Last week the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the United Kingdom's financial regulator, issued a report taking the blame for not spotting Northern Rock's problems sooner.Now there are signs that the FSA may be adopting a more aggressive policy...
  • What 10 Million Buys

    Zimbabwe's new 10 million dollar bill is red, perhaps a warning that this money is melting down fast. Last week, 10 million Zimbabwe dollars could buy two rolls of toilet paper. By now, it probably won't get quite that much. Not surprisingly, the currency is not adorned with the face of president Robert Mugabe, but with a pastiche of fish.The world's most bankrupt economy has an inflation rate of 100,000 percent and a vast black market for oil, corn and cash. Citizens carry wads of 10 million notes in plastic bags. Money changers lose track of whether they're talking billions or trillions. The government, too, buys black market foreign currency to pay bills. As voters went to the polls last weekend, even backers of challenger Simba Makoni says they are unlikely to fix the mess. Legislator David Coltart admits they have no experts on this kind of hyperinflation. Precious few nations do.
  • It’s Biennial Time

    The Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial show has long been heralded as a survey of the most influential up-and-comers, and also derided as a hit-or-miss exhibit that fails to live up to its hype. The reality, of course, falls somewhere in between, and this year's exhibit—running through June 1—is no exception. Some of the works are sublime: Venezuela-born Javier Téllez films six blind people interacting with an elephant, in a literal adaptation of the old proverb on the limits of knowledge; Jedediah Caesar sculpts Technicolor resin into formations that bubble like the surface of some far-off planet; Daniel Joseph Martinez fills a room with simple yellow plaques giving name to "Divine Violence," groups both well known (The Irish Republican Army, Mossad) and obscure (Nuclei for promoting total catastrophe). Other installations fall short: a room filled with mutilated Bart Simpson photographs and a movie loop of "Pirates of the Caribbean" comes to mind. A common thread throughout...
  • PR For Dictators

    In the 1930s, the Nazis hired an American named Ivy Lee to improve relations between Hitler's government and Washington, until the deal provoked outrage and led to the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.If only Lee could see us now. According to Kevin McCauley, editor of O'Dwyer's Public Relations News—a leading industry publication—questionable regimes are seeking more and more PR help, in longer-term multi-million-dollar campaigns. From African despots to Central Asian autocrats, rulers with shady human-rights records are spending more to have their bad images burnished by savvy Western firms.The latest prospective client is Belarussia President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who met this month to discuss representation with Britain's Tim Bell (the man who helped Margaret Thatcher get elected). Bell has his work cut out for him: Lukashenko was once quoted as saying, "Not everything connected with Hitler was bad." Spin that.
  • Containing Multitudes

    Literary wunderkind Junot Diaz's debut novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," just netted top honors with the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Jesse Ellison. Excerpts: ...
  • Building A Faster Internet

    A conductor in Tokyo moves his baton, and an orchestra in Cleveland starts to play. A few bars later, a violinist in Berlin joins in. To compensate for a slight delay, the musicians play along with an electronic metronome. The performance is broadcast on high-fidelity speakers and high-definition television. Such a musical experiment would be challenging enough for a television network to pull off; over the Internet, it would be impossible.That may soon change. Engineers are developing a new type of Internet connection called a dynamic-circuit network that could carry so much data so quickly it might startle even Net surfers in Japan or South Korea. If all goes to plan, the vast data speeds required for such a collaboration may soon be available to all. That might go a long way to solving the problem of how to handle the enormous growth in Internet traffic, which by some estimates is doubling each year.When a digital photo, YouTube clip or live streaming video is sent over the...
  • The Experts Get Their Revenge

    The Internet is known for giving power to the people. Sites like YouTube and Wikipedia collect the creations of amateurs and kick pros to the curb. But now some of the same entrepreneurs who funded the user-generated revolution are paying professionals to edit and produce online content. In December, Google began testing Knol, a Wikipedia-like Web site produced by "authoritative" sources that share ad revenue. A sample page contains an insomnia entry from Rachel Manber, director of Stanford's sleep center. In January, Big, a self-styled "YouTube for ideas" backed by former Harvard president Larry Summers and others, debuted its cache of video interviews with public intellectuals. Mahalo also just launched a test version of its people-powered search engine, which replaces Google's popularity-based page rankings with results that the start-up says are vetted by real people. In a search on "Paris hotels," Google returns 5 million pages from an array of obscure Web sites....
  • Zimbabwe’s $10 Million Bread

    In a nation with rampant hyperinflation, bread is a bargain at just $10 million. Inside Zimbabwe's collapsing economy.
  • 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;