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  • Indonesia: Remembering Suharto

    The death of Suharto, architect of Indonesia's authoritarian 'New Order,' draws a muted reaction from the nation he once dominated.
  • Managing the Baby Backlash

    Baby trafficking and corruption have contributed to a drop in the number of intercountry adoptions, after years of rapid growth. Adoption scholar Peter Selman is worried that the children will suffer as a result.
  • Q&A: Building a Visual Internet

    Scrolling and searching are primitive ways of handling information. The human mind is much better at zooming, says Microsoft computer scientist Blaise Aguera y Arcas.
  • Israel Doubts U.S. Intel on Iran

    Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak sharply disagrees with the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear capabilities.
  • Hamid Karzai on Pakistan

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai fears the consequences of Pakistan not cracking down on extremism.
  • By Land and By Sea

    Booking a room at a hotel doesn't necessarily mean sleeping there. Some coastal hotels are buying or renting private yachts for guests who want to split their stay between land and water. Guests at the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, where the spa has its own island, can book the hotel's newly renovated catamaran for a three-, four- or seven-night cruise. The 24-strong crew includes a personal chef and a masseur, as well as a videographer for underwater-photography classes (from $1,200 per night on land and $17,000 per day on water; the Hotel Belles Rives in Antibes, the concierge can reserve a yacht for sailing the French Riviera. The popular 12-meter Sunseeker can be hired for an overnight trip to St-Tropez, Monaco or Corsica, while a larger 40-meter model can sail for a month and store Jet Skis (from $290 per night on land and $3,680 per day on water; who book a hotel stay at the Romazzino on Sardinia can party at night and fly...
  • From Your Lips to My Mobile

    Ever had such a hectic travel schedule that when you call back to your office you find you have 15 voicemail messages and can't find a pen to write it all down? Why isn't there a technology to translate voice to the written word so you can have the messages emailed or sent as text messages? After decades of refinements, speech-recognition software is still not good enough to reliably recognize free-form speech from many different speakers—exactly what's needed to master the average voice inbox. London-based SpinVox has come up with a clever work-around. Its new service uses the latest speech-recognition and artificialintelligence software to analyze voice messages. When the software comes across a word or phrase it can't decipher, it alerts a human operator, who steps in to translate. The software learns from the operators' example, becoming more productive as it accumulates experience. The technique enables SpinVox to cover unlimited messages a month with 12 network operators...
  • Pulling the Wool Over One’s Body

    Long a favorite of knitting grannies, merino wool is finding a new purpose in activewear, thanks to a group of innovative designers in sheep-abundant lands. Soft as cotton but much more breathable, it's cool in summer and warm in winter. The brand leader is New Zealand-based Icebreaker, whose popular line of T shirts, sweatshirts, trousers and jackets includes an appealing red Plant It T shirt for women ($53) and a men's felt-lined Mayfair windproof jacket ($215; Another Kiwi company, Global Culture, makes a black-and-charcoal half-zip top for men ($152) and a shirt with a profile of a heron for women ($84; Untouched World offers a whole collection of stylish merino active clothing, including a great pair of women's lounge trousers in colors such as black and cucumber ($173; And the Canadian company Sugoi has teamed up with Australian wool suppliers to create the Wallaroo line, which includes a $100 half-zip pullover in...
  • All It Needs Is A Popcorn Machine

    Now there's another reason to stay in the sack in the morning: beds with full-blown, built-in entertainment systems. The Luksus Scandinavian Style TV-Bed offers a concealed 66cm flat screen, which discreetly rises from inside the footboard and disappears when it's not needed ($11,658; The Elite, from Hollandia International, includes surround-sound and a bigger 81cm screen ($38,000; hollandia And the Starry Night bed will provide entertainment from dusk until dawn. The bed connects wirelessly to the Internet, and a screen projector mounted in the headboard allows viewers to watch their favorite movies from under the covers. If someone actually falls asleep, a built-in diagnostics system will record tossing and turning and provide feedback in the morning. Best of all, if the sensor detects snoring, it will adjust the offender's angle, allowing anyone else in the bed to get some shut-eye ($50,000;
  • 4 Hours in Zurich

    This streamlined Swiss city is a bastion of both refinement and edgy creativity. Visitors, whether intrepid or more traditionally inclined, can immerse themselves in either extreme. ...
  • Like A Super Hero

    Humans weren't made for scrolling and searching. We were made for zooming.
  • ‘Welcome To Natoland’

    Of all the lazy thinking in Europe's capitals, the laziest is the notion that the next U.S. administration will usher in a new era of sweetness and light in transatlantic relations. Nothing could be further from the truth. Barack Obama is the darling of the anti-Bush crowd in Europe. But in his book "The Audacity of Hope" he declares, "We have the right to take unilateral action to eliminate an imminent threat to our security." Obama insists that the U.N. Security Council should not have a veto "over our actions." He even offers an old metaphor as he accuses Russia and China of seeking "to throw their weight around," which means "there will be times when we must again play the role of the world's reluctant sheriff. This will not change. Nor should it."Indeed, however much they dislike the idea, every U.S. president has to wear the free world's sheriff's badge. For Europeans to think otherwise is to sleepwalk into a freezing morning shower when the next U.S. president makes the first...
  • Hot Spot: Casa Los Sauces

    El Calafate, ArgentinaBuilt on the edge of this frontier town, this new estancia-style hotel makes an ideal base for exploring Perito Moreno glacier and the Patagonian ice fields. It's owned by Argentina's First Couple—Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner, the current and last president—whose weekend getaway is next door. They know something about stress and promise maximum pampering. ...
  • The Kremlin Wises Up

    After strong-arm tactics backfire, Moscow finds smarter ways to extend its influence abroad.
  • Where’s Pest Control?

    Market turmoil is just beginning. The cockroach theory says debt woes travel like vermin: in packs.
  • A High-Tech Crisis?

    Readers took issue with our Dec. 10 story "Why Apple Isn't Japanese." One said, "Japan still dominates many fields such as digital cameras, where Canon and Nikon own the high-end market." Another noted: "If Japan overcomes its problem with how to market innovation, it will generate amazing technology." ...
  • Where Is the Economy Going?

    Fifteen key economists, policymakers and strategists weigh in on a week of volatility and economic turmoil.
  • The PR War in Gaza

    Bush's visit--and Israeli crackdowns--have only strengthened the Islamists' image.
  • Christian Charity, Korean Style

    South Korean churches are competing to provide humanitarian aid to their compatriots in the atheist north. It's harder to give help than it should be.
  • Kenya: The Raila Odinga Story

    Raila Odinga has a kaleidoscopic past and an unshakeable faith in the future. The forces that shaped the politician who says he won Kenya's disputed election.
  • Correspondents’ Picks: Park City, Utah

    This week the town is aflutter with Hollywood celebs and wannabes as the 17th annual Sundance Film Festival takes over through Jan. 24. Though the streets and restaurants are packed with glitterati and Looky Lous, it's not too late to book; there's still room at the lodge. And if you just want to play in the snow, there's plenty of thrill-seeking fun. Tara Weingarten, a special correspondent in the Los Angeles Bureau, loves to visit Park City in the winter, but this week she's happy to watch all the stars jet away and leave Tinseltown's freeways a little less congested. ...
  • Hot Spot: Angkor Village Hotel and Resort

    Siem ReapAimed at tourists visiting the Angkor Wat temple and surrounding sites, these luxury accommodations consist of a lodge in central Siem Reap and a resort closer to the main temple complex.Ambience: The rooms feature a mix of colonial Indochinese and traditional Cambodian touches, with fully modern amenities. The lodge is nestled on a quiet street in the old colonial area, while the resort offers more-exclusive cottages.Décor: Ornate wooden exteriors open onto cozy, colonial-style lobby cafés and airy rooms with French doors. The hotel features a large flower-festooned pool, with a restaurant perched in the middle. The resort boasts a curved, 200-meter-long "river pool" and full spa facilities.Food: The fusion of French and traditional Khmer flavors features fresh spring rolls, chicken soup with lemongrass and "Saraman" pork with coconut milk, red spices and peanuts. The resort's restaurant, Le Jardin, also offers Lao, Thai and Vietnamese dishes.Excursions: Hire one of Angkor...
  • Dad Can’t Handle These Toys

    Any parent with a child between the ages of 3 and 11 can tell you that technology has crept into nearly all aspects of playtime and nearly every type of toy. The Hyper Dash, introduced recently from WildPlanet, is a case in point. In this game, the player, armed with a talking tagger, seeks out various disc-shaped targets, identified either by numbers or colors. The tagger is embedded with a radio-frequency identification chip that identifies the discs and a timer that clocks how quickly the kid has hit all his targets. It's the perfect blend of technology, learning and exercise, says educational psychologist Warren Buckleitner, the editor of Children's Technology Review. Wild Planet has also unveiled a younger version of Hyper Dash, for kids 3 to 5, called Animal Scramble, which is due in stores in September. In addition, the firm will soon release Hyper Jump, a cross between Simon Says and Dance Dance Revolution. The child must tag the correct number (or color) with her hand or...
  • Escalating Spam Wars Take Their Toll

    Spam has never been cheaper. online-marketing firms are falling over themselves to offer spam campaigns of millions of addresses. These e-mail blasts are disturbingly inexpensive. Pro Software Pack, for example, charges just $125 to send 1 million mes sages. Despite spending billions of dollars fighting spam over the past decade, the security industry is in no danger of winning the war soon:Spam now accounts for 19 of 20 e-mails, and its cost to businesses doubled between 2005 and 2007 to $100 billion (about a third of that in the United States), according to Ferris Re search, a San Francisco-based consultancy.In their cat-and-mouse game with security, spammers have been innovative. To avoid filters, at first they inter changed some letters and numbers and broke up words with spaces. When keyword filters got better, spam appeared with addi tional, unsuspicious text that reduced the percent age of trigger words. Since the added verbiage confused recipients, spammers began sending it...
  • Why Voters From Kenya to Korea Embrace The Accused

    In the last few months, developing countries from South Africa to South Korea and from Kenya to Thailand held open elections. And an alarming trend ran through them all: the favorites were dogged by corruption charges—yet voters picked them anyway.The winners didn't just squeak by. Last month, South Korea's Lee Myung Bak crushed the ruling-party candidate by more than 20 percent, despite allegations of stock manipulation against him. A proxy party for Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra also won big, even though Thaksin had to campaign from exile in London, having been overthrown by the military and charged with using his office for sweetheart deals. And South Africa's Jacob Zuma beat Thabo Mbeki for the leadership of the African National Congress, making him heir apparent for the presidency—despite claims he'd pocketed $170,000 from a French arms maker (he's since been formally indicted). In each case, the loser's record was cleaner. Yet it didn't help.There are...
  • Keeping Up With the Beemers

    Audi's inner beauty nearly eclipses its fetching skin on this S5 coupe. For so long, Audi played catch up to BMW's performance machines; lately, it has pulled alongside—if not beaten—its Germany competitor. At about $58,000 loaded (including Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive), the S5 delivers plenty of sporty performance and sleek style. It features carbon fiber trim, just like a Ferrari's. And the central mouse dial controls all audio, climate and navigation, which appear on a large, colorful screen. The heated 10-way power seats are comfortable and well bolstered. The two pairs of chromed pipes look athletic. But the best part is how well they're tuned to deliver a deep and nasty exhaust note that pairs so beautifully with the car's excellent acceleration and overall performance.
  • A Foot Massage With Every Filling

    A visit to the dentist need no longer be an exercise in dread. Some daring whitecoats have done away with dismal waiting rooms and antiseptic offices in favor of slick design and sumptuous spa menus. One new practice on London's Brook Street, Swiss Smile, looks more like a five-star hotel than a dental office. There's a roaring fire in the reception area and treatment rooms feature giant tropical fish tanks to create a relaxed atmosphere ( At Swiss Smile's sister facility in Zurich, Switzerland, patients can get a manicure at the same time as their root canal. Another Nordic-inspired dentist in London, Lund Osler, offers aromatherapy to take the edge off prechair anxiety, and Reiki massage during dental procedures ( In Berlin, the über-modern KU64 is a destination in its own right. Created by star architects Graft, the entire practice is sculpted from bright orange fiberglass that sweeps through the space like an abstract sand dune. There's also a...
  • The Maximalist

    The Swiss company Caran d'Ache pays homage to watchmaking with a new limited-edition fountain pen. Known as the 1010—for the time at which a clock face is considered balanced, and which almost all watch ads display—the pen's body resembles watch gears and the clip a watch hand. Five-hundred silver-plated, rhodium-coated instruments will be sold for $19,000 apiece, and ten 18-karat-gold models will retail for $174,000. It's a sure way to add value to one's signature (
  • 4 Hours in Bologna

    More than 40 museums are tucked inside the medieval walls of this vibrant, ocher-colored city at the crossroads of northern and southern Italy. ...
  • The Great Moqtada Makeover

    American commanders hope they can turn Sadr's Shiite supporters the same way they have former Sunni insurgents.
  • Gaining Speed

    There's a new game in town for thrill-seekers: a lightning-quick tear down an icy half-pipe. Eight Olympic bobsled tracks around the world are open to the public, allowing adrenaline junkies to pull up to five G's in as many as 20 turns taken at 113 to 129kph. In about a minute it's all over, but it feels as if it took forever.In Park City, Utah, the 129kph "Comet" lets riders experience a 40-story drop in about 54 seconds ($200, ages 16 and up; They can recover at the Canyons, which features world-class skiing as well as family-friendly accommodations (from $446; in 1890, the world's only natural-ice bobsled track, in St-Moritz, Switzerland, takes riders up to 134kph in 75 seconds ($195, 18 and older; Those with energy to burn should stay at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, which offers curling, skiing and skating (from €344; Igls, Austria, sledders can ride on the track built for the 1976 Winter Olympics (...
  • Avoiding The Abyss

    The U.S. stock market has just had its worst January start in history, and other bourses around the world are struggling. Yet by most standards, stocks are undervalued versus inflation and interest rates, and are cheaper than they were in 2002. There are vast amounts of cash on the sidelines, and investor-sentiment measures are very depressed. Meanwhile, the subprime-mortgage disaster continues, and an increasing number of economists are forecasting a recession in the United States this year. Even more frightening, many respected gurus are wringing their hands and warning that the housing and stock-market party bubbles have well and truly burst, and an abyss looms.The case for the abyss is straightforward: the subprime-mortgage disaster has already seriously weakened U.S. and European financial institutions, and plunging home prices in English-speaking countries are increasing the damage. The bears argue that the U.S. economy is now either in or on the verge of a recession, and the...
  • Where The Sari Meets Chanel

    Trailblazing designer Diane Von Furstenburg is credited with introducing the wrap dress to the world, but the Indian Subcontinent's sartorial innovation, the sari, was the original wrap star. Today, thousands of years after its debut, the sari is still seen in various incarnations all over India, from the marble-clad ballrooms of Mumbai's five-star hotels to the overgrown fields of rural villages. Silk or cotton, dyed, beaded or embroidered, this simple wardrobe solution is a trend with the kind of staying power that contemporary retailers kill to come upon; millions of variations on a theme later, customers are still queuing up.But recently, the Indian style scene has witnessed the arrival of a stranger in its midst: the high-octane socialite clad in, say, a couture chiffon evening gown instead of an elaborately embellished sari. Chanel. Vuitton. Gucci. Dior. Moschino. Burberry. Fendi. Versace. Armani. The Western luxury-brand fleet has begun to flock to the latest stop on the...
  • We Don’t Do ‘Regime Change’

    Ibrahim Gambari is the U.N. point man on one of the world's toughest regimes to charm, Burma. Since taking the job in May, Gambari has visited Rangoon several times, urging the junta to respect human rights and recognize the opposition led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. His last two visits came after the bloody September crackdown on monks protesting the rising price of fuel. Gambari is one of few outsiders to meet the secretive and isolated junta supremo, Than Shwe. He spoke with NEWSWEEK'S Patrick Falby on the state of Burma. Excerpts: ...
  • Tales From The Crypt

    Recently released documents from the Soviet archives reveal a wealth of buried atrocities.
  • ‘Kept In a State of Limbo’

    Christmas came a day late for the inhabitants of Tham Hin, a Burmese refugee camp along the Thai border. On Dec. 26, U.S. President George W. Bush signed an omnibus spending bill containing two provisions that may change the lives of these refugees and the thousands of others around the world who live in fear of persecution in their home countries.For years these refugees were kept in a state of limbo, forbidden to go to the United States by overly broad antiterrorist legislation that labeled them threats to homeland security and defined terrorism in a way that goes far beyond the more traditional definition—violent activities aimed at civilians—to include the use of any "dangerous device" for virtually any purpose, even to resist oppressive regimes that the United States opposes, and even if committed under the threat of death. Among the groups deemed to have been involved with terrorist activities are the Hmong, Mustang, Montagnards and Alzados—freedom fighters from Laos, Tibet,...
  • Why Debt Hasn’t Killed Us Yet

    For nearly a decade, many economists have warned that the U.S. trade deficit cannot keep swelling indefinitely. At some point, they insisted, it would have to start shrinking, perhaps so sharply that it will shake the economy. Last year, when the gap narrowed a bit, some observers speculated that the turnaround might have begun. Not necessarily. On the contrary, the downtick in 2007 could have been a mere breather in the run-up of a deficit that can grow much larger, quite comfortably. According to research by the McKinsey Global Institute, the U.S. current account deficit—the broadest measure of the trade gap—could rise from 5 or 6 percent to 9 percent of GDP, or $1.6 trillion, by 2012 as long as foreigners are eager to invest there.The pessimists failed to foresee three key developments in global capital markets. First, Asian manufacturers, oil exporters and other commodity producers are flush with surplus capital to invest. Second, there is growing interest in cross-border...
  • Fruits of Their Labor

    Fifteen years of record growth is finally changing what it means to be middle class in Britain.