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  • Hot Spot: The Lalu

    Perched on a bank overlooking the lake in central Taiwan, this elegant hotel is a popular getaway for well-heeled Taiwanese and honeymooners. The lake itself was once a favorite retreat of the late Kuomintang strongman and Taiwan president Chiang Kai-shek. ...
  • 4 Hours In Dusseldorf

    Located on the Rhine, this German center of commerce and culture is both green and modern, mixing beautiful parks with stunning contemporary architecture.Drink an Altbier (or two) at Uerige brewery, the town's oldest pub. Locals of all ages gather amid the polished wood and copper to sip the traditional pale ale and conduct animated conversations (uerige.de).Stroll along the K?nigsallee, known as "die Ko," one of Germany's major shopping destinations, featuring showrooms by labels such as Burberry, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.Visit the city's modern Medienhafen on the Rhine, a wharf converted into a stylish complex of boutiques, bars and restaurants. Frank Gehry left his mark with some playful leaning houses, the Alter Zollhof (medienhafen.de).Eat haute regional cuisine at M?nstermann's Kontor, which features game dishes like pheasant with sp?tzle, red sauerkraut and cranberries (muenster mann-delikatessen.de).See impressive contemporary art at K21, a museum featuring works from 1980...
  • Helping Men Get Back In The Game

    For men who need a little extra help organizing their lives, Hemancipation, a Beverly Hills, California-based concierge service, can provide such amenities as home decorating and personal shopping. CEO Akilah Kamaria founded the company in 2005, after helping several of her male friends get back on track after a divorce. "Our services are pretty customized, but fall into the arena of men in transition," she says. Indeed, most of her male-only clientele are single, widowed or divorced.Hemancipation has helped men moving to new cities find homes through real-estate agents and furnish their new residences, as well as stock the refrigerator for their arrival. The company has even helped newly divorced fathers childproof their homes for the first visit from the kids. For men who need wardrobe assistance, Hemancipation will shop for clothes and get suits tailored. But Kamaria draws the line at finding men a new mate. "We're not a dating service," she says. Still, a new image never hurts. ...
  • It’s All In The Bottle

    The makers of some fine spirits are creating special blends and packaging them in striking bottles that won't end up in the recycling bin. The Macallan has unveiled a limited edition of a rare 55-year-old single-malt Scotch in a new decanter based on the classic paquerettes tiara perfume bottle designed by Rene Lalique in 1910, with a stopper made of amber-colored crystal. The 420 decanters will be available at selected outlets in January ($12,000; themacallan.com).For cognac aficionados, Hennessy Ellipse Cognac blends seven outstanding vintages—one dating back to 1830—to create a complex bouquet, then presents the liqueur in an elliptical Baccarat crystal decanter ($6,955; harrods.com). Another fine cognac, the Frapin Cuv?e 1888 Rabelais, is now available in a special carafe produced by the Cristalleries Royales de Champagne, accentuated by a 24-karat gold border. Only 1,888 bottles are being produced ($7,010; harrods.com).
  • Periscope: How Hot Money Is Pushing Oil To $100 a Barrel And Beyond

    As oil prices swung wildly last week—first surging breathtakingly close to the $100 mark, then dropping off again—there was some frantic finger-pointing over just who (or what) was to blame for the latest spike in prices. Resisting calls for OPEC to pump more oil to cool off markets, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi insisted that supplies and inventories are meeting demand and don't justify the current sense of crisis. To bolster his argument, al-Naimi carted Western attendees of last week's OPEC summit in Riyadh into the desert to show off a $500 million mega-expansion project that will raise the country's production by 250,000 barrels a day. The $25 jump since September, al-Naimi said, was the fault of "speculators" beyond the cartel's control.Self-serving? Perhaps. But al-Naimi's view has lately been echoed by oil-company executives and Wall Street analysts. Indeed, hedge funds, investment banks, program traders and ordinary investors have been piling billions into oil futures,...
  • Eyeball-Tracking Signs Bring Click-Counting Out Of Doors

    Counting clicks on a Web page has become a routine and rich vein for advertisers, who are always eager to know how many people are looking at their commercials. But what about billboards, which still exist in old-fashioned physical space without any connection to the Internet? Advertisers are starting to use high-tech ways of getting instant feedback on sidewalks and street corners.In London, CBS Outdoor is embarking on an overhaul of London Underground advertising, installing high-definition "media walls" along tube platforms and also digital escalator panels, which will begin rolling out in 24 stations by early 2008. These arrays of digital panels provide a versatile canvas upon which advertisers can flash rapidly changing messages and images.Thanks to breakthroughs like this, outdoor advertising, once dismissed as yesterday's medium, is now the second fastest growing advertising sector after the Internet. In the United States, it rose 8 percent to $6.8 billion last year, and by...
  • ‘It’s Just The Beginning’

    Imran Khan, 55, the Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician, hardly looked like a hunted man. It had been 11 days since police burst into his home, the day after President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule. He had eluded capture by moving daily and avoiding his cell phone. He spent that time meeting quietly with members of his small Movement for Justice Party until just after an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK's Ron Moreau, when he was arrested at Lahore's Punjab University following an encounter with Islamist students. ...
  • The Italian Love Affair

    The country appreciates everything about America: its cities, its celebrities and even its cowboy culture.
  • ‘A Freeway To Europe’

    Just a decade ago, tiny Croatia was in ruins. Now this star of the Balkans is on track to join the EU.
  • Mail Call: Swiss Immigrants

    Readers of our Oct. 1 story on the surprising rise of the xenophobic Swiss right came to Switzerland's defense. "Many people support the humanitarian traditions of our nation," said one. Another insisted, "We want to deport only those foreign asylum seekers who become criminals." ...
  • Some Progress Seen in Baghdad

    For the first time in years, the Iraqi capital is showing signs of life. But the calm is all too fragile, and it's an opportunity the government cannot afford to miss.
  • Perugia’s ‘Extreme Sex’ Murder

    An Italian judge believes that a young Seattle woman instigated a vicious 'extreme sex' killing. Her student friends say she is just a dorky sweetheart. Deconstructing the grim tale of Amanda Knox.
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan Speaks Out

    In an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK shortly before Pakistani police caught up with him, Imran Khan discusses the emergency, his plans to mobilize students and how the nation feels about Musharraf.
  • Dickey: The Real Cost of Iraq

    The costs of the Iraq war are not only astronomical, as a new Congressional report shows, they are unconscionable. So who's going to pay?
  • Pakistan: Bhutto Boosts Opposition

    As the Bhutto-Musharraf standoff continues, the former prime minister's uncompromising stand has heartened a beleaguered Pakistani opposition.
  • Branded For Success

    American couturier James Galanos talks about how fashion has changed, and dressing Nancy Reagan.
  • In The Driver’s Seat

    Not long ago Maserati was nearly bankrupt. Now it's growing fast while sales of the big three German luxury carmakers are falling. How'd that happen?
  • Pakistan’s Pinstripe Revolution

    Gen. Pervez Musharraf never wanted to be a politician. But his emergency decree has made the return of civilian politics inevitable.
  • Trapped On The Razor’s Edge

    Pakistan's current woes are part of a long tradition, a legacy of instability that predates the nation's founding.
  • Sunshine In The Dmz

    The Koreas are building a series of economic megaprojects. Peace may be a small step closer.
  • Mail Call: Making a Difference

    Readers applauded the health initiatives and other philanthropic projects described in our cover story "Giving Globally: How to Heal the World." One wrote, "The question is, how can we tailor solutions that empower local communities and lessen long-term dependency on foreign aid?" ...
  • When Mao Meets Youtube

    You can always count on the Olympics for drama. Next summer's Games in Beijing will produce powerful stories and riveting television. But much of the action this time will occur outside the stadiums: in the streets, where Chinese police will clash with activists from around the world. These clashes promise to be spectacular and well documented—by protesters' camera phones, if not by professional news crews. Given that, the next Olympics will offer more than another opportunity to test the limits of human athletic performance. They will also test China's ability to thwart a nebulous swarm of foreign activists who will be well-armed with BlackBerrys. A police state organized according to 20th-century principles will meet 21st-century global politics; Mao will meet YouTube.Like the athletes, the China's government and the activists from around the world are already training hard for the showdown. Beijing, which will spend a total of $40 billion on the Games, has, according to the...
  • The Threat Of Islamic Fascism

    In recent months, some world leaders have begun equating today's Iran with Hitler's Germany and suggesting that Tehran, like the Nazis, wants to annihilate the Jews. On Oct. 17, for example, President George W. Bush—citing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial—warned that the Iranian government is out to destroy Israel. And former British prime minister Tony Blair recently compared Iran to the rising fascist powers of the 1930s.Alarm over the rise of fascism in Muslim society is nothing new. Twenty-one years ago, I published an article in Iran warning that elements in the regime were trying to interpret Ayatollah Khomeini's theory of government—velayat-e faqih (rule of the Islamic jurist)—along fascist lines in order to monopolize power and silence dissent. Eleven years later, I gave a talk at an Iranian university—for which I received a one-year prison sentence—in which I again warned against such readings of religion.But there are important differences between what I...
  • 1968: The Year That Changed Everything

    In Europe and the United States, the generation of 1968 had an idealistic core expressed in culture, politics and a distinct way of looking at the world. Its legacy lives on.
  • Getting Together For Water

    Meeting for cocktails is so passé. The latest trend is schmoozing over fancy bottled water. At Claridge's Hotel in London, asking for a "bottle of the house" will likely result in a liter of water instead of wine; the hotel recently launched a 30-bottle water menu, including 420 Volcanic from New Zealand, which sells for €71 per liter, and a vintage bottle of 10 Thousand BC from British Columbia, which claims to be sourced from ancient glacier ice (€31 for 75cl; www.claridges.co.uk). The water bar in the basement of Colette, Paris's über-chic fashion and design boutique, offers patrons a selection of more than 100 varieties—among them Celtic delights like Tau from Wales and Speyside Glenlivet, from the makers of the famed brand of Scotch (www.colette.fr).Via Genova in Chappaqua, New York, bills itself as a water bar and "eclectic café," serving up mixed fare like Belgian waffles, antipasto and caramel cheesecake. It also features the preferred waters of the stars, including Elsenham...
  • 4 Hours in Accra

    By day, Ghana's busy coastal capital offers colorful markets and luxurious beach resorts. By night, the city boasts some of the region's classiest clubs and a music scene that fuses African sounds with hip-hop beats.Lounge in the sun at the posh La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, which features a private beach and lagoon-shaped swimming pool complete with swim-up bar. Non-guests can visit for the day (gbhghana.com/lapalm.html).Browse the stalls at the Art Center, where merchants from all over Ghana sell wood carvings, clay jewelry and traditional kente cloth, which can go for well over $100 for a full piece.Savor local dishes such as jollof rice and fufu (pounded yam and plantain) with soup at Maquis Tante Marie, a breezy two-story restaurant in the upscale North Labone neighborhood (233-21-778914).Sip a Star, the popular local beer at Bywell's, a low-key club that draws a mix of locals and expats. Go Thursday nights for live high-life music, Ghana's answer to reggae.Dance with the young...
  • Hot Spot

    A stunning conversion of a traditional Beijing courtyard house (siheyuan), this new outpost of the legendary spot on Shanghai's Bund gives "old China" a thoroughly contemporary twist. A striking multitude of birdcage lamps at the entrance promise diners a feast for all the senses, not just the palate. ...
  • Taking Your Favorite Shows On The Road

    Thanks to a new wave of handheld, video-friendly devices, it's never been easier to keep yourself (or the kids) entertained. If you plan to eye lots of video, consider a display of at least 7.5 centimeters. Expect to squeeze 20 to 60 hours of video into 16 gigabytes. For the video itself, iPod owners can download movies and TV shows from Apple's iTunes Store, while other devices play videos bought from services like Amazon, Unbox and Wal-Mart.The iPod touch features a roomy 8cm screen, built-in wireless and a slick touchscreen interface ($299 for 8 Gbytes, $399 for 16 Gbytes; apple.com). Samsung's YP-P2 features its own 7.6cm widescreen touch-controlled display and stereo Bluetooth for wireless listening. But with only 8 Gbytes and no expansion slot, storage runs out quickly ($200 for 4 Gbytes, $250 for 8 Gbytes; samsung.com). At 6cm, SanDisk's Sansa View screen is as small as we'd go. But it does claim to have the longest battery life—seven hours for video versus five for the...
  • Made Expressly In Modena

    Any well-stocked kitchen is certain to have a bottle of balsamic vinegar straight from Modena, Italy. Or is it? If you bought it in a bottle bigger than a few milliliters, it's unlikely to be the real thing. Most of the stuff sold in supermarkets is nothing more than red wine vinegar with caramel coloring and flavoring—even if it purports to be "di Modena."Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena (aceto balsamico tradizionale di Modena) is rare and expensive, starting at about €400 a liter. It has only one ingredient: the "must," or residue, from cooked grapes, mostly grown within 30 km of Modena. The must is divided among barrels made from different woods—balsam, cedar, chestnut, oak, juniper or cherry— and ages for a minimum of 12 years.The barrels are tipped periodically to absorb the essence of the wood. When the contents are aged, producers blend bits from each barrel as if they were concocting a potion, then allow that mixture to age for another six months. Professional vinegar...
  • The Oil King’s Diplomat

    This week Saudi Arabia hosts a summit of the Organization For The Petroleum Exporting Countries at a time when the cost of oil is soaring toward $100 a barrel, with tensions in Iraq and the Persian Gulf making matters worse. Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister for 32 years, is working to calm disputes that plague the region and threaten the global economy. He spoke last week with NEWSWEEK's Christopher Dickey. Excerpts: ...
  • Waning Days Of The Dollar

    The U.S. dollar took another big hit last week, not only because of more news around subprime mortgage losses, but also thanks to comments from a Chinese official that the country has a "very clear plan" to diversify its currency reserves. Most economists believe that further weakness lies ahead, and one of the big questions is how this will affect consumers and investors around the world.The dollar's decline is part of a much larger and more consequential rebalancing in the global economy, the impact of which will differ significantly from country to country. With the United States continuing to run a large trade deficit, the depreciation of the dollar is largely unavoidable over the medium term. Moreover, investment flows into dollar-denominated bonds are likely to slow as the Federal Reserve continues to cut interest rates and, more generally, the U.S. financial system works through the damage from the subprime debacle.So far, the dollar has fallen by about 40 percent since its...
  • How to Avert a Global Downturn

    Central bankers must act to rescue U.S. and European banks from the subprime loan crisis, says the chairman of Hong Kong's Bank of East Asia.
  • Musharraf Frees Taliban Militants

    If you think Musharraf's wrong to free jailed Taliban members while he busts dissidents, wait until you hear who's back on the loose.