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  • Toward The Point Of No Return

    If the Bush administration and Congress set out to deliberately undermine the Turkish government and its efforts to modernize the country, they couldn't have done a better job than they are doing already. Likewise if they wanted to push a democratic Muslim state and a vital NATO ally out of the American orbit. And to further destabilize Iraq.Under the ruling AK Party, which won reelection in July with a crushing mandate, Ankara had laid out an ambitious and contentious domestic reform program, which would have included a revamp of the current military-drafted Constitution and could have strengthened Turkey's pro-Western democracy by expanding freedom of expression and civil rights, addressing the Kurdish issue and asserting civilian control over the military. Washington's missteps have now forced Turkey to shift its focus toward foreign policy. A rare moment for change may have been lost.The United States' errors have been twofold. First, the House of Representatives has come...
  • Lessons In English

    Ha Jin's new novel, 'A Free Life,' is his first book set in America. Like his main character, the Chinese-born author has really made himself at home there.
  • The Self-Absorbed Dragon

    China's growing military and economic power has become something of an American obsession. Recent books, like "Red Dragon" or "The China Threat," combined with warnings from Washington—like the Pentagon's designation of China as an emerging "peer competitor"—have contributed to an abiding sense of fear. Analysts such as Robert Kaplan, pointing to Beijing's rising defense spending, now caution that "the American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the 21st century."Yet inside China, things look very different. Far from being poised on the brink of expansion, the country remains extraordinarily insular—a place where people seem to know and care little about the outside world.In China, like everywhere, all politics are local—but when your constituency totals nearly a quarter of humanity, the local pressures are particularly acute. Despite 30 years of growth, China today is still just a generation away from poverty, with half its population mired in abject conditions....
  • The Inward East

    The Arab world's economies are getting ever less globalized.
  • The Price Of Suspicion

    The French are more distrustful than almost any other nation. A pair of economists tallies the costs.
  • Calculating to A Fault

    Angela Merkel once promised to rescue Germany from its torpor. But the country has had a change of heart about her reforms—and so has she.
  • Where the Jihad Lives Now

    Islamic militants have spread beyond their tribal bases, and have the run of an unstable, nuclear-armed nation.
  • New Details in Bhutto Bombing

    Charged with investigating the deadly suicide attack against Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's interior minister says he see no evidence of government involvement, and insists the country is fighting hard against militants. 
  • Vatican Sex Sting

    An after-hours office meeting between a young man and a top Roman Catholic official has prompted a fresh inquiry into gay priests. What the investigation could mean for the Holy See.
  • War and Deliverance

    A new DVD of an old movie may offer perspective on American attitudes behind the invasion of Iraq.
  • A Day of Reckoning for Gen-Yers

    Gen-Yers say they are willing to make financial sacrifices to make the world a better place. But how long can they really expect to work less, volunteer more--and count on their aging parents to push back retirement?
  • Random Security: LAX’s ARMOR System

    Security officials at Los Angeles International Airport now have a new weapon in their fight against terrorism: randomness. Anxious to thwart future terror attacks in the early stages while plotters are casing the airport, security patrols have begun using a computer program called ARMOR (Assistant for Randomized Monitoring of Routes) to make the placement of security checkpoints completely unpredictable. Now all airport security officials have to do is press a button labeled RANDOMIZE, and they can throw a sort of digital cloak of invisibility over where they place the cops' antiterror checkpoints on any given day.Developed by computer scientists at the University of Southern California, ARMOR aims to thwart terror plots during the surveillance phase. A plot typically starts "18 months to four years prior to an attack," when terrorists begin watching for security weaknesses, says James Butts, deputy executive director of law enforcement at Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX...
  • Perspectives 10/22/07

    "They consider it a blessing from God."Luis Pérez, Bluefields, Nicaragua's police chief, on how locals view the bags of cocaine that wash up on Caribbean beaches. Colombian drug smugglers dump the bags while fleeing police boats."You are the first prime minister in history to flunk an election because you thought you were going to win it."British Conservative leader David Cameron, on Prime Minister Gordon Brown's refusal to hold an election after polls predicted him winning, but not by an overwhelming margin"Can you imagine what life on Earth would be like without these magnificent creatures?"Australia's Environment minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in a government-produced anti-whaling video that targets Japanese children who eat whale meat at school"Techniques that took years to develop are now ineffective and worthless."Rita Katz, head of private spy firm Site, complaining that the Bush administration hampered her firm's operations by leaking a secret Osama bin Laden video only minutes...
  • 10 Power Women on Getting Ahead

    Whether they're running universities, political campaigns or major corporations, these 10 remarkable women have found their own ways of overcoming obstacles.
  • Eight Women’s Paths to Power

    These eight women came from many different backgrounds, but they all had big dreams. The path to power meant facing obstacles and their biggest fears.
  • DNA Art: Made From Genetic Code

    DNA may help solve crimes, but now the building blocks of life can also hang, framed, on the wall. With a simple swab from inside the cheek, companies can create abstract portraits of the genetic code. The U.S. founder of this concept, Darrin Grandmason, came up with the idea after taking an advanced microbiology course. His company, DNA-Artistry, specializes in genetic blueprints of the family pet (from $259; dnaartistry.com). Canadian-based DNA 11's signature piece is a gicl?e fine print on colored canvas (from $390; dna11.com). DNA Art Forms makes custom contemporary works using paint with metal, glass or wood ($2,000; dna-art.com). Because 99.9 percent of human genes are identical, DNA Art UK works with the 0.1 percent that are different, specializing in family portraits. It can also etch DNA code in a block of crystal. Local home deliveries are available ($350 to $1,500; dna-artuk .com).
  • Women's Belts for Fall

    Belts not only offer an easy way to update a wardrobe, they also cinch and pinch in all the right places, helping to create an ultrafeminine silhouette. This season, there seems to be more variety than ever: wide and skinny, jeweled and classic, leather and fabric. For the belt beginner, it's hard to go wrong with Barneys' thick, basic leather belt in black or brown, which sits on the waist ($200; barneys.com). Following the trend of bright colors and statement pieces, Versace's red, skinny patent-leather runway belt boasts a silver metal buckle ($605; eluxury.com). Miu Miu makes a shiny patent-leather variety in hot pink ($195; net-a-porter.com). Roberto Cavalli's stunning butterfly belt is made of tan leather and features a hammered gold-tone butterfly buckle ($665; net-a-porter.com). And for the fashion-forward, nothing beats Missoni's amazing brown leather lattice belt with brass studs ($1,486; net-a-porter.com). It renders all other accessories unnecessary.
  • Cibeles de Noche, Mexico City

    This trendy spot in the Roma Norte neighborhood has become the watering hole for local yuppies and South American fashion models since it opened a year ago. ...
  • 4 Hours in Reykjavik

    For those willing to brave the climate, Iceland's thriving capital offers a generous helping of Nordic culture, aquatic cuisine and Viking history. Just don't forget your jacket.Bathe in the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon, conveniently located near the airport, or one of the city's prevalent "hot pots"—outdoor tubs heated to withstand the cold.Eat at Seafood Cellar and sample a native dish: lundi (puffin) or hakarl, rotten shark meat buried underground for three months and served with a necessary shot of brennivin, strong Icelandic liquor (sjavark jallarinn.is).Ascend the tower of the Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland's largest church, which offers spectacular bird's-eye views of the city.Shop for hundreds of luxe Scandinavian design labels like Marimekko, Iittala and Filippa K along chic Laugavegur, the city's main stretch.
  • Q&A: Mexico’s Vicente Fox

    Mexico's last President, Vicente Fox, ended more than 70 years of uninterrupted one-party rule when he assumed office in 2000. Today, the former Coca-Cola executive is trying to find a place in a competitive field: former heads of state. He has an anti-poverty foundation, a think tank for global democracy and a new book detailing his exploits, repudiating the wall on his U.S. border and poking gentle fun at George W. Bush. He talked with NEWSWEEK's Adam B. Kushner. ...
  • Family Ties of Asia’s Women Leaders

    In Asia, a surprising number of women hold powerful political positions. For better or worse, they have their family connections to thank for that.
  • Few Battlefield Romances From Iraq

    What's striking about this conflict is not that Americans and Iraqis have met on the battlefield and fallen in love and married. It's that so few have. In their stories lies the sad, tortured tale of the war itself.
  • Power To The Party

    Vladimir Putin says he may lead United Russia when he leaves office. That will solidify his control, and turn the party into a new center of political might.
  • Mail Call: America’s Schools

    Readers of our Aug. 20/Aug. 27 coverage on global education offered their own views. One wrote, "America's not keeping pace." But another said, "The [high] cost of Harvard is money well spent."Your cover package on global education (Aug. 20/Aug. 27) pointed out critical issues in America's school system. Maintaining U.S. scientific and technological leadership is essential to the future of our country and work force; however, the United States is not keeping pace with foreign competition. Fewer American students are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and they are performing at levels far below students in competitor nations on international standardized tests in these subjects. Meanwhile, international students educated in America are facing misguided immigration policies that hamper their ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the United States. That is why businesses and technology associations are working to double the number of science,...
  • Apocalypse Now

    Dhia Abdul Zahra claimed he was the messiah. And on the eve of the holiest day in the Shiite calendar, Ashura, when believers beat themselves bloody with chains and swords, Zahra tried to deliver salvation. Hundreds of his followers, armed with heavy weapons, clashed with Iraqi and American soldiers northeast of the holy city of Najaf on Jan. 28. The Soldiers of Heaven, as the cultists called themselves, apparently planned to storm Najaf and assassinate top Shiite clerics. They fought fiercely: an American helicopter was shot down, killing two soldiers, and Iraqi forces called for reinforcements at least twice. Iraqi police say this was no ordinary enemy. Fighters repeatedly tapped into their radio frequency and repeated an ominous message, "Imam Mahdi is coming." The return of the Mahdi--the 12th and last Shiite saint, who, believers say, vanished in the ninth century--signals the end of times.It would be easy to write off the thirty-something Zahra, who was killed along with more...