One of the first phrases foreigners pick up when they live in Japan is "ganbatte kudasai," because it is so commonly used. Japanese say it in parting, at moments when Americans or Brits might say “take care” or “have a good one,” but the meaning is different.
Suddenly, watching Japan's desperate water-cannon attempts to stave off successive nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant, we are all supposed to be tech-savvy atomic engineers.
Journalists pause on a day of heavy aerial bombing by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Lynsey Addario, far left, went missing along with three other journalists (including Tyler Hicks, second from right). They were found soon after in the hands of the Libyan government. Addario, a fearless war photographer, described the conditions in Libya in an earlier interview with NEWSWEEK. “This is by far the most dangerous thing I’ve ever covered. There’s no place to hide. They’re really hitting you from all angles.” She added, “You’re really just sort of praying the whole time.”
He is the West African equivalent of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s wayward, Lamborghini-loving sons. Teodoro Obiang is a government minister in the tiny oil-rich African nation of Equatorial Guinea and son of the country’s brutal dictator.
The biggest potential losers in the still-roiling revolutions of the Middle East and North Africa are the people themselves. Many are democrats at high risk of being overwhelmed over time by new dictators and organized religious extremists. But the uncontested winners are already quite clear: those who own, sell, and bet on oil.