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  • Mail Call: Run, Mike, Run?

    Readers were intrigued by our Nov. 12 story on a possible presidential bid by New York's mayor. "Mike Bloomberg understands how to restore America to a respected leadership position in the world," one declared. Another added, "This will add some fresh air to a so-far stale and lackluster campaign." ...
  • Getting WMD Under Wraps

    Saddam is gone, but the world's still awash with WMD—a global threat Washington must help solve.
  • How to Take on Tehran

    Detente worked with one implacable foe— the Soviets—and could help rein in Iran today.
  • Sharansky: The Elusive Ideal

    Too often, the real America and the ideal find themselves at odds. But this dangerous inconsistency can be overcome.
  • Q&A: Jimmy Carter

    Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter has worked as a roving peace negotiator, election monitor (through the Carter Center), home builder (through Habitat for Humanity) and author. Now 83, the former president spoke to NEWSWEEK'S Jonathan Tepperman about the United States' battered image and the role of ethics in politics. Excerpts: ...
  • Steady As She Goes

    Ignore the prophets of doom. Despite terrorism and Bush's many errors, the world is better off than ever.
  • Energy: Memo to the Next Prez

    As you prepare your energy policy for the next four years, your advisers are probably offering you a depressing multiple-choice question that boils down to: "Since there are no alternatives to coal, oil or nuclear power, would you prefer to die of (a) global warming, (b) oil wars or (c) a nuclear holocaust?"Fortunately, there's another option: "(d) none of the above." Your advisers are wrong; there is an alternative. No one needs to die of America's energy choices after all. Moreover, the alternative is profitable, so society can implement it in mindful markets without government's having to force anybody. And it offers a realistic, nonpartisan path to a richer, fairer, cooler and safer world. To see how to get there, let's start with a riddle.Q: How is climate change like the Hubble Space Telescope?A: They were both messed up by a "sign error"—namely, a mix-up between a plus sign (+) and a minus (–). The telescope's mirror was ground in the wrong shape because a technician confused...
  • Will More Money Help Palestinians?

    A Palestinian official argues that international donors are pledging millions to Gaza and the West Bank because they hope their generosity will compensate for their lack of political will.
  • Dickey: Untruths About Immigrants

    The spittle-flecked rage over foreigners in America misses the point. Here's the real issue presidential candidates should address.
  • Correspondents’ Picks: the Maldives

    Kristin Luna is a New York-based travel writer who spends more of her time in the air than on the ground en route to exotic, far-flung locales, like her latest obsession, the Maldives. Here, she divulges some of her favorite facets of Manafaru and the northern atoll of Haa Alif. ...
  • The Two Shades Of Gloom

    A mood of crisis hangs over the west, or perhaps it is more accurate to say two moods. In America and Europe, gloom rather than joy has accompanied the growth of wealth and affluence, but the gloom has more than one timber. Europeans express fear—a response to an identifiable and objective threat like global warming, pollution and military conflict. Americans wallow in anxiety—a more generalized, inchoate reaction to anticipated or subjective threats. While Europeans strive to identify specific dangers they can rally against, American anxieties are more amorphous.Why is this? Europeans still recall and tremble at the thought of the catastrophes between 1939 and 1945. Despite the American obsession with terrorism on its soil, Europeans are profoundly conscious of the fact that all subsequent major terror events have taken place in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and despair at their possible repetition. Moreover, a long history of political protest and communitarian politics,...
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Food inflation used to be a problem for poor countries. Now the French are feeling the pinch.
  • Khalid Mishaal: The Spoiler Speaks

    The Bush administration scored a coup by luring Arab states to its Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Annapolis, Maryland, last month. But one party was glaringly absent from the table: Hamas, the Islamist militant group that won an overwhelming victory in legislative elections last year and now virtually runs its own state in the Gaza Strip. Its leader, Khaled Mishaal, is currently making the round of Gulf States to keep Hamas relevant. NEWSWEEK's Zvika Krieger spoke with Mishaal in Doha, Qatar, about the escalating Palestinian civil war. ...
  • Redefining The Epic

    China's latest big-budget drama has plenty of grit, gore and action but not a flying swordsman in sight.
  • Global Investor: The Forecast: Cloudy

    It's a confusing time for investors as equity markets around the world display considerable volatility. This reflects more than just uncertainty about the economic outlook. It is also due to an unusual set of competing influences on global markets.In the past few weeks, daily triple-digit moves in the Dow Jones industrials have become unusually common. And the moves have not been in one direction. Instead, the roller-coaster ride has included a 4.1 percent fall between Nov. 13 and 23, followed by a 6.4 percent surge since then (as of Dec. 12). No wonder analysts have fluctuated between predicting prolonged market weakness and a sharp recovery.In trying to make sense of such market conditions, I employ a tool that I learned from Bill Gross, whom I will be joining shortly at Pimco. Widely respected for his consistently superior investment results (which earned him the title of "bond king"), Bill advises investors to distinguish between what they know and what they know they don't know...
  • Top Department Store Restaurants

    Like running a marathon, last minute holiday shopping requires stamina, concentration, sharp elbows—and just the right kind of fortification. A food court? Please. Some of the world's top department stores feature restaurants that would be worth visiting even if you couldn't pick up a pair of Manolos on the way out.At the bright and airy Forth Floor Restaurant in Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh, shoppers can reflect upon their purchases while savoring glorious 360-degree views of the city and dining on tasty treats like roast-parsnip soup with nutmeg and truffle oil (www.harveynichols.com).The Isetan department store in Tokyo's Shinjuku district recently opened Rejiig, a coffee shop designed exclusively for men that serves aromatic coffee and champagne, as well as posh takes on macho food, such as the foie gras burger (www.isetan.co.jp).A shopper could spend the whole day exploring the elaborate Food Hall on the seventh floor of Milan's La Rinascente, which includes coffee, mozzarella,...
  • Hotspot: Beach House, Manafaru, Maldives

    A welcome change from the international chains littering the country's southern atoll, this new five-star resort offers an intimate experience in a gorgeous setting. Composed of grass-topped huts and lush vegetation, the resort blends a natural environment with cutting-edge technology.Rooms: Sixty-eight waterfront villas are available at four price levels, ranging from $700 to $4,680 per night. Each is outfitted with a flat-screen TV, fiber-optic-lit pool, Wi-Fi and an iPod connector in the bathtub. The palatial Grand Beach Pavilion also boasts a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.Food: Maldivian cuisine extracts the best of Indian, Thai and other Asian fare for an eclectic mix of spicy and savory tastes. The resort's three restaurants serve dishes for every palate, from pumpkin curry to tuna tartare.Spa: The state-of-the-art spa boasts 10 individual cabanas and an extensive menu of Shui specialties. The Veli Modun energy massage incorporates sand, ocean water and fresh coconut oil ($150...
  • Four Hours in Siem Reap

    Best known as the gateway town to the ancient Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has become a compelling destination on its own, juxtaposing sophisticated hospitality with traditional arts and culture.Watch a traditional Khmer dance performance, complete with elaborate costumes, talented musicians and stylized movements in the elegant setting of the Apsara Theatre (angkor village.com/theatre.php).Dine on a gourmet seven-course seasonal Khmer tasting menu, incorporating exotic ingredients such as dried snake and green mango, at Meric, set in the ultracontemporary Hotel de la Paix (hoteldelapaix angkor.com).Shop for everything from fine silks to fresh eels at the cavernous Old Market complex. Be prepared to bargain for some of the most stylish souvenirs in Southeast Asia.Visit the FCC complex, which offers a deco-inspired hotel, spa, restaurant and bar, as well as a selection of chic boutiques (fcc cambodia.com). Tiger Lily sells flawlessly crafted artwork and sculpture ...
  • Prettier Than a Package

    Large bows have become an integral part of handbags this season, making the latest must-haves utterly girly affairs. Valentino has come up with a side-bow, zip-top satchel, in either a gorgeous red or walnut brown, which sports an oversize bow on the front to great va-va-voom effect ($1,795; neimanmarcus.com). For the evening, the Italian designer offers a big side-bow clutch in black-and-white stripes or a striking leopard print. The bow can be used to transform the purse into a wristlet, making it easier to dance the night away ($985; bergdorfgoodman.com).For a more discreet look, Christian Louboutin makes a delicate clutch with a tortoise pattern and gathered bow flap featuring the label's signature red-satin lining ($1,060; saksfifthavenue.com).Nancy Gonzalez's croc clutch in red or black features an oversize bow detail at the front that doesn't detract from the simple beauty of the material ($1,650; neimanmarcus .com). It just adds the finishing touch.
  • Ferrari's 430 Scuderia

    Ferrari has tweaked ITS F430 to make it lighter and faster. The 430 Scuderia goes from zero to 100 km in a body-flattening 3.7 seconds, and has shorter braking time. The hand-built 4.3-liter, V-8, 503-horsepower engine is visible through a glass cover. But act fast: only 350 will be made in 2008 ($270,000; ferrariworld.com).
  • Periscope: Scorned No More: It’s A Warm Holiday Season For Dictators

    Life's not easy for a rogue—at least, it didn't use to be. Until recently, North Korea, Iran and Libya could all expect regular rhetorical pummeling and military threats from the West. Now, suddenly, change is in the air, and all three states have begun hearing much more moderate language from their old enemies.The change has been remarkable. Not long ago, Kim Jong Il was being called a "pygmy" by President George W. Bush. Yet in the last few weeks, North Korea—in an indirect "thank you" for the recent nuclear-disarmament deal—got notice that the New York Philharmonic would soon visit Pyongyang, and Bush sent a personal letter to the Dear Leader respectfully addressing him as "Mr. Chairman." Another charter member of the "Axis of Evil," Iran, got its holiday gift in the form of a new U.S. intelligence estimate stating that Tehran had halted its nuclear-weapons program—a report the Iranian president has brandished as vindication for his nation. And in France, President Nicolas...
  • Mecca’s People Movers

    German engineer Dirk Serwill had one reaction when presented with his most recent assignment: "Oh, my God." God would actually play quite a prominent role in the project. Serwill was part of a team of German engineers hired last year by Saudi Arabia to help revamp the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage, taking place this month, that draws millions to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The recent explosion in the number of pilgrims—from 1.5 million in 1996 to almost 4 million in 2006—has resulted in thousands of deaths in recent years. One engineer described it as "the biggest pedestrian problem in the world"—trying to fit millions of people speaking dozens of languages from 100 different countries into three square kilometers.The crux of the problem is three ancient pillars in the Mina Valley, which pilgrims are required to stone as a symbol of the Devil. Serwill watches on his video monitor as thousands of pilgrims surround the site, a scene he compares to the spin cycle of a...
  • Saving The World With Chickens

    Dung from chickens is turning into a green energy source in rural China. The De Qing Yuan farm outside Beijing is starting up a "biogas digester"—a plant that processes 192 metric tons of droppings a day from 3 million chickens and turns out electricity. The farm will get $1 million a year selling the power to the national grid.The plant is part of a push by Beijing to make use of dung that is piling up in farms (and spilling over into villages and lakes). Dung is a climate issue because it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Biogas plants, however, cook the dung in water to release the methane, which is then used to drive generators. The only byproducts are heat and solid waste that can be used as fertilizer. China has been using small biogas plants for decades, but now Beijing plans to install 4,700 big farm-based digesters by 2010, and to more than double the number of households that run on biogas from 18 million to 40 million. Last year the government increased annual...
  • Mail Call: Will Google Falter?

    Readers hailed the new rivals to Google discussed in our Nov. 5 cover story. "This is just a part of globalization," one noted. Another added, "Business and technological innovation in accessibility, flexibility and ease of operation or service for users will determine whether Google remains the leader." ...
  • Movies: Revisiting Nanking

    A new documentary harrowingly revisits the atrocities of Nanking. Why it should be mandatory viewing.
  • The Battle for Rome’s Treasures

    Why did Italian leaders wait almost a year to unveil Rome's latest archaeological finds? The answer is as old as the city itself.
  • China’s New-Look Orphanages

    China's orphanages used to be seen as dumping grounds for unwanted children. No longer. An on-scene report from a volunteer caregiver.
  • The Transatlantic Gulf

    Times are tough in the transatlantic alliance. But Europe and America still have plenty in common.