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  • Europe Versus the Fat Cats

    A German cloak-and-dagger operation to catch tax evaders is turning into an anti-capitalist movement.
  • The EU’s Backsliders

    Countries will do anything to get into the European Union. But once they're in, it's a whole other story.
  • Dueling Markets: Can Food Fight Oil?

    It's no secret that high oil prices have moved big money, some $3 trillion, from energy-consuming states in the West to suppliers like Saudi Arabia and Russia. Pooling up in huge state-controlled investment funds, this vast transfer wealth is tipping the global financial power, raising fears in the West of petrol-power domination.Or maybe not. A recent Goldman Sachs commodities report notes that growing populations and wealth in the developing world, and to a lesser extent rising biofuel production, is moving some money back to farm powers like the United States. "Food exports won't offset our oil bill, but they will help," says Robert D. Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International. Agricultural exports are a key reason the U.S. trade deficit decreased about 6 percent last year.—Rana Foroohar ...
  • Emotional Connections

    When it's daytime in New York, callers in other time zones get up very early, or stay up very late, to talk to the Big Apple.
  • Mail Call: Pakistan’s Problem

    Readers of our Jan. 21 cover story on Pervez Musharraf's future unanimously blamed him for all of Pakistan's problems. "He destroyed national institutions so he can stay in power," said one. "Discontent is spreading," wrote another. A third opined, "The biggest threat faced by Pakistan is Musharraf." ...
  • The Cost Of Conflict

    Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz says that the war in Iraq will add up to $3 trillion, as the meter ticks on.
  • Russia's Democratic Path

    The West underestimates the prospects for the gradual emergence of a democracy in the land of Stalin and Lenin.
  • Asia's Achilles Heel

    As China and India lose control of their economies, they are failing to provide reliable power to their citizens. How will they manage to curb carbon emissions? 
  • Brazil's Energy Windfall

    Brazil looks set to play a larger role in South America and the world, thanks in part to a major oil discovery
  • Fighting Food Shortages

    We need a new Green Revolution, led by biotechnology, to meet the growing demand for grain in Asia.
  • Dickey: McCain Is Wrong on Iraq

    McCain is running on 'success' in Iraq, but as the Pentagon warns, and a new study makes clear, it's not nearly that simple.
  • Liu: U.S. Music in Pyongyang

    Can a spectacularly successful U.S. concert in North Korea be a catalyst for the normalization of Washington-Pyongyang ties?
  • Zakaria: Pakistan’s War

    'If [people] are permitted to choose their own destiny … the extremists will be marginalized.' True or false?
  • Political Partnerships: Hil Sans Bill: Brown Take Heed

    In recent weeks, world leaders of a certain age have watched the U.S. presidential primaries with rapt—perhaps nervous—attention. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in particular, has had reason to take note as the upstart Barack Obama steadily pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton. Brown, who turned 57 last week, must call an election of his own sometime in the next two years, and will face 41-year-old Tory leader David Cameron—pitting Brown's long experience in government against a youthful figure who's trying to brand himself as an agent of change. Sound familiar?In fact, the parallels between Brown's predicament and Clinton's don't end with their ages (she's 60) or those of their opponents. For years Hillary toiled under the shadow of her husband, as did Brown under that of his flamboyant predecessor, Tony Blair. Hil and Bill's unusual relationship was subject to relentless media scrutiny. So was the Blair-Brown partnership. And like the Clintons, Tony and Gordon's twosome suffered...
  • Fragrance Of The Pharaohs

    Anyone can smell like a modern celebrity: all it takes is a bottle of J. Lo or Paris Hilton perfume. But now women can bathe themselves in the scent once allegedly worn by Cleopatra. Nenufar, dubbed the ancient queen's sacred scent by the British perfumery Scents of Time, consists of a blue-lotus-flower fragrance with notes of nutmeg, angelica, patchouli, heliotrope and almond ($119; www.scents oftime.co.uk). Modern-day alchemist David Pybus has scoured the ruins of Egypt to re-create the range of lost fragrances, which also includes Ankh, a scent dedicated to King Tut. Using forensic science, Pybus develops the scents based on an "aromaprint" preserved in the sites that is embellished with modern notes. For the citrus-and-jasmine-infused Pyxis fragrance, he unearthed the formula of a Roman Empire-era perfumer named Sperato who was buried at Pompeii. Some folks, it seems, will travel through time just to smell good.
  • A Dutch Treat For the Home

    A group of imaginative Dutch designers are developing a range of everyday objects that move beyond the austere lines of modernism and incorporate a baroque and witty flair. Frozen Fountain (frozenfountain.nl) and Droog (droogdesign.nl), two of the most forward-thinking Amsterdam design galleries, exhibit a range of contemporary home furnishings including lighting fixtures and furniture. Frozen Fountain also has an exclusive arrangement with the textile artist Claudy Jongstra, whose one-of-a-kind wool felt carpets are made from the artist's own herd of rare European sheep ($1,465 per sq. ft.; claudyjongstra .com). Joris Laarman's ornamental Heat Wave radiator, set to go on display at New York's Cooper-Hewitt museum in March, is a curved, floral-patterned, reinforced-concrete home heating element ($8,570; jorislaarman.com). For a playful, candlelit atmosphere, Studio Job manufactures a funky, laser-cut chandelier that resembles a cross between a charm bracelet and a set of cookie...
  • 4 Hours In Montreal

    The focus of an ongoing gentrification effort, Quebec's cultural epicenter offers a wide range of delights worth perusing if you've got a free afternoon. ...
  • Hot Spot: D.O.M., São Paulo

    Set amid the lush hills of the elite Jardins district, D.O.M. stars Alex Atala, Brazil's top chef, who invents elegant French- inflected dishes with traditional Brazilian ingredients. ...
  • Lofty Views

    Paragliding, the most peaceful extreme sport, now has an exhilarating new edge. In the Alps, wings and skis come together for speed riding—essentially bounding downhill at high velocity. The skis get you from the chairlift to the slope, then give you the speed to take off. The wing—a lightweight rectangular parachute—hovers over the skier, providing lift and drag. As riders skim down the mountain, their skis periodically brush the ground and send them soaring back up. They clear cliffs, boulders and small trees by making subtle adjustments to the angle of the wing via controls in each hand.Several schools in the French Alps offer paragliding lessons year-round, along with introductions to speed riding. Les Ailes du Mont Blanc in prestigious Chamonix offers speedriding packages and daily lessons à la carte (€95 per day, lesailesdumontblanc.com). Prévol has been floating colorful canopies along the cliffs for more than 20 years, and in the winter offers speedriding training (€90 per...
  • Retire The Revolutionary Myth

    While strangling Cuba's economy, the United States lost its grip on the imagination of much of Latin America's youth.
  • Looking For A Legacy

    In the waning months of the Bush administration, Washington is headed to Pyongyang for a deal.
  • South Korea’s Sarkozy

    Lee wants to save his country by nudging it right and toward the U.S.—but his people may not cooperate.
  • Mapping A New World

    A provocative book on the rise of Asia highlights the need to move beyond old notions of East and West.
  • From A Mouse To A Tsar

    Dmitry Medvedev has toiled under Vladimir Putin's shadow. But the heir to the presidency will soon have to show his true colors.
  • Fidel’s Children

    Cuba's leader has resigned, and the nation's youth are starting to push back.
  • Mail Call: The Obama Appeal

    Readers of our Jan. 14 cover story on Barack Obama were inspired. "He's not like any other," said one. "He'll lead us to a new America." Another wrote, "His authenticity and sincerity trump opponents' Washington résumés." A young U.S. voter in China said he'd return to work on Obama's campaign. ...
  • ‘We Will Work Together’

    Musharraf's political opponents join forces against him. What it means for him—and the U.S. war on terror.
  • Russia’s Medvedev Woos Business

    Dmitry Medvedev, a shoo-in as Russia's next president, recently addressed a key constituency—business leaders—with a hopeful and comforting message.
  • How Will Raul Castro Govern?

    A noted Cuban expert says Raul Castro is his own man with his own ideas. But that doesn't mean major changes should be expected soon.
  • Pakistan's Democratic Moment

    The United States now has an opportunity to make good on its commitment to democracy in Pakistan. It can start by severing its ties with Musharraf.
  • The End of Musharraf?

    After humiliating election results, the U.S. ally may wield little power in Pakistan.
  • Why U.S. Likes Big Cars

    The small-car craze might be fine for Asia and Europe, but the land of the gas-guzzling behemoth SUV may never go along, says a leading anthropologist.