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    The Persecution of Indonesia's Ahmadi Muslims

    The struggle in Indonesia reflects the global debate within Islam, pitting a loud, radical fringe against a more liberal camp that may be larger but has shown less desire to shout.
  • China Wises Up to Tobacco's Health Costs

    Forget the Marlboro man: China is the world’s cigarette king. The mainland produces—and consumes—more tobacco products than any other country in the world.
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    Japan's Big Fat Sumo Scandal

    In Japan, sumo wrestlers are supposed to be the (ample) embodiment of classical virtues such as discipline and honor. But these days the sport is governed by a dysfunctional, hidebound organization and constantly mired in disgrace.
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    Russia's Anna Chapman Cashes In

    In the seven months since being arrested by the FBI and drummed out of the U.S., flame-haired spy Anna Chapman has become Russia’s hottest cultural icon.
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    David Cameron Takes a Whack at Multiculturalism

    Cameron’s remarks follow similar speeches by his French and German counterparts. Across Europe, there is a recognition that multiculturalism has failed in its own terms, creating ghettos and cutting off some immigrant women, in particular, from full participation in a free society.
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    Egypt’s Top Guns

    A look at the military men who will be running the country in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
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    Google Exec: I Am ‘El Shaheed’

    Freed from an Egyptian prison Monday, he confirms to Mike Giglio in his first interview with international media that he is the man behind the Facebook page that sparked the revolt.
  • China Censors Egypt Coverage

    Parallels between Tahrir Square in 2011 and Tiananmen Square in 1989 haven’t been lost on China’s media censors. Last week two of the nation’s biggest Internet portals, and, blocked keyword searches of the word “Egypt.” So did Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent. (China’s Great Firewall already blocks access to the real Twitter, as well as Facebook and YouTube.) The party warned that websites refusing to censor comments about Egypt would be “shut down by force.”
  • Moscow Splurges on a New Armada

    While much of Europe slashes spending to reduce deficits, surging oil prices are allowing Russia to splurge. The Kremlin’s choice of stimulus package is a bit of a throwback, though—among other things, a new fleet of warships to challenge China. Last week Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a whopping $678 billion package of new defense spending for the next decade, with a quarter of the money going to revamp Russia’s Pacific fleet. On the Kremlin’s shopping list: 20 new ships, including a new class of attack submarines, plus new missile subs, frigates, and an aircraft carrier.
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    Swiss Banks Take Aim at Despots

    For decades, a Swiss bank account was the favored hideaway for assets snaffled by the world’s most kleptocratic leaders. The roll of dishonor includes presidents Marcos of the Philippines, Mobutu of Zaire, Abacha of Nigeria, and “Baby Doc” Duvalier of Haiti. But these days Switzerland seems eager to clean up its reputation: last month authorities rushed to freeze the assets of ousted Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Ivory Coast embattled president Laurent Gbagbo. And just last week a new Swiss law took effect that will make it easier to reclaim cash plundered by Third World tyrants.
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    Egypt's Unrest and America's Oil Dependence

    Never underestimate Americans’ capacity for denial. The upheaval in Egypt reminds us of lessons that, despite decades of warnings, we have consistently sidestepped: the United States and the rest of the world will depend on oil for the indefinite future, global oil markets remain hostage to political crises that cannot be predicted or controlled, and we have not taken the prudent steps that would reduce—though not eliminate—our vulnerability to catastrophic oil interruptions.
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    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: How High Will It Rise?

    At least for the moment, the Brotherhood will remain an important player in the Arab world wherever it can participate in free and fair elections. Democracy is about organization, not the random will of the masses. The party that can get out the votes gets control of the government. But the Egyptians have known and watched the Brotherhood for a long time, and in an open, peaceful political system its mystique should soon disappear.
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    Singapore Finds Freedom of Expression in Its Food

    In my early days in the United States, whenever anyone discovered that I was from Singapore, they wanted to discuss one of two things: the ban on chewing gum or the fact that officials had once ordered an American teenager caned for vandalism.
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    Demise of the Dictators

    In lands that have been plundered and tyrannized, the Arab Revolution of 2011 has been smoldering for decades. What finally turned resignation into rebellion.
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    The Spy Who Knew Everything

    The most important skill that a CIA officer can have is the ability to be at the right place at the right time—and to recognize the moment. By that taxing measure, Bruce Riedel has been extraordinarily successful.
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    Egypt Proves Bush Right

    The protests in Egypt show that Bush was right to push for democracy in the Middle East, says Stephen L. Carter. But now the question is if Obama can stay true to his words and promote freedom.
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    Mubarak Won't Run Again

    President Hosni Mubarak has bowed to a popular uprising and will soon quit. Who’s next? From Jordan’s shaky monarchy to a Yemen regime scarred by WikiLeaks, which Middle East leaders could soon follow suit?
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    Hackers' Egypt Rescue: Get Protesters Back Online

    With the Internet down across Egypt, Google and Twitter have come up with a way for Egyptians to tweet using their phones. Now, Dan Lyons reports, a group of hackers is close to delivering software that could turn laptops into low-cost Internet routers—and help protesters organize.
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    Four Lessons From Egypt

    The possible downfall of the Mubarak regime is being watched closely in neighboring Israel. Dan Ephron in Tel Aviv outlines the four main areas of concern.