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  • Erdogan: Turkey Has Vigor the EU Needs Badly

    At the end of this century’s first decade, we can observe how the locus of power has shifted in world politics. The G20 is replacing the G7 as the overseer of the global economy. The need to restructure the U.N. Security Council to be more representative of the international order is profoundly pressing.
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    Goodbye, Hollywood. Hello, Peace Corps!

    Angelina Jolie is to blame, really. Because of something she said to me in India four years ago, I have quit my 13-year career as an entertainment journalist, have given away almost everything I own, and at 43, have joined the Peace Corps.
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    Why Learn Mandarin? China Won't Make You Speak It.

    The data would seem to be in: China is poised to become the world’s economic leader within the next few decades. But there are those under the impression that this will mean a sea change in the world’s linguistic terrain as well.
  • An Arab Novelist Opens Israelis' Eyes

    Though Jews and Arabs have been sharing Israel for more than 60 years, most Jewish Israelis tend to know little about the lives of Arabs, who make up 20 percent of the population. So when Arab Israeli novelist Sayed Kashua showed up at a trendy Tel Aviv bookstore for a reading recently, the crowd peppered him with questions.
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    Pakistan's Ambassador Dominates Twitter

    Washington is a city that loves to tweet—more than 200 members of Congress are avid users of Twitter, obsessively sharing their real-time thoughts on every legislative decision to pass through the House or Senate these days. And now the rage has spread to D.C.’s foreign diplomats.
  • Shehrbano Taseer: Roses for Her Father's Killer

    My father, Salmaan Taseer, governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, was murdered on Jan. 4, shot dead in broad daylight by the policeman tasked to protect him. Acting out of a twisted piety, the man—Malik Mumtaz Qadri—shot my father because of his belief that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been misused to persecute religious minorities.
  • Who Will Protect Christian Arabs in Egypt?

    Miriam Fekry, a 22-year-old Egyptian, savored her life as she updated her Facebook page. “2010 is over. This year has the best memories of my life. Really enjoyed this year. I hope that 2011 is much better. Plz God stay beside me & help make it all true.”
  • Taliban Anoints Two New Leaders

    Nearly a year ago, Pakistani security forces acting on U.S. intelligence arrested the Taliban’s senior leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, brother-in-law and No. 2 to the reclusive, one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar. Now the Taliban have finally anointed his successor.
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    Tunisia Riots: The Youth Revolution

    Riots have chased out the African nation's president, leaving the region's future in upheaval. Demographic shifts fomenting the Arab world's hunger for change.
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    Thailand Tries to Project Normality

    Following a year of violent antigovernment protest and military backlash in Bangkok, and with elections likely soon, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva appears eager to show that Thailand is on the mend. In late December, the government lifted the state of emergency that had been in place in the capital for more than eight months.
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    Berlusconi Faces New Criminal Probe in Italy

    Authorities have launched a criminal investigation of the scandal-prone prime minister for allegedly having sex with a teenage prostitute and for allegedly trying to cover up the affair.
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    Paulo Coehlo Banned in Iran

    Over the years, Iran’s theocracy has fearlessly thumbed its nose at Israel, the United States, and the United Nations. But now Tehran has taken its row with the West a disturbing degree further. This week the Iranian government reportedly banned all works by Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian mystic and author of international bestsellers such as "The Alchemist," "Diary of a Magus," and "Veronika Decides to Die."
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    Nepal’s Restive Revolutionaries

    After several extensions, the U.N. Mission in Nepal charged with overseeing the country’s postwar transition says it’s packing up for good. And its scheduled departure on Jan. 15 has cast further doubt over the fate of Maoist combatants, whose confinement had been one of the few stabilizing developments in an otherwise fractious, unfulfilled peace process.
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    A New Stalemate in Lebanon

    At about the same time that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting President Obama in Washington on Wednesday morning, trouble was brewing back home: Hizbullah and its allies withdrew 11 ministers from the cabinet, effectively causing Lebanon’s government to collapse. As political hardball goes, this is a pretty difficult move to top.
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    One Year Later, Rubble Still Chokes Haiti

    Haitians have little reason to feel optimistic about the process of rebuilding their lives and their nation. Only 5 percent of the debris has been cleared, and 1 million people remain displaced, scraping by in shacks made of sticks and tarps, many without access to proper hygiene, food, and drinking water. And even that unstable existence is now being threatened, as landlords begin to evict squatters in order to rebuild.
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    Beleaguered Chávez Adopts More Tempered Tone

    Hugo Chávez went on the offensive in Caracas following his party’s poor election showing this fall, pushing through a slate of measures that amounted to a sustained political power grab ahead of the swearing-in of the new Parliament last week. On the international scene, though, the famously combative Venezuelan president has been striking an unusually conciliatory tone.
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    Feared Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Returns to Iraq

    After more than three years of self-imposed exile in Iran, the Shiite leader is back in the holy city of Najaf. Sadr kept a relatively low profile during his time in Iran, but he is unlikely to do the same in his home country.
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    Yuri Milner: Facebook's Russian Sugar Daddy

    Yuri Milner has singlehandedly made Russian capital a significant player on the Internet market. Owen Matthews on the Russian entrepreneur behind this week's $500 million Facebook investment.
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    Blasphemy Backlash

    Within hours of the slaying of Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, people who supported it had built a social-media shrine to the assassin, lavishing praise on him on Facebook.
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    Key Pakistani Governor Killed by Own Bodyguard

    Extremism associated with Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law appeared to claim another victim Tuesday, when the governor of Punjab, the country's wealthiest and most politically powerful province, was gunned down in Islamabad by a member of his own security detail. Here are excerpts from a recent NEWSWEEK Pakistan interview with the governor, Salmaan Taseer.
  • Hu Jintao's State Visit: What News From Pyongyang?

    The White House is impatient for Chinese President Hu Jintao’s Jan. 19 state visit, but not to talk about China. Instead, the critical agenda item is North Korea. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg recently led a delegation to Beijing seeking help in persuading Pyongyang to cease its provocations. Publicly, Beijing has stood by its neighbor through it all, from the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in May to the lethal shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November. Privately, though, U.S. officials are convinced, China’s support is wearing thin.
  • Venezuela's Hugo Chávez: Nice Weather for Autocrats

    Leave it to Hugo Chávez to turn natural calamity into political opportunity. As torrential rains left 130,000 Venezuelans homeless, the president leveraged the elements to his advantage. He won the legislature’s blessing to rule the country by decree for the next 18 months “on humanitarian grounds.” But his plans go way beyond aiding storm victims. Bundled into the package are measures that would allow confiscations of private property, higher taxes, state takeovers of banks and private companies, and cuts to foreign funding of nongovernmental organizations.
  • Bina Agarwal on Women's Role in Conservation

    In early December, nations met for another round of climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, where a joint initiative was launched to make women more integral to the process known by the acronym REDD, which aims to compensate developing countries for protecting forests. NEWSWEEK’s Katie Baker and Tania Barnes spoke with noted Indian economist Bina Agarwal on how women are central to global conservation efforts. Excerpts:
  • What's Fueling China's Real-Estate Fever?

    As China’s economy roars into another year, analysts are keeping a wary eye on the country’s land and housing prices. Beijing’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a 7.7 percent rise in those prices over the past year, and many experts believe that the actual increase was far more steep than that.