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  • Controversial Advertising Strategy

    The idea that genetic differences exist between ethnicities is the basis of a growing and controversial advertising strategy for a $2 trillion market. Much of the money is tied to skin-care supplies, such as Rx for Brown Skin, a line that debuted this fall at Sephora. GenSpec is the first "genetically specific" multivitamin for blacks, whites and Hispanics. And Nike makes the Air Native for Native Americans with wider-than-average forefeet. But experts doubt the data behind these products; New York University sociologist Troy Duster says the phony "biomarket" could lead people to "slip into thinking" that classroom and athletic performance are also explained by genetics.
  • Reality Check: War on Drugs

    The price of cocaine in U.S. cities rose 44 percent in the past nine months; Washington says this means it's winning the war on drugs. Critics say prices are spiking due to better border controls, but that most drug-war money goes to military aid and destroying coca crops, to little effect. Cocaine production is steady at about 545 metric tons a year in Latin America, and as traffickers find new routes, prices will drop.
  • World Leaders: Breaks in the Ranks

    More drama ahead in Venezuela's long-running political soap opera: after nearly nine years in office, radical leftist President Hugo Chávez is facing his strongest opposition in years and possibly his first-ever electoral defeat. Already, tens of thousands of students have hit the streets to protest the president's policies, and together with former Chávez allies like Raúl Baduel—the general who helped restore Chávez to power after a 2002 coup attempt—they are reshaping the political landscape. Venezuelans who once would have made excuses for the president are now criticizing him directly. Polls show voters are likely to reject a sweeping constitutional reform that would remove presidential term limits.At the heart of this ruptura afectiva—the crack in the almost religious bond between Chávez and his followers—is a political agenda that no longer resonates. Chávez's claims to be working for the poor are wearing thin when inflation is 17 percent and residents must queue for hours to...
  • Nuclear Relations: Loveboat Diplomacy

    Few things have been as dependable as animosity between the United States and North Korea—until now. This month, U.S. sailors helped a North Korean ship repel a pirate attack near Somalia, winning a courteous public "thank you" from Pyongyang. Earlier this fall, U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham chartered the first direct flight between the countries since the Korean War, bringing in a planeload of aid. Now there's talk of the New York Philharmonic visiting Pyongyang. North Korean U.N. diplomats have even been allowed to go sightseeing in Washington.The thaw shows just how determined the Bush administration is to ensure nothing derails its efforts to coax the North out of it nukes; a U.S.-led team recently began disabling the North's facilities. Never mind recent revelations linking a suspected Syrian nuclear site to Pyongyang. Washington has downplayed the tie. Seems George W. Bush, in his last days, is determined to strip the Axis of Evil of another charter member.
  • Perspectives: Quotes in the News

    "I tell a lot of my soldiers: a good way to prepare for operations in Iraq is to watch the sixth season of 'The Sopranos'."—Maj. Gen.Rick Lynch,commander of U.S. forces in central Iraq, on how the insurgency is increasingly fueled by"mafioso kind of activity"seen in the hit television show"We have never been experiencing such big pressure."—Chinese Prime MinisterWen Jiabao,on how the declining U.S. dollar is making it difficult to manage China's $1.43 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves"The idea that we are complacent about this is quite ridiculous."—British Prime MinisterGordon Brown,apologizing for his government's loss of 25 millionchild-benefitrecords on two missing discs"We will not surrender, and we will not retreat."—French PresidentNicolas Sarkozy,vowing not to back down from his confrontation with labor unions, as civil-service employees staged a walkout over job cuts and transit workers continued their strike"Last time around we removed three zeroes and they quickly...
  • Europe: Politicians Seek Middle Ground

    European politicians are looking for the ideological center. It is comfortable ground, and a good place to pick up votes, but where are the big, bold ideas?
  • Where Are The Monks?

    The junta has jailed some of Burma's Buddhist clergy, derobed others and driven many into exile.
  • Murder Most Wired

    Police in Italy have turned to the Web to unravel a gruesome and heartbreaking homicide mystery.
  • Messiah On A Hill

    Billionaire Munib al-Masri looks to capitalize on Palestinian anger.
  • Reclaiming My Voice

    After Creedence broke up, the musician spent years searching for his own sound. With love, he found it.
  • Mohan on India's Nuclear Deal

    It's a sweetheart deal for the country, but India's opportunistic politicians want a nuclear agreement with the U.S. to go up in smoke.
  • Refugees Return to Baghdad

    As security improves in Baghdad, Iraqi refugees are returning to their homes--and to great uncertainty.
  • Dickey: How Rational Is Iran?

    Iran's latest book-banning tells us the regime may not know the difference between fact and fiction. Does it care?
  • Iraq Violence: A Snapshot

    This chart from the Coalition Press Information Center, the military's press office in Baghdad, offers unusual detail about attacks in Iraq
  • Burma: A Jailed Monk’s Tale

    He was jailed and forced out of his traditional robes after Burmese soldiers arrested him during the junta's crackdown. A monk's tale.
  • China’s Underground Banks

    Nobody knows exactly how much money changes hands in China's unofficial banking sector, but the private sector would grind to a halt without it.
  • Not Ready To Quit

    A crop of smart firms are starting to employ older workers who want—and need—to labor longer.
  • Fly East For The Winter

    A major occupational hazard for emerging-market investors traversing through Central and Eastern Europe is letting the heart rule the head. After all, it's easy to believe that if Prague and Dubrovnik are such great places to visit, they must be great places to invest as well.Then there is Warsaw. With much of the city's pristine architecture decimated in World War II and replaced by Soviet-style building blocks, it's easier to objectively assess the region's economic prospects. But the takeaway, even from Warsaw, is that the region is in the midst of a growth miracle that parallels East Asia in the 1970s and '80s.There are some striking similarities. For a long period of time in East Asia, the continent's small- to midsize economies fed off each other's success, growing quickly. It was described as the "wild geese flying" model of development—a reference to the V-shaped pattern those birds fly in, providing a thrust to one another with the flapping of their wings.That's true of...
  • Forget The Crumpets

    Anna, England's seventh Duchess of Bedford, is credited with launching the tradition of afternoon tea in the 1840s, when she asked her butler to serve tea and cakes to keep her sated until supper was served, around 9 p.m. More recently afternoon tea has evolved into an indulgence involving posh clothing, poufy sofas and crustless sandwiches. Now that's changing, as hotels give the custom a thoroughly modern twist.Shoppers en route to Harrods in London can check out the season's styles as they appear decorated atop cakes and cookies in the Berkley Hotel's "Pret-a-Portea." There's Alexander McQueen's new silver boot atop a gingerbread biscuit and an Yves St. Laurent smoking jacket trimmed with chocolate sable cr?me. Past collections have included Jimmy Choo boot cookies. The teas include a huge number of herbal and fruit varieties (€68; www.theberkeley.co.uk).At the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, the "Practically Perfect Tea" features Mary Poppins-themed cookies, cakes and tea sets, as...
  • Hot Spot: The Lalu

    Perched on a bank overlooking the lake in central Taiwan, this elegant hotel is a popular getaway for well-heeled Taiwanese and honeymooners. The lake itself was once a favorite retreat of the late Kuomintang strongman and Taiwan president Chiang Kai-shek. ...
  • 4 Hours In Dusseldorf

    Located on the Rhine, this German center of commerce and culture is both green and modern, mixing beautiful parks with stunning contemporary architecture.Drink an Altbier (or two) at Uerige brewery, the town's oldest pub. Locals of all ages gather amid the polished wood and copper to sip the traditional pale ale and conduct animated conversations (uerige.de).Stroll along the K?nigsallee, known as "die Ko," one of Germany's major shopping destinations, featuring showrooms by labels such as Burberry, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.Visit the city's modern Medienhafen on the Rhine, a wharf converted into a stylish complex of boutiques, bars and restaurants. Frank Gehry left his mark with some playful leaning houses, the Alter Zollhof (medienhafen.de).Eat haute regional cuisine at M?nstermann's Kontor, which features game dishes like pheasant with sp?tzle, red sauerkraut and cranberries (muenster mann-delikatessen.de).See impressive contemporary art at K21, a museum featuring works from 1980...
  • Helping Men Get Back In The Game

    For men who need a little extra help organizing their lives, Hemancipation, a Beverly Hills, California-based concierge service, can provide such amenities as home decorating and personal shopping. CEO Akilah Kamaria founded the company in 2005, after helping several of her male friends get back on track after a divorce. "Our services are pretty customized, but fall into the arena of men in transition," she says. Indeed, most of her male-only clientele are single, widowed or divorced.Hemancipation has helped men moving to new cities find homes through real-estate agents and furnish their new residences, as well as stock the refrigerator for their arrival. The company has even helped newly divorced fathers childproof their homes for the first visit from the kids. For men who need wardrobe assistance, Hemancipation will shop for clothes and get suits tailored. But Kamaria draws the line at finding men a new mate. "We're not a dating service," she says. Still, a new image never hurts. ...
  • It’s All In The Bottle

    The makers of some fine spirits are creating special blends and packaging them in striking bottles that won't end up in the recycling bin. The Macallan has unveiled a limited edition of a rare 55-year-old single-malt Scotch in a new decanter based on the classic paquerettes tiara perfume bottle designed by Rene Lalique in 1910, with a stopper made of amber-colored crystal. The 420 decanters will be available at selected outlets in January ($12,000; themacallan.com).For cognac aficionados, Hennessy Ellipse Cognac blends seven outstanding vintages—one dating back to 1830—to create a complex bouquet, then presents the liqueur in an elliptical Baccarat crystal decanter ($6,955; harrods.com). Another fine cognac, the Frapin Cuv?e 1888 Rabelais, is now available in a special carafe produced by the Cristalleries Royales de Champagne, accentuated by a 24-karat gold border. Only 1,888 bottles are being produced ($7,010; harrods.com).
  • Periscope: How Hot Money Is Pushing Oil To $100 a Barrel And Beyond

    As oil prices swung wildly last week—first surging breathtakingly close to the $100 mark, then dropping off again—there was some frantic finger-pointing over just who (or what) was to blame for the latest spike in prices. Resisting calls for OPEC to pump more oil to cool off markets, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi insisted that supplies and inventories are meeting demand and don't justify the current sense of crisis. To bolster his argument, al-Naimi carted Western attendees of last week's OPEC summit in Riyadh into the desert to show off a $500 million mega-expansion project that will raise the country's production by 250,000 barrels a day. The $25 jump since September, al-Naimi said, was the fault of "speculators" beyond the cartel's control.Self-serving? Perhaps. But al-Naimi's view has lately been echoed by oil-company executives and Wall Street analysts. Indeed, hedge funds, investment banks, program traders and ordinary investors have been piling billions into oil futures,...
  • Eyeball-Tracking Signs Bring Click-Counting Out Of Doors

    Counting clicks on a Web page has become a routine and rich vein for advertisers, who are always eager to know how many people are looking at their commercials. But what about billboards, which still exist in old-fashioned physical space without any connection to the Internet? Advertisers are starting to use high-tech ways of getting instant feedback on sidewalks and street corners.In London, CBS Outdoor is embarking on an overhaul of London Underground advertising, installing high-definition "media walls" along tube platforms and also digital escalator panels, which will begin rolling out in 24 stations by early 2008. These arrays of digital panels provide a versatile canvas upon which advertisers can flash rapidly changing messages and images.Thanks to breakthroughs like this, outdoor advertising, once dismissed as yesterday's medium, is now the second fastest growing advertising sector after the Internet. In the United States, it rose 8 percent to $6.8 billion last year, and by...
  • ‘It’s Just The Beginning’

    Imran Khan, 55, the Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician, hardly looked like a hunted man. It had been 11 days since police burst into his home, the day after President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule. He had eluded capture by moving daily and avoiding his cell phone. He spent that time meeting quietly with members of his small Movement for Justice Party until just after an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK's Ron Moreau, when he was arrested at Lahore's Punjab University following an encounter with Islamist students. ...
  • The Italian Love Affair

    The country appreciates everything about America: its cities, its celebrities and even its cowboy culture.
  • ‘A Freeway To Europe’

    Just a decade ago, tiny Croatia was in ruins. Now this star of the Balkans is on track to join the EU.
  • Mail Call: Swiss Immigrants

    Readers of our Oct. 1 story on the surprising rise of the xenophobic Swiss right came to Switzerland's defense. "Many people support the humanitarian traditions of our nation," said one. Another insisted, "We want to deport only those foreign asylum seekers who become criminals." ...
  • Some Progress Seen in Baghdad

    For the first time in years, the Iraqi capital is showing signs of life. But the calm is all too fragile, and it's an opportunity the government cannot afford to miss.
  • Perugia’s ‘Extreme Sex’ Murder

    An Italian judge believes that a young Seattle woman instigated a vicious 'extreme sex' killing. Her student friends say she is just a dorky sweetheart. Deconstructing the grim tale of Amanda Knox.
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan Speaks Out

    In an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK shortly before Pakistani police caught up with him, Imran Khan discusses the emergency, his plans to mobilize students and how the nation feels about Musharraf.
  • Dickey: The Real Cost of Iraq

    The costs of the Iraq war are not only astronomical, as a new Congressional report shows, they are unconscionable. So who's going to pay?
  • Pakistan: Bhutto Boosts Opposition

    As the Bhutto-Musharraf standoff continues, the former prime minister's uncompromising stand has heartened a beleaguered Pakistani opposition.