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  • CFR: The Candidates on Iraq

    The foreign policy issue already framing the 2008 presidential election is the war in Iraq. The war's growing unpopularity among Americans, coupled with nightly images of civilian and soldier casualties, will only add to the candidates' need to craft a plan to win the war. On this issue, the candidates are divided between supporting the president's strategy to surge more troops into central Iraq versus establishing a timetable, complete with benchmarks, to eventually pull out U.S. forces and possibly withhold funding for the war effort. Further, there are sharp philosophical divisions among the candidates and their parties over whether Iraq symbolizes the central front in the larger war on terrorism, rather than an isolated civil war between sectarian factions with a long history of mutual animosity. ...
  • Pakistan: Election Postponed

    How will Musharraf's decision to postpone Pakistan's elections affect the fortunes of Benazir Bhutto's political party?
  • Don't Blame America

    Don't blame America. Cultural remix has been around since Roman times. It just happens a lot faster today.
  • Energy Burst

    Infused with new energy from the world's top architects, New York's skyline is soaring again.
  • Who Killed Bhutto?

    Pakistan's government was quick to blame Al Qaeda and the Taliban for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, but U.S. officials caution that it's too early to pin the blame on any group in particular.
  • How Bhutto Died

    Musharraf's regime offers its version of what--and who--killed Bhutto.
  • Pakistan and America

    Rice's regional strategy may have died with Bhutto, endangering U.S. interests.
  • Can Musharraf Survive?

    Benazir Bhutto's assassination has diminished the Pakistani president's already low public standing. How her death could lead to his political demise.
  • Olympian Ambitions

    For Beijing, a smooth Games will take a lot of things—including winning more than anyone else.
  • Mao to Now

    China is thousands of years old but has been made anew in the last three decades, and my family with it.
  • We Need You To Disperse, Por Favor

    In May, Latino protesters at a rally in Los Angeles failed to heed warnings to disperse—warnings shouted at them in English from a noisy police helicopter. Hundreds were injured in the ensuing melee, which might have been prevented by the Phraselator, a handheld device that can translate 100,000 words or phrases, including crowd control messages like "We need you to move away." Created by Voxtec of Maryland, the Phraselator was designed for American cities where immigration is booming. Priced from $2,500, the device is cheaper than translators, but less effective because it works one way, like a bullhorn.Still, applications are spreading. In Lee County, Fla., corrections officers use the device to ask Spanish- and Creole-speaking prisoners yes-or-no booking questions. Rescue services are considering using the device in earthquakes, floods and wildfires. And in Los Angeles, police are programming Phraselators to translate into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese and, of course, Spanish.
  • Creating Product Buzz

    Plug "Shinkansen N700" into a search engine and back come scores of photos and comments about the smooth ride, dizzying speed and comfortable work areas of Japan's newest bullet train. The attention is not a coincidence. It's the result of a publicity campaign by Central Japan Railway Co. targeted at the blogosphere. This summer, the railway invited a dozen bloggers to a press preview, which included a first-class ride from Tokyo to Osaka. Most of the bloggers returned the favor by talking up the train and giving the railway an increasingly important type of publicity. "Their blogs are so precise, even more so than our own site, and are very interesting," says Hiroshi Shigeta, a railway spokesman. Ridership for the N700 model, which runs across the country, is up 12 percent over last year, compared with 5 percent overall, which Shigeta attributes in part to the attention of bloggers.Japanese firms that make automobiles, high-tech gadgets, game software and beauty products have begun...
  • Periscope: Panicked About Expensive Food And Oil? Don’t Be.

    Skyrocketing energy prices and food inflation have been held up as major threats to the global economy in 2008. Just last month, oil was in danger of surging past $100 a barrel, and U.N. sources say the price of food has risen an unprecedented 40 percent in the last year. Economists worry that the higher prices will bring back the scourge of inflation, a threat the world has not seen in almost 30 years. In fact, some economists argue that inflation is already here—it's just not counted in the "core" inflation figures (which exclude food and energy) most central banks use to control the money supply.But in the spirit of the holidays, let's look at the bright side. There are signs that oil and food prices may actually fall in 2008. If the United States is heading for a downturn, as many economists expect, slower growth would reduce demand for oil. Moreover, speculative money may have added $10 to $20 to the price per barrel in recent months, and speculators like hedge funds are...
  • Tony Blair: State Of Limbo

    It's been a long year for Tony Blair. After stepping down as British Prime Minister in June, under fire for his Iraq policy, he took on what many consider the hardest job in the Middle East: the representative of the Quartet—the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations—to the Palestinians. At least there was a bright spot in late December: at a donor conference in Paris, he secured pledges of $7.4 billion in aid. He spoke by phone with NEWSWEEK'S Kevin Peraino. Excerpts: ...
  • Welcome To Normal

    South Korean voters are shifting away from the idealistic extremes to embrace a new pragmatism.
  • Messing With Success

    Under Kibaki, Kenya has blossomed. So why is the man responsible about to lose the election?
  • The End of The Affair

    Like a number of hot emerging markets, South Africa's made great progress in recent years—but its leadership is faltering dangerously.
  • 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.