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    Lee Myung-bak: the Reagan of Seoul

    Don’t be fooled by the recent signs of a thaw between the Koreas. Pyongyang and Seoul have discussed more family reunions on the divided peninsula, and $8.5 million in aid from the South to help the North cope with devastating floods.
  • With No Qurans Burned, Anti-American Ire Recedes

    Scattered, violent anti-American protests in Islamic countries have been reported over the last few days, but U.S. government counterterrorism experts say the absence of any inflammatory televised images of Qurans being burned during recent 9/11 commemorations mean that such demonstrations should soon fizzle.
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    Bill McKibben: Rally for Global Warming, 10/10/10

    As a young environmentalist, I fought global warming with words, writing what’s often called the first general-interest volume on climate change. It became an international bestseller, published in 24 languages. But it flopped as a piece of social activism, doing virtually nothing to slow the heating of the -planet. So, two decades later, I’m promoting something new: the number 350.
  • The Rise of Al Qaeda in North Africa

    Five French citizens were kidnapped in Niger this morning. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a terrorist franchise endorsed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, is suspected. If the group is responsible, it would mark the third time this year that it has taken European citizens hostage.
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    How Amanda Knox's Supporters Could Doom Her

    By speaking loudly—and condescendingly—on her behalf, American supporters of Amanda Knox have hurt her standing in Italy at exactly the moment she begins to appeal her murder conviction.
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    Out of Iran, but Not Yet Home Free

    The hours Sarah Shourd spent between leaving Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where she was in solitary confinement for more than a year, and crossing Iranian airspace must have been the most excruciating and longest hours of her life. I know that because I have been there.
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    Chilean Miners: Surviving the Darkness

    The plight of the 33 miners trapped in northern Chile for more than a month so far is harrowing enough. They must try to survive 90 percent humidity and avoid starvation. They also have to keep their sanity, which becomes harder as they confront another present danger: the darkness.
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    Ichiro Ozawa Is Japan's Unlikely Savior

    To his detractors, Ichiro Ozawa represents the worst of Japanese politics. Self-righteous, corrupt, a power-hungry political operator, “shadow shogun.” He has been called all these things, as well as “the destroyer” for the way he has created and wrecked three parties in two decades. Three months ago, he resigned from his post as secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped lead to victory in last year’s historic elections, amid a scandal over finances.
  • Struggling Automakers Find Open Road in Brazil

    There aren’t many bright spots in the global auto industry—so when carmakers find one, they go all in. With ebbing demand in the United States, and subsidies propping up Japan’s industry set to expire, the real bright spot is Brazil. In 2003 the country was the world’s 10th-largest car market; this year it is on pace to surpass Germany as No. 4. By 2014, demand is forecast to hit 4 million new cars per year. Sensing opportunity, Asian auto companies are leading a surge of investment. Toyota is building its second Brazilian factory for $600 million, due in 2012, the same year the country’s first Hyundai-owned plant will come on line. China’s Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. is also investing $700 million to open its first factory there. Together, the three plants will create more than 400,000 new vehicles a year.
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    Castro Tells the Truth About Cuba

    He has outlasted eight U.S. presidents, survived countless CIA efforts to do him in, and his communist regime has remained in power for a generation after the collapse of his Soviet sponsors. So what does the leader of the 1959 Cuban revolution think now of the system he created? Last week The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg reported Fidel Castro’s startlingly honest assessment: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”
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    German Scholar Rauf Ceylan on Integration

    Germany’s immigration fears have been on full display thanks to a new book by provocateur Thilo Sarrazin that claims the country is being undermined by its growing Muslim population. NEWSWEEK’s Mike Giglio spoke with Rauf Ceylan—a leading religious scholar at the University of Osnabrück who is leading a pilot imam-education program this fall, and whose new book, The Preachers of Islam, features interviews with nearly 300 imams in Germany—on the challenges of integration:
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    Morocco Surges Ahead in Solar-Power Race

    For decades, Morocco, the only North African nation without large quantities of oil, combed the surrounding desert in search of fossil fuels. But roughly a year and a half ago, the country shifted gears and turned to a resource that exists in abundance across the region: the sun.
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    Mexico Divides and Conquers the Cartels

    Events in Mexico’s drug war grow more horrific by the day. The recent killing of 72 migrants and a shootout between the Army and 27 cartel gunmen prompted a warning last week from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Mexico’s cartels are adopting tactics akin to those of an “insurgency.”
  • Why Russia's Occupation of Georgia Won't Last

    Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is a troubled darling of the West, a Columbia-trained lawyer now struggling to reassert Georgia’s independence after losing the 2008 war with Russia over two disputed territories.
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    Earth Doesn't Care What Is Done to It

    The cover of The American Scholar quarterly carries an impertinent assertion: “The Earth Doesn’t Care if You Drive a Hybrid.” The essay inside is titled “What the Earth Knows.” What it knows, according to Robert B. Laughlin, co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics, is this: What humans do to, and ostensibly for, the earth does not matter in the long run, and the long run is what matters to the earth.
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    Stoning Decision Leaves Tehran With Credibility Gap

    Human-rights activists have won a partial victory in Iran. In the face of a worldwide outcry, Tehran confirmed late last week that it had suspended a sentence of death by stoning against a woman accused of adultery.
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    Heliskiing: For the Slope Less Traveled

    Contrary to the macho James Bond image it may conjure, heliskiing at first seemed to me like a sport for lightweights. My pilot met me at the Santiago airport in Chile, made a fuss about taking my bags, and then shuttled me into his helicopter for the 15-minute transfer up Maipo Valley.
  • A New Weapon in the War on Terror

    The land battle in Afghanistan grinds on, but the drone war is accelerating. So far this year there have been 62 reported strikes against Afghan Taliban and affiliated insurgent groups in Pakistan. This compares with 53 strikes in 2009 and 35 in 2008, according to local media and the Pakistani military.
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    Rediscovering the Political Power of Rock and Roll

    Rain poured over the crowd gathered for a rock concert in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square last month. Police sealed off the square, searched everyone coming in, and infiltrated the crowd with plainclothes officers. The musicians were only slightly more obvious than the police. They could barely be seen, performing from a stepladder in the center of the crowd, and singing into a megaphone in place of loudspeakers. Moscow city hall did not permit them to use real microphones, because the authorities didn’t want their message to be heard. This was a rare event in Russia: an anti-Putin rock-and-roll show.
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    Obama's 'New Beginning' Derailed

    Just more than a year ago the fledgling president of the United States stood before a capacity crowd at Cairo University in Egypt and promised "a new beginning" for relations between America and the Muslim world. But now controversy over the proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero, the much-publicized flap over Pastor Terry Jones's planned Quran burning, and allegations of atrocities by U.S. troops in Afghanistan seem to have dashed such hopes.
  • South Africa's Strikes Leave Country Reeling

    The three week strike by government workers in South Africa that was suspended last week ended badly for both the government and the public-sector unions. Teachers, nurses, and civil servants tentatively won wage increases of 7.5 percent—more than double the rate of inflation—but after going without pay during much of the strike, it will take far more than two years just to match what they would have earned had they accepted the government’s initial offer. But if there’s a silver lining for a country now being shaken by factory and mine workers trying to match raises won by their government counterparts, it’s that the enmity generated by the strike could yet lead to the fracture of the African National Congress’s ruling alliance and spur the formation of a stronger and more dynamic opposition. Bolstered by its stand against apartheid, the ANC has dominated the country’s parliament since the first all-race elections in 1994. But the party has become increasingly incoherent...