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  • Zanzibar: Island of Spice

    Known as Spice Island, Zanzibar is a beguiling mix of Arabic, African and Indian cultures. From the frenzied maze of Stone Town's tiny streets to the breezy beaches and isolated coral reefs, this paradise off the coast of Tanzania draws everyone from honeymooners to harried business execs looking for a chance to chill. Stone Town is the best place to start. Stay at the seafront Serena Inn, where rooms overlook the Indian Ocean and the interior celebrates the island's Persian and European influences (from $285 per person; serena hotels.com). Set aside an afternoon to get lost in the city's labyrinth of whitewashed houses, bazaars and courtyards. Dine on fresh prawns at Mercury's, named after Queen's Freddie Mercury, born just around the corner.Head out of town to enjoy the powdery white beaches. Each of the nine rooms at Matemwe Bungalows features a porch with huge hammocks and a sumptuous bath. Delicious meals are served on the patio, and guests can relax at the two pools or sip a...
  • Hotspot: Restaurant WH in Aarhus, Denmark

    Situated in a vast Zen-inspired Japanese garden, this eatery (open Wednesday to Saturday) features a thatched roof and neo-minimalist pagoda theme. But don't let the Japanese influences fool you: all dishes are international, representing the whims of the eclectic 26-year-old chef, Wassim Hallal. ...
  • Jeffrey Garten: The Weak Dollar Is More Dangerous Than It Appears

    So far, serious currency turmoil hasn't been a part of the subprime-induced credit crunch. Nevertheless, the monetary system could be more fragile than it appears. In fact, the way Washington has handled the U.S. dollar these past several years could be part of a future problem.President George W. Bush has seen a steadily weakening dollar as an answer to its ever-widening current account deficit. After all, the dollar has depreciated about 25 percent against a basket of currencies since 2002 without a peep from Washington. The United States has been pushing relentlessly for China and other Asian countries to revalue their currencies, thereby trying to make the greenback relatively weaker. And we've seen no sign that the United States is ready to broker a more orderly rebalancing of key currencies among major countries.Indeed, the Bush administration has been relying entirely on a depreciating dollar to increase exports and restrain imports. It has done little to rein in federal...
  • Call Them Booties, Shoes or Short

    Chanel calls them "short," Gucci calls them booties. Jimmy Choo labels them shoes, and Manolo Blahnik, naturally, gives them complex and arty names like Kandos (an Australian town) and Kokkani (an Indian dialect). Whatever they're called, they're in for fall: footwear with the 10cm heels of boots, the ankle cut of a flat shoe and, always, very good leather. Christian Louboutin has embraced embellishment with the front-fringed Goya boot, available in caramel and black ($1,145;christianlouboutin.fr). Jimmy Choo's Seville comes in pearlized patent leather ($820;www.jimmychoo.com). Chanel offers three varieties, the most luxurious of which features "ultrasoft" quilted lambskin ($1,295; chanel.com). Taking softness one step further, Manolo Blahnik has used pony skin (with fur) in the Kokkani, a fuzzy orange shoe-boot with royal-blue accents ($1,265; manoloblahnik.com). Bergdorf Goodman has an excellent selection of short boots, including Prada's pleated version ($595), Versace's metallic...
  • American Actress Jodie Foster Talks About Playing a Vigilante

    Over the course of her new film, "The Brave One," Jodie Foster kills eight people. The two-time Oscar winner plays a public-radio host named Erica Bain who survives a brutal attack in New York's Central Park during which her fiancé is killed. After she heals, she slowly transforms into a vigilante and puts herself on a collision course with the thugs who attacked her. Foster says the film, directed by Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game"), appealed to her not only for its resonance with "Taxi Driver," the nightmarish 1976 film that made the teen actress a star, but also for its exploration of living with fear in post-9/11 New York. She spoke with NEWSWEEK's Devin Gordon on the set last summer. Excerpts: ...
  • Four Hours in Seattle

    Long a nature-lover's paradise, this gateway to America's Pacific Northwest also features world-class museums, cultural institutions, shopping and cuisine.Stroll through the Pike Place Market, celebrating its centennial this year, where local fishmongers, farmers and artisans compete for business on a bluff overlooking the harbor.Explore the Olympic Sculpture Park, a Z-shaped series of waterfront gardens showcasing works by Richard Serra, Mark di Suvero and Alexander Calder, among others (seattleartmuseum.org).Shop at Pacific Place, where dozens of high-end boutiques—including Tiffany & Co., MaxMara and Coach—connect by sky bridge to Nordstrom's flagship store (pacificplaceseattle.com).Visit the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Public Library, whose steel-and-glass skin encases vaulted public rooms and a spiral ramp that houses the stacks (spl.org).
  • Pakistan: Sharif Deportation May Hurt Musharraf

    Pervez Musharraf may have won this round over Nawaz Sharif. But the deportation of the former prime minister could mobilize the opposition and put the Pakistani president on another collision course with the judiciary.
  • Virtual Epidemic

    We all know the warnings: addiction, isolation, a waste of time. But what if online games like World of Warcraft could be a new weapon for fighting infectious diseases?That's what epidemiologists at Tufts University argue, after studying a virtual disease outbreak that the creators of World of Warcraft introduced as an extra challenge to the game—and were shocked by how it raged. A virtual fluke? Maybe. But that plague is helping scientists plan for real life—illuminating the unexpected ways a disease can spread, and how we humans might react. In World of Warcraft, animals played a key role in transmission, while what scientists call the "stupid factor" (people getting up close to look, not thinking it will affect them) was another surprise. Virtual residents reacted in different ways: some selfless, some selfish—some purposely infecting others. Maybe those games aren't such a waste of time after all.
  • Morton Abramowitz: The Mass Exodus From Iraq Is Becoming An International Crisis

    Since the war in Iraq began, more than 2 million Iraqis have become refugees in their own country, and some 2 million have dispersed abroad. This massive exodus has already become a huge humanitarian disaster, and the worst may be yet to come. The crisis is engulfing Iraq's neighbors, and it could easily fuel greater instability in an area already notoriously unstable.The United States precipitated the chaos by invading Iraq in the first place. Yet Washington has not met its moral responsibility to aid the refugees. That said, the problem far exceeds Washington's abilities. Indeed, the crisis has further internationalized the Iraq dilemma; almost every country in the Middle East shelters fleeing Iraqis, with Syria and Jordan bearing the heaviest load. No one nation can deal with the problem on its own.Because addressing the cause of the refugee crisis—the unraveling of Iraq—will be an intensely political job, it will take a world-class political figure to lead it: U.N. Secretary...
  • The Index Design Awards

    Last week the prestigious European design organization Index held its annual Design to Improve Life awards in Copenhagen (indexaward.dk). Among the do-good winners: the lightweight, durable $100 XO Laptop, which is sunlight-readable and shock- and moisture-resistant; the Tongue Sucker, developed by four industrial engineers after the 2005 London bombings to suction the tongue out of the airway of an unconscious person, and the Antivirus cap, which turns an empty soda can into an enclosed container for infected needles. But nothing beats the fully electric Tesla Roadster, which produces zero emissions, accelerates from zero to 60 in four seconds and has a battery that takes less than four hours to recharge. It costs $100,000, but with a fuel-efficiency equivalent of 135 miles per gallon, Tesla claims you'll spend less than two cents a mile. And save the planet at the same time.
  • Leaving the Game

    Imran Khan on why he gave up cricket for the rough-and-tumble world of Pakistani politics.
  • Q&A: Gen. Sir Mike Jackson Speaks Out on Iraq

    The former head of the British Army is outspokenly critical of U.S. military policy in Iraq. Gen. Sir Mike Jackson discusses planning for the Iraq War, the problem with Washington's neocons and the military withdrawal from Basra City.
  • Fancy Asian Mooncakes

    Mooncakes, sweet treats eaten in Asia to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, have traditionally consisted of a thick, pasty filling containing yolks from salted duck eggs (symbolizing the full moon) in a baked pastry crust. But in recent years Singaporean bakers have been trying to outdo each other by inventing imaginative alternatives to the extremely rich patisseries. Raffles The Plaza, in Singapore, is offering a mini snow-skin litchi, almond and dark-chocolate mooncake as well as a more health-conscious baked mooncake with wolfberries, figs and lingzhi—known as the "mushroom of immortality"—in red lotus paste ($30; https://order.singapore-plaza.raffles.com). At the Ritz-Carlton, gourmands can find mooncakes filled with a strawberry vodka cream ($28; ritzcarltonmooncakes.com). But for those who really want to impress, the Oriental Hotel has mooncakes made from hand-rolled chocolate truffles infused with the exclusive Louis Roederer Cristal champagne and topped with edible gold...
  • Luxury Condo Cruises

    For anyone fantasizing about buying real estate but unable to settle on a location, there's an ideal new solution: invest in a condo on a luxury cruise ship. Cabin owners can not only list exclusive ports of call as their temporary addresses but also enjoy the amenities offered on traditional holiday cruise lines, from restaurants and athletic facilities to Internet access and theaters.Launched in 2002, the World is the first condominium cruise ship. In addition to its 110 luxury residences, the ship has a medical center, a swimming pool, an art gallery, a spa and restaurants. Ports of call vary by season, but within a single year, the World promises to hit the most desirable seaside locales in the Mediterranean, western and southern Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. A 31-square-meter studio starts at $825,000, including furnishings and an entertainment center. Rentals are also available, starting at $1,300 a night per unit (aboardtheworld.com).Two more condo ships are set to launch...
  • Maximalist: The $70,000 army knife

    The iconic Victorinox Swiss Army knife has been given a major bling-over. Made of pure platinum and inset with 430 diamonds, the gussied-up version features ornate diamond engraving on each of the seven tools except the tweezers, ensuring that users can open bottles and file their nails in high style. At $70,000 that's sure to cut a deep hole in one's pocket.
  • Follow The Eyes

    It's sometimes known as the trigger, the kicker or the launching pad: the part of a package a shopper is looking at when he decides to flip the cereal box to read the back. The gesture is a strong indication that the sale has been clinched. Attempts to locate and understand that sweet spot have traditionally entailed guesswork. Now marketers are beginning to crack the mystery.Devices that measure the direction of a person's gaze have dropped so far in price that the technology is now within reach of the most modest of marketing teams. By detecting the reflection of infrared light shone into an eye, video cameras mounted on the head of a test subject or on a computer gather data that allow software to chart a moving gaze. Two years ago San Francisco marketing firm Eyetools charged $30,000 per study. The fee is now $3,000, and revenue is up 50 percent over last year's.InVivo Marketing in Paris fits test shoppers with goggles that transmit data wirelessly. It runs 15 mock supermarkets...
  • Global Investor: Shoe on the Other Foot

    When asked why evil exists in the world, the Indian saint Ramakrishna answered: "To thicken the plot." Well, volatility plays a similar role in the financial marketplace. Major trends tend to last for years and often define a decade, à la Japan in the 1980s, the U.S. tech boom in the 1990s or emerging markets since. But in between there are several twists and turns to juice up the plot.The latest bout of global market turbulence should be viewed from that perspective. Financial-market volatility fell to record low levels earlier this year, signaling investors had become too complacent. While trouble had been brewing in the U.S. housing market for several months, many investors were willing to overlook it, instead holding on to the belief that in an environment of easy money and strong world growth, no problem could be serious enough to derail the global bull market for stocks.However, with the crisis of confidence in the U.S. credit market over the past few weeks, assumptions...
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht: U.S. Must Be Firm With Iran

    Two weeks ago, the Bush administration announced it may designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization—the first time a foreign military body has received that label. Days later, a top U.S. general in Iraq accused Tehran of training Shiite militants inside the country. The moves came at an already precarious time in U.S.-Iran relations, and have greatly worried Washington's European allies, who see the steps as a prelude to war and fear they will make ongoing nuclear diplomacy with Tehran much more difficult.Such fears are unfounded, however, and rest on several basic misunderstandings. For one thing, the terrorist label is nothing new, and thus will do little to change the current state of play. For another, Iran represents a much greater threat than Europe typically recognizes. It is not a status quo state that favors stability, as most pundits and governments portray it. Iran is, instead, a radical revolutionary force determined to sow chaos beyond its borders....
  • Soner Cagaptay: Turkish Secularism is Withering

    This fall, I plan to teach a course on Turkish secularism at Georgetown University. The class was originally listed as current politics. But given the direction in which Turkey's headed, it could well become a history course instead. For after some 80 years, Turkish secularism is withering away.In late July, the ruling Justice and Development Party (known in Turkish as the AKP) won 47 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections, strengthening its already commanding position. Now the AKP, a party with an Islamist pedigree, seems set to elect its foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, as president. Once marginal, Turkey's Islamists have become mainstream, and the consequences could prove enormous.To understand the stakes, it helps to grasp the particular nature of Turkish secularism. When Kemal Ataturk founded Turkey as a secular republic after World War I, he looked to Europe for his model, especially France. Whereas U.S. secularism provides freedom of religion, the French version that...
  • Hotspot: Al Gallopapa, Italy

    Located inside the medieval stone tunnel built to protect this charming Tuscan town, al Gallopapa is a rustic but serious eatery serving up confident nouvelle Italian cuisine in an atmospheric setting. ...
  • 4 hours in…Leipzig, Germany

    Once East Germany's hotbed of culture and resistance, this eclectic and energetic city is worth a look, however brief.Listen to the 800-year-old Thomanerchor boys' choir in the St. Thomas Lutheran Church, where Bach spent the last 27 years of his life as cantor (Thomaskirchhof 18).Visit the Museum in der"Runden Ecke," the eerie Stasi museum housed in the former East German state security ministry's district headquarters. The sophisticated tools of state surveillance on display are chilling (Dittrichring 24).Stroll through Mädler-passage, the most famous (and gorgeous) of Leipzig's historic shopping arcades, built around Auerbachs Keller, a 1525 restaurant that features in Goethe's "Faust" (Grimmaische Strasse 2-4).Eat hilariously elaborate ice-cream sundaes on the shady terrace of the old-school EiscaféSan Remo. Great for people-watching, too (Nikolaistrasse 1).
  • Powerful As Dung

    ENERGYIsrael just bought into one of the crappiest ideas around, and it's paying off. A few years ago, amid a nationwide effort to clean up manure, which emits methane (a greenhouse gas), the Minister of Environment told 55 farmers in Hefer Valley to bury the dung from their 12,000 dairy cows. So the Hefer farmers teamed up with a water-purification company to create a power plant fueled by dung. Their recipe: mix the dung with water, then stir and heat, releasing methane that turns turbines. The plant, about 50 kilometers north of Tel Aviv, went live on July 31. It processes 272 metric tons of manure a day and produces 1.6 megawatts of electricity, which is mainly funneled into Israel's power grid. Full capacity, expected by the year-end, will be 2.4 megawatts. That's less than half a percent of Israel's electricity capacity, but suppliers of the technology insist that methane from manure could eventually be a cheaper energy source than fossil fuels.
  • Style: Seeing Blue

    Before the Taliban, the Soviet intervention and even the poppy, Afghanistan had lapis lazuli. And now everyone else wants a piece of it, too. The stone once relegated to casual jewelry has resurfaced in luxury lines for both men and women. Karen Karch, who designed Uma Thurman's engagement ring in 1998, has developed a new lapis lazuli line featuring rose pendants and chunky 18kt gold and lapis rings ($1,500–$5,345; karenkarch.com). Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti created an eye-popping round lapis pendant on a chain of 18kt gold mesh ($2,500; tiffany.com). Aaron Faber Galleries carries a striking brooch that contrasts quartz's angular perfection with the fluid pyrite-flecked veins of lapis ($14,900; aaronfaber.com). And historic New York jeweler De Natale carries stunning lapis-and-diamond flower earrings ($1,070; denatale.com). For men, Touch of Luxury carries a classy pair of cuff links with checkered lapis and mother-of-pearl inlaid in 18kt gold ($875; touch ofluxury.com). And...
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    Into Thin Air

    This story was reported by Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; Zahid Hussain in Islamabad; Rod Nordland in Tora Bora; Mark Hosenball, Michael Hirsh, Michael Isikoff, John Barry, Dan Ephron and Eve Conant in Washington; Christopher Dickey in Paris, and Roya Wolverson in New York. It was written by Evan Thomas.
  • Isikoff: The Allawi Interview

    The surge is a dead end. The Iraqi government does not want to 'achieve reconciliation.' Steps must be taken to 'save the country.' Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi discusses his plans for Iraq.
  • Why We Need a Draft: A Marine's Lament

    He was in the firefights of Fallujah. He saw gaps in America's arsenal that he believes can only be filled when America's elite puts its sons on the battlefield. A plea for selective service.
  • Khmer Rouge Trials Turn to Farce

    Nearly 10 years after the Cambodian government first asked for help setting up a court to try leaders of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, it has yet to hold a single hearing. Washington refuses to fund the court on the ground that it's not up to international standards, and its ambassador, Joseph Mussomeli, says, "no trial would be better than a trial that will be a farce." The court's foreign and Cambodian judges are deadlocked over procedure, and the foreign judges have threatened to walk out rather than participate in what they fear could become an exercise in politics over justice.It wasn't supposed to be this way. Since the Nuremberg tribunal after World War II, trials of brutal leaders have slowly become more common and established a moderately positive record. U.N. courts have convicted numerous individuals for the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the Rwandan genocide. A hybrid court under local and international auspices is slowly getting off the ground in Sierra Leone....