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  • The Scandal Behind the Sarrazin Scandal

    Decades after such figures appeared elsewhere in Europe, Germany finally has produced its own high-profile star of the anti-immigrant right. But only for about a week. Thilo Sarrazin, a former Social Democratic politician, set off the fiercest storm of public outrage in recent memory with his new book, "Germany Abolishes Itself," in which he lays bare the failures of German education, migration, and welfare policies.
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    What America Has Lost

    September 11 was a shock to the American psyche and the American system. As a result, we overreacted.
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    More Dangerous Than Ever

    Three years after NEWSWEEK published its controversial cover naming Pakistan the world’s most dangerous nation, it seems to be even worse off.
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    Sleeping With the Devil

    For most people, knowledge of this exotic Australian island begins and ends with the animated antics of a Looney Tunes character, which isn’t surprising considering that the journey to Tasmania from America or Europe can take more than 24 hours.
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    Why Osama bin Laden Still Matters

    Al Qaeda never had more than a few hundred sworn members. The real danger was its ability to train and inspire jihadis around the world.
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    Inside Al Qaeda

    Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy. The truth, as revealed by one of its fighters, is both more and less troubling than we think.
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    The War Within WikiLeaks

    As frontman for wikileaks.org, Julian Assange, the floppy-haired Australian computer hacker, has become an internationally celebrated advocate for would-be whistle-blowers.
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    Brazil's One-Party Democracy

    This time eight years ago, Brazilian democracy took a stress test—and passed with distinction. The onetime radical union leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took charge of Latin America’s largest nation and impressed the world with his moderate politics and prudent economics. That was then.
  • Challenges for China's Westernized Communism

    The country's economy may be booming, but the Chinese have to look no further than America to see what will happen if they don’t curb their energy appetite and address the growing gap between rich and poor.
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    How the World Cup Wrecked South Africa

    A spending bonanza before the tournament made it look as though the government cares about glitzy showmanship more than its workers. This week their frustration boiled over.
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    Domestic Violence Pervades Russian Homes

    Russian women are habitually beaten with legal impunity—in a country with no support system for victims of domestic violence. So it was horrible but hardly surprising when my friend's husband got drunk and killed her.
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    Oppression Continues in Iran

    The world's attention may have wandered from Iran, but recent reports from the country reveal a government that is as willing as ever to suppress dissent and a judiciary that still plans to kill a woman saved from a stoning sentence last month.
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    Viktor Bout's Secrets Frighten the Kremlin

    There's a reason Russians oppose the extradition of arms dealer Viktor Bout—the man known as "the merchant of death"—to the United States: he knows their secrets.
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    Mideast Peace Talks Should Have Been Secret

    By making a public spectacle of negotiations, leaders have made Israelis and Palestinians less likely to reach any agreement. President Obama should have pushed them to conduct back-channel, off-the-record talks instead.
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    Beware: Combat Will Continue in Iraq

    There is a real risk that President Obama’s claim in his Oval Office address that “the American combat mission has ended” in Iraq may come to rank with President Bush’s ill-judged boast of “mission accomplished” back in May 2003.
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    How to Temper Israeli-Palestinian Optimism

    Israel and the Palestinian territories have been talking about peace for a long time (at least a dozen summits have preceded this one with little or no tangible results). So in acknowledgment of the long odds, here are a few oft-used phrases the negotiators should avoid.
  • Rape Probe of WikiLeaks Chief Reopened

    A senior prosecutor in Sweden on Wednesday announced she is reopening an official investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, the Australian cofounder of the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks. She also said a parallel investigation into allegations of "molestation" by Assange will not only continue but also apparently be expanded.
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    'Time to Turn the Page'

    In marking the end of America’s combat role in Iraq, President Obama sought to shift his priorities to the United States’ own deep problems at home. “We have met our responsibilities. It is time to turn the page,” Obama told the nation from the newly refurbished Oval Office, seeking to open a new chapter in his troubled presidency.
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    The Father of Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb on ‘Western Hypocrisy’

    Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, widely considered the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, has kept a low profile since his unprecedented 2004 television address accepting sole responsibility for providing nuclear know-how to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. NEWSWEEK PAKISTAN's Fasih Ahmed recently conducted an interview with the nuclear scientist hailed as a hero inside his own country and a threat to global security outside it.
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    Latin American Democracies Lash Out at the Press

    Even though Latin America is more democratic than ever, governments across the region have lashed out this summer at unfriendly reporters by imposing restrictive (and sometimes unconstitutional) bans on the free press.
  • Decision in WikiLeaks Sex Probe Might Come Wednesday

    A senior Swedish prosecutor is expected to announce Wednesday whether she believes there is sufficient evidence to continue to pursue a sex-related investigation of Julian Assange, the Australian frontman for the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks.
  • Questions Remain in Suspicious-Baggage Inquiry of Men Arrested in Holland

    U.S. authorities are still not sure what the bottom line is in an investigation that led to the detention in the Netherlands on Monday of two Yemeni men who were trying to fly from the U.S. to their homeland. American officials said evidence is accumulating that the men did not know each other before they were arrested by Dutch authorities.
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    Why Tony Blair's Memoir Can't Rescue His Image

    Tony Blair hoped his apologia would rehabilitate his image, which has suffered amid various embarrassing revelations since he left office. Too bad his former aides published their books first.
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    Sudan Poised Between Peace and Civil War

    Sudan, for so long the focus of the world's humanitarian attention, is back in the news. Deaths continue to rise, the country is splitting in two, and foreign workers are kidnapped with alarming regularity. It remains to be seen whether the nation can survive these latest challenges.