Thanks to a number of red-hot economies, led by Brazil, and successful crackdowns against crime in places like Colombia and Peru, South America has become the new hotspot for developers of high-end designer boutiques, resorts, and villas.
As a director, Feng has become a strong draw on his own—an anomaly in Chinese entertainment, where movie stars usually make or break a film. Since his 1994 debut film, “Gone Forever With My Love”, he has made a dozen movies, each one shattering a record in China.
Deng Xiaoping’s oft-repeated aphorism for the Chinese Communist Party is to “seek truth from facts.” As the recently released second-quarter GDP growth figure of 10.3 percent reminds us, this is difficult to do when it comes to the Middle Kingdom.
In June, the North Korean soccer team dropped out of the World Cup without a point after conceding 12 goals in three games. Since the players returned home, they have been publicly shamed, according to reports. The manager has been forced to become a construction worker, and there are fears for his safety.
We may not precisely know the scale of the illicit trafficking in fissile materials, but we do know that rogue salesmen are peddling nuclear technology on the black market. The enterprising father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb, A. Q. Khan, hawked his wares for years before my group at the CIA caught him red-handed and put him out of business for selling a nuclear bomb to Libya in late 2003.
The U.S. military has already accused WikiLeaks of having "the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family" on its hands after leaking 92,000 classified documents. The Taliban has now confirmed it is poring through the documents, and intends to hunt down and punish any suspected spies named.
Earlier this week it emerged that prison officials in northern Mexico had allegedly let drug-gang assassins out repeatedly—and supplied them with weapons and trucks—to massacre 35 people. Now journalists covering the story have been kidnapped.
In light of the botched Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla and the continuing rule of Gaza by Hamas, it might seem as though the situation in the Middle East is as hopeless as ever. It’s actually worse, says David Gardner: if the world—especially the Arab nations and the major Western powers—doesn’t address several major problems now, a new dark age could last for generations.
American troops might have had a real shot at winning hearts and minds if they’d just been able to deliver the basic service in Iraq and Afghanistan: electricity. Instead, they furnished an object lesson in superpower incompetence.
Earlier this month, Iranian human-rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei helped draw the world's attention to his client, a woman who faced imminent stoning for adultery. Now, according to human-rights activists, he is in hiding himself for fear of retribution.
For residents of Rome, the sight of courting priests is hardly an anomaly. But a recent exposÈ is rocking the Catholic Church, which victims’ advocates say has responded with more urgency to the rumor of gay priests than to the history of child sex abuse.
Researchers confronting the giant heap of 92,000 documents from Afghanistan just dumped by WikiLeaks may think they will reveal something about the U.S. military's actions. But the preliminary answer is that there is less to the documents than meets the eye.
While the world has begun picking through the 90,000 classified reports on U.S. military activity in Afghanistan obtained and released by freedom of information website Wikileaks, Declassified has learned that tens of thousands of additional U.S. government documents—including military reports relating to the Iraq War and State Department diplomatic cables—may surface in forthcoming document dumps.
Staffers at a Mexican prison are accused of releasing inmates and giving them high-powered assault rifles and official vehicles so they can work as hit squads for drug cartels, and massacre rivals and civilians.
The mothers of two American hikers jailed in Iran’s Evin Prison visited London to petition the Islamic Republic’s ambassador there. Instead, they got an emotional conversation with NEWSWEEK’s Tehran expert—himself a former prisoner in Evin.
Australia has long been a leading indicator for what is to come in U.S. politics. Its former prime minister John Howard, a staunch conservative who would later enthusiastically back the Iraq War, was elected five years before George W. Bush entered the White House. Then their electorates soured on them and veered left.
Once the province of a few fringe players operating on the margins of Washington, lobbying for foreign countries has become big business for the most prestigious firms in D.C. According to data from the Department of Justice, the number of registrants—forms submitted by people registered to represent foreign countries—grew from about 1,800 in the first half of 2005 to 1,900 in the first half of 2009, the most recent data available.
From Pyongyang to Khartoum, rogue regimes can usually find friends in Beijing—naturally. China is no democracy, so why would it worry about human rights where it can sell arms or drill for oil? This week, however, it’s not China but proudly democratic India that’s rolling out the red carpet for one of the planet’s most repressive dictators.
The Afghan Taliban’s three operational chiefs have gone deep underground, senior insurgent officials tell NEWSWEEK, and meetings of the leadership have been canceled until further notice. The three—former Taliban civil-aviation minister Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, former Taliban provincial governor Mullah Mohammad Hasan Rahmani, and military commander and former Guantánamo inmate Abdul Qayum Zakir—had operated with impunity from their rear bases inside Pakistan for years until the arrest near Karachi in February of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s director of day-to-day actions at the time.
Sixteen years after genocide, Rwanda is a relatively peaceful place. But recent events have raised doubts as to whether stability is coming at the expense of basic freedoms. Earlier this year, Rwanda suspended two newspapers critical of President Paul Kagame and arrested a presidential candidate, all in the name of a law preventing “genocide ideology.”
Hugo Chávez clearly knows he’s in trouble. When evidence was presented to the Organization of American States last week that his country is harboring hundreds of Colombian guerrillas, the Venezuelan president reacted with televised belligerence, breaking off diplomatic relations with Bogotá “out of dignity” while calling Colombia’s outgoing president, Álvaro Uribe, a “madman” and a “mafia boss,” as well as accusing him of fabricating the photos and videos in order to start a war.