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  • Sleepwalking To Sanctions, Again

    If the purpose of sanctions is to bring about a better system for a country, devastating its society is a strange path to the new order.
  • Iraq: With U.S. Help, Warlords Gain New Power

    Kanan Al-Sadid was not yet 10 years old on the afternoon that his father opened the trunk of the family car and Saddam Hussein popped out. It was the early 1960s, and the future dictator was hiding out from the Iraqi authorities, who accused him of plotting to assassinate the country's then strongman, Gen. Abdul Karim Qassim. Kanan's uncle was a member of Saddam's revolutionary Baath Party clique; when the conspirators needed to lie low, they would disappear to the Sadid family estate near the Syrian border. Once, when Syrian soldiers came looking for the men, Saddam and the boy's father ducked into a linen closet. Another time, as the family Volkswagen approached an Iraqi Army checkpoint, Saddam ordered all the children in the car to blow on the windows, steaming them up to conceal the fugitives. While visiting a family home in Baghdad one afternoon, Kanan's father told his sons to get into the car; they were going to a park to play. But after driving around for a while, the car...
  • Mail Call: An Unequal Society

    Our Aug. 6 report on the "new" U.A.E. left readers dissatisfied. "Success in business isn't enough to create a great nation," wrote one. Another said, "Unfairness, injustice and anger are being grown there." ...
  • Correspondents' Picks: Malta

    NEWSWEEK's Barbie Nadeau reviews her favorite sites, beaches and nightlife in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
  • Emerging Blue Chips: The Top 10

    Antoine van Agtmael, who coined the term "emerging markets," chooses the 10 new multinational companies he thinks shine the brightest.
  • U.N. Reports: Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is Flawed

    Two stark U.N. reports found severe mismanagement problems in a tribunal set up to try former members of the Khmer Rouge, which murdered over 1 million Cambodians in the late 1970s.
  • Inside Italy's Ban on Squeegee People

    The plan was to rid Italy's streets of squeegee people and panhandlers. What went wrong—and what it says about the country's attitude toward the nomads known as Roma.
  • World News Still Creeps into Burma

    The Burmese junta has been able to squelch much of the news and images flowing out of the country, but activists say news from the outside world is still getting in.
  • Burma: Why Sanctions Won't Work

    World leaders may be condemning the junta's crackdown, but foreign businesses don't want to lose their pieces of Burma's energy pie. Why the latest sanctions are unlikely to work.
  • Robotics: Feeling Good

    Robots can assemble cars, serve meals and defuse bombs, but they also tend to be clumsy. Move a salt shaker even slightly just before a robot tries to pick it up, and the machine could very well knock it over instead. Intel, the semiconductor maker, says it has an answer: "pre-touch" sensing. Researchers at the firm's Seattle labs built a robot hand with sensors that detect minute changes in an electric field, which occurs when an object is nearby. The robot's computer brain uses these data to figure out the size, shape and motion of the object. This preview gives the robot time to make the last-second adjustments that are often needed in real-life situations, when objects don't always stay in one place. "Our hope is that robots will be able to pick things up in many more situations than they can now," says Intel researcher Josh Smith. Pass the salt, please.
  • Must Haves for a Fabulous Fall

    It's time to hit the stores in search of those few items that will help you look hot as the weather cools. THE GOOD LIFE asked Faran Krentcil, editor of fashionista .com, what to buy: ...
  • High-End Hybrids

    If luxury hybrid sounds like an oxymoron, you haven't seen the latest models. Both Audi and Mercedes-Benz plan to launch models for the 2008 season: Audi will start production of an SUV with a solar-panel sunroof and Mercedes-Benz will introduce a "mild hybrid" adaptation of its S-class sedan. Concept cars are also in the works for BMW and Acura. They're all trying to compete with Lexus, which for two years has been the only luxury brand with a hybrid line; the LS 600h L ($104,000; lexus.com) promises lower emissions without sacrificing horsepower, as well as creature comforts like a 19-speaker sound system and a sensor to alert drivers of potential collisions. You can also switch into EV (electric vehicle) mode for quiet operation at speeds less than 10mph—perfect for sneaking into the garage late at night.
  • Hot Spot: Giuseppe's Wine Bar, Malta

    In a buffet-heavy country where food is hardly the strong point, this gem, run by local celebrity chef Michael Diacono (Malta's answer to Jamie Oliver), is by far the island's best eatery. ...
  • Four Hours in Dublin

    More than pints and pubs, this historic city hugging the banks of the Liffey is a riotous mix of galleries, shops and restaurants. Shop along bustling Grafton Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with high-end shops. Enjoy performances by the talented street entertainers. Tour the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the history of Ireland's most famous brew. Pour your own pint at the museum's rooftop Source Bar (guinness-storehouse.com). Wander through the Temple Bar Food Market, overflowing with organic meats and produce. Don't miss the stall with fresh oysters and wine by the glass (Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Escape to St. Stephen's Green, an oasis of trees, flower beds and fountains, intersected by walking paths and framed by stately Georgian façades.
  • Charm Bracelets That Really Sparkle

    In ancient times, people wore charms around their wrists to ward off evil spirits. Today they're much more popular as expressions of personality. And forget simple hearts or ballet slippers; the latest charms are tiny and elaborate works of art.For the burgeoning tsarina, Fabergé's new Matrojoschka Collection features a charm bracelet in 18-karat gold with brightly colored, fire-enameled Russian dolls ($3,330). The limited-edition pieces open up to reveal a smaller doll hanging inside—just like the traditional wooden matrushkas (1,000 available at $6,330 each; faberge-jewelry.com).For the romantic at heart, Cinzia Maini has created delicate roses out of woven gold fabric that dangle from a yellow-gold bracelet (cinziamaini.com). Those with a sweet tooth can feast their eyes on Juicy Couture's Just Desserts charms, resembling goodies like chocolate-covered strawberries and banana splits (from $52 each; neimanmarcus.com).For art lovers, Damien Hirst has designed a limited-edition...
  • Ruchir Sharma: The Myth of the Asian Century

    In economic and financial circles, the mere mention of Asia these days typically conjures up images of booming growth, surging consumer spending, rapidly modernizing cities and buzzing entrepreneurial energy. However, the reality is that beyond the sensational growth stories of China and India, many other parts of the continent are struggling to regain lost glory and are under-performing their global peers. The most obvious case of disappointment is Japan. While it's popular to associate China's rise with a decline in U.S. economic power, America's share in the global economy has remained stable this decade at just under 30 percent. Japan's share, on the other hand, has fallen to less than 10 percent from more than 15 percent a decade ago. In statistical terms, China is barely making up for Japan's decline in the growth league tables, with Japanese growth averaging a measly 1 percent this decade compared with the global average of 3.5 percent over the same period. The fundamental...
  • China Learns The Power Play

    In China, history tends to get politicized. Visitors to a Tang-dynasty museum outside Xian, for example, are treated to a carefully controlled message. The Tang era (A.D. 618 to 907) is described as China's golden age, a heyday of elegance and commerce. A plaque in the exhibit states the theme bluntly: "The prosperity of Tang had [a] direct connection with its all-round open policy ... From here, the advanced culture of Tang spread out, and the gems of the outside civilization came in."The moral is unmistakable: China prospers when it reaches out to the world. The idea is dear to the country's current leaders, who have staked their reputations on furthering China's economic rise and smoothing out its rough edges. To that end, Beijing has been vigorously courting countries throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, promoting a "harmonious world" abroad while it pushes for a more equitable "harmonious society" at home.Sounds good, but there's a catch. Being...
  • Last Word: David Miliband

    It was a busy week for David Miliband, Great Britain's youthful new foreign secretary . On Tuesday, the 42-year-old addressed the Labour Party conference, acknowledging the successes and "scars" from 10 years of Labour government and saying that Britain must strengthen its links with the United States and the international community to address the worlds' problems. Europe, he added, should avoid institutional navel gazing and look "to the problems beyond its borders that define insecurity within our borders." Two days later he addressed the U.N. General Assembly, warning that rising inequality is both "morally offensive" and "dangerous" to global stability and prosperity. In a discussion with NEWSWEEK editors, he elaborated on his view that three key issues—inequality, terror and climate change—are threats the world must come to terms with. Excerpts: ...
  • An Emergency In Art

    An exhibit in Singapore reveals the different ways paintings can be used to promote a political cause.

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