Pakistani Law and Disorder

Pakistan and its problems remain at the center of world attention. Leading Pakistani human-rights lawyer Asma Jahangir talks about the chances for change in her fractious homeland.

Class Origins Predict French Integration Success

With financial hard times whipping up anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has bowed to the angry wind by launching a national debate on what it means to be French. The touchstone of this discussion remains the widespread rioting of 2005, which seemed to prove that France is a land of increasingly marginalized and restive migrants. Into the center of this fray comes a new book, which shows that integration à la française works better than most French...

A Q&A With Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

The recent intensification of protests in Iran has been met with more arrests. Among those detained: the sister of Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize–winning human-rights lawyer. NEWSWEEK's Anita Kirpalani spoke by telephone with Ebadi, in exile in the U.K. since June 2009, about her perspective on the green revolution. Excerpts: Why did the government arrest your sister?My sister is not engaged in any political activity. She is a dentist and a professor. The Ministry of...

Learning How to Cook With the Pros

Neophyte cooks who are not quite ready to open up their homes to strangers can enlist plenty of help from the professionals. Across Europe, enthusiastic amateur cooks are booking all manner of classes at high-end restaurants and culinary institutes. At L'atelier des Chefs, which offers workshops in major French cities as well as in London and Dubai, busy executives can take 30--minute courses during their lunch breaks to learn how to make fresh mushroom and parmigiano risotto or roasted salmon...

"Eden Is West" Is A Soft Farce On Europe's Fears

Chief among Europe's subliminal fears these days is invasion by waves of illegal immigrants. This neurosis forms the heart of "Eden Is West," a new film by Greek director Constantin Costa-Gavras that opened the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival last week. The film's hero is Elias (Riccardo Scarmacio), who crosses the Aegean Sea in a cargo ship full of migrants. They've all been promised the Eden of Europe, and Elias's goal is to get to Paris, a supposed paradise of prosperity and...

Paper Fit for the Fanciest Fountain Pens

A fountain pen is only as good as the paper it's used on. Bleeding ink, floating stains and seepage through the page are just a few of the hazards that can befall even the most luxurious writing instrument. Fortunately, there are a number of companies dedicated to supplying a platform worthy of the pen. The London stationer Smythson, established in 1887, holds royal warrants for the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Its Nile-blue "featherweight paper", copyrighted in 1916,...