HOW TO HELP THE VICTIMS

Even as the tsunami death toll rises, worries are growing about the spread of disease. Its easy to send help with a few clicks of the mouse. Here are some of the organizations rushing aid to survivors:UNICEF: U.N. agency dedicated to the health and protection of children around the world. 800-4UNICEF or unicef.orgDOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Relief group that provides medical aid. 888-392-0392 or doctorswithoutborders.orgOXFAM: Aid organization that responds to crises and combats global poverty;...

Outpouring

The Christmas tsunami killed tens of thousands of people in twelve countries in the space of only a few minutes. Now, aid groups are harnessing the Internet to raise millions of dollars at an unprecedented pace of their own.Tens of millions of dollars has been raised online in just three days, aid groups say. "We're stunned by the level of compassion and response. This is an absolutely unprecedented outpouring online," says Tim Ledwith, director of interactive donor communications for the U.S....

FAST CHAT: AMBER MCCLENNY

McClenny, 21,made headlines in October when she and 22 other members of 343rd Quartermaster Company stationed in Iraq refused to carry out a mission with unarmored vehicles. The soldiers were threatened with charges of mutiny, and held under armed guard while investigated. McClenny spoke to Eve Conant by telephone from her base in Tallil, Iraq.How did your unit get to the point where you simply said 'no' to a direct order? We didn't have any armor on our vehicles. We were exhausted. They wanted...

OUR MAN IN LIBYA?

Saif Kaddafi insists he's not in line to run Libya. But no one is better positioned than the second son of Muammar Kaddafi. The London School of Economics student is fluent in English, speaks French and German, and is leading Libya's effort to charm the West. His highest official post is chief of the Kaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations. "They claim this is an NGO, but not by our standards," says a Western diplomat in Tripoli. "It may as well be a ministry." Saif, 32, is...

ARSON: SIFTING ASHES

When 12 Maryland dream homes burned to the ground and dozens more smoldered in an eight-hour blaze, the first thought on most people's minds was ecoterrorism. The luxury homes, uninhabited but worth roughly half a million each, encroached on one of the nation's last undisturbed magnolia tree bogs. Then another possible motive surfaced. Many of the homes had been purchased by African-Americans, and there were sightings of racist graffiti. "But it's our investigators who spray paint the homes as...

'We're On the Right Track'

Major-General Ray Odierno was commander of the 4th Infantry Division, whose soldiers captured Saddam Hussein in a "spider hole" just outside of Tikrit a year ago. Major-General Odierno, now assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to NEWSWEEK's Eve Conant about the Iraqi insurgency, the shortage of armor for U.S. vehicles and why Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will be harder to catch than Saddam.NEWSWEEK: What did it feel like when you knew your guys had snagged...

VACCINES: PETUNIA POWER

Your mother (we hope) told you to eat your vegetables, but someday soon security moms may be nagging their little ones to eat their petunias. That's the hope, at least, of Philadelphia-based INB Biotechnologies, which has been experimenting with petunias to develop a nontoxic anthrax vaccine. In conjunction with the Navy and pending FDA approval, it will test the vaccine on 30 Navy volunteers next June. The rush to study plant-based vaccines, which are cheaper and could also be used in Third...

PERISCOPE

Israel: Yea or Nay on Gaza?Why does Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fear a referendum on his controversial Gaza plan? With his move to evacuate thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip next year sparking talk of a civil war in Israel, some of Sharon's deputies are pushing for a nationwide vote that would give the withdrawal more legitimacy than the parliamentary vote scheduled for Oct. 26, which Sharon is expected to win. Proponents of the referendum--most vocally Finance Minister...

It's Not Just Iraq

In 2004, foreign policy--not domestic economic issues--have been front and center in the presidential campaign, more so than at anytime since the Vietnam war. But both Bush and Kerry have devoted most of their energies to the Iraq debate, only sporadically mentioning other key global concerns. Sifting through the fragmentary evidence, here's a scorecard on how a second Bush administration and a Kerry administration would differ--or not--in dealing with a broad range of foreign policy...

LIBYA: AN UNTAPPED OIL OASIS

With oil prices hitting a record $50 a barrel last week--and with continued violence in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq--Libya is being hailed as an El Dorado for war-weary U.S. oil majors. "Libya is booming," says ChevronTexaco's Julian Singer in North Africa. "It's one of the safest countries in the region right now." President George W. Bush has lifted a raft of sanctions on the former pariah state, paving the way for U.S. companies to negotiate access to Libya's 36 billion barrels of proven...

What Putin Should Do

It was my seventh year of living in Moscow, the summer of 2002, and I was walking through a busy downtown street after having returned from a recent visit with some reporter friends in Jerusalem. In Israel I was careful to avoid cafes, and I remember feeling nervous when a bus pulled up too close to me. Suicide bombings there were at their peak, and a simple walk could turn into an exercise of paranoia.Moscow, in contrast, felt as safe as it ever was. Sure, there were murders and crime, as in...

THE BERG CASE: 'I HAVE A ROCK IN MY STOMACH'

Questions surround the final weeks of Nicholas Berg, the 26-year-old American beheaded in Iraq last May. Now his father, Michael Berg, is banging on doors in D.C. to research the circumstances of his son's detention in an Iraqi jail prior to his abduction. U.S. military officials have said Berg was detained by Iraqi police for 13 days before being offered a safe trip out of Iraq, which he declined. But Rep. Jim Gerlach tells NEWSWEEK that even if Iraqi police had physical custody of Berg, the...

CIA LEAK PROBE: POWELL'S GRAND-JURY APPEARANCE

Secretary of State Colin Powell recently testified before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of CIA covert officer Valerie Plame, NEWSWEEK has learned. Powell's appearance on July 16 is the latest sign the probe being conducted by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is highly active and broader than has been publicly known. Sources close to the case say prosecutors were interested in discussions Powell had while with President George W. Bush on a trip to Africa in July 2003,...

Open For Business

They call it the "Berlin Wall." It's a plain, six-foot-high concrete barrier that bisects an unnamed village outside the Iranian city of Bushehr. On one side, about 1,500 Iranians live under Sharia--they lead quiet, spartan lives of work and prayer at the local mosque, with men and women strictly segregated. A few feet away on the other side of the wall, a rollicking population of 800 or so Russians and Ukrainians swill homemade moonshine and carouse late into the night. Yet every morning, the...

In Search Of Noah's Ark

Ten thousand years ago, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake in the middle of a vast, low-lying basin. Its fertile valleys and lush pastures would have given Neolithic hunter-gatherers a perfect opportunity to make the leap to a more settled, agricultural society. But then disaster struck. About 7,500 years ago the ice age ended, the world's climate warmed and the seas rose. The Aegean Sea breached a narrow strip of land, where the Strait of Bosporus is today, like a dam bursting. Seawater...

Ghosts Of The Heartland

The village of Nikolskoye isn't easy to find. Its nearest neighbors will tell you to turn right at the forest edge, follow the trees that ring a large field and hope for the best. If you do find the village, you'll see about two dozen houses, a pond and perhaps one of the three remaining villagers. One of them is Nadia Shipitsina, 63, who survives on a pension and guides visitors past abandoned houses of friends who have moved away. "That was Raya's house," she says, pointing to a boarded-up...

Let The Jury Decide

Nikolai Dulepov claims self-defense. "He was strangling me," whispers the 23-year-old, on trial for double murder. That's why he stabbed his friend Yevgenny four times in the back one drunken night last summer, he says. Skinny, with a buzz cut and wearing a dark blue tracksuit, Dulepov is defending himself from inside the "monkey's cage," a barred holding pen that is a typical feature of any Russian courtroom. Then he tells how he also killed Yevgenny's girlfriend when his knife "accidentally...

Moscow In The Money

He needs no further introduction in Moscow, but Europe's richest man under 40 still likes to advertise. Green-hued billboards marking the 10-year anniversary of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil giant, Yukos, crop up every few hundred meters on Moscow's busiest roads. The latest shows a sparkling gas pump pouring fuel into a symbol of Russian national pride: a space rocket in midlaunch, spitting fire. The message: riding an oil boom, Russia is regaining its lost status as a world player.Moscow has...

'It's All Political'

After more than two years of self-imposed exile in London, Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky was finally arrested by British police last week. Berezovsky faces extradition to Russia on charges that between 1994 and 1995 he and a colleague defrauded a Russian regional administration of 60 billion rubles, roughly $15 million dollars at the time.Berezovsky was an influential member of the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle, and one of the country's most powerful and...

Taxes: Don't Even Think Of It

Thinking about cheating on your taxes? If you're a Russian citizen, you may get a house visit from the tax police. The new "Instruction No. 525" allows police to contact colleagues and family members of any individual they believe may be planning to commit a crime, and ask them to talk their loved ones out of it. And just how will they read the mind of the secretive plotter? See "Instruction No. 426," which allows the tax police to use lie detectors on suspected evaders. A suspect would have to...

They're In The Army Now

The boys asleep in their bunks could be any young teens at summer camp. But this is no vacation spot. At precisely 6:00 a.m., a Russian army officer storms in and barks out a wake-up call. Within minutes the boys have made their beds, pulled on their uniforms and prepared for morning exercises on the military base of the Kineshma Chemical and Radiation Defense Regiment.The Russian Army--like most militaries around the world--doesn't exactly have a reputation for altruism. Indeed, it's better...

Back To The Future

A decade ago, after the Soviet collapse, Russia rushed to liberate itself from the namesakes of fallen idols. Leningrad became St. Petersburg, Gorky became Nizhny Novgorod. But today, in the river city of Volgograd, scene of one of the most momentous battles of World War II, the winds of change seem to be blowing the opposite way. "Volgograd? This is Stalingrad," says activist Zinaida Chistyakova. "We want our name back."Commentators have noted the signs of a symbolic Soviet renaissance across...

The Chess Goddess

Inside the crumbling rooms of Moscow's Central House of Chess, dozens of top players and fans watch in rapt attention as a match unfolds at lightning speed. On one side of the board sits an elderly Russian man, sporting thick glasses and a concentrated grimace. On the other: Aleksandra Kosteniuk, a ravishing, dark-haired 18-year-old wearing a tight black blouse and sleek, flowing pants. Her ponytail swishes back and forth as she slams the timer every few seconds. Kosteniuk's typically...

Blood-Sucking Bandages

Yuri Fedosov is in terrible pain. Doctors have removed the splinter from his iris, but the swelling hasn't subsided. Inside Moscow's Central Ophthalmology Hospital, nurse Lydia Karikh has the cure. Reaching with a pair of tongs into a glass jar, she removes two greenish-black leeches, puts them into a vial and presses it against Fedosov's right temple. Instantly the worms slither toward his skin, latch on and begin to suck greedily. "This is a bit weird," says Fedosov, as the leeches swell with...

More Questions Than Answers

Ask Alexander Shabalov for details about the pre-dawn raid to save hundreds of hostages in a besieged Moscow theater on Oct. 26, and his swarthy face becomes set in anger, he smokes a few more cigarettes and his hands begin to shake. "Almost every single hostage was still alive when we came into the theater," says Shabalov, head of Moscow's quasi-governmental Rescue Services. It was only after they were freed, he says, that the dying began.Shabalov, a 44-year-old former paratrooper and KGB man,...

Soviet Chic: Loving The Commie Look

What do you design for people who are obsessed with everything new? Denis Simachev says the answer is simple: give them something familiar. The appeal of Soviet kitsch first caught on in Moscow a few years ago; billboards used Soviet propaganda posters to advertise rock-music stations, and Soviet-themed restaurants began popping up. But designer Simachev, 28, is the first to bring the Soviet look back to personal fashion. "It's not that I want the Soviet Union back," says Simachev, who was 11...

Moscow Gets Fashionable

Inside Victoria Andreyanova's Moscow boutique, the decor as well as the best-selling clothes are spartan and understated. Amid soft lighting, a Sinead O'Connor disc spins on a chrome CD player. Andreyanova meets her clients in the boutique's sleek underground cafe, where she shows them her tailored blazers and skirts, made mainly of Scottish tweed. The 40-year-old designer wears only the lightest of makeup, her hair cut in a simple blond bob. In a scene that would have been unimaginable a few...

Looking For Answers

The staff of the weekly Versiya had a scoop. They'd spent 10 days frantically reporting one of the biggest stories any of them could remember--the siege of the Moscow theater that ended in a dramatic assault by Russian Special Forces and the use of a knockout gas that killed more than 100 civilians. What they were publishing amounted to a sum of damning allegations: eyewitness accounts of dead and half-dead hostages piled on top of one another, charges that none of the victims received timely...

The Dead And The Silent

The staff of the weekly Versiya had a scoop. They'd spent 10 days frantically reporting one of the biggest stories any of them could remember--the siege of a Moscow theater that ended in a dramatic assault by Russian Special Forces and the use of a knockout gas that killed more than 100 civilians. And what they were publishing amounted to a damning expose: eyewitness accounts of dead and half-dead hostages piled on top of one another, charges that none of the victims received timely medical...

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