Clinton on King: What Cost?

Will Clinton's Martin Luther King comment cost her black support in the South Carolina primary? A veteran of the civil rights movement weighs in.

Daoud Hari: A Guide Through the Valley of Death

Explorers, journalists and adventurers going to Africa have long relied on local guides for advice and protection. Richard Burton, the intrepid Victorian-era explorer, employed a man he dubbed "the End of Time" when he made his way across the wastes of Somaliland in 1854. The End of Time was prone to reciting foreboding verse. "Man is but a handful of dust," he told Burton when they came across the fresh tracks of hostile clansmen. "And life is a violent storm." Such guides are among the most...

Q&A: Iraq's Ambassador to U.S.

Iraq's ambassador to the United States backs the Petraeus plan, calls for Iran to 'stop interfering' in his country's affairs—and expects a continued American presence there for a long time to come.

Capital Sources: Anatomy of a Nuclear Sting

Gregory Kutz and his colleagues wanted to order enough radioactive material to make a dirty bomb. So they set up bogus companies and applied for separate licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state of Maryland. They didn't succeed with Maryland, but they got a license from the NRC in less than a month. Then Kutz and his associates doctored the license to increase the amount of radioactive material they could buy, and began placing orders for nuclear moisture-density machines,...

United Nations: A New Way to Fight Famine?

Famines generally follow a grim script: first the rains fail, then aid agencies issue dire warnings, and finally the United Nations scrambles to raise money and send food aid as journalists write stories of horror and tragedy. In the worst cases, real alarms don't go off until the starving appear on television screens. Even when peasants are spared death, they often lose everything they own—including animals and seeds.Does it have to unfold like this? The World Food Programme is trying a...

The Taliban'S 'Bloody Spring'

Turmoil in Iraq gets most of the headlines these days. But in Afghanistan, where the Bush administration began its war on terror in October 2001, the trend lines are not good, either. The number of suicide attacks and roadside bombs is soaring, and the once-dormant Taliban is resurgent. Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said T. Jawad, worries that Iraq has diverted key resources away from his country. But in an interview with NEWSWEEK's Washington bureau chief, Jeffrey Bartholet,...

Worrisome Signs

Political pressure and sober intelligence analysis don't mix well. Paul R. Pillar, who served as the CIA's National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, took that as a clear lesson from the Iraq war. So when a House intelligence committee issued a sharply worded report on Iran last week, Pillar had concerns. Authors of the study—"Recognizing Iran as a Strategic Threat: An Intelligence Challenge for the United States"—chastised U.S. spy agencies for "major...

Fighting in the Shadows

Mogadishu is a place most Americans would rather forget. During the 1990s, the "Black Hawk Down" debacle symbolized the dangers of dabbling in far-off lands we don't understand. TV images of a half-stripped GI being dragged through the dust by gleeful Somalis--he was one of 18 U.S. Army Rangers killed in a botched effort to arrest a warlord--became an emblem of American vulnerability. But Mogadishu, it seems, won't be forgotten. Somalia is erupting in violence again. And with little warning,...

Death of a Peacemaker

My friend Yahya was asleep at home with his wife when several heavily armed vehicles rolled to a stop outside his house around 2 a.m. last Monday. It was raining in Mogadishu, and the patter of droplets obscured the sounds of the night. A group of roughly 10 assassins, wearing masks or scarves around their faces, used a ladder to scale the back wall of Yahya's compound. To find their way in the dark, they had flashlights tied to the barrels of their Kalashnikovs. Yahya's guards, some of them...

Photo Ops

James Nachtwey has been described--by a fellow photographer--as the Angel of Death. If you see Nachtwey in a ravaged land, and people are not dying in front of his lens, they soon will be. Amongst the dirt and blood and shell casings, he prowls with unreal grace. His hair is well groomed, his attire just so. As he steps gingerly around the rubble, you could be forgiven for wondering if he got lost on his way to a Paris soiree. It's not surprising, then, that Nachtwey's photos benefit from a...

Kashmir's Psychic Toll

Zohur Ahmed Dar had no reason to fear when he went to his neighborhood mosque one night late last year. But after an evening of prayer and ritual to celebrate the day the prophet Mohammed received revelations from God, Dar never made it back home.Riding his motor scooter through the dark streets of Srinagar--the summer capital of the disputed, Indian-ruled region of Kashmir--Dar was attacked by "unidentified gunmen" wearing masks. They shot Dar in the back and left him for dead. Taken to...

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