Jerry Guo

Dining the Nordic Way

My first encounter with Nordic cuisine was in Iceland, where over the course of a wintry week two years ago, I tried whale, reindeer, and hákarl, shark meat that is left to rot in the ground for two months and dried for a few more. (The recommended chaser? A Brennivín schnapps, lovingly called the "black death.")

'Torture Is Forbidden' in Iran, Says Larijani

Iran is routinely lambasted for its use of torture, summary executions, and midnight raids to quell the political opposition. One of the regime's stalwart defenders is Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of the judiciary's human-rights council. He is part of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's inner circle and one third of Iran's most powerful family: his brothers run the judiciary and legislature. He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jerry Guo in New York about why Iran is misunderstood. Excerpts:

New York's Top Hotels, More Luxurious Than Ever

Every street corner in New York these days, it seems, has a dry cleaner, pizza joint, dive bar, and neighborhood designer hotel. New York has hundreds of hotels, including at least 50 luxury properties. So why, over the past year, has the city suddenly given rise to a slew of new high-end designer properties? After all, this is where the global financial crisis started.

Richard Branson Talks Investing in Africa

Billionaire Richard Branson, an extreme-sports fanatic, is taking another big risk—this time with his latest venture, Enterprise Zimbabwe. The nonprofit seeks to encourage the return of investment to Zimbabwe, which is reeling from the disastrous political strife and record hyperinflation of 2008. He recently sat down with NEWSWEEK's Jerry Guo in New York to discuss Africa's potential. Excerpts:

Thailand's Finance Minister Talks Recovery

Korn Chatikavanij, Thailand's finance minister, is a quintessential policy wonk who managed to steer his country to a quick economic recovery, in large part due to a $30 billion stimulus package he devised. The Oxford-educated former investment banker spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jerry Guo about the country's tumultuous politics and its economic potential.

Luxurious Hunting in South America

On a recent weekend hunting retreat, I managed to do practically everything but hunt. I ate two barbecues in the field, where I was offered at least seven different varieties of meat; enjoyed four-course dinners served by waiters in suits; and contemplated getting a massage before deciding my time was better spent on the free, high-speed Wi-Fi watching YouTube videos of other people hunting.

Chinua Achebe on Nigeria's Future

Although best known for his 1958 masterpiece, "Things Fall Apart," about a simple yam farmer in tribal Nigeria, novelist Chinua Achebe is still writing about Africa a full half century later. The 79-year-old author and social critic spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jerry Guo about recent developments in his home country and politics on the continent.

Upscale Yoga Retreats

The upselling of what is essentially a $20 session at the studio into a high-end experience is slick. Posh resorts argue that their particular combination of location, service, and amenities will somehow elevate the yoga to a near-nirvana level.

The Dalai Lama on Conditions in Tibet

Since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, the region has been sealed off to Western journalists, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to assess conditions there. Last week, at his Himalayan residence in McLeod Ganj, India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with NEWSWEEK's Jerry Guo to discuss what's happening on the ground in Tibet, Chinese policy, and the Tibetan movement. Excerpts: