Five presidents in two weeks. Can the latest, Eduardo Duhalde, save Argentina from further collapse? Duhalde launched his rescue effort last Friday by declaring a devaluation of the peso, tentatively setting up a dual exchange system that floats the peso against the dollar for domestic transactions but pegs it for foreign trade.
So much for the Wild, Wild West of the East. A wave of government-imposed morality has swept through Bangkok since last summer, when Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra launched a campaign against "social evils." Go-go bars, street beer stalls and upscale pubs alike were forced to shut their doors by 2 a.m.--just when tourists and expats in the Thai capital usually shift into high gear.
The "Naked Cowboy" actually wears cowboy boots and briefs--but he still stops traffic in New York's Times Square. Aspiring country singer, bodybuilder and patriot John Robert Burck performs his brand of artistry in the flesh (standing around nearly naked with a guitar) every day, and was on a 100-day streak of Big Apple appearances--at least, until September 11.
In 1995, while preparing his trial defense for Timothy McVeigh, lead counsel Stephen Jones tried to come up with alternative suspects. Osama bin Laden was one, prompting Jones to joke, "Just imagine how difficult it would be for us if the government went after him."It could happen, if U.S. forces manage to locate him and bring him back alive for criminal prosecution.
As if Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri didn't have enough problems. While she was out of the country last month trying to entice wary foreign investors, militant Muslims at home threatened to storm the U.S. Embassy and American economic interests and expel American citizens.
We knew things were bad before Sept. 11--and worse after. The latest U.S. figures for last month showed the sharpest drop in consumer confidence in a decade; in addition, shipments of capital goods sank to the lowest level in 25 years, a dismal decline--or make that "horrendous," as Morgan Stanley economist Stephen Roach put it.
Want to flesh out your resume? A job at Rotterdam-based telemarketer Telesales may be just the thing. "Always Wanted to Work in the Nude?" it recently advertised, trying to lure hard-to-find staff. "In an office job like a call center," the Dutch company explains, "it doesn't matter what you're wearing because customers don't see you." This select team will operate under the name Au Nature Telesales.