Wim Duisenberg, head of the European Central Bank, and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi may be more than 5,000 miles apart as the crow flies. But in the race for a dubious distinction, "Minister for the Destruction of the World Economy," they're neck and neck.Alan Greenspan has cut U.S. interest rates six times since January.
For as long as there have been computer networks, there have been hackers ready to break into them and cause trouble. So it is surprising that the biggest story to emerge from this year's Def Con hackers' convention (yes, even hackers have conventions) is that members of one of the most notorious hack collectives are doing something constructive.
Beijing's bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics was a success, but the world won't stop watching now. Especially if China keeps its pledge to "give the media complete freedom"--just one of the many promises China will have to keep to stay squeaky clean.From now on, no crushing the Falun Gong or Tibetan "opposition." And no invasions of Taiwan.
When International Olympic Committee delegates convene in Moscow next week, they face two huge decisions: whether to entrust the 2008 Games to Beijing, and even more critical, who should succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch as the IOC's president.Since the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, the IOC has pushed hard for reforms.
Television often hits politicians where it hurts. And President Fernando de la Rua of Argentina is no exception. Twice a week, a presidential impersonator stars in "Big Brother-in-Law," Argentina's TV spoof of the global reality hit "Big Brother." But now the president's men have devised a plan to make TV their friend--and to prove their boss isn't doing such a bad job.
On China's version of "Survivor," airing in July, contestants will battle high altitudes and fatigue in Shangri-La. (Yes, the Chinese claim to have found the tiny Himalayan valley near the border of the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan.) If other versions of the show are any guide, the lives of China's survivors will be changed forever.
Japan's prime minister Junichiro Koizumi is making all the right moves. He's soaring in the polls--his latest disapproval rate was only 6 percent. (Take that, Yoshiro Mori, Koizumi's predecessor, disapproved by 66 percent just last year.) More than a million Japanese citizens have subscribed to Koizumi's weekly e-mail newsletter.
Tony Blair brought "babes" to his last election--the 101 women M.P.s elected to Parliament in Labour's landslide victory. But this year they just haven't been as prominent. "Whatever happened to the women in this campaign?" wrote one columnist last week, echoing a national question.Has the Labour Party let its women down in 2001?