Ravi Somaiya

Do Celebrities Help or Hinder When They Hijack Serious Issues?

This week former Fugees musician Wyclef Jean declared he would run for the presidency in Haiti, and supermodel Naomi Campbell testified at a war-crimes trial in The Hague. Last month Lindsay Lohan found herself in the middle of a story about the imminent stoning of an Iranian woman. So is it a good thing when celebrities wander into the middle of serious issues?

Wyclef's Uphill Battle

The former Fugee touts programs put forward by Bill Clinton in the aftermath of the quake. But the Port-au-Prince–born singer, who is running on the Viv Ansanm party ticket, has an uphill battle to prove to Haiti and the world that he can make the transition from musician to national leader.

The Trouble With Tigers

There are 3,000 tigers left in the wild. But there are more than 7,000 in America. Most are not in established zoos -- they're kept as pets, or mascots, even enforcers for drug dealers. NEWSWEEK looks at America's obsession with one of the world's deadliest predators.

The Road to Deepwater Horizon

Company insiders, past and present, say the Deepwater Horizon disaster was not a mystery. They describe a risk-taking culture spanning decades where profits come before safety, and whistle-blowers are intimidated, pressured out, or fired. And though Hayward had promised to make the company safer when he became CEO in 2007, the pressure to cut costs has only intensified under his leadership as the oil company struggled to please shareholders.

Who Is Al-Shabab?

Al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group from Somalia, claimed responsibility for a spate of bombings Sunday across the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that killed scores of people. But who is this group? And does it have influence in the U.S.?

Is Al Qaeda Now Just a Brand?

Three men arrested on terror charges in Norway today, after a year long investigation, were described as having "links to people abroad who can be linked to Al Qaeda." Indeed, the Bin Laden brand is still often attached to Islamic terrorists and wannabes. But what, in a new era for Islamic terror, does it mean?