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The Obama Veepwatch, Vol. 9: Evan Bayh

In which Stumper examines the Democratic nominee's possible--and not-so-possible--vice-presidential picks. (Previous McCain installments: Bobby Jindal; Mitt Romney; Charlie Crist; Tim Pawlenty; Rob Portman; Joe Lieberman; Tom Ridge.

China for the World

Fareed Zakaria and Kishore Mahbubani got warm reviews for unconventional columns on China's Tibet crackdown. One reader agreed, "Putting public pressure on the Chinese is futile and counterproductive." Another called for the West to recognize China's "deeper integration into world affairs." Responsibility for TerrorismIn "Gone in 11 Minutes Flat" (May 26), William Dobson suggested that the Singapore government's hesitation in disclosing information about the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari...

Mail Call: Tibet and the Torch

Readers of our March 31 report on China's crackdown in Tibet sympathized with Tibetans but not with protests over the Olympics. "You reported the truth about Tibet's sad plight," said one.

A Familiar Drill

It was a familiar drill for 44-year-old Wael Husseini. Just after midnight on Thursday, about 200 Israeli soldiers surrounded his two-story home in Jerusalem's Ram neighborhood, a cluttered district of low-rise residential buildings and dingy storefronts.

A New Kind of Pride

South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun minced no words in his tirade against Japan last week. Angered by Japanese moves to survey a contested range of islets currently occupied by Korea, he blasted Tokyo for essentially reaffirming "Japan's criminal history of waging wars ...


In recent weeks, Washington has been trying to turn up the heat on Iran--by way of Moscow. With President Vladimir Putin eager to impress before hosting this July's G8 summit--one former Kremlin official recently claimed that by attending, Western leaders will "demonstrate their indifference to the fate of freedom and democracy in Russia"--but unwilling to cave, it's turned into something of a chess game.

Letters to the Magazine

Many readers responding to our April 10 cover story said it was important to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. "It's unfair to grant amnesty to the millions of people who came here illegally, jumping ahead in line of the millions who wait to come here legally," said one.

Palace Revolt

James Comey, a lanky, 6-foot-8 former prosecutor who looks a little like Jimmy Stewart, resigned as deputy attorney general in the summer of 2005. The press and public hardly noticed.

Diplomatic Dance

In the long run of history, a president's success is often defined by foreign policy. And for George W. Bush, the stakes are now clearer than ever: it's democracy or bust.


Israeli Sgt. Asher Sabag has always volunteered for the toughest missions. He signed up for a select paratrooper unit, and fought Hizbullah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.


Marwan Barghouti has no contact with other inmates, gets no family visits and is denied phone privileges. The only people he sees other than wardens at Beersheva Prison are his lawyers.


Looking back, as Kerry staggered in late summer and early fall, some Democrats wondered if July 29 would be remembered as the last truly happy night of the campaign.


Between 1976 and 1983, tens of thousands of Argentines were murdered or "disappeared" under a brutal military dictatorship. Some of the survivors of the infamous Dirty War call themselves the "devastated generation." They represent a star-crossed cohort of young people whose left-wing politics were forged by the turbulent years of Peronist rule in the mid-1970s, only to run into the murderous maw of the generals and admirals who deposed Isabel Peron in 1976.


The real story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not what happened at the International Court in The Hague last week but what has been happening inside Israel for the past few months.


The annual Gemini party draws together some of Johannesburg's best and brightest--thirtysomething achievers in business, the arts, info tech, law and the media.


The meeting was small and unpublicized. In a room on the third floor of the Old Executive Office Building last week, Condoleezza Rice grittily endured an hour's worth of pleading from leading human-rights activists who want to see a 9/11-style commission created to investigate the abuse of detainees in the war on terror.

Opinion: The Elusive 'Castle'

Israel's Sept. 11 decision to "remove" the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, is obviously self-defeating. Almost two years ago, Ariel Sharon's government declared Arafat "irrelevant," and persuaded the Bush administration to sideline him.

The Jihad Soccer Club

The Jihad mosque in Hebron is an easy place to miss. Located on the top two floors of a three-story stone building containing a minimarket and a car-repair shop, it draws attention only by the green globe and green banners that flutter from its rooftop minaret--symbols of the radical Hamas movement.

International Mail Call: Pain Management

Our May 19 cover story on pain led readers to share tales of chronic pain, acupuncture and insurance with us. A doctor said he "enjoyed reading about new advances in pain management." Another reader pointed out, "Pain and depression are connected." The rest simply praised specific therapies.Feeling Their PainA week before reading your cover article, "Taking a New Look at Pain" (May 19), I underwent major surgery.

The Shiite Shockwave

Khaled Abdullah waited 23 years for this moment. The 43-year-old Iraqi climbed a flight of stairs last week and gazed ecstatically on the golden dome of Shiite Islam's holiest shrine, the tomb of Imam Hussein in Karbala.

The Long Reach Of Saddam

Welcome to the Republic of Umm Qasr. Water comes out the end of a jerry-built pipeline from Kuwait. Security is provided by the British Royal Marines. There's a deep-water port, one of the finest in the Middle East, but only one ship has called so far--and no others seem on the horizon.Electricity is nonexistent.

Iraq's Most Wanted

Saddam Hussein's inner circle is a special kind of club. Only murderers need apply. "All the members were tested by Saddam in one way or another," explains an Arab intelligence chief who's dealt directly with several of the top thugs. "They would not last if they were not brutal enough to satisfy Saddam, and when you meet with them they brag about this.

Wandering The Wilderness

Americans in the early 19th century were too busy hacking down the wilderness to appreciate George Catlin's vision. "What a splendid contemplation," wrote the romantic painter, "a magnificent park...

A Reckless Harvest

The ornate three-story palace just off the main road in Ruili, a boomtown on China's southern border, is a monument to the plunder of Burma's rain forests--and to China's insatiable appetite for timber.

Pragmatism Versus Principle

The visitor was a small-town mayor from rural Australia. He had made his way past a series of security checkpoints, to a warren of temporary offices where United Nations officials labored to keep the World Summit on Sustainable Development running smoothly.

Wanting More Of The Pie

Activists called it "The Week of the Landless." But proponents of land reform in southern Africa occupied center stage only briefly at the start of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.