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THE BIG SQUEEZE

The United States and Europe were pleased with China's economic boom--for a few years. That's not the case anymore. Suddenly, the Asian giant seems more of a threat than an opportunity.

The Big Squeeze

The United States and Europe were pleased with China's economic boom--for a few years. That's not the case anymore. Suddenly, the Asian giant seems more of a threat than an opportunity.

TRANSITION: FINAL BOWS

Ronald Reagan, 93His life story reads--of course--like a movie script. A young man called "Dutch" goes from small-town Illinois to Hollywood, then forsakes stardom for politics.

MAIL CALL

The Heated Debate Over Stem-Cell ResearchReaders staked out clear and passionate positions on embryonic-stem-cell research, the subject of our Oct. 25 cover story.

PERISCOPE

NEWSWEEK Special IssuesContinuing NEWSWEEK's collaboration with the World Economic Forum, our latest special edition--which is a double issue--focuses on the future of energy.

More Miracles, Please

Probably no human being could do what's being asked of Manmohan Singh. The 72-year-old economist, widely known as "Mr. Credibility," took over last week as India's new prime minister.

Periscope

Terrorism: A U.S. Link to Madrid? Nearly two months after the Madrid bombings, the investigation has yielded an interesting twist. A "perfectly formed" fingerprint--found shortly after the attacks in a stolen white van that contained detonators, a stick of dynamite and an audiotape with verses from the Qur'an--has been identified, according to U.S. authorities, as that of 37-year-old Brandon Mayfield, a family and immigration lawyer in Portland, Oregon.

THE DARK ROAD AHEAD

The video sells for less than $1 at any market in Baghdad. On the soundtrack of the amateurishly edited disk, a raw, wailing male voice sings to a Sufi melody often heard at Iraqi funerals, with new words grafted to the old tune: "We salute the brave people of Fallujah, who dared to stand up to the Americans...

HOW TO BUY CHINA

The industrialization of China is progressing at breakneck speed, creating a voracious new consumer economy that makes America look small by comparison. China's steel production is already larger than those of the United States and Japan combined, but the country must still import steel to cover its growing needs.

Globalization And Its Discontents

The heady days of globalization, when it was the latest buzzword on business people's tongues, now seem naive. These days the word elicits caution, tempered by new awareness of just how complex it is to do business on a global scale .

Mail Call: A Global Health Crisis

Readers of our Sept. 22 cover package on children's health shared their concerns: allergies and overprescribed drugs. For the millions of kids who die needlessly, a nurse blamed "the fatalistic acceptance of death."A Matter of Life and DeathThanks for your article high-lighting the millions of kids around the world who die needlessly ("Where Living Is Lethal," Sept. 22).

Funky Towns

Art in a Power PlantLondon: Design Grows Out of the Gritty East EndIf you're looking for cutting-edge design in London, look east. Such formerly sketchy neighborhoods as Shoreditch and Bethnal Green have, over the past few years, attracted adventuresome artists and designers.

Waterworks

For nearly two decades Njoroge Kimani, a farmer in rural Kenya, irrigated his one-tenth-hectare plot the hard way: with a bucket in each hand. It was backbreaking work.

A Naked Display Of Military Power...

Many Europeans who acquiesced in the 73-day bombing of Belgrade or the war of revenge in Afghanistan have raised their hands in horror at the prospect of military action in Iraq.

The Right Stuff

For 16 days they were up there, right above our heads--operating complex machinery, tending exotic experiments, pushing up against the boundaries of human experience.

Tops Of 2002: Music

Music, schmusic. The whole business is going bankrupt anyway. Let's talk about what we really noticed about pop music this year: practically everyone on MTV made their lives just a little bit messier in 2002.Instead of Tom versus Nicole, we had Justin versus Britney.

How Al Qaeda Slipped Away

The Afghan foot patrol was so hot on the trail of fleeing Qaeda troops that the pursuers could literally smell blood. Across the high passes of the Tora Bora range they raced, with blankets drawn over their shoulders and their turbans wrapped around their faces against the freezing December wind.

Letters: Looking For New Sources Of Energy

Readers of our April 8/15 double issue were grateful for our examination of alternative energy sources. One reader wrote, "You cast a new light on our now not-so-dim future." Others hastened to suggest that we not overlook other options such as shale-oil deposits, fusion power and energy piles.

'We're Under Attack': Online Forum

For NEWSWEEK's Online Forum on the Future of Work, a panel of experts from business, government and academia joined in a four-day discussion with readers about technology, management and up-and-coming careers.

The Coming Rail Boom

Talk about accidental tourists. Kim Jong Il, North Korea's shadowy strongman, is a homebody if ever there was one. He hates flying. He fears assassins. And when he met South Korean media executives in Pyongyang last year, he quipped: "Why should I go abroad when everyone comes to see me?" So when he set off to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Kim traveled in a class all his own: chugging along the Trans-Siberian Railway at 40kph in a 21-carriage armored train, accompanied by a...

The Profit Of Doom

Barely a year ago, Asia-based financial analyst Marc Faber--known as "Dr. Doom"--predicted that the high-tech bubble would burst, eviscerating stock earnings, deflating the Nasdaq and pushing the global economy toward a recession.

Power Outage

Prem Kumar doesn't consider himself a thief, but he steals electricity every day--as do each of his 3,500 neighbors in a south Delhi shantytown. A spider's web of wires, hooked to overhead power cables, thread into every shack.

Mail Call

Our Oct. 23 Special Report on the Middle East drew many letters questioning NEWSWEEK's coverage of the crisis. Several observers criticized the interviews with Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak as not counterbalanced with stories on the Palestinian point of view. "Please let the Palestinians tell their side of the story," wrote one.

Pumping Iron, Digging Gold, Pressing Flesh

It was April 1998, and George W. Bush was still not sure he was running for president. The old family loyalists and party elders were already talking about a restoration, and they were eager for an audience with the man who could deliver the country from eight years of Clintonism.

Mail Call

Olympics on TV: No Gold Medal Readers were intrigued by American television coverage of Sydney's Olympic Games. One criticized NBC's pre-taped events and wrote, "The Olympics is a live event, and you want to feel that you are there." Another observer added that international events can't always "meet the needs of New York couch potatoes." Several complained that whether the coverage was live or tape-delayed, NBC was one of many U.S. media that ignored the triumphs of other countries to focus on...

Caste Struggle

On paper, the people in the slum on Delhi's Lodi Road don't even exist. The Dalits, or literally "broken people," as members of India's Untouchable castes are now called, don't show up on electoral rolls, ration cards or water bills.

Killers In Their Midst

Zarar Ahmad looks more like a motorcycle outlaw than a soldier. The 25-year-old warrior has tried to stuff his prodigious shock of black hair under a camouflage cap, but it protrudes untamably in all directions.

The Mahatma's Message

It's unlikely that business decision makers, society doyens and grass-roots activists bone up much on Mohandas K. Gandhi these days--but perhaps they should.

Hard Of Hearing

In the 1998 movie "Enemy of the State," rogue operators from the supersecret National Security Agency (NSA; sometimes known as No Such Agency) assassinate a U.S. congressman who's trying to limit the NSA's electronic spooks' ability to listen in on ordinary Americans.

'Hindustan For The Hindus!'

At first glance they look innocuous, even a bit silly. Every morning at dawn, in cities and towns across India, they gather for open-air calisthenics and a pep rally.

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