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 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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...