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The Best Travel Writers of All Time

Critics have been forecasting the death of travel writing for decades. Yet the genre shows no signs of demise, as shown by NEWSWEEK's list of the finest travel writers of the past 100 years.

Gaddafi's HIV Shakedown

By falsely accusing a Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses of infecting hundreds of children, Libya managed to blackmail its way to hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of aid.

The Lazy Person's Guide to Being Ecofriendly

There are things individuals can do to be green without breaking a sweat. If you happen to be on the fence about whether you can easily be a greener guy or gal, we'd like to respond with a resounding "yes, you can." We offer seven ways to get started.

Midterm Election Will Be Referendum on Obama

Like it or not, the midterm election is shaping up as a referendum on President Obama. His dizzying descent from the stratosphere of popularity to the kind of middling job approval associated with lesser talents could cost Democrats their majority in the House as well as effective control of the Senate. The only saving grace for Democrats is the roster of fringe candidates the GOP has served up, and the hope that voters will reject the change these Tea Party insurgents represent.

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Face the fact: the fish are dying. Half popular history, half environmental manifesto, Paul Greenberg's book exposes the dire straits of our favorite seafood. Solving the problem means more than just skipping the tuna sashimi. It's going to take big politics, smart ocean management, and plain old restraint (no!) to forestall a tragedy of the commons.

The Price of Forgetting Soldiers' Sacrifices

Americans easily forget about war and soldiers' sacrifices because so few of us have any direct connection to those who are fighting now. The military has become another country, a place where a disproportionate number of disadvantaged young Americans go to find their way.

Retirement: Returning to Work as a Consultant

The term "double dipper" hasn't been around that long. According to Webster's, it popped up around 1974 and referred to a rare breed of recently retired government employee who got hired back as an independent consultant.

A Hippocratic Oath for Davos Man

As the world economic forum in Davos concluded late last week, people were left wondering, Did it matter? It's a question Davos raises every year, when the great and the good trek three hours up a Swiss mountain to spend four days in mediocre hotels drinking lots of espresso and talking about the state of the world.

Waging the Swine-Flu PR War

To combat both H1N1 and the lies and misperceptions about the disease, the government is going on an unprecedented multimedia information campaign.

Good News About Birth Control

The withdrawal method of birth control—otherwise known as "pulling out"—is often seen as a last-ditch, almost comical measure to prevent pregnancy. In terms of both effectiveness and sexual sophistication, it's seen as just a rung or two above using Coke as some kind of post-coital spermicide (which, seriously—according to every single pregnancy myth website, cola-as-contraception is some kind of epidemic.

Made In China

I'm spending the week in Guangdong, the southern-most province of China and the first to open up to outsiders in the 1980s. It's the world's factory, where most of the stuff that's Made In China gets made – and that's why I'm here, on an East-West Center fellowship studying the effects of the financial crisis in Asia.

A New Poll on Michelle Obama and Motherhood

Michelle Obama likes to call herself the "mom in chief." Images abound of the first lady frolicking on the White House swing set with Malia and Sasha. Basically, you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that Michelle is a mama.