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Egypt\'s Mean Queen

Former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak controlled Egypt behind the scenes, profiting from its misery. A year after the revolution, she still lives in luxury.

Taliban Says It Will Target Names Exposed by WikiLeaks

The U.S. military has already accused WikiLeaks of having "the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family" on its hands after leaking 92,000 classified documents. The Taliban has now confirmed it is poring through the documents, and intends to hunt down and punish any suspected spies named.

9/11 Marks Deadliest Year for U.S. in Afghanistan

It used to be that the term "forgotten" was often applied to the war in Afghanistan, at least in comparison to the stream of news coming out of Iraq during the past few years. Now, as Iraq quiets, troop shifts to Afghanistan are planned for the near future, and the media once again devotes more column inches to that conflict, word comes of a new milestone: 2008 is the deadliest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.The Associated Press reports that two U.S. soldiers were...

CFR: The Candidates on Iraq

The foreign policy issue already framing the 2008 presidential election is the war in Iraq. The war's growing unpopularity among Americans, coupled with nightly images of civilian and soldier casualties, will only add to the candidates' need to craft a plan to win the war. On this issue, the candidates are divided between supporting the president's strategy to surge more troops into central Iraq versus establishing a timetable, complete with benchmarks, to eventually pull out U.S. forces and...

Mail Call: A Terrorist Haven

Readers of our Oct. 29 cover story on where the jihad is sent in hundreds of passionate cheers. "You're right. Pakistan is the hub of jihad," wrote one. "It's the breeding place and haven for terrorists," said another. A third echoed what many claimed: "America is the most dangerous nation today." Debating the Dangers of PakistanYou're right, Newsweek, Pakistan is the hub of Islamic jihad ("The Most Dangerous Nation in the World," Oct.29). Its intelligence agency, the notorious ISI...

Britain's Post-Blair Identity Crisis

Once upon a time, cricket seemed the most British of sports. Leisurely games on the village green. Rain breaks. Warm beer. White men (for the most part) in fussy white uniforms. Such reverence for fair play and civility that a casual observer could hardly tell who was rooting for whom, much less who was winning. Today, however, it is football—with its boisterous crowds and huge financial stakes—that reveals most about what the country has become. Consider: nearly half of Britain's top...

Iraq: New U.S. Ambassador May Be Best Hope

Two months into his most recent Baghdad posting (his third in nearly 30 years), Ryan Crocker still hasn't opened all his airfreight crates. "I've been a little pressed," he dryly explains to NEWSWEEK. When he finally unpacks, though, the U.S. ambassador will take out a battered calendar from 24 years ago and hang it in his office. It was on his office wall in Beirut when a suicide truck bomb destroyed the U.S. Embassy there on April 18, 1983, killing 64 people. Slammed against a wall but not...

The Rise of Jihadistan

You don't have to drive very far from Kabul these days to find the Taliban. In Ghazni province's Andar district, just over a two-hour trip from the capital on the main southern highway, a thin young man, dressed in brown and wearing a white prayer cap, stands by the roadside waiting for two NEWSWEEK correspondents. It is midday on the central Afghan plains, far from the jihadist-infested mountains to the east and west. Without speaking, the sentinel guides his visitors along a sandy horse trail...

THE QUIET CEOS

As 2004 comes to a close, one could be forgiven for wondering if the lessons of Enron, WorldCom and Tyco had ever registered where it counts. Corporate scandals kept popping up with amazing regularity as Marsh & McLennan, Shell, Boeing, Hollinger and Fannie Mae all became the new shorthand for greed, ignorance and deception. In the United States, CEO pay went on climbing at even faster rates, while business-lobby groups fought Securities and Exchange Commission chairman William Donaldson tooth...

IN THE QUIET CROWD

As 2004 came to a close, one could be forgiven for wondering if the lessons of Enron, WorldCom and Tyco had ever registered where it counts. Corporate scandals kept popping up with amazing regularity as Marsh & McLennan, Shell, Boeing, Hollinger and Fannie Mae all became the new shorthand for greed, ignorance and deception. In the United States, CEO pay went on climbing at even faster rates, while business-lobby groups fought Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson tooth...

MAIL CALL: MISSION OF A LIFETIME

Readers praised the subject of our July 5 report, Lt. Gen. David Petreaus, the man assigned to rebuilding Iraq's security forces. One called him "an invaluable asset to any army." Others weighed in on the war. "The U.S. should have no further obligation to keep troops in [Iraq]," claimed one.Lt. Gen. David Petraeus is a soldier of formidable intelligence, talent and courage, and would be an invaluable asset to any army the world over ("Iraq's Repairman," July 5). He has all he needs to win what...

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