Newsweek International

Newsweek International is a consumer magazine covering general interest issues with editorial content. Newsweek Inc. publishes this periodical weekly. Fareed Zakaria is the Editor.

Articles from Vol. 154, No. 20, November 16

'A Global Fault Line'
The retreat of Muslim moderates. When young Barack Hussein Obama lived with his American mother and Indonesian stepfather in Jakarta nearly 40 years ago, the Muslims of Southeast Asia were renowned for their moderation. Women may have covered their...
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A New Breed of Weapon
Byline: Benjamin Sutherland How might the United States ratchet up pressure on foreign enemies and threats, wherever they are on the globe, while reducing the need to station warships, planes, and troops within striking distance? A new type of weapon...
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Blame It on Ballmer
Byline: Daniel Lyons Last month Microsoft rolled out Windows 7 and opened the first of a chain of new retail stores, causing loads of hoopla and excitement. But mostly people are just relieved. Windows 7 replaces Vista, one of the most disastrous...
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Chile's Big Surprise
An upstart could become president. Latin America has seen independent candidates run for office before. They have won in countries like Peru, with Alberto Fujimori and then Alejandro Toledo, and Colombia, with Alvaro Uribe. Caudillos like Venezuela's...
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Cut from Woven Cloth
Byline: Nick Foulkes I recently made a cameo appearance in a three-part BBC documentary about tweed; I was wheeled in to give a bit of historical context and to enthuse on the subject. The documentary dealt specifically with Harris tweed, a unique...
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Global Cooling
Byline: Barrett Sheridan Helen of Troy had the face that launched a thousand ships; Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner had the book that launched a thousand copycats---including their own. The duo that penned Freakonomics, with its dismal-science...
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India Cleans Up Its Act
Byline: Jeremy Kahn Manmohan Singh's new stand on Copenhagen is just part of a plan to reposition India as a global power. Until very recently, India seemed to pride itself on poking a finger in the eye of rich superpowers, particularly the United...
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Kevin Rudd: 'Countdown to Copenhagen'
Byline: Barrett Sheridan Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has bulletproof green credentials--his first act as P.M. was to sign the Kyoto Protocol, forcing his country to slash carbon emissions. In December he'll play a key role in negotiating...
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King of Luxury
Byline: Sameer Reddy When it comes to the contemporary conception of luxury, the Western world is forever indebted to Louis XIV, the French monarch who can take credit for elevating lifestyle to a fine art. With his extensive acquisitions and ambitious...
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Korea Takes Hollywood
Byline: Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop In the late 1990s a Korean wave washed over Asia. From TV soap operas and movies to pop music, the region couldn't get enough of Korean culture and its good-looking stars. But the wave never quite reached the American...
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New Labour Lives On
Byline: Stryker McGuire Even if Blair and Brown are fading. These are tough times for the British Labour Party. It faces almost certain defeat in the next election, which must be held by June 3. Its widely mocked leader, Prime Minister Gordon...
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No Change to Believe In
Finance is much the same as ever. The worst crisis since the Great Depression is entering its third year--the recession actually began in late 2007. Trillions of dollars have been lost worldwide, both on the balance sheets of financial institutions,...
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Obama Rediscovers Southeast Asia
Byline: Michael Freedman Barack Obama will signal yet another break with his predecessor's foreign policy this week when he takes his first presidential trip to Asia. While the Bush administration focused almost exclusively on the big players like...
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Raising Japan's Profile
Hatoyama wants a leadership role. Even before Yukio Hatoyama became Japan's prime minister this summer, his philosophy of yuai, an idea that translates loosely to "fraternal love," had been ridiculed. The conservative Sankei Shimbun newspaper worried...
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Shrinking as It's Sinking
Byline: Barbie Nadeau Doomsayers have been predicting that Venice will sink into the sea for decades. But now it seems there is a more imminent threat: Venice is shrinking. Its population has fallen by more than half in the past three decades, to...
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The Modest Superpower
Byline: Stefan Theil How the financial crisis could leave Europe even stronger than America. It's become all fashionable in Washington, Moscow, and Beijing these days to dismiss Europe as an aging continent in terminal decline. A June report...
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The Wall and the End of History
More than just communism ended in 1989; 2,000 years of bloodshed came to a close. Twenty years ago, a few months before the Berlin Wall fell, the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama predicted "not just the end of the Cold War--but the...
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