Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 133, No. 9, March 1

A Bloody Kurdish Inferno : Ocalan's Arrest Won't End Turkey's Struggle with These Outcasts
Like many 15-year-olds, Nijla Coskun decorated her London bedroom with images of the heroes in her life. The Teletubbies shared space with photographs of Abdullah Ocalan and his Kurdish fighters. Early last week Ocalan was captured by his Turkish enemies....
A Deadly Sunday Morning
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1941: Chicago-born Adolph Czerwenka, a 22-year- old radioman third class, was aboard the battleship USS West Virginia, the "Wee Vee," when the Japanese launched their surprise attack early on Sunday, Dec. 7, prompting the United...
A Desert Fire Fight
KHAFJI, IRAQ, 1991: Marine Col. Richard M. Barry led a Special Forces team that operated along the Kuwaiti-Saudi border as the gulf-war allies prepared for the final ground offensive. We knew the iraqis were up to something. it didn't take long...
'A Little Fresh Air'
THE ENDGAME Ronald Reagan minced few words. The Soviet Union, he said early in his presidency, was an "Evil Empire." Swept into office after years of post-Vietnam drift, Reagan was unflinching in the face of the Soviet threat, deploying intermediate...
An Easy Sense of Outrage
It's reassuring to condemn monsters like John William King, and alot tougher to confront the real problems of race. There is something almost ritualistic about it. Some depraved psychopaths commit a shocking atrocity and we collectively rise in...
A Pacifist's Plea
WASHINGTON, JANUARY 1991: In August 1990, Saddam had invaded Kuwait; George Bush built a coalition to force Iraq to leave the conquered country-or else. In mid-January, time was running out, and the president's bishop came to see him. About 48 hours...
A Survivor's Guilt
CHOCHIWON, JULY 11, 1950: Col. Carl Bernard won a Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism during the Korean War for his actions at Chochiwon. His rifle company was slaughtered after being given a tragic "hold at all costs" order. We...
A Time for Healing : Jasper, Texas, Confronts an Ugly Hate Crime
Outside, jasper's 110-year-old courthouse was flanked by satellite trucks and patrolled, very conspicuously, by sheriff's deputies and a police helicopter. Inside, the second-floor courtroom where Judge Joe Bob Golden presides was jammed with out-of-town...
At War with the Press
Saigon, Early Fall, 1963: Then a young reporter for The New York Times, David Halberstam was one of the early journalists whose accounts of the war differed from the official version. Tensions between the military and the journalists were growing...
A Voice in the Dark
AIRBORNE, CHRISTMAS 1969: Actress Connie Stevens was one of dozens who performed for the GIs overseas. When bob hope said to me, "You've just got to come," I knew I would go to Vietnam to entertain the troops, even though I had two little ones-...
A Yankee Portraitist in London : There's More Than One Way to Be Modern. Check out the Sargent Show in Washington
The fact that john singer Sargent (1856-1925) was a Yank didn't hinder his entree into London society. At the height of his career-about 1880 to 1907-Sargent was the most sought-after portraitist in England. His natural facility with paint was right...
A Young Hero's Anguish
CHICHI-JIMA, SEPT. 2, 1944: Lt. (j.g.) George Bush is shot down. Two crewmates were lost (one of whom, Bush later learned, was seen parachuting out of the plane). Bush completed the mission and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. Here are excerpts...
Back from the Brink
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, OCTOBER 1986: For a moment, anything seemed possible. George Shultz, secretary of State, remembers how close Reagan and Gorbachev came to eliminating all nuclear weapons-if, the Soviets insisted, the United States gave up on the...
Balk in the Balkans
Stalled peace talks 'violated every rule' Something is seriously wrong with this picture," Sen. John McCain said on Capitol Hill late last week. The scene was Rambouillet, a sleepy French village. The setting: a 14th-century chateau, where negotiations...
Birth of an Atomic 'Little Boy'
CHICAGO, DEC. 2, 1942: Working under physicist Enrico Fermi, Harold Agnew built an atomic device in a squash court-and later flew behind the Enola Gay as it bombed Hiroshima. We started piling up these slabs of graphite, four-by-four by three or...
Blood in the Water
GUADALCANAL, 1942: In the 1960s, Roy Boehm founded the SEALs, the Navy's commando unit. But at Guadalcanal, the brutal, six-month battle for control of a key island in the Solomon chain, he was just a teenage sailor floundering in the Pacific. The...
Burying the Dead
Western Front, 1917-1919: At the age of 112, Herbert Young is the oldest man in New York City. Recently awarded a Legion of Honor medal by France for his service during the war, Young recalls his days in the Army when he and other black soldiers served...
Dilbert Hooks Up with a Spicy Mexican Dish
Scott adams, dil- bert's creator, has about 150 million readers. Now he wants eaters. Dismayed by the lack of nutrition found in most foods, Adams is launching a line of meatless burritos with all the vitamins you need. Coming to a freezer section...
Disgraceful All Around
Jane Doe No. 5 told a dark tale of the president-and it was used darkly against him The game is winding down now, and the stands are nearly empty. But for anyone still bothering to watch, last week brought a clearer picture of both our dishonorable...
Do Scopes Spread Sickness? Yes, They Can, but It's Possible to Protect Yourself
One of the few good things you can say about tuberculosis is that it doesn't spread easily. To get infected, you normally have to live or work in close quarters with someone who's acutely ill. So how did an elderly woman in Baltimore contract TB from...
Follow the Screams
MAY 1945: Staff Sgt. Curtis Whiteway was a member of the 99th Infantry Division, which liberated one of the Dachau camps. There were no medics on hand, so he could do little but tell prisoners they were free. Our target had been salzburg, to capture...
Going Down in Flames
BELGIUM, OCT. 5, 1918: In 1966, American Clayton Knight, who served in the RAF, spoke with historian Peter Kilduff about dogfighting. Knight died in 1969. I turned on two of the [German] Fokkers and sprayed them, and they swerved off to one side....
Going Faster Than Light? as It Turns out, You Can, but There's a Catch. You Have to Slow Light Down-Way, Way Down
Want to travel faster than light? According to one of the most sacred principles of physics, that's impossible. In a vacuum, light travels at 186,282 miles per second, and in a medium like air or water, it goes only a bit slower, which is why when...
Go on, Break the Chain : Why Do People Keep Falling for Cyberhoaxes?
Seen the latest computer virus hoax yet? If not, you will soon. The Rev. Carroll Gene Sanders of Fresno, Calif., got the dire warning in early February. "If you receive an e-mail titled 'It Takes Guts to Say "Jesus" ' DO NOT open it," reads the message....
High School Confidential : Sex, Drugs and Box-Office Dollars. A Wave of Steamy R-Rated Movies Is Guaranteed to Excite Teenagers-And Torment Their Parents
Early in the film "cruel intentions," one of a spate of eye-opening teen movies due out this spring, a high-school girl offers her stepbrother a wager of interest to all guardians of family values. The challenge: to deflower a newly arrived virgin....
Hillary's Day in the Sun
Now it's her turn. After a quarter century of standing by Bill Clinton-and rising to power with him-the First Lady is ready for a run of her own. Where will she make her mark? In the Senate or on the world stage? The road ahead is risky, but at the...
Home of the Gray
Generations: In 30 years, there will be almost 70 million retirees in America-more grandparents than grandchildren. The Senior Boom is coming, and it will transform our homes, our schools, our politics, our families, our lives and our deaths. And not...
Ho, the Communist in Chief
HANOI, 1968: In 1946, North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh appointed Vo Nguyen Giap as Defense minister. He held the position for 34 years. As early as 1954, ho foresaw that the Americans would be our No. 1 enemy. Immediately after our victory...
How High the Moon? When Good Companies Are Bad Investments
For the past five years, dell Computer has coined more money than the U.S. Mint. Making even Microsoft look like a low-flier, Dell's stock- market value has risen from less than $1 billion in February 1994 to more than $100 billion. Chairman Michael...
'I Belong on That Team' : Cut from the U.S. Soccer Squad, She Says It's Due to Her Sex-Harassment Suit against a Former Coach
Debbie keller felt jilted on Valentine's Day. Her boyfriend got her a sweet card. He even surprised the sunny 23-year-old with a visit from out of town. But as one of the world's top women soccer players, Keller wanted to be living it up with the U.S....
'I Know This Will End Badly'
WORLD WAR I It began with an assassin's bullet, but by the time World War I was over, it had cost more than 9 million lives-116,516 of them American. "Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans," Bismarck had predicted, would start a war. The murder...
Inside the Medical Corps
Western Front, 1917: Despite the wishes of his Civil War veteran grandfather, James Lindsey enlisted in the Army in 1917. Now 103, Lindsey still has vivid memories of his time in France. The day i enlisted, i was walking down the street near my...
It's a Pokemon Planet : These Critters Are America's Hottest Toy Craze
Laura thompson once had all she could do to get her 8-year-old, Spencer, out of bed before school every morning. Now the boy sets his alarm for 6:25, leaps out of bed a millisecond later and plops himself in front of the tube for the daily adventures...
'I Was Worried as Hell'
WARS HOT & COLD After World War II, Averell Harriman noted, Americans would have understandably preferred to "go to the movies and drink Coke." That was not to be, and Churchill saw why: an "Iron Curtain" had descended across Europe, turning...
Listening to the Voices of the Century
David douglas duncan, the celebrated photographer who shot the picture that appears on this week's cover, remembers well the morning he took it-Sept. 19, 1967, at Con Thien. "There was mortar coming in, a bit of machine-gun fire," says Duncan. "It...
Making A Symbol of Terror
Brave, rich, educated, devout. Osama bin Laden had everything. How did he become the world's most-wanted man? A Newsweek investigation. Our guest has gone missing," read the Feb. 13 message from the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalists who rule...
Memorandum to Mrs.Clinton
From: George Stephanopoulos Re: Why You Shouldn't Run Here's my unsolicited two cents on the new york senate race. let me quickly add that I have no designs on the job myself, so I believe I can give an unbiased and unvarnished opinion. For your...
Microsoft's Tormentor : How an Affable Trial Lawyer with an Understated Canniness Is Driving Gates & Co. to the Wall
Brad chase, a senior microsoft executive, was under oath-and under siege. His tormentor: David Boies, the government's lead attorney in the antitrust clash against Microsoft. The topic: the company's decision last year to abandon plans to put new restrictions...
Navigating My Eerie Landscape Alone
Unless I ask for help, strangers are so afraid of doing the wrong thing that they do nothing at all Now, as i stroll down the street, my right forefinger extends five feet in front of me, feeling the ground where my feet will walk. Before, my...
'Nobody Could Foresee the Horrors'
WORLD WAR II Franklin D. Roosevelt was speechless. It was Dec. 7, 1941, and word had just reached him that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor-sinking much of America's Pacific Fleet. FDR sat still for 18 minutes. Then he-and his nation-swung into...
Nursing the Dying
SAIGON, 1968: Unlike the drafted soldiers and doctors, the majority of the 7,500 nurses were volunteers. Edie Meeks signed up in 1967, in part because her two brothers were of draft age. The first six months i was stationed in Saigon, at the Third...
Paging Mrs. Roosevelt : Hillary Has Eleanor's Sense of Mission-And Both Overcame Private Pain with Public Service
Remember those seances in the White House solarium? In 1996 Bob Woodward published a book claiming that Hillary Clinton tried to make contact with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. Well, she apparently succeeded. Eleanor and Hillary are now thoroughly...
Patton's Plan for Winning the War
KNUTSFORD, ENGLAND, 1944: Richard J. Stillman was a major on Gen. George S. Patton's general staff. It was a bitterly cold march day, and the 300 men who were to serve on General Patton's Third Army staff were all standing outside, waiting for him....
Perspectives
"The good news is that the rich people and the business people still like us." Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, telling a group of centrist Republican leaders that the party's rightward shift has alienated most voters "When they come, they will...
Pop's (Sexy) Teen Angel : Britney Spears Is This Year's Hottest Spice Girl
Two weeks ago, 17-year-old britney Spears dislocated her knee. She was at a video rehearsal for her second single, "Sometimes," when she kicked her right leg up and her left knee gave out. The video shoot was postponed, and Spears is recuperating,...
Rudy Takes the Keys
Will New York's DWI crackdown spread? New york city mayor rudy Giuliani was in vintage tough-guy mode. And this time his target was anyone caught behind the wheel after a few too many. Using a city rule meant to punish hard-core drug dealers, the...
Seeing Your Book on the Big Screen : I'm Happy to Have 'Sold Out' to Hollywood. (and Did I Mention How Great Michelle Pfeiffer Is?)
When your book gets sold for a movie, I suspect you feel the way you feel when your child gets married. Unless the intended is a real mope, you're joyous. Perhaps even a little relieved. In sum, this is probably the natural order of things. Of course,...
Six Long Days on Omaha Beach
THE NORMANDY COAST, JUNE 6, 1944: When the Allies stormed occupied France, Richard Stafford was a low-ranking enlisted man in the Seabees, the Navy's "construction battalions." Their job: turn a beachhead into a port-while it was still under fire from...
Strategies for Managing Hillary's Senate Campaign-Or Her Opponent's : How I'd Beat Her
Everyone in washington seems to think hillary Clinton would be impossible to beat in a Senate race. As usual, they're wrong. As a Republican campaign consultant, I can think of many ways a smart opponent like New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani could take...
Strategies for Managing Hillary's Senate Campaign-Or Her Opponent's : How I'd Run Her
Political candidates are rarely as good as their hype. But Hillary Clinton just might be. I've worked my share of New York Democratic campaigns, and I can tell you Mrs. Clinton would be a very attractive Senate candidate. Is she unbeatable? No-but...
Surrender at Sea
USS MISSOURI, Sept. 2, 1945: Surrounded by military brass from the Allied nations, John P. Sullivan, seaman first class, watched the Japanese surrender to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. We didn't know whatto expect with all those VIPs aboard, the brains...
Talk Shows Overruled : As Roseanne Bombs, Judge Judy Booms
When mouthy comedienne Roseanne rolled out her new syndicated talk show last fall, TV stations around the country had high hopes. Cast from the "Rosie O'Donnell" mold, "The Roseanne Show" boasted a proven format and a big-name star, so many stations...
The Camps at Home
SAN JOSE, CALIF., 1942: When the United States government ordered his family to an internment camp in Wyoming, Norman Mineta was 10 years old. He later served 21 years in Congress. We had just come home from church when the phone started ringing....
'The Dead Were All Around'
VIETNAM Years later, an American officer testified in a court case that "Vietnam is a long blur, sir." It was indeed long: the French struggled to hold onto its colonies from 1945 to 1954; later, as the North and South squared off, the first U.S....
The First Qualification
It's no longer whether candidates are fit to hold office. It's their ability to raise money. When vice president al gore moved to make his year-2000 candidacy for the White House official some weeks ago, a question arose among a group of friends...
The Hundred-Hour War
WASHINGTON, FEB. 27, 1991: The coalition forces are rolling across the desert. Colin Powell describes the last hours of the war. We were in the small office off the Oval when the president made the decision to cease hostilities. I took note of the...
The Invisible Uninsured : Congress Fiddles While Rising Numbers of Americans Lose Their Access to Medical Care
In 1993, President Clinton proposed a plan for universal health insurance. In beating it back, opponents smoothly assured the public that they supported the idea, in principle-they just wanted to package it in a better way. Here's what you get for...
The Loss of a Friend
Verdun, France, 1918: Now 100, Daniel Kelliher was one of four brothers who served in the military during World War I after America got in the fight. All made it back alive-but not before they experienced the horrors of total trench warfare up close....
The Massacre at My Lai
MY LAI, MARCH 16, 1968: During a tour through the village of My Lai, American GIs went on a rampage, raping, looting and killing as many as 400 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians. Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson saw it all from his helicopter-and tried...
The Rap on Rap :It's the Hottest Thing in Music. So Why Won't the Industry Pay More for It?
Here's a tale of one record label. When Def Jam was founded 15 years ago, rap was an inventive new sound from black urban America. To the captains of the music industry, it was an inner-city fad with limited appeal-but just in case, they would keep...
The Real Golden Years: Middle Age
Martha wood is savoring life. She's happily married, after two divorces. Her kids are grown. And after stints as a paralegal, a Spanish teacher and a stay-at-home mom, she's finally pursuing her lifelong passion: photography. Sure, there are tough...
The Shadow of Alger Hiss: NEW YORK CITY, 1946
NEW YORK CITY, 1946: Hiss's accuser, Whittaker Chambers, may have been vindicated by history, but he, too, was a polarizing figure-a hero to the right and a villain to the left, as Henry Grunwald remembers. When i was a young writer at time magazine...
The Siege of Little Saigon : A Poster of Ho Chi Minh Roils a Vietnamese Community
Surveying the chaos at a West-minster, Calif., mini-mall in the heart of "Little Saigon" (population: 40,000), you'd never guess the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Last Saturday, 300 Vietnamese protesters gathered at the Orange County shopping center and...
The Soviet Union Collapses
MOSCOW, 1991: Vacationing on the Black Sea, Mikhail Gorbachev was nearly overthrown by communist hard-liners. The Soviet president regained the Kremlin, but the U.S.S.R. broke up within months. We should have been more vigorous in reforming the...
The Storm Clouds
KENT, 1930s: The youngest child of Sir Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, Mary Soames, 76, lived as a girl at Chartwell, the family home in the Kent countryside. It was a principal meeting place for politicians who, like her father, opposed...
To the Brink-And Back : Threatened with Strikes, the Serbs Still Won't Yield
It is slobodan milosevic's favorite role. Every now and then the Serb dictator gets to play a Very Important Person, taunting the world with his special brand of brinkmanship. As a bonus, he often tries to make someone from Washington look silly. His...
Vengeance in the Pacific
MIDWAY, JUNE 4, 1942: Guided by a broken code, the U.S. Navy trapped the Japanese. A squadron of dive bombers led by Lt. Richard Best helped sink four enemy carriers. A few days before the battle, we gathered for an intelligence briefing. The briefer...
Wal-Mart of the Sky : Southwest's Offbeat Boss Looks Northeast
When southwest airlines CEO Herb Kelleher spoke to the Wings Club in New York last week, his audience of aviation-industry executives braced themselves for the bizarre. A few years ago the head of the upstart airline from Texas had begun his address...
What Are They Hiding? HMOs Are Getting More Secretive about Quality
Shopping wisely for medical services isn't easy. Just try to compare doctors' success rates. Or try to find out how many people died from in-house infections at your local hospitals. You probably can't. Thanks to a database called Quality Compass,...
When Acting as Rome ... A Pax Americana Cannot Be Kept in Kosovo by a NATO Focused on Its 'Exit Strategy'
When acting as Rome, do as the Romans did. If the United States, pursuing a Pax Americana, puts military forces on the ground in Kosovo, it should make clear that it does not have a "timetable" for an "exit strategy." They are products of longings...
Word from the Ghetto
WARSAW, 1942: Desperate to tell the Allies what was happening inside Nazi-occupied Poland, the government-in-exile sent Jan Karski, 28, a courier for the underground Resistance, to London and to Washington. Karski was told to provide the Western powers...