NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Highlights and Exclusives, Oct. 24, 2005 Issue

Oct 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from Newsweek

    COVER: Dark Trade (Atlantic, Pacific [except West Asia] & Latin America
 editions). The trafficking of everything from people to purses, driven by the
 same globalizing forces responsible for the surge in international commerce
 over the last two decades, now threatens the smooth functioning of the
 legitimate world. While global trade has roughly doubled since 1990, the
 amount of money being laundered worldwide has grown at least tenfold.
 Trafficking operations have become truly multinational, weaving together
 global networks of allies and generating profits on an unprecedented scale,
 reports Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Meanwhile, the
 law-enforcement agencies fighting the traffickers have seen their budgets
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     At the Gates. As the European Union's frontiers expand, drawing in
 countries that used to be buffers between First World prosperity and Third
 World poverty, the lines of demarcation between affluence and misery,
 democracy and extremism, become as sharp as razor wire. But on the problematic
 frontiers that already exist, the record is one of grand promises, poor
 results and stopgap measures that have utterly failed to cope with a
 burgeoning immigration crisis, writes Paris Bureau Chief Christopher Dickey.
     COVER: Time For Healing (West Asia edition). In the days following the
 7.6-magnitude earthquake that devastated the disputed province of Kashmir,
 Pakistani and Indian army soldiers joined forces to search for missing
 comrades. Those and other small gestures of humanity in the region gave
 observers hope that some good could come out of South Asia's tragedy. A
 prolonged pause of hostilities to deal with relief and refuges could give New
 Delhi the breathing room to make badly needed peace gestures, like reducing
 its overwhelming military presence in Kashmir, report South Asia Correspondent
 Ron Moreau and Special Correspondent Zahid Hussain. Ultimately, the sheer
 scale of the tragedy may also help both sides put the conflict in perspective.
     A Costly Disease. Bird flu, in its most lethal form, has arrived in
 Europe, and authorities are taking no chances. EU officials banned imports of
 live birds from Romania and Turkey, and vowed to fast-track a bird-flu
 vaccine. Turkey and Romania slaughtered thousands of birds. But those costs
 pale in comparison to the damage a full-blown pandemic could wreak upon the
 world economy, report Hong Kong Bureau Chief George Wehrfritz and
 Correspondent-at-Large Rod Nordland. Economists are now joining public-health
 officials in laying out frightening scenarios of the bird flu's potential
     The Price Of Power. Newly elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel's real
 problem may be less her erstwhile socialist rivals than more shadowy enemies
 within her own party, whose full backing she has yet to win. But the new
 chancellor herself may be the best guarantee against gridlock, reports Berlin
 Correspondent Stefan Theil. Merkel is an East German woman who rose to the top
 of the country's mostly western male hierarchy by working the country's always
 fractious party system to her advantage.
     A Spreading War. The war in Chechnya is spreading. Until recently,
 neighboring Kabardino-Balkaria seemed exempt from the region's turmoil. But
 last week, militants attacked the quiet Russian town of Nalchik. By Friday,
 according to official figures, 92 of the attackers were dead, along with 12
 civilians and 24 law-enforcement officials. Despite last week's explosion,
 experts say that the radicalization of Kabardino-Balkaria and other republics
 could still be reversed if some autonomy were allowed, report Special
 Correspondent Kevin O'Flynn and Correspondent Anna Nemtsova.
     Line of Defense. In China these days, protests of varying size and
 intensity -- by people angry about such issues as official corruption, health
 problems, environmental degradation, mistreatment by employers and home
 evictions -- erupt almost daily throughout the country. While the social
 squalls aren't a threat to the regime, authorities acknowledge that unrest has
 reached "alarming" levels and have ordered local governments to clamp down,
 reports Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu. But Beijing's plan may be
 backfiring, as more and more local officials turn to harsh tactics to keep
 people in check.
     Aristide Agonistes. Ever since a nationwide rebellion forced Haiti's
 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to flee the impoverished island country in
 February 2004, federal prosecutors in Miami have systemically tracked down and
 imprisoned some of his top law-enforcement officials on money-laundering and
 drug-trafficking allegations. Aristide, exiled in South Africa, has
 consistently denied any personal knowledge of or involvement in narcotics
 trafficking or drug-related corruption. But in a trial that ended Oct. 7, his
 presidential-palace security chief, Oriel Jean, testified that Aristide
 personally approved the issuance of a palace identification badge to a Haitian
 businessman named Serge Edouard who was later convicted of drug trafficking,
 reports Joe Contreras, Latin America Regional Editor.
     Winning Argument. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's latest book, "The
 Argumentative Indian," goes beyond economic theorizing to look at the
 pluralist heritage of India. It is a powerfully constructed case for his
 homeland's political and cultural heterogeneity, and for the "reach of reason"
 in India's intellectual traditions, writes Special Correspondent Shashi
     WORLD VIEW: Finally, a Smart Iraq Strategy. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S.
 Ambassador to Iraq, last week snatched a small victory from the jaws of defeat
 by getting the largest organized Sunni group, the Iraqi Islamic Party, to
 agree with the Shia and Kurdish parties on amendments to the new Iraqi
 constitution. The effect of these amendments is to lessen the importance of
 Saturday's vote for the constitution, writes Newsweek International Editor
 Fareed Zakaria. Iraq's politics have gone from being a snapshot -- taken on
 Oct. 15 -- which would set in stone the character of the new Iraq, to a movie
 in which the negotiations and bargaining will persist for months, perhaps even
     THE LAST WORD: Burning The Furniture. Newsweek's Keith Naughton sat down
 with Steve Miller, CEO of newly bankrupt U.S. car-parts maker Delphi Corp., to
 discuss the wider implications of Delphi's bankruptcy. "This is not just a
 story about steel or airlines or autos, this is our country's dilemma as we
 talk about Medicare and Social Security... This is the beginning of what may
 become a generational conflict. Young people are not going to want to
 sacrifice their income, either directly or through taxes, so that people their
 grandparents' age can have a comfortable, well-cared-for retirement."

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