Newsweek Names the Men and Women of 2002: 10 to Watch Include Air Force Gen. Wald, GOP Sen. Frist; Iranian President Khatami, New ACLU Chief, Skater Sarah Hughes, R&B Diva Alicia Keys ---- Fineman, Zakaria, Alter, Sloan Look At 'What's Next' In 2002

    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In the December 31 year-end double
 issue, Newsweek names 10 people who will play an important role in reshaping
 America and the world in the coming year, including an Air Force General, a
 physician-turned-senator and a reform-minded Middle East leader.  The list
 covers the world of politics, business, medicine, and technology.  Newsweek
 also looks at "What's Next" in the year ahead, through a series of provocative
 essays by Newsweek correspondents (on newsstands Monday, December 24).
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20011223/HSSA011 )
 
     Newsweek top 10:
 
     *  Lt. Gen. Charles Wald, U.S. Air Force, the boss at Central Command when
        the war started and now the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for
        operations;
     *  GOP Senator Bill Frist, a scientist by training, who will play a key
        role in the debate between science and politics over the right to
        control human reproduction;
     *  Anthony Romero, director of the American Civil Liberties Union, is
        deeply involved in domestic aspects of the war on terrorism;
     *  Mohamed Khatami, the reformist president of Iran;
     *  James Parker, CEO of Southwest Airlines, seen by many as a model of
        profitability for the industry;
     *  Claire Fraser, president of The Institute for Genomic Research, now
         working on disease-causing microbes and bio-terror threats;
     *  Hideo Kojima, a Japanese video game designer, whose latest game
        prompted stunned silence, audible gasps and finally a standing ovation;
     *  Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, and first African-American
        president of an Ivy League school focuses much of her energy on
        increasing diversity in the higher education system;
     *  Sarah Hughes, the 16-year-old ice skater is a legitimate gold-medal
        contender in the upcoming Olympics and eventual successor to Michelle
        Kwan;
     *  Alicia Keys, R&B vocalist whose crossover appeal has not been seen
        since Janet Jackson
 
     In "What's Next," Newsweek's sharpest minds focus on 10 ways our lives
 will change.
 
     * Chief Political Correspondent Howard Fineman examines what's next for
       President George W. Bush in 2002.  He writes that domestic issues will
       take precedence in 2002.  Democrats will champion Social Security and
       Medicare, and take on the cultural mainstream.  They will argue, Fineman
       writes, that the GOP is out of the mainstream, because it's too
       dependent upon an intolerant "religious right" and since our enemy in
       Afghanistan is religious extremism and intolerance, it's more important
       than ever to honor the ideals of tolerance at home.
 
     *  Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria writes on the new rules of
        engagement for America and the world.  "The forces of order seem to be
        on the rise.  But the forces of disorder have fundamental advantages as
        well," he writes.  For America, the most important lesson of September
        11 should be that in today's world, power -- even unmatched power --
        does not produce safety. Now safety lies not in distance or
        independence, but in engagement.
 
     Other essayists include: Wall Street Editor Allan Sloan on the future of
 the stock market; Senior Writer David Gates looks at post-war culture; Senior
 Editor Steven Levy reports on technology; Senior Editor Sharon Begley examines
 the future of astronomy; Senior Editor Geoffrey Cowley reports on the search
 for a new prozac; Religion Editor Kenneth Woodward writes about the theology
 of pluralism; and Columnist Jonathan Alter writes on guarding against
 complacency post-Sept. 11.
 
   (Articles available at http://www.Newsweek.MSNBC.com. Click "Pressroom.")
 
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