Ahmad Chalabi may go down as one of the great con men of history. But his powerful American friends are on the defensive now, and Chalabi himself is under attack. (I made a fairly minor contribution to this story, mostly arguing that Chalabi is being blamed for precisely those attributes that originally made him so attractive to the Bush administration.)
Richard Clarke’s new book is about more than the Bush administration’s handling of 9/11. It offers a thoughtful guide to the nuts and bolts of eliminating terrorists—and an antidote to the assumption that extremist violence is inevitable
George H.W. Bush feared the rise of Shiite power in Iraq, and worried that civil war would shatter the country. That's why he didn't topple Saddam. So what has changed? [The opening scene takes place at the precise site where suicide bombers struck a few days later. In the international editions of Newsweek, the latter half of this story had a different focus.]
Shadowland: Saddam's Mojo.The capture of the dictator is a milestone, but it hasn't generated the shock and awe that the White House would have liked.
Trying Iraq's War Crimes.The reckoning: The Americans want to get good intelligence from Saddam. Many Iraqis want to kill him. In the end, nothing will be more crucial than to air the whole truth about his atrocities.
Iraq's Mr. Cellophane.Mowaffak Al-Rubaie: Soft-spoken, bespectacled and courtly, this member of the Iraqi Governing Council once served as the international spokesman for a feared terrorist group. Now he's a key player in the New Iraq.
Terror's Mastermind.It is true, as Rumsfeld said, that no ‘metrics’ exist to weigh the power of terrorists, but the available indicators point to bin Laden’s No. 2 [From the special edition of Newsweek: Issues 2004]
Banker, Schmoozer, Spy. To his American friends, Ahmad Chalabi is a democrat and a paragon of Iraqi patriotism. To his enemies, he’s a crook. Does he have the stuff to reshape Iraq? A NEWSWEEK investigation.
The Rage Next Time. While Americans see victories in Iraq, Arabs and Muslims see mostly victims
In 2002, Senator Byrd took on Secretary Rumsfeld using the Newsweek article "How Saddam Happened" as his point of departure. Then he put the whole thing, with a lot of supporting documentation, into the Congressional Record.
Air Power in the August 2001 issue. A German pneumatics firm called Festo is pulling the piston out of the industrial age. Next up: Reinvent shock absorbers, scooters, and aircraft design, then build an inflatable castle in the sky.
By Christopher Dickey
"I Love My Glowbunny" in the April issue of Wired Magazine is the controversial history of a transgenic rabbit created by science and claimed by art. The original title was better: "In Vitro Veritas." This piece was selected for an anthology on the best science writing of the year.
Go-To: Paris. Written in the Spring of 2000 on the eve of the dot-crash, it's all about nostalgia now.
And in Cigar Aficionado --
"The Green Goddess." Absinthe was once said to give genius to those who had none, and take it from those who did. A first-hand report. The article appeared in the March/April 2001 issue of Cigar Aficionado.
"The Generation Gap," about the road show for Summer of Deliverance, and the people encountered along the way, appeared in the November/December 1999 editon.
New York Times Reviews --
"No Lawyers Allowed," a review of John Grisham's latest novel, "A Painted House," appeared in the March 4 issue of The New York Times Book Review. The problem with this sentimental tale about coming of age in Arkansas cotton country is not the lack of attorneys, it's the total absence of African-Americans. (May not be available unless you have registered previously with the Times.)
A review of "The Beat Hotel" in the December 10 NYT Book Review may require registration to read, but is still on line.
A friend passed on this interesting link to James Dickey's 1961 review of Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish."