Newsweek Aug-29-14

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ebola’s back door to america

Less than three miles from Yankee Stadium, the colorful storefronts of African markets lining the Grand Concourse are some of the first signs of a bustling Bronx community that includes immigrants from those West African nations hit hardest by the recent and unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus. We are here today looking for bushmeat, the butchered harvest of African wildlife, and an ethnic delicacy in West African expatriate communities all over the world. A turbaned woman smiles vividly when we enter one small market with canned goods displayed in its window, but the light in her eyes immediately dims when we ask about bushmeat. Shrugging, looking away, she says she knows nothing about it and then, after a moment’s calculation, asks us to repeat the word, as if she didn’t…

the abortion war’s special ops

Katie Stack secures her digital recorder beneath her bra’s underwire before entering the South County Crisis Pregnancy Help Center on the outskirts of St. Louis, steps from a Toys R Us. The Flip video camera she carries is encased in a bejeweled wallet. One jewel has been removed to expose the camera’s tiny lens. It’s a discontinued model, but she says it works better than expensive recorders. “I called about coming in to talk to somebody?” Stack says to the counselor inside, her voice lilting up in the dialect of the teen girl she’s pretending to be. Make that a girl who’s 17 years old, pregnant and doesn’t want to be. Sweatpants, a slight gap between her front teeth and a high school identification card enhance her credibility. “So you want to…

why militarized police departments don’t work

Here’s a pop quiz for all you media junkies: Which of the following took place in Ferguson, Missouri, recently, and which transpired during the 1968 Democratic National Convention (hint: both involved a certain higher-up with the last name Nixon): Ready with your answers? Nos. 1 and 2—the unprovoked assaults on reporters and protesters—are from both incidents. No. 3 was in Ferguson; No. 4 in Chicago. The fifth is related to Chicago, and are comments made by Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon. The sixth happened last week, as part of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s response to the Ferguson nightmare. What this country has just witnessed in Ferguson was, like in Chicago, an example of police gone wild—poorly led, poorly trained, unprofessional, displaying a complete lack of understanding of their jobs. It was an…

sunni vs. sunni

Sometimes it pays to be counterintuitive. To save Iraq from total collapse and prevent it from turning into a terrorist haven, America may need to find ways to cooperate with Sunni groups opposed to the Sunni jihadis who now occupy vast swaths of the country’s north. And yes, as odd as it may seem, ways do exist. The jihadi group now known as the Islamic State (IS) has made major advances in Iraq since June. Its ever-growing cadre of mostly foreign Sunni fighters now surrounds Baghdad from nearly all sides and is threatening to capture the outskirts of Kurdish-controlled areas in the north. But by far the most successful conquests by IS—formerly known as Daesh, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—were made in western Iraq, where the foreign jihadis…

little italy

Every August, Italian aristocrats flock to the cool hills of Fiesole overlooking Florence. This summer, as they look out at the timeless beauty of the Tuscan landscape, there is gloom in the air. The heirs to the glories of Italy see a national economy sinking—and sinking quickly. In the second quarter of 2014, Italy’s gross domestic product contracted 0.2 percent. Following a decline of 0.1 percent in the first quarter, that’s enough to send the Italian economy into its third official recession since the global financial crisis that began in 2007. Italy now produces 4 percent less than it did a decade ago. Italian GDP, after adjusting for inflation, was just 340 billion euros in the second quarter of 2014, compared with 355 billion euros in the same period in 2004. The…

on death mountain

In his former life in Mosul, Iraq, before he was driven out by the radical jihadists of the Islamic State, Khudeid Da Khalas, 49, had the grand title of “official representative of the Yazidi people.” Then he had to flee his home and seek refuge on the rock-strewn slopes of Mount Sinjar. “On the way, I knew that, as an official, I had to help my people,” he tells Newsweek. For a few desperate days on Sinjar, he became the unofficial mayor of Death Mountain. “We saw terrible, terrible things before we got here,” said Khalas, the father of two daughters, trying not to cry. “We saw many children who died. We saw women who killed themselves so that they did not have to convert to Islam under ISIS. They were also…