Newsweek Feb-13-15

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sex slaves on the farm

From the passenger seat of the red Camaro convertible hurtling away from Southampton Road, Janet watched the scenery change from one-story houses to tobacco fields and apple orchards. She had come to Charlotte, North Carolina, to work on a farm, but she wasn’t going to be picking— she and the three other women in the car were wearing high heels and see-through miniskirts, and they felt alone and afraid. The thought of the violence to come terrified them. It was midday, and after about an hour on the road, the man behind the wheel, whom the women knew as Ricardo, a common fake name traffickers use, turned down a dirt path and stopped at a cluster of cheap cabins that had floors lined with mattresses. These beat-down shacks were home for…

brain, heal thyself

Richard M. Cohen leans forward as the needle plunges into his back. He kvetches as its tip pushes toward his spinal column, though it is a good-natured plaint. He has, after all, been through this before. We are on the far West Side of Manhattan, 57th Street, with the dusky Palisades of New Jersey looming on the far bank of the Hudson River. Right across the street are the studios of CBS, where Cohen, a television reporter and producer, came to work for the legendary Walter Cronkite in 1979 and then for Dan Rather, who replaced Cronkite two years later. Cohen went everywhere back in those bygone days when journalists still went to wherever the world was exploding. He reported from Poland in 1981 about the rise of the Solidarity movement,…

anatomy of a cia assassination

Before there was Osama Bin Laden, there was Imad Mugniyah, Hezbollah’s terrorist mastermind. He was called the "father of smoke," because he disappeared like a wisp after engineering his spectacular terrorist attacks, including two that took the lives of hundreds of Americans in Lebanon in 1983 alone. By most accounts, Imad Mugniyah killed more Americans than Al-Qaeda before most people had even heard of Bin Laden. By the mid-1980s, he topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list. But to the CIA, especially, he was public enemy No. 1 — Mugniyah engineered the 1983 obliteration of the American Embassy in Beirut, which killed legendary CIA Middle East hand Robert Ames — and directed the kidnapping and murder of Beirut CIA station chief William Buckley. Mugniyah was also credited with quarterbacking the bombing of the…

inside the bloody battle for ukraine's donetsk airport

Slavik’s voice was laced with panic. “No one is coming for us. We are surrounded by the enemy,” he had told me over a crackling telephone line. There were, he said, many losses, many soldiers lying on the floor around him – “some dead, some injured. Commanders need to send in reinforcements, or start negotiating a way out.” I would get the message out, wouldn’t I? Over the course of that Saturday 17 January, I spoke to him on two further occasions. It was clear the 22-year-old Slavik had grown more and more terrified as he became trapped in Donetsk airport. “We’ve been looking around for people’s arms so we might stitch them on again,” he had said. By our third call of the evening, Slavik reported that a comrade missing…

things that go little red bumps in the night

The number of measles cases in the United States is climbing, sparking fears the disease may be making a resurgence only 15 years after health officials announced it had been largely eradicated. The latest outbreak, which has infected dozens, is believed to have started in a Disney theme park in Anaheim, California, and has by now spread to six other states and Mexico. “Measles is so contagious —you can run, but you cannot hide,” says Dr. Sharon Humiston, a professor of pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and associate director for research for the Immunization Action Coalition. Much of the blame for the recent outbreak has been placed on relatively low vaccination rates among schoolchildren in Southern California. Many parents in that part of the country forgo vaccines…

what’s in your iphone?

Nobody likes to think his or her iPhone was made from minerals derived from a country where warlords and mass rapists profit from the mines. So a year ago, Apple made a bold claim: It had audited smelters in its supply chain and none of them used tantalum from war-torn regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While Apple acknowledged that it could not make the same claim for gold, tin and tungsten—three other important commodities essential to modern electronics but mined in war zones—the announcement about tantalum was an important step for human rights advocates who have long called for more transparency from international companies. But how can Apple be so sure? Experts note the widespread smuggling of ore across porous borders in areas racked by conflict, with scarce paper trails…