Newsweek Feb-21-14

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we the unwanted, doing the unthinkable

At about 3 a.m. on March 1, 2003, Pakistani intelligence agents rushed into a house at 18a Nisar Road in Rawalpindi, a city near Islamabad. Inside the residence, which belonged to an aging microbiologist, they found the sleeping form of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is alleged to have planned the 9/11 attacks. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence handed him to the Central Intelligence Agency, which took him to a covert prison in Poland, where he was waterboarded 183 times. Then, in 2006, Mohammed was moved to the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, where he faces trial before an American military tribunal. If convicted, he and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators will probably face the death penalty. Last month, Marine Corporal Eric Morante was also at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. Unlike Mohammed,…

is google making the digital divide worse?

In the future envisioned by Google, Internet access will be a basic human right. Through its Roots in Science and Engineering Awards, the company plans to spend $1.5 million this year to support computer science education around the world. Through Project Link, a fiber-optic network is emerging in Kampala, Uganda, and last summer, Project Loon launched 30 balloons into the stratosphere over New Zealand, each beaming a 3G-comparable connection across a 25-mile range. The company is even footing the bill to connect dozens of parks in San Francisco, plus a wide swath of the neighborhood around its headquarters in New York City. Amid all this farflung experimentation, one project has emerged as its standard-bearer, promising the full egalitarian potential of the Internet: Google Fiber. But for all the lofty rhetoric, Google…

belting out a revolution in kiev

On a freezing night in December, standing on a stage set up among tents and would-be revolutionaries in Maidan, Kiev’s main square, the Ukrainian pop star Ruslana shouted to protesters to stay peaceful as police began to surround them. “I am not afraid of your clubs! I am not afraid of your gas attacks!” Ruslana screamed into the microphone. “I am just a singer, singing songs for peace in Ukraine!” Though the Ukrainian police force, the Berkut, attempted to break through barricades made of scrap wood and metal, protesters, energized by Ruslana’s voice, managed to prevent a clash. Throughout the night, Ruslana repeatedly sang Ukraine’s national anthem and her own songs, hopping up and down both to stay warm and urging protesters to sing and dance, too. Eventually, the Berkut retreated, and…

pussy riot: we were pummeled and pepper sprayed in sochi

Earlier this week, a group of local civil rights activists took their friends, members of the band Pussy Riot, on a sightseeing stroll around downtown Sochi. They had not got far, carrying their trademark balaclava helmets and with guitars hung over their shoulders, when a large group of police from an “anti-extremism” unit that monitors political activists arrived to detain them. The reason given sounded peculiar: Pussy Riot and the activists were invited to accompany officials to the police station as witnesses in a case of a woman’s stolen purse. The detention order came from officials dressed in civilian clothes who were in charge of the operation. They refused to show their badges or any official ID. Within minutes, the police had twisted the arms of the Pussy Riot members and their friends…

ukraine: heading for civil war

For the past two days tanks have burned on the streets of Kiev, government buildings have gone up in flames, and by some reports up to 90 people - including 10 policemen - lay dead. In Lviv, Ukraine rebels stormed and occupied the prosecutor’s office, while antigovernment protesters reoccupied Kiev’s central square and held more than 50 police officers captive. On Thursday, Ukraine’s acting interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko authorized security forces to use combat weapons against protesters. Ukraine’s Euro-Maidan is no longer a protest movement: It’s a revolution. “The state has launched a war against its own people,” former world-champion boxer and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told reporters. He is right: After a threemonth standoff with protesters, embattled President Viktor Yanukovych has decided to take back control of his own capital, apparently at…

the ghost town that wouldn’t die

If you know of Famagusta, the city on the eastern seaboard of the small island of Cyprus, located beneath Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, it is probably because you have heard about a beautiful ghost town within it called Varosha, frozen in time for 40 years now. You may have heard about its once-regal status as the Middle East’s Mayan Riviera, of its crescent white sand beach that lured 10,000 tourists at a time, from all over the world. Movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor and pop groups like ABBA. You may have heard that the region’s waterfront hotels are now empty and rotting, crawling with snakes, fenced off at each end of the beach and guarded by young conscripts of the Turkish army who whistle sharply at tourists daring to flaunt…