Newsweek Jan-16-15

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the turbulent genius of david foster wallace

Read what follows with a stern caveat emptor in mind, for it has been written by an unabashed David Foster Wallace fanboy, one of those forlorn, bespectacled young men covertly handed a copy of Infinite Jest in his formative years, and who subsequently recited passages from the novel the way early Christians, hiding in dim catacombs, must have read with secret, feverish ecstasy from the epistles of Paul. You know the kind: mop-haired hipsters dragging themselves through The Broom of the System, Wallace's first novel, getting their angry fix from the essays of A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider the Lobster. I was one of them. I am one of them still. For a while in the mid-aughts, I drifted from the Wallace tribe. He'd published a…

is putin's hammer rubber?

When it comes to finely calibrated police brutality, Moscow's riot cops are masters of the art. When several thousand Muscovites gathered on Manezh Square just before New Year's Eve to protest the jailing of a leading opposition activist, the paramilitary police were ready and waiting. Two hundred "troublemakers" were picked out of the crowd and quickly arrested by police spotters armed with photos grabbed from Facebook and earlier protests. When veteran anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny emerged from the metro to lead the protest, a wedge of officers piled hard and fast into the crowd to grab him. Within just 14 seconds, Navalny was enclosed in a phalanx of muscle and hard plastic, dragged into a police van and driven away. Two hours later, the crowd had been chased from the square…

the winter of egypt's dissent

A year ago, three journalists working for Qatar's Al-Jazeera English network suddenly found themselves caught up in Egypt's harsh security crackdown following the military's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader. Two of them, Australian Peter Greste, an award-winning former BBC correspondent, and Mohammed Fahmy, an Egyptian-born Canadian, were arrested when police burst into their office suite in Cairo's Marriott Hotel. The third, Egyptian freelance producer Baher Mohammed, was led away in handcuffs from his Cairo home after police shot his dog, Gatsby. The journalists, locked away in Cairo's fortress-like Tora prison complex on the edge of the desert, were accused of helping a "terrorist organization" by broadcasting what Egyptian authorities said were erroneous reports reflecting Qatar's sympathies for the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. After a lengthy…

two numbers: sun, sea and stitches

If you're thinking of a trip to India, you may imagine the majesty of the Taj Mahal, the thrill of an elephant ride or a chance to eat exotic curries. What you're probably not imagining is checking into a hospital for major surgery. Yet an increasing number of Americans are doing just that. Americans are choosing to travel to countries such as India, Thailand and Mexico, as well as European destinations such as Germany, for medical procedures. The reason is simple: money. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls this medical tourism and forecasts the industry will grow as costs continue to rise in the U.S. for things like hip and knee replacements, back surgery and cosmetic work. In 2007, 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical treatment, according to the WHO, which…

the madness of mariupol

Mariupol Mayor Yury Khotlubei convenes his war council in a drafty hall in the former Continental Hotel, a mint-green palace built more than a century ago. Forty men sit before him in white plastic lawn chairs, several in fatigues and one with an assault rifle slung across his back. One by one, as Khotlubei barks out their last names, they rise to report on the status of policing, utilities and the delivery of supplies to the Ukrainian soldiers dug in on the outskirts of town. A giant Christmas tree with no decorations looms in the corner. The faded hotel will have to do, as Khotlubei's city hall is a burned-out shell, the result of fighting between pro-Russian militants and government troops before Kiev reasserted its authority over Mariupol in June. The…

the friendlier needle

Americans stick a lot of needles in their veins. There's an estimated 2.7 million vein sticks every day in the U.S., and blood tests inform over 70 percent of medical decisions. Venipuncture is a ubiquitous function of modern medicine; between blood draws for annual checkups, IVs, blood donations and more, nurses are constantly seeking out the right vein to delicately skewer. But despite the pervasiveness of the procedure, drawing blood remains an arduous task. Finding a vein is often difficult; an estimated 30 percent of patients require multiple sticks. AccuVein, a New York-based company, recently developed a device that could help put an end to missed veins. It uses noninvasive infrared technology to project an image of a person's veins onto the skin's surface; when a patient's arm is scanned, the musculature…