Newsweek Jun-06-14

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game of thrones

The conservatives were ornery, even angry. They had come to see their hero speak, and their patience with the patrician, Yale-educated Bush, second on the bill, was short—especially when he chided the conservative main attraction. The crowd booed. “I never saw such a wild bunch of monkeys,” he later recalled. It was a not an atypical moment for a Bush, trying to reach out to conservatives and finding them congenitally wary of an Eastern Brahmin more comfortable at Skull and Bones than throwing red meat. This moment didn’t come in 1964, as George H.W. Bush ran for a Senate seat as an ally of Barry Goldwater. It didn’t come in 1980s, when he was Ronald Reagan’s running mate. It didn’t come when George W. Bush ran for president in 2000. It came in…

the birdman’s vengeful ghost

The Pas courthouse in the backwoods of Manitoba sits near the local jail, set back from the road by a quarter-mile of rolling green lawn. It’s a nondescript, one-story brick building that serves the small communities in the upper reaches of Canada’s Keystone province, where land disputes, petty theft and public drunkenness charges are brought before provincial judges and usually resolved with a handshake and a finger-wag. Last December, just a few days before Christmas, Shelly Lynne Chartier, a 29-year-old recluse with a sixth-grade education, was in that courthouse, accused of masterminding an elaborate Web scam that ensnared both celebrities and their fans. Authorities say her ruse was one of the most sophisticated they’ve ever seen. It lasted nearly three years and tormented at least 11 victims, including a B-list actress,…

hilde’s war

South Sudan is a desperate country. Cursed with the legacy of Africa’s longest running civil war, with disease, hunger, famine, violence and corruption, it struggled to renew itself in 2011, when it separated from the North. Even then, fresh with the energy of a new country, there was much at stake: a lingering ethnic tension from a 40-year war that had left 2 million dead, and weak government and infrastructure. In a country slightly larger than France, paved roads still total less than 100 kilometers. There is a lack of skilled labor. Illiteracy rates—especially among women—are nearly 85 percent. There is high infant mortality. South Sudan is one of the worst countries in the world for giving birth: A girl is more likely to die in childbirth than she is to get…

prison officers need help, but they won’t ask for it

“My girlfriend is going to kill herself,” the woman said. “I have a girlfriend who’s a corrections officer, and she’s talking about killing herself. I just don’t know what to do.” Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association, is recounting a phone call he received two weeks ago from a distraught woman named Melanie. After almost 20 years working under the relentless stress of a New York City jail, Melanie’s corrections officer girlfriend had had enough. Seabrook sent one of his union’s board members to the institution where the officer in question worked. “She lost it,” says Seabrook. “Turns out we found a straight-edge razor in her car, she’s threatening to commit suicide.... She was taken to Beth Israel hospital. Nineteen years as a New York City…

shares and not share alike

There are two things you can count on when you watch the nightly news or listen to the news on the radio. You’ll get a weather report and, even though it may be brief, a stock market update. What’s strange about that? While the weather affects everyone, the stock market doesn’t. In fact, since the financial crisis hit in 2007, the stock market has become increasingly irrelevant to more Americans. According to Gallup, 65 percent of Americans said they owned stocks either personally or jointly with a spouse in 2007. Currently, only 54 percent of Americans do, and that includes any ownership at all, even a single share or a few hundred dollars in a mutual fund. Compared with last year’s survey, there’s been a small uptick in stock ownership. According to…

‘someday there will be a massacre’

For Yunus Bekar, working in the Soma coal mine in Turkey and supporting the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were all part of a day’s work. On a Sunday in March, Bekar and many of his fellow laborers gave up their day off and filed on to company buses bound for nearby Manisa. The destination: an election rally held by Erdogan, which the workers were paid 50 Turkish lira to attend—the equivalent of about $25, or an eight-hour day shift in the mine. “I didn’t want to go, but I felt I had to,” recalls Bekar, a 38-year-old miner, speaking two months later in hushed and angry tones on a side street in his hometown of Avdan. Bekar is dressed for the funeral of a friend’s son, but is still unsure…