Newsweek Mar-27-15

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will amanda knox be dragged back to italy in murder case?

The scene in Perugia played out like a colorized version of that harrowing mob scene in Frankenstein—outraged villagers storming the castle to slay the monster who has been terrorizing them. But this bogeyman was a pretty American exchange student sometimes known as Foxy Knoxy, and the villagers were modern-day Italians whipped to a froth by tabloid headlines about resplendent Satanic rituals and depraved sex. In 2009, two years after the murder of a British student found half-naked, her throat slashed, and following a yearlong trial, a Perugia judge and jury convicted Amanda Knox and two others of murder at mezzanotte—midnight. With a cold fog snaking over the cobbled piazza, they rendered their verdict in a medieval courtroom while seated beneath a peeling fresco of the Madonna, which may explain why all…

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is pablo iglesias spain’s barack obama or its vladimir lenin?

In 2008, when the global economy cratered, Lola Sánchez Caldentey lost her job teaching at a public school in her native Murcia, a small city in southeastern Spain. She also lost her faith in the future. She was 28 years old. With unemployment in the country at Weimar Republic levels, Sánchez had unwillingly joined Spain’s “lost generation”—smart, educated 20-somethings with sad prospects for a decent job. Like many of her peers, she decided she had no choice but to leave the country, traveling first to Iceland, where she taught Spanish, and then Scotland, where she found work as a waitress. She even tried the United States, waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant. After each stint abroad, she came home in search of a better job, to no avail. “I couldn’t have…

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afghan women dread departure of u.s. forces

When a shepherd’s daughter from northern Afghanistan succeeded in sending the four policemen who had gangraped her to jail, it seemed to be a turning point for Afghan women. In May 2012, 21-year-old Lal Bibi from Kunduz was repeatedly raped for five days by local policemen. One of them had had a dispute with her cousin, and Lal Bibi was the object of their revenge. Such stories, sadly common in Afghanistan, usually end there—with the girl shamed, unmarriageable and perhaps outcast in a shelter, while the perpetrators go free—for this is a society where men with guns have power. Lal Bibi ended up in a shelter, broken and unable to speak. But her family stood up for her, particularly her grandfather. In the shelter she met Mary Akrami, an activist who runs the…

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syrian life expectancy drops over 20 years

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, a new report says life expectancy for Syrians has plummetedby more than 20 years over the course of the war. Before 2011, Syrians could expect to live, on average, 79.5 years. In 2014, life expectancy dropped to 55.7, according to “Syria: Alienation and Violence, Impact of the Syria Crisis,” a report published this month by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, in Damascus. “There was a substantial increase in death rates due to the crisis, especially conflict-related deaths, which almost doubled in 2014,” said Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), one of the U.N. agencies that helped with the report. “Increasing death rates among youth, who had a low…

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the ugly civil war in american medicine

Updated | Are physicians in the United States getting dumber? That is what one of the most powerful medical boards is suggesting, according to its critics. And, depending on the answer, tens of millions of dollars funneled annually to this non-profit organization are at stake. The provocative question is a rhetorical weapon in a bizarre war, one that could transform medicine for years. On one side is the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which certifies that doctors have met nationally recognized standards, and has been advocating for more testing of physicians. On the other side are tens of thousands of internists, cardiologists, kidney specialists and the like who say the ABIM has forced them to do busywork that serves no purpose other than to fatten the board’s bloated coffers. “We don’t…

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china’s not-so-secret game plan

For all the bloodcurdling horrors inflicted daily by the Islamic State (ISIS), and with all the high-stakes drama of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, it’s easy these days to forget what may well be this generation’s most important foreign policy challenge for the United States: dealing with the rise of an ever-more-powerful China. For decades now—going back to China’s historic opening under Deng Xiaoping—the prevailing notion in the United States has been that Washington and its allies must help China incorporate itself into the world’s existing structures (its security arrangements, trading system, dispute-settlement organizations, multilateral institutions, etc.). As Beijing grew ever larger economically (and thus more powerful geopolitically), it needed, in other words, to find a home in a system drawn up and largely led by the United States in the…