Newsweek May-08-15

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can america win a war?

The two divisions, totaling nearly 22,000 men, were massed on the east bank of the river. With their superior numbers, arms and veteran officers, not to mention a long tradition of battlefield triumphs, they were confident of routing the ragtag band of rebels hiding in the woods and marshes on the other bank. The signal was given, and the first artillery volley fired. The soldiers moved out, crossed the river—and marched into military history. Within three days, the two divisions were annihilated, and their commander's head was severed and sent back across the lines as a message: Don't come back. This was not a battle from the worst days of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. It was the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, nine years after the birth of Christ, in…

the end of sweet briar college and the problem with women's colleges

I liked my college experience. A lot. At Dartmouth, where I went to school, the joke is that die-hard alumni bleed green—I once met an older alum who decorated his entire company's office in green, which is our school color as well as our mascot. But having spent a couple of weeks interviewing graduates of Sweet Briar College, a private women's liberal arts school in rural Virginia, I now understand that there is an even higher plane of collegiate adulation, and these women inhabit it. "We were all sitting back in athletic clothing, probably not looking the best if a boy walked into the dining hall," says Tracy Stuart, who graduated in 1993. "No one had shaved their legs, and nobody cared either. Someone looked to me and said, 'This is…

iran is being courted by european business and big oil

In downtown Tehran, the German electronics powerhouse Siemens AG opens and closes for business each day. But since 2010, no new business has been done there. "You walk in the door and the staff will tell you, 'We are keeping the office open until the Iranian sanctions are lifted,'" says Michael Tockuss, managing board member of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Association, in Hamburg, Germany. "People forget that many companies, like Siemens, have a history with Iran that goes back more than 100 years. They stick to the rules, but they keep up the relationship." For Big Oil, the payoff for keeping up the relationship could be enormous, which is why oil multinationals are discreetly, but assiduously, courting Iran's oil ministry. The Islamic Republic possesses almost 10 percent of the world's…

on the ground in a flattened kathmandu

KATHMANDU, Nepal—The plane circled Kathmandu for almost two hours. We turned right, then right, then right again. Every other turn, I could see the Himalayas in the distance; the sun set midway through our sixth or seventh lap. It wasn't clear we'd be able to land. Just a few hours earlier, a second major earthquake had shaken the area, a 6.4 aftershock to Saturday's disastrous 7.8-grade event. When we finally did touch down and disembark on Sunday, we were met with packed gates, travelers camped out waiting for the next flight and lines of people seeking tickets out--lines stretching all through the airport and out the door, where they stood shoulder to shoulder in the rain. Taxi rates were 10 times the usual because no one wanted to be on the road:…

e-cigarette use triples among teens

E-cigarette use among teenagers has tripled since 2013, and the number of teens smoking tobacco products has increased for the first time in a generation, according to a study released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report found a "striking increase" in the number of students using e-cigarettes and hookah pipes from 2013 to 2014. More than 2.4 million middle and high school students now smoke e-cigarettes, up from 780,000 the year prior, while the number who smoke hookah doubled to 1.5 million. For the first time since the CDC started recording data for their use in 2011, e-cigarettes have surpassed any other form of tobacco in terms of popularity, according to the report. "We're having to play Whack-A-Mole with different tobacco products," said Tom Frieden, director…

the 'flash crash' case doesn't add up

Few things are more satisfying than watching corporate criminals get what they deserve. The damage these people inflict on their victims always outweighs the impact of some schmuck who robs a liquor store. But all too often the silk-suited crowd gets off without even a hand slap, while the other crook gets dumped in prison for decades. Unfortunately, the widespread knowledge that the rich often go unpunished can create a different problem: a societal bloodlust to punish someone—anyone—for a financial catastrophe, even when those waving pitchforks and torches can't point to any law that was broken. That is why so many convictions in high-profile white-collar cases result in reversals: lousy cases that never should have been brought. Virtually every jury verdict in cases brought against Wall Streeters in the 1980s was…