Newsweek May 3, 2013

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the most hated bangladeshi

Was your shirt or jeans stitched by one of the nearly 3,000 garment workers who were injured or killed in the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh? You might want to check the label. In the week since an eight-story, four-factory complex collapsed, records and physical debris have revealed a growing list of international retailers tied to the suppliers housed in the Rana Plaza building. More than a dozen brands have been identified— including big names like the Children’s Place, Benetton, Mango, and Primark—and a number of these companies have emerged to explain their association with the shoddily built illegal building that housed the factories. But in an assembly line with so many middlemen, who’s to blame? Some people clearly think Bangladeshi property tycoon Sohel Rana. Dubbed “The Most Hated Bangladeshi” by The New…

dirty talk

RESEARCHERS IN London have begun to examine that most mysterious of sexual signals: the human voice. These phonetic scientists, not content to let the allure of a sexy, sultry voice go unexplained, have dissected the sound into small, explainable components. Their article, just published in the prestigious medical and scientific journal PLOS One, is full of technical terms and way too much math, but it is a truly great read. Consider the bluntness of its first claim: “Physically attractive men and women enjoy enhanced success in dating, job applications, and elections.” Or even the setup of the study itself: 10 young men listened to a recorded British female voice cooing “Good luck with your exams” three ways: normal, breathy, and “pressed,” meaning “pressured.” Then the lucky male listeners ranked the attractiveness…

gatsby before he was great

EVERY TWO dozen years or so, an adaptation of The Great Gatsby appears on the silver screen: in 1926, 1949, 1974, and now. If this fourth effort, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is to serve a purpose at all, it would be to send us back to the brooding grandeur of the original text, containing “a great deal of underlying thought of unusual quality,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s editor Maxwell Perkins had described it. But the book that rolled out under the night in roaring 1925 was not the original. The Great Gatsby actually began with a manuscript that Fitzgerald had submitted a year earlier with the title “Trimalchio,” after the parvenu who threw wild orgies in Petronius’s Roman novel Satyricon. As it turns out, the cleft between…

seyyed shamseddin hosseini

ALMOST A year after the United States and the European Union imposed unprecedentedly harsh sanctions against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, the country is not only surviving, it is thriving. At least that’s the spin from Iran’s Finance Minister Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini. “Iran’s economy is becoming more lively and energetic,” said Hosseini in an interview. Sanctions, which target oil exports and the country’s ability to use international banking for trade, have cut Iran’s oil sales in half and badly hurt the country’s currency and ability to trade internationally. But Iran does seem to be adapting, even if this comes at the expense of private industry. The influential Revolutionary Guards, the alternative military close to the regime, is gobbling up industries and profiting from smuggling as sanctions weaken the economy, analysts…

punk, from holed to holy

THAT THE punk movement, nearly 40 years after it was born, will be feted at this year’s annual Met Ball, the gala that kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibit, shows us just how far the onetime subculture has come. A style that began as the provenance of street kids will now occupy rarefied museum space at one of the world’s foremost art institutions. PUNK: Chaos to Couture dives earnestly into the famed movement’s long-lasting effects on aesthetic culture. The exhibit showcases the style of its illustrious ’70s figureheads: Patti Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Sid Vicious, and Richard Hell to name a few. The remnants of their holed (and holy) garments are paired alongside contemporary high-fashion labels like Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thom Browne, and John Galliano,…

prison break

AT A press conference on Tuesday, President Obama vented about his inability to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay—which is back in the news thanks to a hunger strike involving as many as 100 detainees. “It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing,” he said, adding that it remains a “recruitment tool for extremists.” He blamed Congress for blocking his initial efforts to close the facility and promised to “go back at this.” Which raises the question, what exactly are Obama’s options for resolving this festering 12-year-old problem? First, there are some steps he can take without Congress. Of the 166 detainees who remain at the prison (down from 270 when Obama took office), 86 have been cleared to be transferred to other countries…