Newsweek November 26 - December 3, 2012

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r.i.p., twinkies

NATIONAL NOTEBOOK: For anyone who remembers the days before schoolkids ate freerange chicken wraps and kale chips, reading the news Hostess Brands posted on its website Nov. 16 was like watching Howdy Doody get strangled: the 82-year-old company, which makes Wonder Bread, Twinkies, and other triumphs of American food engineering, would shut down immediately and ask a bankruptcy court to let it hold a fire sale on everything it owns. The proximate cause? The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents about 5,000 Hostess Brands workers, wouldn’t sign off on the bankrupt company’s latest reorganization plan and had gone on strike Nov. 12. Claiming that the company lacked “the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in a statement that “Hostess…

katherine boo

THE WHOLE story is improbable: a blonde American woman heads off to one of India’s direst slums. Sure, she’s a staff writer for The New Yorker, and she’s spent years writing brilliantly about poverty in the United States, but once she arrives in India she embeds in the community of Annawadi, a slum exactly as you picture it (hovels made of plastic, a sewage lake, missing limbs) in the shadow of the Mumbai international airport’s glistening hotels. Many of the residents live off the trash tossed out by tourists and the multinational companies who cater to them. In short, these people are the bottom dwellers, the scavengers, the scrappers. But a funny thing happens when you spend nearly four years at the bottom. You see them as people. You see…

an extreme egyptian pyramid scheme

‘FRANÇOIS REAGAN’ France has proved once more that when it comes to addressing the increasingly complex and baffling “Arab Spring,” it is the uncontested leader of the free world. Not content with having led the Western cavalry charge in Libya that resulted in the toppling of the dastardly Gaddafi, the French have seized the Syrian bull by its bloody, battered horns. Last week, François Hollande—whose bookish exterior masks the heart of an interventionist superhero— bestowed his country’s blessing on the coalition of Syrian opposition groups, recognizing it as the legitimate representative of Syria’s hapless people. In becoming the first Western country to offer its imprimatur to the Syrian opposition—and also to withdraw, formally, all recognition from the sanguinary Assad regime—France clearly hopes to spark a series of copy-cat acts of recognition…

the art world’s first responders

IN THE weeks after Sandy swept through New York and New Jersey, while the National Guard was digging out waterfront communities and transit workers were repairing trains and subways, a second wave of help arrived: members of the Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT). They are the art world’s emergency crew, and New York’s waterlogged art is their most daunting project yet. Hurricane Sandy sent 10 feet of briny, sewage-infused storm surge into Chelsea’s galleries and Red Hook’s studios. A single art insurer, AXA, estimated damage to its Chelsea clients at $40 million. “It’s not something we’ve had to deal with before, that scale of loss,” says Eric Pourchot, a director at the American Institute for Conservation, the professional organization that runs CERT. Its hotline received 55 calls in the first 10…

women in miters

THE CHURCH of England’s governing body is likely to approve legislation that, after more than a decade of debate, will allow women to become bishops. But while church disputes—whether the Vatican’s spat with American nuns or the U.S. Episcopal Church’s bitter real-estate wars with its schismatic conservative congregations—are often fractious and furious, the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has insisted on taking a pragmatic course that has kept the Church of England’s heated battles over sexuality and gender at a more measured level. When Williams began his term in office in 2003, the Anglican communion was reeling from a bitter if recently resolved war over female priests. Williams had supported that step and cautiously supported the next—the ordination of female bishops. But he insisted on concessions to the “conscience” of…