Newsweek November 8, 2013

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camelot 101

No one could ever accuse Newsweek of undcovering the Kennedy administration. From JFK’s narrow victory in the 1960 election through his inauguration, the Cuban missile crisis, the nuclear test-ban treaty with the Soviets, and his assassination 50 years ago, Newsweek documented it all. For this week’s cover story, we distilled the thousand days of JFK’s presidency into 101 tweets, each one linking to an original Newsweek story that covered the event just after it happened. Readers have the chance to see how the magazine portrayed serious events like the March on Washington and the Space Race, as well as lighter moments, like a story about how Caroline Kennedy enjoyed life in the White House. The result, we hope, provides a glimpse into a tumultuous and uncertain time of American history.…

waiting for the next revolution

Amadou Janneh knows firsthand the price of resistance in the Gambia. He was in prison in September last year when nine prisoners were dragged from the cells around him and taken to the firing squad. None had more than a moment’s warning that they were to be shot dead. “At around 9:30 p.m., they just came in and selected nine,” Janneh says. “It was somewhat random. No witnesses, nothing.” It was the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and religious leaders had been petitioning Gambia’s unpredictable president, Yahya Jammeh, to address appalling conditions in the prisons and pardon political prisoners. Instead of offering clemency, though, Jammeh declared that the backlog of inmates on death row would be cleared within a month. The executions began five days later. Jammeh is an…

ripping you off a penny at a time

A fabulously successful new way to get rich in America is spreading fast, yet hardly anyone but those building these new fortunes knows about it. The genius of this technique is that it requires virtually no capital, involves no risk and does not require years of striving to make it big. It does not even depend on creating the proverbial better mousetrap. So why has hardly anyone noticed this easy way to accumulate billions of dollars? The answer is that these new fortunes are being built a penny at a time and, sometimes, just a fraction of a penny. A penny does not seem like much. In fact it is so little that it costs the United States Mint 2.14 cents just to make a penny. (Nickels cost more than 11 cents…

and they’re off

It may be three years away, but the 2016 presidential election cast a long shadow over the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia. Now the results are in, it begs the question: What does the re-election of a Republican governor in true blue New Jersey and the election of a high profile Hillary Clinton ally in deep purple Virginia tell us about the next presidential contest? On Tuesday night, the popular and larger-than-life Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, trounced a little-known middle-ground Democratic state senator by winning over large swathes of women and minority voters who are typically wary of today’s GOP, the party that largely caters to old white males. Two hundred miles southwest in Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary and Bill Clinton,…

baby you can drive my car

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that there are three types of people in this world: “those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” Manal al-Sharif, a 34-year-old computer scientist, is in the process of moving something momentous - the Saudi Arabian cultural taboo of allowing the women to get behind a wheel. But her activism is in the face of a repressed kingdom. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy and the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. Sunni and tribal tradition define the rights of its 20 million women. “People are completely isolated in decision making,” she says. And yet, al-Sharif’s protest movement is having more effect than just the future of women drivers. In the same way the frustrations and actions of Mohammed…

cold turkey

Turkey is looking around for new allies - and that is not good news for America. Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long been essential to President Barack Obama’s strategy in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and although he boasts the second largest army in the American-led NATO, he is currently exploring new alliances with some of America’s main commercial and political competitors and long-established enemies. By reaching out to countries like China and Iran, Erdogan is expressing his disappointment at America’s perceived withdrawal from the region, according to some foreign policy analysts. He has snubbed advances from America’s arms manufacturers, hosted top officials from Tehran and deepened a rift with Israel, its former ally. Others believe he is returning to his former policy, long considered a failure, of…