Newsweek October 11, 2013

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chemical peel

Destroying Syria's huge caches of Sarin, mustard gas, VX and other chemical agents won't be easy – or cheap. And President Bashar Hafez al-Assad won't be footing the bill. How much will it cost? Estimates range from several hundred thousand dollars to $1 billion and beyond – perhaps far beyond. It's hard to put a price tag on it because the proposed operation is unprecedented. Not only is the timetable tight but this would also be the first attempt to get rid of toxic agents in an active war zone. The work will be done by employees of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – a Hague-based agency that as a senior diplomat at the U.N. put it is "a charming, dozing organization that suddenly has been reawakened" – who…

open and shut case

It's hard to understand how one person or a small group of people can convince others to do something that will end badly for them. It is still hard to fathom how the cult leader Jim Jones could have persuaded so many intelligent people to drink poisoned Kool-Aid. It should always have been obvious to everyone who followed him into the jungle that it would turn out badly. As a Republican watching a handful of conservative extremists push to either defund Obamacare or shut down the government, it was obvious from the start it wouldn't end well. To make such a prominent and painful mistake makes Republicans like me worry for the survival of our party as a national force. The problem is, the only people who don't recognize the shutdown as…

nice invisibility cloak!

Frank Archibald is a nice guy in a killer job – literally. Last May the affable, hulking former Clemson University football player, 57, was named head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, which is home to the agency's spies and hunter-killer teams, like the ones dispatched to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere in search of al Qaeda and other terrorist spore. Not that you've seen his name all over the news. Breaking with its decades-long practice, the CIA declined to identify Archibald when he was appointed head of the NCS, even though the 30-year veteran's name was well-known among congressional oversight committees, Pentagon counterparts and journalists who cover the CIA, not to mention scores of friendly and not-so-friendly foreign spy services, including Pakistan's, where Archibald served as station chief a…

eight things you don't know about ted cruz

The standard, stirring bootstrap story Ted Cruz tells about himself goes something like this: His father arrived in America from Cuba with nothing but $100 sewn into his underwear; he went to Princeton and then Harvard Law School; he clerked for the chief justice of the United States, repeatedly argued before the Supreme Court; he served as Texas solicitor general for seven years, and 10 months ago, Texans sent him to the U.S. Senate. It's a compelling story, but it leaves out so many other good stories, so here, in splendid listicle form, are eight things you probably don’t know about Cruz, the quick-tweeting Tea Party darling who has brought the Republican Party to its knees. 1. He had a role in Bill Clinton's impeachment Working for Charles Cooper, a partner at a…

daughters of the syrian revolution

Al Marj Settlement, Lebanon - Four million children are caught up in the war in Syria. Thirteen-year-old Rabia is one of them. Tall and gangly, teetering on the verge of womanhood, she sits shivering in a yellow T-shirt at the Al Marj settlement, close to the Lebanese-Syrian border. Home for Rabia (above, left) was once a two-story house near Damascus. Now it is a tent shared with seven siblings and her parents. Rabia’s face is streaked with dirt, and she is tired and cold. She has just finished work, picking up potatoes that fall from a truck. Her typical day starts at 4 a.m., and she works a double shift that lasts about 16 hours, hauling potatoes into sacks. For this, she gets paid about $8 a day. Working means Rabia misses school.…

crossing swords with pirates in cyberspace

The Glen Park public library in San Francisco is usually a quiet, calm place. No more so than the science-fiction section, where nerds congregate to read their emails on the free Wi-Fi. On Tuesday that tranquility was rudely interrupted when half a dozen FBI agents descended on the startled sci-fi guys and surrounded, then arrested, a 29-year-old man quietly working on his laptop. The FBI claims the man it detained, Ross William Ulbricht, is an international drug smuggler known online by the alias Dread Pirate Roberts. They say he is responsible for setting up and running Silk Road, an ingenious underground online illicit marketplace known as "the of illegal drugs." Ulbricht has been hit with a number of serious charges: narcotics trafficking conspiracy (including more than a kilogram of heroin, five…