Newsweek Sep-05-14

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pulp fiction

He had been dead for over two years, but he still had a magic touch with readers. When best-selling author C. David Heymann’s latest (and last) book, Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love, came out in July, it received the kind of reviews most authors would kill for. The Columbus Dispatch called it an “engrossing portrait.” The Christian Science Monitor and the New York Post raved. Kirkus Reviews said it was “a well-researched story” revealing the “profoundly unethical behavior of the medical and mental health professionals who dealt with [Monroe].” The popular Canadian magazine Maclean’s praised Heymann’s research, finding “his sources credible.” The publisher, a subsidiary of media behemoth CBS, says Joe and Marilyn tells “the riveting true story” of the lusty, tempestuous and brief marriage between the Yankees slugger and the…

richard leakey tries to save the elephants—again

Richard Leakey has returned to Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve, and one of the first social calls he makes is to the local Maasai elders. He says it is traditional in African society that if a known elder—the Swahili word is mzee—travels into other elders’ territory, he should meet with them. “When I ran [the Kenya Wildlife Service] I had a reputation for being on the side of the Maasai, so they know me well,” he says. “When we arrived this morning, word went out that I was here.” The Maasai elders are clearly delighted to see mzee. They gather around him, and for the next 10 minutes there is an exuberant exchange in Swahili, with Leakey telling them that he understands they have great challenges but that he appreciates what they…

assassin’s creed: taking out individuals as a war strategy

Since the deaths of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, the very term assassination has meant one thing: regime change by homicide. But over the last dozen years, the targeted killing of terrorists -- or assassinations -- has become a legitimate tool in the western arsenal. Israel was the first country to incorporate targeted assassination into its law books, followed by America, which since the September 11, 2001, attacks has perfected the use of sophisticated drones to target terrorist leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But many international and human right organizations still frown on the practice. “As a matter of principle, the United Nations is against extrajudicial executions,” Stéphane Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman, told me. And indeed, when an Israeli airstrike Thursday killed some of the most senior military leaders of Hamas in…

for st. louis gangs, ferguson has become a recruiting tool

As they ran through a cloud of tear gas during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, Andre Ellis, 17, linked arms with Graig “Shine” Cook, a self identified Bloods gang member who’d befriended him two nights earlier. “What we doing now that they gassed us?” asked Ellis, the Bloods’s newest recruit, half his face covered with a red handkerchief traditionally worn by the gang’s members. “Should we go home?” “Nah, we going to get more batch,” said Cook, using a slang term for the mixture of gasoline and nail polish remover that a handful of protesters had used to make the Molotov cocktails they’d hurled at police. “Then we coming back on them bitches.” Ellis followed Cook down a side street littered with spent bullet casings. There, half a dozen Bloods members and…

hearts and minds and isis

Sometimes, terrorists are the best teachers. Americans tend to be irrational about terrorism. Someone living in the U.S. is thousands of times more likely to die in a car accident than to ever be killed in a terrorist attack. Not only are successful strikes on American soil incredibly rare, but—even in 2001, the year of the 9/11 attack—more people in the U.S. died from falls around the home than from terrorism. That said, there is one bitter reality every intelligence official I know recognizes: While the probability of a particular American dying in a terror attack is infinitesimal, the chance that the country will be struck by terrorists again is close to 100 percent. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are extremely skilled at disrupting terror plots, but sometimes the difference between an…

who you calling parochial?

International air travel is not for the fainthearted. Long airport lines, intrusive security checks, extra baggage fees and cramped seating define the experience. Crossing borders by car is no solution. Long lines, gruff immigration officers and heightened security often create numbing delays. Yet despite all the indignities and costs of travel, more Americans than ever hold passports. Last year, the number of Americans with a valid passport hit a record 117,443,735. That’s more than double the number a decade earlier, and a huge jump from the number of American passports in the 1980s. Today more than 1 in 3 Americans have a valid passport, versus 1 in 30 back in 1989. Growth in the number of U.S. passports has been under way for a while. Valid passports quadrupled during the 1990s. Since…