COVER: "Giving Globally: How to Heal The World" (p. 51). General Editor Mary Carmichael profiles four people who, 211 years after Edward Jenner immunized his first patient, are working to bring lifesaving vaccines to children around the world in developing countries, where immunization is still stuck in the 18th century. Working to wipe out the big global killers -- HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, which together take 6 million lives each year -- is a doctor who's making it easier to do high-tech science in low-tech environments; a biologist who has spent 23 years failing to defeat HIV and trying, trying again; an engineer who thinks patients can ward off disease with a cheap inhalable powder, and a banker who has improved the health of poor people by getting rich people to invest in bonds.
"Cool, Clear Water" (p. 71). Tokyo Bureau Chief Christian Caryl reports that while more than 1 billion people live without safe drinking water due to climate change, population growth and spreading deserts, new programs all over the world are rediscovering and proving the usefulness of "primitive" water systems such as the forgotten Chinese foot pumps, buried aqueducts and other ancient water-supply technologies. While the ancient systems may never entirely supplant modern, mechanized solutions, they also shouldn't be written off.
"Give One, Get One" (p. 72). Senior Editor Steven Levy reports that the $100 (really $188) laptop -- a project to deliver millions of cheap computers to kids in developing countries -- is ready to change the world, if people will buy it for the kids who need it. One Laptop Per Child will launch the "Give 1 Get 1" promotion for two weeks in November, allowing benefactors can get one of the laptops for themselves for $399, a price that includes a second laptop to be delivered to a child.
"A Reward for Good Behavior" (p. 74). Special Correspondent Emily Flynn Vencat profiles Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese businessman and billionaire who will announce the first winner of his foundation's Achievement in African Leadership Prize -- a $5 million award, spread out over 10 years, and $200,000 per year beyond that, until death -- given to African leaders who rule responsibly with no clouds over their tenure. They will be judged by how well they've performed in eight categories, and to collect, they will have to leave office when their term ends. Only democratically elected sub-Saharan leaders can qualify.
"Saving the World Is Within Our Grasp" (p. 76). Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates writes on the progress being made in worldwide health initiatives for developing countries. "Today governments, aid groups and communities are simply refusing to accept the notion that diseases like malaria and tuberculosis will haunt us forever. The evidence is in: these problems can be solved," he writes. "I believe we stand at a moment of unequaled opportunity. Governments must now step up to the plate with more money -- wisely targeted -- to expand effective global health programs to reach all those in need. Businesses, community groups and individuals all play a role as well ... I'm now more convinced than ever that we can create a healthier world for everyone."
INTERNATIONAL: "The Whispers of War" (p. 28). Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Dan Ephron and Investigative Correspondent Mark Hosenball report on Israel's mysterious military strike in Syria that may end in a much larger conflict resulting in war with Iran. Fearing Tehran's nuclear power, Israel is reviewing its options including the use of force, something that worries the Pentagon.
"Blackwater Down" (p. 32). Senior Editor Michael Hirsh and Baghdad Correspondent Larry Kaplow report that the Bush administration's reliance on private security companies like Blackwater USA may be undermining the president's surge plan, which requires winning over the local population. The security firm is seen by many Iraqis as the face of a malignant occupation.
POLITICS: "The Miracle Workers" (p. 34). Washington Correspondent Eve Conant reports that Democrats are courting evangelicals in an effort to win over a constituency that has been solidly Republican for a quarter century. They are hoping to take advantage of deepening discontent with the GOP among some evangelicals. No one expects miracles, of course. For now, the Democrats' best target may be Hispanics, the fastest-growing subset of evangelicals.
"The Compromise of a Conservative" (p. 36). Senior Writer and Political Correspondent Jonathan Darman reports that one sign that Newt Gingrich may be more serious than people think about running for president: he's been talking down his party's chances in 2008. Foreseeing gloom, Gingrich may be positioning himself as a kind of latter-day Barry Goldwater, a candidate conservatives can be proud to vote for in a year when they face near-certain defeat.
CONTROVERSY: "Let's Make An Oil Deal" (p. 38). Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe and Special Correspondent Gretel C. Kovach report that Texas tycoon Ray Hunt, a friend of the Bush family, may be undermining Iraqi peace because of a secretly-negotiated oil-exploration deal his company, Hunt Oil, struck with leaders in Iraq's Kurdish controlled North. Bush detractors have accused the president of helping a contributor line his pockets at the expense of Iraqi peace.
FAREED ZAKARIA: "It's Not 'Star Wars'" (p. 40). Robert A. Heffner III, the founder of GHK, a natural gas exploration and production company, tells Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria that he believes natural gas needs to be central to any strategy to transition beyond fossil fuels. When asked why we are not moving faster toward a natural-gas economy, he says, "First, natural gas has never had a political lobby, so there's never been policy to foster the development of natural gas."
CHINA: "Shanghai Softens Up (p. 42). Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu reports that Shanghai, often known for overpriced real estate and greed, wants to show the world that they and their compatriots can be warmhearted, too. They are preparing to host to the Special Olympics World Summer Games -- the first time the games will be held in Asia-welcoming 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the globe.
HEALTH: "Who Should Pay For Health Benefits?" (p. 44). Midwest Bureau Chief Keith Naughton reports that America's unions are starting to shoulder the burden of medical costs. Car companies are negotiating with the United Auto Workers to rid themselves of their retiree medical obligations by setting up a union-controlled trust known as a voluntary employees' beneficiary association, or VEBA. The deal could become a template for all of America's 15.4 million unionized workers, from factories to classrooms to cop cars.
ENVIRONMENT: "The Freegan Ride" (p. 46). Associate Editor Raina Kelley writes about the month she spent living as a "freegan," eating a vegan diet, spending as little as possible on food, scrupulously recycling and reusing, and reducing her carbon footprint as much as possible.
BOOKS: "Giving Up The Ghost" (p. 79). Senior Editor David Gates profiles author Philip Roth, who many argue is one of the greatest American novelists in recent years. In his new book, "Exit Ghost," Roth puts his longtime alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, out of his misery. While Roth, at 74, won't miss him -- he's on to the next -- his readers might.
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