Winners & Losers

Winners Simon & Schuster: Even POTUS is shilling for Musharraf’s new book. Jacob Zuma: The corruption charges against him are thrown out for now, paving the way for a populist presidential bid. Noam Chomsky: Turns out a plug from Hugo Chávez is even better than one from Oprah. Musicians: Can take their instruments on planes once ...

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Winners

Simon & Schuster: Even POTUS is shilling for Musharraf's new book.

Jacob Zuma: The corruption charges against him are thrown out for now, paving the way for a populist presidential bid.

Winners

Simon & Schuster: Even POTUS is shilling for Musharraf’s new book.

Jacob Zuma: The corruption charges against him are thrown out for now, paving the way

for a populist presidential bid.

Noam Chomsky: Turns out a plug from Hugo Chávez is even better than one from Oprah.

Musicians: Can take their instruments on planes once more. Just don’t strike up Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Barack Obama: Rocked in Iowa last weekend and is heading back for an encore next Saturday. Now, why would he want to do that?

Losers

Kofi Annan: Top leaders blow off his farewell while Chávez, Ahmadinejad and Co. turn the General Assembly into an old fashioned hate-fest.

Congressional Democrats: White House and Congress thrash out a compromise on detainees, and the Dems are nowhere to be seen.

Thai PM Thaksin: Leaves his country only to find that it has left him. To add insult to

injury, he’s at Turtle Bay with fellow world leaders when everything goes downhill—awkward! 

Aging Hollywood celebs: The price of a facelift increased 16 percent in the last 12 months. 

Hungarian PM: Ferenc Gyurcsany should have saved the confession for his memoirs.

James Forsyth is assistant editor at Foreign Policy.

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