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September 2008

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Sarah Palin’s Hot Pursuit

When the Republican vice presidential nominee contradicted her running mate’s position on Pakistan Saturday, she accidentally stumbled onto a fierce debate about the new laws of warfare.

The List: Murder Capitals of the World

Reliable global crime statistics are hard to come by, but here are five cities that stand in a class all their own when it comes to brutal, homicidal violence.

Seven Questions: How to Clean up Toxic Waste

Raghuram G. Rajan, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, says that the Treasury Department’s $700 billion bailout plan is flawed and argues that the private sector needs to step in and help out—or risk a mammoth public backlash.

What Petraeus Understands

Now that he has left Iraq in better shape than he found it, can Gen. David Petraeus save Afghanistan and the rest of the region? He’ll need to apply some tough lessons from Baghdad to his new challenge—just not the ones you think.

Photo Essay: China’s Poisoned Milk Scandal

China’s latest consumer disaster—involving unsafe milk that has sickened more than 50,000 children—suggests that, for the Chinese people, excessive government secrecy and lax regulatory oversight has become a deadly illness.

The List: If Google Were President

By now, the U.S. presidential candidates have had plenty of time to air their views on energy, the economy, foreign policy, domestic issues, and national security. But what if there were just one more name on the ballot? What if Google, celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, were president?

Photo Essay: Crash of the Titans

With Lehman Brothers going bankrupt, AIG needing a dramatic $85 billion rescue, and other financial giants tottering, it’s been a rough week for the masters of the universe.

Metrosexual Healing

Can Barack Obama save the trans-Atlantic alliance?

Seven Questions: Why You Shouldn’t Panic About the Financial Crisis

Is it time to start freaking out? Former senior Treasury Department official Ted Truman says that despite the turmoil in the financial markets, the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are indeed strong.

The List: The World’s Biggest Bailouts

Lehman Brothers is no more. But before letting it fail, the United States rescued Bear Stearns and saved Fannie and Freddie. So what are the biggest bailouts of all time? In this List, FP looks at five of the biggest—and whether they were worth the cost.

Photo Essay: Haiti’s Unnatural Disaster

Hammered by four deadly storms and unprepared for the worst, Haiti finds itself helpless to react.

Seven Questions: Reading the Tea Leaves in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Il’s mysterious failure to show up for his country’s 60th birthday bash has set off a wave of speculation about Dear Leader’s health. To find out what might be happening in Pyongyang, FP spoke with expert Ken E. Gause, who has been studying the North Korean regime for two decades.

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