Person of the Year

For sharpening the debate until the choices bled, for reframing reality to match his design, for gambling his fortunes—and ours—on his faith in the power of leadership, George W. Bush is TIME's 2004 Person of the Year

Making Their Mark

From the newly enfranchised women of Afghanistan to the ordinary people of Hong Kong, 2004 was the year Asians made their votes count

In Memoriam

From Ronald Reagan to Ray Charles, a roll call of those we lost in 2004


Santa's New Elves (Notebook)

For one Chinese city, business is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Paying For It (Notebook)

Doing business with regimes may cost American companies cash as well as goodwill

Three Steps Back (Notebook)

There have been signs of crackdown on freedom of expression Since President Hu Jintao assumed full control

Letters (Notebook)

Asia's Odd Couple


Logging Off (TIME Global Adviser)

Can ecotourism save Australia's Tarkine forest from destruction?

Street Fare (TIME Global Adviser)

An all-night seafood binge in Seoul

Amuse Bouche (TIME Global Adviser)

Recipes for Making Trouble

Diversions (TIME Global Adviser)

For outdoors fun, head for the hills of Yangshuo, China

Style Watch (TIME Global Adviser)

Keeping Up With Kids

Curtain Raiser (TIME Global Adviser)

Los Angeles gets ready for Martin Luther King Day