COVER

Living Too Much in the Bubble? (Cover Story)

A bungled initial response to Katrina exposed the perils of a rigid, insular White House. Inside Bush's plan to show he isn't isolated

ASIA

A Woman's Place

Four years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women are now guaranteed a role in government. Can they save a nation still groping for peace?

Getting To Know One Another

U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao have to keep the world's most important relationship on an even keel

Enemies Of the State?

How local officials in China launched a brutal campaign of forced abortions and sterilizations

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Shackles of History

An ambitious period piece about an Indian national hero succeeds in antagonizing virtually everyone

BRIEFING

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the Week

Letters (Notebook)

Asia's Modern History

SPECIAL REPORT

Fall Preview: Movies (Fall Arts Preview)

Can a Chinese Musical Capture Discerning Movie Audiences?

GLOBAL ADVISER

Having Your Cake (TIME Global Adviser)

A roundup of the most delicious dessert spots in Austria's capital

Art on Your Sleeve (TIME Global Adviser)

Hi-tech ski jackets let you make calls from the slopes without frozen fingers

A Fine Vintage (TIME Global Adviser)

A London boutique for retro togs does the digging for you

Tuscan Treasures (TIME Global Adviser)

Italy's first truffle museum explores a prized—and odoriferous—local delicacy

The Cider Rules! (TIME Global Adviser)

Hereford, England gets fizzing with apple season