COVER

The Next Big Thing Is Us (Cover Story)

Big, bold ideas used to come from small groups of experts. Now they come from you as well. Here's our annual look at what's new and innovative—from politics to movies, medicine to fashion, sports to tech

ASIA

Should Thaksin Stay?

His critics demand that he quit. But Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra vows to seek a fresh electoral mandate. TIME asks a range of observers whether he is still the right man to lead his nation

BRIEFING

Retro Tech, Unplugged (Notebook)

A new law against outdated electronics has Japan's tech fetishists up in arms

Letters (Notebook)

Googling Google

BUSINESS

Powder to the People

China, where keeping warm was once the only winter sport, is discovering the snob appeal of skiing

WORLD

Trouble All Around

It isn't just Israel that Hamas has to worry about. Fatah won't do the new guys favors

GLOBAL ADVISER

Check In (TIME Global Adviser)

Stopovers with Style

Spa Trek (TIME Global Adviser)

Far-flung Kyrgyzstan is the setting for cut-price spa holidays