COVER

Can Iraq Rule Itself? (Cover Story)

Amid continuing violence, Iraqis prepare for a crucial election. Here's what it will take for the next government to gain legitimacyŚand why the new leaders may demand that the U.S. withdraw

TSUNAMI

A Pound of Prevention (Asia)

Public-health workers have done a remarkable job of averting epidemics since the tsunami struck

ASIA

Requiem for Reform?

Zhao Ziyang's vision of political change in China dims as Hu Jintao hardens the Party line

AUSTRALIA OBSERVED