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Intellectuals are out of place in a society that values only ideas that serve the interests of the market and the powerful and rich. Their chief alleged wrongdoing today is that they have revealed the illegalities, military abuses, sordid diplomacy and crimes committed by the United States government in the name of security.

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Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor and beloved podcaster, overtook Condoleezza Rice as the world's most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine. The No. 3 spot was filled by ChinaҒs vice premier, Wu Yi, also known as the Iron Lady.Ӕ How did someone known as the Iron LadyӔ lose out to Angela Merkel?

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