The Economist

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In recent days Germany's Die Linke party has dispelled any impression of a more moderate course
If you thought men hunted and women gathered, think again
A growing number of developers are seeking to rebuild both the financial system and the internet economy using blockchains
“We have opened the window to the womb, and there’s no going back from that.” On “Checks and Balance”, pro-life activist @kyleenwright says advances in ultrasound technology are a gamechanger for the abortion debate
Qianlong was a man of formidable intellect and will during his long reign from 1736-95. But he was also a conservative aristocrat
A shortage of natural gas and wind are to blame
The IMF’s bail-out agreement in Equatorial Guinea looks set to follow the fate of one in Congo-Brazzaville
The root of “learning poverty” in the Arabic-speaking world is bad teaching. Education ministries are waking up to the problem
A trio of screenwriters—Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon—recount the events leading up to the duel three times, from three different perspectives
With 663,325 deaths from covid-19, America will shortly exceed the number of fatalities resulting from the 1918 influenza pandemic (675,000)
“The Chinese government certainly hasn’t behaved like a government that really wants to get to the bottom of this and has nothing to hide.” @ScottGottliebMD talks about the investigation into the origins of covid-19, on “The Economist Asks”
The closure of Toshiba’s factory in Dalian shows how global supply chains are being reconfigured: delicately and at the margin
The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty rules have a submarine-shaped loophole
Diseases jump from animals to humans when a pathogen stumbles upon a mutation that allows it to infect human cells as well as animal ones
Religious exemptions are granted if employees’ beliefs are “sincerely held”. But what does “sincere” really mean?
When President Barack Obama opened combat roles to women in 2015, the legal logic barring women from the draft came undone
“We do not have the evidence to definitively recommend boosters for everyone who's had a primary cause of vaccination.” @doctorsoumya of @WHO talks to @natashaloder about studies into whether booster shots are necessary on our “Babbage” podcast
“Inseparable” will introduce some readers to the defining role Elisabeth Lacoin played in de Beauvoir’s trailblazing life and career. The philosopher herself always understood it
Policymakers will not be able to protect consumers from the most extreme impacts of a natural-gas shortage: sky high bills and potential blackouts loom
Writing for The Economist, Israel’s prime minister explains why the country decided to administer booster covid-19 jabs before regulatory approval
Like their counterparts in America and China, South Korea’s tech giants have come under scrutiny
Evergrande, once thought too big to fail, now finds itself on the cusp of default, with debts of $300bn
When the Supreme Court declined to block Texas’s new anti-abortion law, it signalled it was prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling. Are American women about to lose their right to an abortion? Our “Checks and Balance” podcast investigates
A sense of state identity has re-emerged among citizens. Perhaps for the first time, Australians are familiar with premiers of other states
Erin O’Toole’s plan is to assure Canadians that, although his personality is nothing like that of Justin Trudeau, his policies are not all that different
It is an expensive and paper-laden process, with first-class tickets for the most valuable mounts
Some Peronist strongholds have flipped, creating “a sense of a national wave”
In August retail sales rose nationwide by only 2.5% (in nominal terms) in August, compared with a year earlier, far weaker than expected
A surge of IPOs in America rivals that of the dotcom era
Melinda French Gates "humanised" her ex-husband's data-driven style of philanthropy. Their divorce will set the Gates Foundation on a new course
The Marxist philosopher who created a shadowy terrorist army called Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), ordered massacres, murders, car bombs and the destruction of police stations
When it comes to Baklava, the syrup should not be used sparingly. Get your sugar fix with @1843mag
America has to imagine a world in which it is no longer the only superpower, argues the former British prime minister
The pandemic is still far from over, but glimpses of its legacy are emerging
A blockchain contract may say you own a house but only the police can enforce an eviction. Integrating with the real world is a challenge for DeFi
Gary Gensler is used to teaching diligent undergraduates. By contrast, overseeing financial markets at the SEC is like running the world’s largest, noisiest kindergarten
In the hope of fighting climate change, scientists are training cows to use the toilet
“The time has passed for central banks to get going. We should roll up our sleeves and accelerate our work on the nitty gritty of digital currency design,” argues @BCoeure of @BIS_org #Eurofi. Learn more by listening to “Money Talks”
In Iceland, the "Orca" carbon-capture plant has switched on its fans and begun scrubbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
In the hope of fighting climate change, scientists are training cows to use the toilet
In November 2020, the Danish government revealed that a new strain of covid-19 had been found in farmed mink. Officials worried that it could become widespread in humans
Joe Biden wants to raise the “Gilti” tax rate from 10.5% to 21% and repeal the foreign-derived intangible income deduction, bringing in even more tax revenue domestically
An amendment to the annual defence policy bill winding its way through Congress would make women eligible for the military draft for the first time
This year Mexico is expected to export 1.8m tonnes of tomatoes to the United States, a record
After months of begging Americans to get themselves vaccinated, President Joe Biden has stopped asking nicely
A “doctrine” should describe a statement of national interests so fundamental that it is liable to survive multiple administrations and events. Joe Biden's policy has not achieved that yet
For many multinationals the lure of China remains irresistible. But the perils are catching up with the promise
It is easier to accommodate employees who seek an exemption if they work at an ad agency or in a shop instead of at a hospital or care home, where jab-nots can endanger patients
There are few places in America that can crow louder about their successes in the past decade than the City of the Saints
Australia's plan to ditch the zero-covid paradigm accepts that cases, and to a lesser extent deaths, will rise
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