The AUKUS ruckusFrench fury over the American-Australian sub dealAn irate Emmanuel Macron recalls France’s ambassadors from America and AustraliaTHE MOMENT that Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, on September 16th described the deal as a “stab in the back”, the anger in Paris was plain. The next day, the French...
Shifting foundationsThe Gates Foundation’s approach has both advantages and limitsData isn’t everything, even for the world’s most powerful charityTHE JANICKI OMNI PROCESSOR, a $2m machine paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, turns human waste into water and electricity. In poor cities such as Dakar in Senegal, where it...
Daily chartWhich is the most recognisable country?Japan, according to our analysis of an online geography gameDEDICATED FANS of Google Street View, which lets users explore cities and towns around the world via panoramic street-level imagery, have come up with dozens of applications for the tool, from house-hunting, to holiday planning, to...
Covid-19 vaccinesNaftali Bennett on why Israel is giving booster jabs for covid-19A third dose protects people, the economy and social wellbeing—and crucially, retains public trust in vaccines, says Israel’s prime ministerAS THE WORLD combats covid-19, vaccines are critical. But should people in developed countries receive booster doses, especially before others in...
Checks and BalanceWhy does abortion divide America?Our weekly podcast on democracy in AmericaWHEN THE Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks, it gave the strongest signal yet that its conservative majority is prepared to deny women the right to an abortion. Nearly fifty years...
The future of American powerGordon Brown on the need for a new multilateralismIf the world can’t distribute covid vaccines equitably, how can it respond to other global challenges? New forms of co-operation are needed, says a former British prime ministerTHE YEAR 1945 saw the end of a war, the start of...
On the campaign trailGerman election diary: Never work with kids; Greta and the GreensA weekly dispatch from the race for the BundestagIN THE PENULTIMATE week of Germany’s election campaign, children turned out to be the sharpest political interviewers. They caught out Tino Chrupalla, one of the two co-heads of the far-right...
No worries?What does the Australian submarine deal mean for non-proliferation?Nuclear subs are fuelled with the same stuff used in bombsOnly once in its history has America handed over a nuclear submarine propulsion plant, the crown jewels of military technology, to another country. That was 63 years ago when America helped the...
The Economist explainsHow Marvel took over cinema and TVThe studio’s superheroes have vanquished bankruptcy, censorship and the competitionSINCE 1939, Marvel Comics has told hundreds of fantastic tales of superheroes battling to save the planet. But its fight to dominate pop culture is an epic in itself, involving censorship and a bankruptcy...
The Economist explainsChristian Lindner’s FDP may soon return to government in GermanyAnd the Free Democrats’ leader has his eye on the finance ministryCHRISTIAN LINDNER, the leader of Germany’s pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), is likely to emerge as a crucial figure after the federal election on September 26th. In one of...
Back StoryMuhammad Ali’s guide to heroismThe greatest of all time was also the ultimate athlete-activistMUCH LIKE boxing, documentaries are often more attritional than elegant. Too many wear viewers down with archive footage and pound them with interchangeable talking heads. But, like boxers, the best documentarians are artists rather than sluggers. “Muhammad...
The Intelligence“It reflects a shared fear about the consequences of China's rising power”—the AUKUS allianceAlso on the daily podcast: assessing the disarray in global shipping and politicians take to media producingTHE ALLIANCE between America, Britain and Australia has enormous significance, most of all for its nuclear-submarine provisions. We look at the...
Daily chartPolls show broad public support for Joe Biden’s vaccine mandateBut Americans favour exemptions on medical and religious grounds, and for those tested regularlyTHOMAS HOBBES an enlightenment philosopher, theorised that when people agree to form a government they forfeit some rights in exchange for state-provided security. The pandemic has tested many...
The Economist explainsWas the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjold murder?Sixty years later, the fate of the UN’s second secretary-general remains contentiousTHE LAST CONTACT between the radio tower at Ndola, in what was then Northern Rhodesia, and the Albertina was at ten minutes past midnight on September 18th, 1961. The plane’s flaps...
Under the waves down underAustralia is getting nuclear subs, with American and British helpThe new AUKUS alliance reflects a shared fear of ChinaONLY SIX countries in the world—America, Britain, China, France, India and Russia—currently operate nuclear-powered submarines. Australia may become the unlikely seventh. In a statement and joint televised appearance on...
Daily chartAmerican tech firms are repatriating billions in offshore profitsJoe Biden hopes that closing tax loopholes will push them to bring home billions more“COMPANIES AREN’T going to be able to hide their income in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda,” declared President Joe Biden this spring as the US Treasury...
The Intelligence“He’s recognised incompetence that needed to be weeded out”—Boris Johnson reshuffles his cabinetAlso on the daily podcast: deliberately infecting participants in a covid-19 study and rural places cash in on dark skiesPRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON has re-allocated a number of key government posts. We ask how the changes reflect his...
The Economist Asks: Dr Scott GottliebWill America’s vaccine mandates work?This week we speak to Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of America’s Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019AS PRESIDENT Biden pushes to get more Americans fully jabbed, Anne McElvoy asks the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration...
ChaguanThe Chinese Communist Party’s model emperorA Qing dynasty ruler is praised for pacifying China’s borderlandsWHAT WITH his dozens of concubines, his obsession with collecting precious jade and his penchant for inscribing his own (not very good) poems onto ancient paintings, the Qianlong emperor makes an unlikely hero for the Communist Party...
Rising dampProtesters in China besiege an indebted property developerAngry investors have flocked to several of Evergrande’s officesPROTESTS BY ANGRY investors are common in China. Average folk who have been deceived by online lenders or other scam artists have few outlets for redress. They occupy office lobbies until a senior executive appears...

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