With a fistful of dollarsSergio Leone and Ennio Morricone had a unique film-making partnershipThe director and composer reshaped the Western, and drew up a new blueprint for movie soundscapesA LASTING COLLABORATION between a composer and a film director is a precious thing. The work of Steven Spielberg would be greatly diminished...
The Intelligence“There are undoubtedly nationalistic issues, and concerns about equitable access”—a covid-19 vaccineAlso on the daily podcast: why a singer’s murder has inflamed Ethiopia and sloppy spycraft sparks scandal in FijiA BRITISH TEAM is leading the race for the one innovation that could, in time, halt the coronavirus crisis. But once...
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsIntroduction: China’s CSI 300 hits new highsMarkets heading back to 2015 levels...but is it a bubble?State media are fuelling rally 8.19am BST Bloomberg has spotted that searches for ‘how to open a stock account’ surged on social media in China on Monday, after...
Family financesAmerica’s huge stimulus is having surprising effects on the poorThough severe deprivation is rising, not everyone is worse offNO ONE WELCOMES a recession, but downturns are especially difficult when you are poor. Rising unemployment means rising poverty: the recession of 2007-09 prompted the share of Americans classified as poor, on...
Policing in AmericaRas Baraka on reforms to bring communities and police closer togetherThe police beat my father. They beat me. Then I became mayorMY EARLIEST ENCOUNTER with the police happened at the age of ten. I watched my father being beaten by officers as my siblings and I sat in the...
Daily chartChina is spending less on American goods than expectedIt is unlikely to hit the targets it agreed to with President Donald TrumpAS PART OF his "phase one trade deal" with China, signed in January, President Donald Trump secured promises that the Chinese would buy a lot of American stuff. The...
Editor’s Picks: July 6th 2020Joe Biden’s potential presidency, six months of covid-19 and Russia’s phoney referendumA selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The EconomistA SELECTION of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Joe Biden: Retro or radical?...
The Intelligence“The world has not stood up to China over the atrocities in Xinjiang”—the plight of UighursAlso on the daily podcast: economics faces up to its race problem and the pandemic inverts Scandinavian stereotypesUNPARALLELED SURVEILLANCE, forced labour, even allegations of ethnic cleansing: atrocities in Xinjiang province carry on. Why are governments...
Rhyme and reasonYoung British poets are encapsulating the experience of lockdownThe poems have struck a chord on Twitter for their evocative descriptions of the changes wrought by covid-19KATE CLANCHY, a British teacher, poet and writer, did not intend her Twitter account to become a record of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Over...
The fragile federationA musician’s murder sparks mayhem in EthiopiaEthiopia’s transition to democracy is at risk of being derailedFOR TWO nights the sharp retort of gunfire crackled through the pitter-patter of summer rain. Across the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, cars and petrol stations were burnt; shops and businesses were looted and vandalised;...
Another kind of testAs students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brewsTo reduce the risk of infections, the gaokao is taking place under tight restrictionsCHEN CHUNXIU was applying to join an adult-education programme when she discovered, to her surprise, that she already had a degree. The 36-year-old kindergarten teacher from...
Week in chartsThe pandemic’s relentless advanceTrump’s fall • Putin’s referendum • Debts to China • Damming the NileIt is astonishing how rapidly the pandemic has spread, despite all the efforts to stop it. The world is not experiencing a second wave: it never got over the first. Texas, for example, has...
nullDaily chartTracking the coronavirus across EuropeHow countries and regions are coping with the covid-19 pandemicAT THE beginning of spring much of Europe shut down to slow the spread of covid-19, which has infected nearly 3m people and taken the lives of about 200,000 in the continent’s 54 countries and territories, from...
Jean who?France gets an unknown new prime ministerFew people have heard of Jean CastexAFTER WEEKS of speculation, President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex as France’s new prime minister, replacing Edouard Philippe. To which many in France replied: Jean who? The new head of the French government is currently the centre-right...
Checks and BalanceDoes razing monuments lead to real political change?Our weekly podcast on democracy in AmericaPRESIDENT TRUMP is celebrating July 4th with four revered forerunners at Mount Rushmore. Anti-racist protests have brought down dozens of smaller monuments in the past month. The president says the left wants to “vandalise our history.”...
Stories of an extraordinary worldIn lockdown with a conspiracy theoristCoronavirus was only one of Mary’s worries. Her mother had become obsessed with the QAnon conspiracy. And Q always came firstThis piece is from 1843, our sister magazine of ideas, lifestyle and culture.ON A BRIGHT afternoon in early February Mary’s relationship with...
The Intelligence“Until this week, he never voted on the pro-choice side of an abortion decision”—America’s chief justiceAlso on the daily podcast: the toll of India’s TikTok ban and why high-end Bordeaux wines are so (relatively) cheapRECENT SUPREME COURT rulings might seem like a leftward shift. But Chief Justice John Roberts is...
Daily chartHow speedily will Britain’s economy recover?Fast, thinks the chief economist of the Bank of England. Many disagreeAT THE mid-June meeting of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee, eight of the committee’s nine members voted to expand quantitative easing by £100bn ($124bn) to provide more support for the economic...
The Economist Asks: David MalpassCan the World Bank prevent a pandemic of poverty?This week we speak to David Malpass, the president of the World Bank and former US treasury undersecretary for international affairsTHE PRESIDENT of the World Bank talks to host Anne McElvoy and Henry Curr, our economics editor, about how...
BanyanChinese investment in Pakistan was supposed to be a showcaseInstead, it illustrates the limits of China’s new development diplomacyWHEN XI JINPING launched his Belt and Road scheme of global development aid with Chinese characteristics, he needed a country to showcase it. Pakistan seemed the obvious choice. It was China’s only real...

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