Category: Politics

  • The Best of The Economist – January 2014

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    Social networks: Unfriending mum and dad, Fears that teenagers are deserting Facebook are overblown. Not long after being snapped up by News Corporation in 2005, MySpace became a much emptier space when many teenagers who had used the social network to share music and photos of themselves in various states of undress decided it was no longer […]

  • The Best of The Economist – December 2013

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    Nelson Mandela: A hero, not a saint, The man who freed South Africa from apartheid has died, aged 95. We assess his claim to greatness. Who was the greatest of the statesmen of the 20th century? Discard the mass murderers such as Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong; set aside the autocratic nationalists like Gamal Abdel Nasser and the […]

  • The Best of The Economist – November 2013

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      Motivating workers: Ranked and yanked, Firms that keep grading their staff ruthlessly may not get the best from them. It is a brutal management technique in which bosses grade their employees’ performance along a “vitality curve” and sack those who fall into the lowest category. Known as “ranking and yanking”, it had its heyday in the […]

  • The Best of The Economist – October 2013

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    Fighting terrorists: Kill or capture? Two raids by special forces hint at a tactical shift by Barack Obama. On October 5th American special forces launched two nearly simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia. Rather than sending in a Predator drone to vaporise jihadists with Hellfire missiles, the plan was to capture them and take them to America […]

  • The Best of the Economist – August 2013

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    Language in Canada: Polly wants un craquelin. Earlier this month Canadians were shocked to learn that Bouton, an English-speaking parrot at the Montreal Biodome in the French-speaking province of Quebec, was being deported to Toronto following a surprise visit to the zoo by a representative of the Office québecoise de la langue française (OQLF), the body […]

  • The Best of The Economist – July 2013

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    Secret Government: America against democracy. Revelations in the wake of Edward Snowden’s civil disobedience continue to roll in. The New York Times reports that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely […]

  • The Best of the Economist – June 2013

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    The Economist explains: How does copyright work in space? Chris Hadfield has captured the world’s heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, recorded on the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian astronaut’s clear voice and capable guitar-playing were complemented by his facility in moving around in the microgravity […]

  • The Best of the Economist – April 2013

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    Drone warefare: America’s killing machine: In September 2011 a fleet of Predator and Reaper drones took off from a secret CIA base in the Saudi desert. They crossed into Yemen and began patiently tracking a convoy of vehicles that was travelling near the border with Saudi Arabia. America’s spy agency had earlier recruited a source within […]

  • The Best of the Economist, March 2013

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    Once they start laughing at you, you’re through. It has not been a good couple of weeks for the Office québécois de la langue française, the Quebec government body charged with ensuring that French remains the dominant language in the largely French-speaking Canadian province. Over-zealous application of the law by its inspectors, known in English as […]

  • The best of the Economist, October, 2012

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    Textbooks round the world: It ain’t necessarily so, The textbooks children learn from in school reveal and shape national attitudes—and should provoke debate. Parisians are in a tizz about capitalism. New Yorkers get stressed about sex. In Seoul and San Antonio, Texas, 11,000km apart, citizens fret about the relationship between humans and apes. What goes into […]

  • The best of the Economist, September 22, 2012

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    The future of driving: Seeing the back of the car, In the rich world, people seem to be driving less than they used to. “I’ll love and protect this car until death do us part,” says Toad, a 17-year-old loser whose life is briefly transformed by a “super fine” 1958 Chevy Impala in “American Graffiti”. The film […]

  • The best of the Economist, September 15th, 2012

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    3D printing: Difference Engine: The PC all over again? What could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages and basements. Tinkerers with machines that turn binary digits into molecules are pioneering a whole new way of making things—one that could well rewrite the rules of […]

  • The best of the Economist, September 8th, 2012

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    Transport in cities: Vive la révolution, A cycling renaissance is taking place in America. More and more Americans are taking to the road on two wheels. Between 1977 and 2009 the total number of annual bike trips more than tripled, while the bike’s share of all trips rose from 0.6% to 1%. Commuting cyclists have also increased […]

  • The Best of the Economist, August 2012

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    America and the politics of recovery: The big promise. What did Barack Obama’s stimulus package really achieve? The word “boondoggle”, Michael Grunwald points out, was coined back in the days of the original New Deal, to describe “make-work” bits of arts and craft paid for by the government at a price that was out of all proportion […]

  • Best of The Economist, July 2012

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    Judaism and the Jews: Alive and well, Judaism is enjoying an unexpected revival, says David Landau. But there are deep religious and political divisions, mostly centred on Israel. Judaism is flourishing, both in Israel, where 43% of the world’s Jews now live, and throughout the Jewish diaspora. The Jews as a nation are flourishing too. Israelis, for […]

  • Best of the Economist: June 2012

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    Order, order, On the road with John Bercow, the man trying to sell the House of Commons to the public. Nothing in Britain’s constitutional traditions obliges the Speaker of the House of Commons to woo voters. Within the Gothic halls of the Palace of Westminster, the Speaker is a mini-monarch, escorted to the chamber by a mace-bearer, […]

  • Best of the Economist: May 2012

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    One of my weekly rituals that I have been at for over 10 years is reading the weekly edition of The Economist from cover to cover. I’m sure like many I fall behind regularly but since my subscription has gone totally digital and I’m getting it 5-6 days earlier than I did, I’m finding I’m […]