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MOST political leaders play up their country's economic performance. Those on the Cook Islands, a collection of 15 islets spread over 2m square kilometres in... [Read More]
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"FOR the first time in our history, fair elections are going to be held," insisted Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)... [Read More]
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OH, EAST is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Perhaps that was true when an Iron Curtain ran down the... [Read More]
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BLACK-and-white photographs in the foyer of an arts cinema are filled with smiling, pouting and laughing faces—young and old, of various races. The portraits are... [Read More]
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"THE making of a big tech reckoning," blared one typical headline earlier this year. "The case for breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google," touted... [Read More]
THE headquarters of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), on the banks of Lake Geneva, once belonged to the League of Nations. That ill-fated body was... [Read More]
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THE former British prime minister tells Anne McElvoy, our senior editor, why Britain should vote again on whether to leave the European Union, and why... [Read More]
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IN THEORY slavery was completely abolished in 1981, when Mauritania became the last country to outlaw forced labour. In practice, however, it persists in many... [Read More]
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THE new Brexit plan has crumpled on its first contact with reality. Faster than even we expected, Parliament has been seized by the idea that... [Read More]
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ASK the chief investment officer of a fund-management firm how to spread your investments and you will be told to put so much in stocks,... [Read More]
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HOW high can they go? On July 18th the European Commission hit Google with a record fine of €4.3bn ($5bn) for entrenching its dominance in... [Read More]
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SOMEWHERE in Mumbai, a fluffy white Pomeranian is flung from a skyscraper. As it twists and falls towards the pavement, the opening credits roll; it... [Read More]
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IN JAPAN it is hard to avoid the disturbing spectacle of young girls being treated as sex objects. Rorikon, an abbreviation of "Lolita complex", is... [Read More]
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DANIEL ORTEGA, the president of Nicaragua, was once lauded for ending over four decades of rule by the dictatorial Somoza family. Back in 1979 he... [Read More]
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RONALD REAGAN once quipped that they say hard work never killed anyone—"But I figure why take the chance?" Yet things have changed since "the Gipper"... [Read More]
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SINCE the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, the more optimistic among those on the losing side have been lobbying for a... [Read More]
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EUROPE has slipped into a form of "civil war," fears Emmanuel Macron, France's president. The trenches have been dug, the weapons loaded, the front lines... [Read More]
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"A NATION that can't make models is a nation that doesn't understand things, a nation that doesn't live," said Bodys Isek Kingelez. The figurative meaning... [Read More]
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IS THAT a light at the end of the tunnel? Since South Sudan's war began nearly five years ago, tens of thousands have died and... [Read More]
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"THE sinews of war are infinite money." For a while, Cicero's aphorism seemed to be understood by those who controlled the strings of the purses... [Read More]
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