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Creditors fight creditors over the bail-out of Greece

SISYPHUS was condemned to push a boulder uphill only to watch it roll down again. Yet an eternity of boulder-shoving seems purposeful next to the …

A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration

Donald Trump’s restrictive plan is reminiscent of legislation from 100 years ago.<p>Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration—banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and casting a wide net on undocumented immigrants—have prompted nationwide protests and, in the case of the ban, …

Immigration

BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn't imagine that I'd be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I'm speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people …

Bill Gates

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IT WAS as though the world had a new appetite. A Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet opened near Tiananmen Square in 1987. In 1990 a McDonald’s …

Globalization

Today in Obamacare: the GOP’s latest plan gives the wealthy extra help to buy insurance

Republican leadership on Thursday released a 19-page outline of how the party would like to replace Obamacare — including one change that sounds wonky but is a really huge deal.<p>Both Obamacare and the Republican replacement plans provide tax credits to help make insurance more affordable. But while …

Zimbabwe’s new “bond notes” are falling fast

HOW much is an American dollar worth? The glib answer is exactly one buck. But that is far from the case if the dollar in question is one of …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’

During the late 19th century, blacks and whites in the South lived closer together than they do today.<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Growing up here in the 1940s and 1950s, Sevone Rhynes experienced segregation every day. He couldn’t visit the public library near his house, but instead had to travel to the …

North Carolina

Why even win-win trade deals are tough

IN THE wee hours of December 7th 2013, after weeks of haggling, exhausted trade representatives stood to applaud. Agreement had been reached on the …

Globalization

The rise of the Herbal Tea Party

AS A rule, populist insurgencies are rarely defeated with slogans in Latin. Yet there it was, swaying proudly over the protest march that filled the …

Tea Party

This amazing film shows what Iraq was like in the 1950s, before decades of conflict

"Ageless Iraq" is one of them, shot in the 1950s to introduce "a new country" to the world, "one that hasn't forgotten the glories of its history."<p>Since this movie was made, Iraq has been the site of repeated conflict and atrocities — chemical warfare, sectarian violence, a US-led invasion, and now …

Ancient Civilization

What defines a nation’s identity

THE rise of populism in Europe and the United States has revealed that voters are deeply divided over immigration. Nationalists and populists, from …

America, China and the risk of a trade war

DONALD TRUMP’S quest to protect American workers from cheating foreigners has begun. But in his first flurry of policy tweets and executive orders, …

Economics

An insurgent in the White House

WASHINGTON is in the grip of a revolution. The bleak cadence of last month’s inauguration was still in the air when Donald Trump lobbed the first …

Geopolitics

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

Political Science

What is the scope of a president’s executive orders?

DONALD TRUMP has not wasted time fulfiling campaign promises. In just his first week as America’s 45th president, Mr Trump signed executive orders …

Barack Obama

How Trump’s Executive Orders Could Set America Back 70 Years

The president is taking the United States back to the nightmares of the world before the Second World War: closed borders, limited trade, and a go-it-alone national race to the bottom.<p>Despite all the lies and distortions, President Donald Trump has spent his first week in office assembling a …

Great Depression

Why Latin America and Africa Struggle to Grow

The reasons are very different, but the result is the same.<p>The great macroeconomist Robert Lucas once uttered a memorable quote about the mystery of economic development:<p>Is there some action a government of India could take that would lead the Indian economy to grow [more rapidly]. If so, what, …

Economic Development

Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating - The Duma’s war on women

The Duma’s war on womenWhy Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating<p>SHOULD it be a crime for a husband to hit his wife? In many countries this …