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The gains for gridlock

WALL Street is expected to open higher on the back of the Republican victory in the Senate. Does that make sense in historical terms? Yes and no. …

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THE coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven …

China

A glimmer of hope

JUST two months ago the bodies of Ebola victims turned away from teeming treatment centres lay dead in the streets of Monrovia, the capital of …

A big bet on small

ONE of the clichés of nuclear-power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only 30 years away, and always will be. Hence a flurry of …

Nuclear Energy

The long view

SOMETIMES the best way to tell a story is through a graph. There has been much talk in recent months of "secular stagnation" after the former …

Closer to crunch time for gay marriage

LAST month, the Supreme Court confounded the nation by refusing to hear seven cases that would have clarified whether same-sex marriage is a …

Bob Dylan’s 6kg of lyrics

And yet still not definitive<p>Hazel Sheffield | November 5th 2014<p>It's a good week for Bob Dylan completists. On Tuesday, volume 11 of the bootleg …

Bob Dylan

The Marlboro of marijuana

“FRESH and fruity, right?” says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called “AK-47” under Schumpeter’s nose. …

Marijuana milestone

BESIDES choosing lawmakers, on November 4th voters in three American states and the District of Columbia considered measures to liberalise the …

The cost of traffic jams

FEW things unite cultures more than the frustration of sitting in a line of stationary traffic, with no discernible reason for the blockage and no …

Crypto wars 2.0

THOSE who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, the saying goes. This seems to be particularly true in the digital world. Two decades ago …

Privacy

How high can it fly?

DICK COSTOLO (pictured) used to be an improvisational comedian. Quick wits can be useful in business too, especially when performing for a testy …

Digital Advertising

Can your phone read your mind?

PATTON OSWALT, an American comedian, once told a story about a text exchange with his girlfriend. “I love you,” she texted. Mr Oswalt began to reply …

The wider world web

THE internet looks like an adman’s dream. Counting clicks on a blinking banner ad is a doddle—but knowing where each click came from, and how many …

Undivided and eternal unhappiness

THERE was no warning before the knock came at dawn on November 4th. When Mrs Abu Rajab, a grandmother, opened the door to her house she found a crowd …

Temple madness

THE destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD is seared in Jewish memory and carved in marble on the Arch of Titus in Rome, which …

Israel

Why land value taxes are so popular, yet so rare

HOW should you tax wealthy homeowners? Britain's opposition Labour party thinks it has an answer: an annual mansion tax on homes worth over £2m. …

Deflation, deflated

WHEN people think of a large Asian country on the brink of deflation, they probably have Japan in mind. But China, the biggest of them all, is now …

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”, summarised in four paragraphs

It is the economics book that took the world by storm. <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>, written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was …

Every man for himself

CENTRAL banks in the developed world are no longer acting in tandem. When the financial crisis broke in 2007-08, most banks eased monetary policy …

Bank of Japan

RT @Peston: If your jaw isn't on the floor when you see this @TheEconomist graphic, then you may be a bit odd http://t.co/QXxOQSi9OM

Living by a different law

SO MANY religious-freedom arguments are about the entitlement of sub-cultures, often mildly idiosyncratic ones, to exist. In a way, every religious …