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An unusual divergence in commodities is hiding signs of a global slowdown, economist says

The U.S. economy is bounding along but economic forecaster Lakshman Achuthan sees evidence of a global slowdown in an unlikely place: Demand for cow …

Stock Markets

Your Brain on Depression

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our …

Anesthesia

Does Anything Blue Apron Tries Matter?

What's in the box matters less these days than how widely the boxes are being distributed.<p><b>Blue Apron</b> (NYSE:APRN) is in a fight for its survival, and …

Customers

US evacuates more diplomats from China over ‘abnormal sounds and symptoms’

The United States has evacuated at least two more diplomatic personnel from its consulate in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, after they experienced …

U.S. State Department

Israel has secretly worked with Emirates against Iran for decades, report alleges

A lengthy exposé by a leading American newsmagazine has claimed that Israel and the United Arab Emirates, two countries that officially have no …

Middle East

The Disastrous Legal Implications of the Trump Foundation’s Activities

The New York attorney general’s complaint tells the tale of a charity that flouted in every conceivable way the legal prohibition on 501(c)(3) campaign activity.<p>The law governing the activity of charitable organizations can be complex, but on the question of whether 501(c)(3) charities can engage …

Donald Trump

The movie theater will be the next target for China to dig deeper roots in Africa

Some observers of China’s global rise conclude that its influence is limited to military and economic capabilities. For example, it’s set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy before 2030. There is one area in which China lags behind. That’s the use of “soft power”. It’s a phrase coined …

China

The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite

Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate ladder if you golfed at the right club.<p>Then we smashed all that. We replaced a system based on birth …

Jeans

China Approves 5 New Trademarks For Ivanka Trump Business As President Forges ZTE Deal

The trademark approvals raise new concerns about potential Trump family conflicts of interest.<p>Ivanka Trump’s business has won approval from the Chinese government for at least five new trademarks. The approval came just days before President Donald Trump announced he was working on a controversial …

Donald Trump

John McCain, Honor, and Self-Reflection

John McCain is going to die soon. For almost a year, the senator from Arizona has been living with Stage IV brain cancer. As a valedictory act of patriotism, morality, and public service, he has gathered his energies to clarify his principles, to review his mistakes, and to call out the low …

Mccain

A timeline of all the foreign payments to Donald Trump’s moneymen, Elliott Broidy and Michael Cohen

In recent months, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump administration has focused on a broad web of payments from foreign governments and corporations to major players in Donald Trump’s orbit. Primary among them are Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and …

Donald Trump

Pompeo says China incident 'entirely consistent' with Cuba 'sonic attacks'

<b>(CNN) —</b> US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that an incident involving a US government employee stationed in China who reported "abnormal sensations of sound and pressure" suggesting a mild brain injury has medical indications that are "very similar" and "entirely consistent" to those …

U.S. State Department

Trump’s Business Schemes Warrant Their Own Investigation

The many signs of flagrant corruption that surround the president and his associates demand a separate probe.<p>Roughly one year ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was charged with investigating any links or coordination “between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of …

Donald Trump

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption.<p>The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of.<p>There’s the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Only Iran Strategy Is to Punish Iran

The administration doesn’t want a grand bargain with the Islamic Republic. They want a different government.<p>After Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States was walking away from the Iran nuclear deal, two State Department officials held a background briefing to explain the …

South Asia

A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity

The two main phases of sleep might work together to boost creative problem-solving.<p>In 1920, the night before Easter Sunday, Otto Loewi woke up, seemingly possessed of an important idea. He wrote it down on a piece of paper and promptly returned to sleep. When he reawakened, he found that his …

The Brain

Why My Father Made Me Forget Our Palestinian Catastrophe

How does a boy growing up in Israel remember how many of his people lost their homes in 1948, if no one will teach him?<p>When the creation of the State of Israel 70 years ago led to a mass Palestinian exodus, only about 150,000 Palestinians out of nearly 1 million who had lived on the territory …

Hung Up

The Art of Parenthood

New books by Sheila Heti and Michael Chabon explore the claims of family-making, and of writing.<p>“I’m going to give you some advice,” a famous writer once told the young Michael Chabon. “Don’t have children. That’s it. Do not.” Chabon recalls this episode in his new book, <i>Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces</i>, …

The Decline of American Motherhood

The share of the U.S. population who are moms is the smallest it’s been in a quarter century.<p>As the American population grows, so does the number of American moms. But, more than a century after Mother’s Day became an official holiday, even as that number increases, the share of the American …

Demographics

What it means to be a “good mom” to your adult daughter

<i>To celebrate Mother’s Day, Quartz staff collected story ideas from our mothers and sought to answer them. This mother asks: How can I build a friendship with my adult daughter? Read more stories from the series here.</i><p>No mother has a perfect relationship with her daughter. “Want to be “100% …

Donald Trump’s Mommy Issues

He may not have bonded successfully with his mother and that made him the adult—and the politician—that he is.<p>Donald Trump is easily the most psychoanalyzed president of modern times. His decision-making style and behavior have been hotly debated by journalists, voters, politicians, world leaders …

Psychology

The Nuclear Deal Makes America Complicit in Iranian Crimes

Why would the U.S. want to fund the regime’s imperialism?<p>Editor's Note: This article is part of a debate about whether to stay in the Iran deal. Read the other entries here.<p>The fundamental question when discussing a nuclear deal with Tehran is this: Are you prepared to fight over it? If not, then …

South Asia

It’s Impossible to Prove Your Laptop Hasn’t Been Hacked. I Spent Two Years Finding Out.

Evil Maid Attacks<p>If you don’t use full disk encryption on your laptop, anyone who gains physical access to it, even for just a few minutes, can …

Trump's Triumph, Trump's Folly

Either the president has succeeded with North Korea where his predecessors have failed, or he has fallen into the same trap that ensnared them.<p><i>All politics, even geopolitics, is domestic. (Sorry, Tip.) Friday’s historic meeting between North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon</i> …

North Korea

Geologists find North Korea's nuclear site unusable after collapse

Geologists said earthquakes triggered by a nuclear test last year inflicted heavy damage on North Korea's main test site. The North recently …

German spy chief warns against Chinese investment in German hi-tech firms

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has warned of security risks resulting from Chinese direct investment in high-technology German …

Taiwan admits for the first time that Chinese general Liu Liankun was one of its spies

he government of Taiwan has acknowledged publicly for the first time that a Chinese major general, who was executed by Beijing in 1999 for espionage, …

A Reagan-era economic trend is making a worrisome comeback

Economists are afraid of twins.<p>The twin deficits, to be exact—a phenomenon wherein both the federal government’s balance and that country’s trade balance nosedive into negative territory. Since appearing in the US in the 1980s, save for a brief cameo in the early 2000s, they haven’t been around …

Analysis: West should prepare for chemical attacks by the Islamic State

A German newspaper reported last week that at least one European intelligence agency has already warned that the Islamic State is exploring the use …

The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany

Many companies are using inexpensive immigrant labor to manufacture handbags that bear the coveted “Made in Italy” label.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>The first significant wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the industrial zone …

Italy