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The Economist

The Economist

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Beware of rumours, impersonations of regime officials and false news of defections, Syria's state-run newspapers have been warning their readers. Amid Syrian officials' bluster about how they have won the first round of a showdown with Barack Obama, forcing him to truckle to Congress before he can attack Syria, President Bashar Assad's regime is preparing for war http://econ.st/15BY32T

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist<p>Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at <i>The Economist</i>. His …

Babbage: September 4th 2013: Brain arcades

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How does The Economist choose what to cover?

<i>Editor’s note: This week, to mark the 170th anniversary of the appearance of the first issue of</i> The Economist <i>on September 2nd 1843, this blog will</i> …

Whole Foods, an up-market food retailer in America, has been doing well during the economic downturn by focusing on a niche of well-off people with an interest in healthy foods. Although the chain has been expanding at a fair clip, nobody had quite imagined that its efforts to expand would take it to Chicago's Englewood neighbourhood, which is perhaps best known for its poverty and violence http://econ.st/14XSoSm

Live chart: Chinese banks

Against the tide

WITH each great rush of capital into or out of a region of the world, and with the blooming of crisis that seems inevitably to follow such swings, …

In the right hands and at the right moment, the post of secretary of state in the Vatican can be one of the most important in the world. In the latest of his initiatives to clean up the curia, Pope Francis has named Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a professional Vatican diplomat who has served in several highly sensitive places, in the position http://econ.st/17sIlAY

When residents in Frankfurt an der Oder park their cars, they know that they may not see them again. Welcome to Germany's car theft capital, where Polish gangs operate a highly productive empire. Polish gangs stealing German cars is nothing new. What's new is the rapid increase of such thefts in eastern Germany since the expansion of the passport and immigration-control free Schengen area http://econ.st/17t3ZVT

As European business in general gains heart, one particular subset, it seems, is bucking the trend. Research commissioned by the British firm Hiscox, which insures around 200,000 small businesses across Europe and America, finds that small firms are less optimistic about their prospects this year than last http://econ.st/15CLehX

Some people apparently think that fairness is a particularly English concept. The word "fair" was added to the most famous German dictionary in 1915. But even if there is no exact one-to-one word foreign equivalent for "fair", this does not mean that "fairness" is "untranslatable". Lists of "untranslatable words" bounce around the internet constantly. They're good fun. But almost nothing is truly untranslatable http://econ.st/1ehBcKY

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The Economist

Passwords are a pain. When they aren't being pinched by hackers, internet firms are making them harder for users to remember. Not a month goes by, it …

Most newspapers and magazines use bylines to identify the journalists who write their articles. The Economist, however, does not. Its articles lack bylines and its journalists remain anonymous. Why? http://econ.st/15FJRPw #TheEconomist170