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The road to nowhere near Wigan Pier

economist.com — The road nowhere near Wigan Pier by C.R. | CAMBRIDGE OVER the past few weeks, debates over British fiscal policy have been conducted under the shadow of George Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier", a powerful description of the poverty found in the north of England in the 1930s.

Obituary: Tashi Tsering

economist.com — THIS was the way things were, and always had been. The great mountains reared their heads above Tashi Tsering's childhood village; his stone house, with animals below and family above, stood among the rocks; his shaven-headed paternal aunts, Buddhist nuns, helped to churn the butter and to weave his thickly padded clothes.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @EconAsia: Obituary: Tashi Tsering, exemplar of the dilemmas of modern Tibet, died on Dec 5th, aged 85 econ.trib.al/kTkzl2m pic.twitter.com/fGrOo141Es

Dec 21, 2014

RT @EconAsia: Obituary: Tashi Tsering, exemplar of the dilemmas of modern Tibet, died on Dec 5th, aged 85 econ.trib.al/kTkzl2m pic.twitter.com/fGrOo141Es

Unquiet grows the Don

economist.com — THE Mekong river, sustaining around 60m people, mostly rural and poor, is the world's largest and most productive inland fishery. It is hardly surprising, then, that NGOs and downstream governments are fretting about the impact of yet another planned upstream dam.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: By 2020 Laos hopes to have 116 dams operating along the Mekong river, with another 28 on the horizon after that econ.st/13ndEm7

Sailing through a scandal

economist.com — IT MUST all seem like a distant nightmare now. After the revelations of phone-hacking at the News of the World emerged in 2011, Rupert Murdoch was hauled before Parliament, calling it "the most humble day of my life". Executives and journalists were arrested.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Rupert Murdoch and his family have doubled their wealth since the phone-hacking scandal. How? econ.st/1w2Au9r pic.twitter.com/tmskW5hnPR

Dec 20, 2014

RT @wikileaks: Guardian's war against the Murdochs over "hackgate" left them twice as wealthy | Economist economist.com/news/business/…

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The revolutionary war

economist.com — "I FEEL myself exceedingly distressed," George Washington wrote to the governor of Delaware on June 19th 1782. The situation, he later confided, had filled him with "the keenest anguish". It was "a great national concern", he told Congress, when asking it how he should proceed.
Dec 20, 2014

George Washington's hostage -magnificent and timely bit of American history here. econ.st/1Hfhr2q

The renaissance of printing

economist.com — IT IS a safe bet that at least one Christmas card you receive this year will be printed in the old-fashioned manner, by letterpress. You'll recognise it by the way...
Dec 21, 2014

The renaissance of old-fashioned printing MT @TheEconomist @jounwin: In each country young are people making books... econ.st/1z3l5YL

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: A new generation has rediscovered a process barely changed since its invention 500 years ago econ.st/13kPTez pic.twitter.com/vCSAlM4HAn

New film: "The Theory of Everything"

economist.com — STEPHEN HAWKING would not be as famous as he is today if he was not so ill. As impressive as his accomplishments would have been from an able-bodied person, they are...
Dec 20, 2014

RT @EconUS: A short history of Hawking. But without those, y'know, difficult sciencey bits econ.st/1wKt2VB pic.twitter.com/PMn0fW9CeI

Cracking the shells

economist.com — CORPORATE secrecy has shot up the global political agenda over the past couple of years. Non- governmental organisations (NGOs) have been kicking up a stink about the liberal use of anonymous shell companies-which exist on paper only, with no real employees or offices-by corrupt officials, money launderers and other financial ne'er-do-wells.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Activists have scored a huge victory in their fight to end corporate secrecy in the EU econ.st/13kSQMh pic.twitter.com/oXtzzf3Y2M

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Activists have scored a huge victory in their fight to end corporate secrecy in the EU econ.st/13kSQMh pic.twitter.com/oXtzzf3Y2M

A looming brawn drain

economist.com — BASEBALL claims to be the national sport of the United States, but by any measure American football overtook it long ago. By contrast, it still reigns supreme in Cuba, the game's second home, which announced on December 17th that it will resume diplomatic relations with America after a 50-year standoff.

Digging for truth

economist.com — ON DECEMBER 22nd an odd couple-Nicaragua's left-wing government and a Chinese-born telecoms magnate-say they will begin the realisation of a dream that has captivated Nicaraguans for generations: the construction of an inter-oceanic canal to rival Panama's. According to Manuel Coronel, an octogenarian who runs the canal authority, their intentions are now beyond dispute.

Islamism is no longer the answer

economist.com — IT WAS all smiles in the Qatari capital, Doha, when leaders of the Gulf Co-operation Council met on December 9th. Unusually, the annual summit of the six-member club of Arab oil monarchies packed more politics than pageantry. It marked the official healing of a deep rift between Qatar and its neighbours.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TonyKaron: .@TheEconomist writes that Mideast crackdown Muslim Brotherhood eliminating centrist Islamism, boosting extremism econ.st/1AaHhUO

Dec 19, 2014

.@TheEconomist writes that Mideast crackdown Muslim Brotherhood eliminating centrist Islamism, boosting extremism econ.st/1AaHhUO

Church, state and mosque

economist.com — IN NIGERIA'S commerical capital, Lagos, the candle-like minarets of the Central Mosque look out over streets and alleyways filled with a plethora of churches and cathedrals.

Exorbitant aviation taxes

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economist.com — THE decision by George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, to scrap air passenger duty (APD) on children is unlikely to appease many of his...
Dec 19, 2014

@EconEconomics: Exorbitant aviation taxes: It’s a London thing econ.st/1zXQ2zE” <<an interesting take on the APD Thing.

Economics writer

economist.com — The Economist is looking for a new economics writer, based in Washington, DC or London. The candidate should have an exceptional grasp of the subject and be able to write lively and lucid prose. Applicants should send a CV and a 500-word article suitable for publication in the Finance and Economics section to econjob@economist.com by January 9th.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Know something about economics? Able to write clearly? Then do we have the job for you econ.st/1Ax0OwY

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Know something about economics? Able to write clearly? Then do we have the job for you econ.st/1Ax0OwY

Business this week

economist.com — China's booming stockmarkets wobbled on December 9th, after the government announced a tightening of the rules on using corporate debt as collateral for loans. The Shanghai Composite plunged by 5.4% over a day, the biggest single fall in the index since 2009.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: Business this week: our three minute round up of the week's business news econ.st/1sFPEBu pic.twitter.com/KpqVG0YYV0

Between a rock and a hard place

economist.com — LEAVE your heirs €2m ($2.5m) in Germany, and they will pay 19% in taxes on it. Give them a €2m business and they will pay little or nothing. Germans on the left think it is unfair that businesses have such a large exemption from inheritance taxes.
Dec 19, 2014

It won't be easy to reform Germany's "Death tax" econ.st/1AJWSJb @theeconomist

Renewable energy

economist.com — AS A sharp winter wind whips up the Irish Sea off the coast of Cumbria in north-west England, a group of engineers-snug in their onshore control room-gaze contentedly at their screens. Almost all of the 108 giant offshore wind turbines that make up the West of Duddon Sands wind farm are flashing green, indicating that they are operating at full capacity.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @EconBizFin: British offshore wind farms' output is soaring. More are needed, but costs must come down econ.st/13HjbFm pic.twitter.com/qdfD3z7H61

Lawyers’ pay: Bonus babies

economist.com — NEARLY eight years have passed since young lawyers at large American firms last got significant pay rises. With law-school graduates plentiful and demand for corporate legal work tepid, the standard starting salary has been stuck at $160,000 a year since 2007. Heartbreaking, isn't it?

Friends in the right places

economist.com — "I AM French, I am deeply French, but here I will stand as a European commissioner." Thus Pierre Moscovici, a French former finance minister, when seeking the European Parliament's approval as economics and finance commissioner this autumn. Commission officials similarly plead European ambitions over national interests.
Dec 20, 2014

How the Germans are quietly taking over the European Commission: Friends in the right places economist.com/news/europe/21…