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The case for liberal optimism

economist.com — THIS newspaper churlishly deprives its editors of the egocentric adornments of our trade. Tragically, these pages include no weekly "editor's letter" to readers, underneath a beaming, air-brushed picture. Online, there is a weekly e-mail, but that comes from your "desk", not you.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @janppiotrowski: John Micklethwait, who has edited this newspaper since 2006, leaves today. These are his parting thoughts econ.st/1DbTRm7

Jan 29, 2015

Interesting: “Any modern editor who is not paranoid is a fool.” Goodbye letter by @TheEconomist ed John Micklethwait economist.com/news/leaders/2…

Jan 29, 2015

Exquisite, galvanising, and perspicacious valedictory from John Micklethwait for @TheEconomist: economist.com/news/leaders/2…|

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Go ahead, Angela, make my day

economist.com — IT WAS in Greece that the infernal euro crisis began just over five years ago. So it is classically fitting that Greece should now be where the denouement may be played out-thanks to the big election win on January 25th for the far-left populist Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras (see article).
Jan 29, 2015

RT @TheEconomist: Syriza’s win could lead to Grexit, but it should lead to a better future for the euro econ.st/1tyyNpT pic.twitter.com/eOTqGfcanP

Jan 29, 2015

RT @TheEconomist: This week’s cover preview: Go ahead, Angela, make my day Read for free via: econ.st/1LkGaqI pic.twitter.com/Np6dpfyxsT

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Israel v. Hizbullah

economist.com — PLAYING with fire can prove dangerous. Weeks of escalating skirmishes between Israel and Hizbullah brought the two forces a step closer to outright war when Lebanon's Shiite militia ambushed an Israeli patrol on January 28th, killing two soldiers.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @jeff_neumann: Yesterday's brief Hezbollah-Israel fight was carefully calculated and stuck to the unspoken rules: economist.com/news/middle-ea…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @jeff_neumann: Yesterday's brief Hezbollah-Israel fight was carefully calculated and stuck to the unspoken rules: economist.com/news/middle-ea…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @jeff_neumann: Back to bashing: Messrs Netanyahu and Nasrallah flirt with war once more economist.com/news/middle-ea…

Jan 29, 2015

Yesterday's brief Hezbollah-Israel fight was carefully calculated and stuck to the unspoken rules: economist.com/news/middle-ea…

Jan 29, 2015

Back to bashing: Messrs Netanyahu and Nasrallah flirt with war once more economist.com/news/middle-ea…

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Beware Greeks voting for gifts

economist.com — "WE HAVE finally put behind us the vicious cycle of fear and austerity." So declared Alexis Tsipras, Greece's new prime minister, to crowds cheering his party's election victory on January 25th.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @emcbride74: Just because both sides want Greece to keep the euro does not mean it will: economist.com/news/briefing/…

Jan 29, 2015

Briefing on Syriza's win and its consequences 4 Greece & Europe, with reporting from Athens Brussels & Berlin (2/3) economist.com/news/briefing/…

China’s financial diplomacy

economist.com — XI JINPING, China's president, was chummy in public when he metNicolás Maduro in Beijing in early January (pictured), praising his Venezuelan counterpart as a "good friend of the Chinese people". Behind closed doors, negotiations must have been far more tense. Chinese banks have lent $50 billion to Venezuela since 2007.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @jarmiles: To challenge the World Bank and the IMF, China will have to imitate them econ.st/1A1njNW via @TheEconomist

Jan 29, 2015

To challenge the World Bank and the IMF, China will have to imitate them econ.st/1A1njNW via @TheEconomist

Seeker of truth and peace

economist.com — DAVID LANDAU was an outstanding editor of Israel's leading liberal daily newspaper, Haaretz, and was a valued, courageous and insightful correspondent for many years for The Economist. Born and educated in Britain, he emigrated in 1970 to Israel, where he quickly made a mark as a journalist, in time becoming managing editor of the Jerusalem Post.

Virulent encounters

economist.com — MANY men are keen to have more sex with more people, even if they don't admit it to their other halves. Before the days of the internet, finding a casual partner meant putting in some effort: chatting up someone in a bar, say, or hanging about in a shady spot known to be frequented by like-minded people.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @tomstandage: Arrival of Craigslist correlates with 15.9% increase in HIV infections, say researchers economist.com/news/science-a… pic.twitter.com/OPpD52bJC7

Jan 28, 2015

The wife is still suspicious, but this is the reason I was on Grindr and Craigslist's men-seeking-men site last week economist.com/news/science-a…

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As safe as houses

Jan 29, 2015

RT @EconEconomics: Banks have been boosting mortgage lending for decades, at the expense of corporate loans econ.st/1uFgRVU pic.twitter.com/5nyzImFGLy

The accession of King Salman in Saudi Arabia

Jan 29, 2015

The accession of King Salman in Saudi Arabia: An unholy pact. ie. sucking up to Saudi Arabia. econ.st/1DbZ7pQ via @TheEconomist

A crash course in probability

economist.com — GULLIVER will soon fly from Heathrow to Milan on a British Airways Airbus A319. That flight has a one-in-4.8m chance of crashing. Shortly after he is jetting from Heathrow to JFK on a Virgin-operated A330. Chance of crashing? One in 5.4m.

Janet Delaney's San Francisco photographs

economist.com — There goes the neigbourhood by G.M. | SAN FRANCISCO IN 1978 Janet Delaney was a photography student at the San Francisco Art Institute who had spent six months travelling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, taking photographs and interviewing people about the impact of civil war there.

Press freedom and national security

economist.com — Why locking up leakers makes sense by D.R. | NEW YORK JAMES RISEN was prepared to go to jail to protect his source. In 2006 the New York Times reporter (pictured) published a book that revealed a covert American plot, in which a former Russian scientist fed flawed nuclear component designs to Iran.
Jan 29, 2015

Seems like they tout civil protections of reporters at the expense of the leakers, who suffer actual consequences: ow.ly/I9LAP

Jan 29, 2015

Not surprised at @theeconomist's weak criticism of the US administration for prosecution of leakers: ow.ly/I9Lp2

Saudi Arabia’s dress code for women

economist.com — COMMENTATORS, mainly non-Saudis, made a hullabaloo when Michelle Obama, America's first lady, turned up in Saudi Arabia on January 27th in colourful, loose-fitting...

China and the world

economist.com — THE International Monetary Fund is meant to be the firefighter of the world economy. Recently, though, it is China that has responded to the ringing of alarms. First, it lent Argentina cash to replenish its dwindling foreign-exchange reserves. Next, with the rouble crashing, China offered credit to Russia.
Jan 29, 2015

Some of China’s loans may seem a challenge to the IMF, but the biggest risks are to China itself econ.st/1DbZVee via @TheEconomist

The Philippines’ peace process

economist.com — THE battle was an outright disaster; both sides agree. Muslim rebels defending territory around Mamasapano, in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao, killed dozens of intruding Filipino police on January 25th, after mistakenly thinking that they had come under attack.

Downwardly mobile

Jan 29, 2015

My colleague in Mumbai looks at banking in India: Downwardly mobile econ.st/1DbWEeW via @TheEconomist

Dr Death and Prime Evil

economist.com — TWO decades into South Africa's democracy, several of its most notorious apartheid-era killers are bidding for freedom. As The Economist went to press, Michael Masutha, the country's justice and correctional services minister, was due to announce whether to grant parole to several notable white convicts.

Red sky in the morning

A sense of urgency

economist.com — EVERYONE had assumed that his job was on the line, but the swiftness of the departure of Don Thompson, chief executive of McDonald's, came as a surprise. On January 28th the world's biggest fast-food chain announced that Mr Thompson will leave on March 1st. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the chief brand officer.