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The Economist – August 31th – September 6th, 2013

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The Economist is a global weekly magazine written for those who share an uncommon interest in being well and broadly informed. Each issue explores the close links between domestic and international issues, business, politics, finance, current affairs, science, technology and the arts.


The world this week
Politics this week
Business this week
KAL’s cartoon

Syria – Hit him hard
Russia and the West – Getting shirty with Vladimir
Federal Reserve – Choosing the chairman
Banks in China – Too big to hail
Australia’s election – Lucky no more

On Gibraltar, Europe’s Roma, laziness, Page 3, Fresno, London, the outdoors, hobos, beer

Attacking Syria – Global cop, like it or not
The military options – The Tomahawks fly
The history of chemical weapons – The shadow of Ypres

United States
State politics – Guns, gays, drugs and taxes in Colorado
Utah’s economy – Busy bees
Higher education – Universities challenged
Making law school cheaper – For many, two years is plenty
Maine’s abrasive governor – Front page LePage
New Orleans – Lawyers v drillers
Ornithology – Tern limits
Lexington – The empathiser-in-chief

The Americas
Colombia’s peace talks – To the edge and back again
Health care in Brazil – Flying in doctors
Brazil’s foreign policy – Freelance diplomacy

Australia’s general election – Why Parramatta matters
The Pacific islands – Sea change
The Maldives goes to the polls – Yellow fever
Electricity in Vietnam – A heavy load
Banyan – Bad memories

Bo Xilai’s trial – Going down fighting
Microblogs – Big Vs and bottom lines

Middle East and Africa
The Central African Republic – Another failed state beckons
The United Nations and Congo – Raising the stakes
Living standards in South Africa – The dole toll
Arab conspiracy theories – Strange bedfellows

Russia and the West – Cold climate
Racism in Italy – Educating Cecile
Portugal’s economic recovery – Between bail-outs
Albania’s new government – Getting it together
Norway’s election – A resurgent right
Germany’s televised debates – Dog eats dog
French holidays – The hardworking Mr Hollande
Charlemagne – Back to school
Correction: Merkel

Housebuilding – Road blocks
Britain and Germany – Merkel uber alles
High-speed rail – Playing sardines
Cemeteries – Tombstone blues
Foreign investment – Catching the Scots
Mark Carney – I mean what I say
Underwear – Bare necessities
Bagehot – The parable of the Clyde

Politics and humour – The satirical verses
Skewering dictators – Laugh them out of power
Honorary consuls – A booming trade

Entrepreneurs in Japan – Time to get started
Takafumi Horie’s comeback – Up, up and away
Drug firms and cancer – Lucrative lifesavers
Microsoft and the PC industry – Defenestrated
European carmakers – A heated row over coolants
Iran’s oil industry – Dreaming of a new golden age
Food companies and innovation – Cultural revolution
Schumpeter – The entrepreneurial state

Finance and economics
China’s big banks – Giant reality-check
The Federal Reserve – Dove v dove
Women central bankers – The unsteady march of diversity
Crashing exchanges – Code blue
Global house prices – Mixed messages
Free exchange – Horns of a trilemma

Science and technology
Growing model brains – An embryonic idea
The origin of MERS – Watching the detectives
The lamentable lack of female professors – Promotion and self-promotion
Kopi Luwak – Brown-gold blend

Books and arts
The psychology of scarcity – Days late, dollars short
Islamic fundamentalism – Stories of zealotry
George Herbert – Consciously fruitful
New American fiction – Come what may
Family history and the Holocaust – The pursuit of evil
Dave Chappelle’s comeback – Funny man

Elmore Leonard


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