Aug 10th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

In its most ominous warning yet to protesters in Hong Kong, China said the demonstrators were “playing with fire” and on “the verge of a very dangerous situation”. A day earlier a strike hit the city’s transport system and led to more than 200 flight cancellations. The protesters, who initially wanted an extradition bill to be …

Business this week

Business this week

America officially categorised China as a currency manipulator forthe first time in 25 years, after the yuan weakened past the psychologically significant mark of seven to the dollar, the lowest point for the Chinese currency since the financial crisis. The yuan trades narrowly in China around an exchange rate set by the central bank. It dismissed the …

US-China trade · Dangerous miscalculations

US-China trade · Dangerous miscalculations

America cannot have a strong economy, a trade war and a weak dollar at the same time SINCE THE trade war began in 2018 the damage done to the global economy has been surprisingly slight. America has grown healthily and the rest of the world has muddled along. But this week the picture darkened as the …

On malign words · Toni Morrison

On malign words · Toni Morrison

“OPPRESSIVE LANGUAGE does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity-driven language of science; whether it is the malign language …