Aug 3rd 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was taken from prison to hospital to be treated for what the authorities called an allergic reaction but supporters said may have been poisoning. He was later returned to prison, where he is in custody for organising an illegal protest, according to the Kremlin. More than 1,000 people were arrested …

Business this week

Business this week

The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time since the financial crisis, by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of between 2% and 2.25%. After nearly four years of tightening, Jerome Powell, the central bank’s chairman, said the Fed was loosening monetary policy amid uncertainties about trade and the world …

Rainforests · Deathwatch for the Amazon

Rainforests · Deathwatch for the Amazon

Brazil has the power to save Earth’s greatest forest—or destroy it ALTHOUGH ITS cradle is the sparsely wooded savannah, humankind has long looked to forests for food, fuel, timber and sublime inspiration. Still a livelihood for 1.5bn people, forests maintain local and regional ecosystems and, for the other 6.2bn, provide a—fragile and creaking—buffer against climate change. …

Saving Charm City · How to fix Baltimore

Saving Charm City · How to fix Baltimore

Democrats need to take responsibility for Baltimore’s problems DONALD TRUMP likes to grab the news with a barrage of tweets. Just weeks after insulting four Democratic congresswomen, all from minority backgrounds, the president has found another target. On July 27th it was Elijah Cummings, a black Democratic congressman from Maryland’s seventh district, home to much of …

Shame the devil · Donald Trump wants a loyalist as America’s top intelligence official

Shame the devil · Donald Trump wants a loyalist as America’s top intelligence official

Dan Coats is likely to be replaced by a fierce partisan FOR DECADES America’s top intelligence official, responsible for assessing and co-ordinating information from the country’s multiple intelligence agencies, was the Director of Central Intelligence, who also headed the CIA. Many had qualms about this arrangement. Running an agency as large and complex as the CIA was a formidable …