Feb 2nd 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

More Venezuelans took to the streets to demand that Nicolás Maduro, who rigged an election last year, step down in favour of the head of the national assembly, Juan Guaidó, as the constitution prescribes. Mr Guaidó is recognised by most Latin American democracies, as well as the United States and Canada. Several European countries said they would …

Business this week

Business this week

A dam belonging to Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, collapsed in Brazil, killing at least 84 people. About 276 are still missing. The company’s share price has fallen by 18% since the collapse; investors fear a torrent of compensation claims and regulatory fines. The firm said that it will decommission dams similar to the one …

A way through the warren How to tax the rich

A way through the warren How to tax the rich

And how to limit the economic damage DURING HIS lesser-known run for president, which began in 1999, Donald Trump proposed levying a wealth tax on Americans with more than $10m. He may soon find himself campaigning on the other side of the issue. That is because Democrats are lining up to find ways to tax the …

Chinese technology How to handle Huawei

Chinese technology How to handle Huawei

Banning one of China’s leading firms from operating in the West should be a last resort ON JANUARY 28TH Liu He, a Chinese vice-premier, landed in Washington ready for talks to calm the trade war between America and China. Instead he was met by a geopolitical tempest. That day America’s attorney-general charged Huawei, one of China’s biggest …

Remembrance of posts past Facebook turns 15

Remembrance of posts past Facebook turns 15

How the social-networking giant has changed America ON FEBRUARY 4th 2004 a young website with a baby-blue banner was born. Founded in a dormitory at Harvard, TheFacebook.com tapped into people’s instinctive desire to see and be seen. Few guessed how successful it would become. In 2008 Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who had bought the social-networking …