Jan 12th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

America’s federal government remained shut down, as Democrats refused to fund Donald Trump’s wall on the Mexican border (which he had previously said Mexico would pay for). In his first televised speech from the Oval Office, the president said that migrants trying to cross the border illegally represented a “humanitarian and security crisis”. Democrats offered to reopen …

Business this week

Business this week

Carlos Ghosn appeared in public for the first time since being taken into custody in mid-November amid claims of wrongdoing, which led to his dismissal as Nissan’s chairman. Mr Ghosn appeared at a court in Tokyo where he denied all the allegations, which include a “breach of trust” at Nissan and understating his pay to the …

Red moon rising How China could dominate science

Red moon rising How China could dominate science

Should the world worry? A HUNDRED YEARS ago a wave of student protests broke over China’s great cities. Desperate to reverse a century of decline, the leaders of the May Fourth Movement wanted to jettison Confucianism and import the dynamism of the West. The creation of a modern China would come about, they argued, by recruiting “Mr …

Trump’s cards How the shutdown in Washington ends

Trump’s cards How the shutdown in Washington ends

America is heading for an almighty fight over presidential authority THE GOVERNMENT has partially shut down. Again. No other advanced democracy has government shutdowns. In America they have become almost routine. This is the third since Donald Trump became president and by far the most damaging. The others were resolved quickly; this is already the second-longest …

Still having cake Labour’s Brexit cop-out betrays its members

Still having cake Labour’s Brexit cop-out betrays its members

Corbyn promised to empower party members. He is sidestepping them AS THE DEADLINE for Britain’s departure from the European Union approaches, with an exit deal still elusive, MPs are haring off in every direction. Parliament has descended into guerrilla warfare, as backbenchers attempt to wrestle the initiative from the executive. Meanwhile the government organised a pretend traffic-jam …