Jul 6th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Protesters ransacked Hong Kong’s legislature, spraying graffiti and waving British-era flags in the chamber after commemorations for the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China. Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, condemned the “extreme violence”. China’s government accused the demonstrators of trampling on “the rule of law”. Rahul Gandhi resigned as leader of Congress, India’s oldest …

Business this week

Business this week

America and China agreed to resume trade talks. At a summit of G20 leaders in Japan, President Donald Trump agreed not to slap new tariffs on $300bn-worth of Chinese goods. He also said he would allow American companies to sell products to Huawei, a Chinese telecoms firm which was blacklisted in May. In exchange, Xi Jinping, China’s president, agreed …

Politics · The global crisis in conservatism

Politics · The global crisis in conservatism

Today’s right is not an evolution of conservatism, but a repudiation of it VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russia’s president, has declared the liberal idea “obsolete”. It will not surprise you to learn that we disagree. Not just because he told the Financial Times that liberalism was all about immigration, multiculturalism and gender politics—a travesty—but also because he picked the …

A country apart · How to put Libya back together

A country apart · How to put Libya back together

Foreign powers must stop fuelling the conflict “IF THE SUN lost its gravity, its gases would explode and its unity would no longer exist. Accordingly, unity is the basis for survival.” Muammar Qaddafi’s “Green Book”, his rambling political manifesto, is full of pabulum. But the former Libyan dictator was right about the importance of unity, something …

Top brass · Laura Yeager, General

Top brass · Laura Yeager, General

A woman takes the helm of an American infantry division for the first time THE HEADQUARTERS of the 40th Infantry Division in Los Alamitos is awash in historical memorabilia. In a long glass case sit yellowing photographs of men in uniform and a tattered cap from when the unit was founded in 1917. Displayed in frames …