Jun 8th 2019

Chaguan A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals

Chaguan A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals

Why is it being so cautious? THREE WORDS—Fairness, Professionalism, Convenience—form a mission statement for the China International Commercial Court, which held its first public hearing in Xi’an on May 29th. When Chaguan attended the session, alongside foreign diplomats and representatives of China’s Supreme People’s Court, that three-word promise in English and Chinese shone from a …

John Magufuli’s follies Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so

John Magufuli’s follies Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so

Nothing can stop the man they call “the bulldozer” LIKE ISAIAH BERLIN’S hedgehogs, who knew one big thing, John Magufuli, Tanzania’s president, sees economic growth through a single prism: the state, and the state alone, delivers prosperity. Cash has been poured into Air Tanzania, the loss-making state-owned airline, which has recently bought half-a-dozen new planes, including …

The fault in our stars When is Eid al-Fitr?

The fault in our stars When is Eid al-Fitr?

The answer may depend on pollution and politics AS THE SUN slipped into the Mediterranean on June 3rd, imams in Gaza took to their minarets to announce the end of Ramadan. Observers in Saudi Arabia had spotted the hilal, the waxing crescent moon that marks a new Islamic month. Muslims could celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday—at least …