Mar 30th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

After almost two years investigating Russian interference in America’s presidential election of 2016, Robert Mueller presented his report to William Barr, the attorney-general, who released a summary. The special counsel found no collusion between anyone on Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russians who had meddled in the election. Questions about whether the president tried to obstruct justice …

Business this week

Business this week

At a product launch focused squarely on digital services (rather than a new device) Apple unveiled its video-streaming Apple tv+ app. Featuring original programmes as well as content from cable channels, such as HBO, the app will be available on certain smart televisions and on Amazon Fire and Roku. The move into Netflix’s territory comes as Apple faces slowing …

King Bibi Binyamin Netanyahu: a parable of modern populism

King Bibi Binyamin Netanyahu: a parable of modern populism

In Israel, as elsewhere, politics is a perplexing mix of sound policy and the cynical erosion of institutions HIS DEVOTEES call him “The Magician”, “The Winner” and—the ultimate accolade—melekh yisrael, “King of Israel”. Binyamin Netanyahu is Israel’s most gifted politician in a generation. He is his country’s second-longest-serving prime minister and, if he wins his fifth …

Trump resurgent Lessons of the Mueller report

Trump resurgent Lessons of the Mueller report

Every political scandal sets a precedent for the next ROBERT MUELLER toiled over his report for two years, slightly longer than it took Herman Melville to write “Moby Dick”. Going by a summary provided by the attorney-general, though, the endings are the same: the whale gets away. The special counsel did not find that members of …

Culture vultures The moral maze of museum management

Culture vultures The moral maze of museum management

The case for giving back stolen art is strong. For refusing tainted donations, less so IT DIDN’T TAKE much. A theatrical “die-in” at the New York Guggenheim Museum in February; a threat by Nan Goldin, a photographer, to pull her works from the National Portrait Gallery in London; a warning of unspecified “guerrilla actions” against British …

Election doping The Supreme Court does not like gerrymandering

Election doping The Supreme Court does not like gerrymandering

That does not mean the nine justices will stop it AN INVISIBLE LINE in Greensboro divides the campus of North Carolina A&T State, America’s largest historically black university. On one side of Laurel Street lies the state’s sixth congressional district; on the other is the 13th. For Love Caesar, who is studying political science and history, the school’s 12,000 …