May 11th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

America sent an aircraft-carrier group to the Middle East in response to “troubling and escalatory” signs that Iran might attack American forces in the region. Iran, meanwhile, said it would no longer abide by all of the terms of the nuclear deal it signed with America and other world powers in 2015. America withdrew from that …

Business this week

Business this week

American and Chinese negotiators wrestled over a trade deal. Donald Trump’s threat, backed by senior American officials, to increase tariffs on Chinese goods if an agreement was not reached rattled stockmarkets; prices have bounced back this year in part on renewed optimism about trade. Meanwhile, data showed that Chinese exports fell unexpectedly in April; exports to America …

Latin America John Bolton and the Monroe Doctrine

Latin America John Bolton and the Monroe Doctrine

Democracy is at risk in Latin America. The danger goes well beyond Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela DONALD TRUMP’S administration is not famed for its adherence to highfalutin’ political principle, so John Bolton, the United States national security adviser, struck an unusual note when he claimed in a speech in Miami last month that the “Monroe doctrine …

Privacy and technology How creepy is your smart speaker?

Privacy and technology How creepy is your smart speaker?

Worries about privacy are overstated, but not entirely without merit. Your move, Alexa “ALEXA, ARE you recording everything you hear?” It is a question more people are asking, though Amazon’s voice assistant denies the charges. “I only record and send audio back to the Amazon cloud when you say the wake word,” she insists, before referring …

Trump v Congress, part 8 Donald Trump’s war on oversight

Trump v Congress, part 8 Donald Trump’s war on oversight

What’s happening now could reshape the relationship between Congress and the presidency JAMES WILSON—the one who signed the Declaration of Independence and took one of the Supreme Court’s first six seats, rather than the Scottish hatmaker who founded The Economist—believed that “the House of Representatives [shall] form the grand inquest of the state. They shall diligently …