May 4th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Juan Guaidó, who is recognised as interim president of Venezuela by many democracies, appeared outside an air-force base in Caracas and urged the armed forces to overthrow the socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. Leopoldo López, an opposition figure kept under house arrest by the regime, appeared with Mr Guaidó after being freed by security personnel. America …

Business this week

Business this week

Apple’s latest quarterly earnings were viewed positively on balance. Revenue from the iPhone continued to slow, falling by 17% in the first three months of the year compared with the same quarter in 2018; the device accounts for an ever-smaller share of Apple’s revenues. And overall sales from China, where Apple faces stiff competition, were …

Banking services Tech’s raid on the banks

Banking services Tech’s raid on the banks

Digital disruption is coming to banking at last OVER THE past two decades people across the world have seen digital services transform the economy and their lives. Taxis, films, novels, noodles, doctors and dog-walkers can all be summoned with a tap of a screen. Giant firms in retailing, carmaking and the media have been humbled by …

Venezuela How to get rid of Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela How to get rid of Nicolás Maduro

An attempt to depose the dictator appears to have failed. Try again APRIL 30TH DAWNED promisingly in Venezuela. Juan Guaidó, acknowledged as the country’s interim president by many democracies and millions of Venezuelans, appeared outside an air-force base in Caracas flanked by national guardsmen to declare that the end of the dictatorship was imminent. By his …

Netflix and pills The antibiotic industry is broken

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Take inspiration from the entertainment industry A WORLD WITHOUT antibiotics is horrible to contemplate. They underpin much of modern medicine and are essential for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, organ transplants or common surgeries such as caesarean sections. Yet the global rise of antimicrobial resistance, exemplified by the spread of Candida auris—the latest infection terrorising hospitals—and super-resistant gonorrhoea, …

Now playing, everywhere The tricky task of policing YouTube

Now playing, everywhere The tricky task of policing YouTube

How to clean up the world’s biggest video-sharing site SUSAN WOJCICKI, the CEO of YouTube, received the first message about the massacre in New Zealand at around 8pm. Assaults on two mosques in Christchurch had begun minutes earlier. The shooter had live-streamed the killings on Facebook and the footage from the social-media site was being shared on …

Tanks and utopias Foreign policy after Donald Trump

Tanks and utopias Foreign policy after Donald Trump

A few Democrats see a chance for a brave new world “THIS TOO shall pass,” Joe Biden told America’s allies at the Munich Security Conference in February. “We will be back.” The applause he received reflects a longing to return to a world order that existed before President Donald Trump starting swinging his wrecking ball. Now …