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Politics this week

Politics this week

Donald Trump sought his fourth national security adviser in less than three years after firing John Bolton, who had been in the job for 17 months. Mr Bolton says he resigned before Mr Trump sacked him. The pair had not seen eye to eye: Mr Bolton was far more hawkish on Iran, North Korea and Russia. …

The vice of vaping | Don’t panic about e-cigarettes

The vice of vaping | Don’t panic about e-cigarettes

Banning them all will cause far more harm than good “IT’S TIME to stop vaping,” says Lee Norman, a health official in Kansas. Six people are dead in America, apparently from smoking e-cigarettes. More than 450 have contracted a serious lung disease. So Mr Norman’s advice sounds reasonable. The Centres for Disease Control and the …

Darkness falls | Millions of refugees from Venezuela are straining neighbours’ hospitality

Darkness falls | Millions of refugees from Venezuela are straining neighbours’ hospitality

Latin America’s biggest-ever exodus continues KATALINA, A 20-YEAR-OLD nursing student from Barquisimeto in north-western Venezuela, fled last year as living conditions became intolerable. She spent 11 months in Peru, but her hosts were hostile towards Venezuelan migrants, especially women, and she found little work. So in June she moved to Chile, arriving just as its government …

Charlemagne | Why Europe should take the lead on trade

Charlemagne | Why Europe should take the lead on trade

Who else will speak up for consumers? “THIS IS DEEPLY offensive,” declares Cecilia Malmstrom, gesticulating around her orchid-lined office in the European Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters. “We have colleagues here whose parents fought together [with the Americans] on the Normandy coast and we are a threat to national security?” The EU’s trade commissioner is referring to Donald Trump’s …

Bello | Will South America’s “pink tide” return?

Bello | Will South America’s “pink tide” return?

Argentina’s election may not portend a regional swing back to the left FOUR YEARS ago the unexpected victory of Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential election marked the ebbing of the “pink tide”, a long period of hegemony of the left in South America. In its wake centre-right candidates went on to triumph in Peru, Ecuador, Chile …

Politics this week

Politics this week

Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, asked the queen to suspend Parliament soon after it returns on September 3rd. The move caught opposition parties, and many of Mr Johnson’s own Conservative MPs, off guard. The timing of the move, though perfectly legal, was designed to squeeze the already-tight timetable for MPs who want to block a no-deal Brexit. Parliament will …

Bello | The Amazon’s fires could burn Jair Bolsonaro

Bello | The Amazon’s fires could burn Jair Bolsonaro

The outside world is right to worry, but must show finesse in its dealings with Brazil PICTURES OF FIRES raging in the rainforest. A social-media storm in which #AmazonIsBurning dominated what passes for the global conversation. A war of words in which Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, branded as a liar his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, who in …

Politics this week

Politics this week

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, resigned after Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Northern League party, withdrew his support for the coalition government. The coalition’s other party, the Five Star Movement, must now try to form a new government. If that fails, Italy may face a general election. An Italian prosecutor ordered a ship carrying around …

Darkness on the edge of town | Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo

Darkness on the edge of town | Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, blames environmentalists IN THE MIDDLE of the afternoon on August 19th South America’s largest city went dark. Under a thick, black cloud at 3pm, the lights flickered on in São Paulo’s skyscrapers; on the motorways brake lights started to glow in the city’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, and many Paulistanos were worried. Social-media users …