Chip wars: China, America and silicon supremacy

Chip wars: China, America and silicon supremacy

THE TRADE disputes President Donald Trump relishes have an old-fashioned feel. Tariffs are the principal weapons. Old-economy markets, from cars to steel, are the main battlefields. Farmers and factories preoccupy the president. And his personal chemistry with other powerful men can make or break deals. Hence the focus on the meeting between Mr Trump and…

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A decade after the Mumbai attacks, India remains vulnerable

A decade after the Mumbai attacks, India remains vulnerable

THIS WEEK residents of Mumbai marked ten years since gunmen of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist group with close ties to Pakistan’s intelligence service, rampaged through their city over four harrowing days, killing 166 people. A decade on India has beefed up security, launched cross-border raids against terrorists and drummed up international pressure on Pakistan. Yet…

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Why the global suicide rate is falling

Why the global suicide rate is falling

STORIES ABOUT suicide that appear in the news tend to focus on celebrities who have taken their own lives and on clusters of deaths among students. They miss the bigger picture: that, at a global level, suicide has declined by 29% since 2000. Among most Western countries, rates have been falling for decades. In Britain,…

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A very short history of sexuality

A very short history of sexuality

All You Need to Know: Sexuality. By Charlie McCann. Connell Publishing; 121 pages; $14.99 and £9.99 SOME ASPECTS of the natural world, such as the speed of light, do not change, while others, such as our bodies, are in flux. Still others remain constant but are perceived in ways that keep changing. Sex falls into…

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Why the global suicide rate is falling

Why the global suicide rate is falling

STORIES ABOUT suicide that appear in the news tend to focus on celebrities who have taken their own lives and on clusters of deaths among students. They miss the bigger picture: that, at a global level, suicide has declined by 29% since 2000. Among most Western countries, rates have been falling for decades. In Britain,…

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Robert Mueller digs into the president’s Russia affairs

Robert Mueller digs into the president’s Russia affairs

SEVERAL POSSIBLE explanations have been offered for President Donald Trump’s strange affection for Russia. He is said to approve of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian tendencies; to be compromised by embarrassing material in the hands of Russian authorities; to have business interests in Russia. These theories are not mutually exclusive. Yet on November 29th evidence for the…

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Someone tell Ottawa and Ontario: History proves that cuts help more than Keynesianism

Someone tell Ottawa and Ontario: History proves that cuts help more than Keynesianism

Last week’s federal fiscal update confirms it: Canada’s fiscal disease of unconstrained Keynesianism will not be cured any time soon. Unconstrained, because normally a Keynesian strategy would mean budget surpluses or substantial deficit reduction outside of recessions. But the federal Liberals decided somehow that the big-spending budget they passed this past spring was too austere.…

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