Faint hopes of ending the war in Yemen

Faint hopes of ending the war in Yemen

Editor’s note (December 13th, 2018): After The Economist went to press the government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels agreed on a ceasefire in Hodeida. This story has been updated to reflect those developments. “HOPE IS THE currency of the mediator,” says Martin Griffiths. If that is so, then the United Nations envoy to war-torn Yemen…

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The Trump administration against healthy eating

The Trump administration against healthy eating

“THIS ISN’T like putting a man on the moon or inventing the internet,” said Michelle Obama in 2010 as she launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to fight childhood obesity that became her signature cause as First Lady. “It doesn’t take a stroke of genius or a feat of technology.” Reducing America’s childhood obesity rates, which…

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The real lesson from Theresa May’s bruising week

The real lesson from Theresa May’s bruising week

DESPERATE, NO-HOLDS-BARRED scrapping has become Britain’s day-to-day mode of government. On December 10th a landmark vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal was cancelled at the last minute, ambushing ministers who were giving live-broadcast interviews confirming that it would definitely go ahead. The next day Mrs May began a tour of Europe, promising to get better…

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The White House rolls back a rule on polluting wetlands

The White House rolls back a rule on polluting wetlands

print-edition icon Print edition | United States Dec 13th 2018 | WASHINGTON, DC AFTER WITNESSING near-biblical calamities, Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972. The Cuyahoga river in Ohio caught fire in 1969. That same year 26m fish died in Florida’s Lake Thonotosassa, the largest recorded fish kill, because of pollution from food-processing plants.…

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Americans want equality at work; less so at home

Americans want equality at work; less so at home

A RECENT analysis of earnings trends in America suggested that women earned 49 cents for every dollar earned by men between 2001 and 2015, thanks both to lower participation in the labour force and lower pay. The gap contrasts with widespread support for workplace equality. New research might help explain the inconsistency, which may be…

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Theresa May lives to procrastinate another day

Theresa May lives to procrastinate another day

THE RUMOURS of a leadership challenge to Theresa May were so long-standing that the event was something of an anti-climax. On the morning of December 12th the chairman of the Conservative Party’s 1922 committee of backbenchers, Sir Graham Brady, set off a day of feverish speculation by announcing he had received the 48 letters from…

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The White House rolls back a rule on polluting wetlands

The White House rolls back a rule on polluting wetlands

AFTER WITNESSING near-biblical calamities, Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972. The Cuyahoga river in Ohio caught fire in 1969, the same year 26m fish died in Florida’s Lake Thonotosassa, the largest recorded fish kill, because of pollution from food-processing plants. “Dirty Water”, a song from that era about the repellent Charles river, remains…

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