Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

THE DAY BEFORE Miguel Díaz-Canel became president of Cuba last April, a newscaster on state-controlled television urged Cubans to join in a tuitazo (outpouring of tweets). The hashtags he proposed were PorCuba (“ForCuba”) and SomosContinuidad (“WeAreContinuity”). Mr Díaz-Canel himself joined Twitter in August. For the first few weeks he followed only Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s embattled despot, and Evo…

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The struggle to reform China’s economy

The struggle to reform China’s economy

FOR THE past two weeks Chinese and American negotiators have been locked in talks in Beijing and Washington to end their trade conflict before the deadline of March 1st, when America will ratchet up tariffs on Chinese goods or, perhaps, let the talks stretch into extra time. Don’t be distracted by mind-numbing details on soyabean…

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A real challenge for Binyamin Netanyahu

A real challenge for Binyamin Netanyahu

WHEN BINYAMIN NETANYAHU, Israel’s prime minister, called an election in December, he seemed set for a fourth straight electoral victory. He hoped success would allow him to beat David Ben Gurion’s record as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister; more important, he hoped to resist calls to step down if, as seems likely, he is indicted on…

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Kraft-Heinz is in trouble

Kraft-Heinz is in trouble

THE KING OF Mac & Cheese is in a sticky spot. On February 21st Kraft-Heinz, a consumer-goods giant whose brands include HP Sauce and Oscar Mayer hot dogs, announced it faced four serious problems. It said profits in 2019 would be well below expectations. It cut its dividend. It disclosed that it had received a…

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Profiles of a divided country

Profiles of a divided country

EVER SINCE Britain voted 52% to 48% in 2016 to sever ties with the EU, the country has been split between “Leavers” and “Remainers”. Nearly three years after that referendum Theresa May, the embattled prime minister, has negotiated what she considers to be the “best possible deal” for Britain. Her hope was that the plan…

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