Beyond the tyranny of tolerance

Beyond the tyranny of tolerance

IN 2012 a same-sex couple sued a bakery in Colorado for discrimination after the owner, a Christian man who believed that gay marriage is “sacrilegious”, refused to bake them a wedding cake. The owner is making his case to the Supreme Court on the grounds of freedom of expression and freedom of conscience. In 2016…

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Lawrence Solomon: Are solar and wind finally cheaper than fossil fuels? Not a chance

Lawrence Solomon: Are solar and wind finally cheaper than fossil fuels? Not a chance

“’Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost,” The Guardian headline reported last year. “Clean Energy Is About to Become Cheaper Than Coal,” pronounced MIT’s Technology Review. “The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again,” echoed Grist, the environmental journal. Other sources declare that renewables are not only getting…

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Riots threaten Nicaragua’s autocratic president

Riots threaten Nicaragua’s autocratic president

AMONG Latin America’s handful of autocracies, that of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua once stood out for its stability. Mr Ortega was the most prominent leader of the revolutionary Sandinista regime of the 1980s, but lost an election in 1990. He later forged a dirty deal with a conservative rival that let him return to power…

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North Korea’s despot has one goal: survival

North Korea’s despot has one goal: survival

ADMIT it. The world’s commentators, Banyan included, have underestimated North Korea’s leader. Kim Jong Un was preparing this week to meet South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, on the southern side of the demilitarised zone between their two countries, on April 27th, just after The Economist went to press. Even six months ago, no one imagined…

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