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Every weekday our global network of correspondents makes sense of the stories beneath the headlines. We bring you surprising trends and tales from around the world, current affairs, business and finance — as well as science and technology.
 

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    Destruction instruction: Western armies learn from Gaza

    Destruction instruction: Western armies learn from Gaza

    From tunnels to tanks to drones, Gaza’s horrors provide object lessons in urban warfare. We ask what Western forces will be learning about their own future conflicts. Silicon Valley types may relish the prospect of J. D. Vance, a former tech investor, becoming America’s vice-president—but it should in fact worry them (10:15). And the superstitious forces affecting Hong Kong’s property sector (18:57).
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    • 25 min
    How technology can strengthen democracy: an interview with Audrey Tang

    How technology can strengthen democracy: an interview with Audrey Tang

    In an era of deepfakes and social media, technology is often seen as a threat to democracy. Not everywhere, though. In Taiwan, a more positive relationship between citizens and technology has paved the way for a digital democracy, which aims to encourage greater participation on how the island is run. Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s inaugural digital minister, argues that the island’s system of government offers lessons for liberal democracies everywhere. Can technology and democracy be allies?

    Alok Jha, The Economist’s science and technology editor, interviews Audrey Tang, author of “Plurality: The Future of Collaborative Technology and Democracy”.

    Want to learn more about how disinformation works? Listen to our episode of Babbage “Why disinformation is more dangerous than ever”.

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    Keep Kamala and carry on: Harris’s smooth route

    Keep Kamala and carry on: Harris’s smooth route

    A day is a long time in American politics: Kamala Harris has reportedly already secured the votes to become Democrats’ presidential nominee, a pile of campaign cash and the Trump campaign’s attention. For insight into how China treats its startup scene, we count the dwindling number of newly born unicorns (10:03). And why Britain’s twee beach huts are so eye-wateringly expensive (15:40).
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    • 22 min
    China’s economy: is Xi listening?

    China’s economy: is Xi listening?

    Twice a decade, China’s Communist Party leaders convene at Beijing’s Jingxi Hotel for the “third plenum”, a meeting focused on long-term reforms that has, at times, changed the course of Chinese history. Last week’s plenum took place against a backdrop of economic troubles and growing doubts about Xi Jinping's ability to address them. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, and Simon Cox, our China economics editor, unpack what has come out of the meeting. They ask: is China doing enough to fix its economy and is Xi Jinping finally listening?

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    Joe of good faith: Biden bows out

    Joe of good faith: Biden bows out

    Joe Biden has at last succumbed to the pressure to step aside and has endorsed his vice-president, Kamala Harris. We ask how things should progress from this extraordinary moment. India could be better run if power were devolved from the national government. The solution? Create lots of new states (10:03). And remembering Dr Ruth, who taught America to talk about sex (17:34).
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    • 24 min
    The Weekend Intelligence: Gaza, after the dust settles

    The Weekend Intelligence: Gaza, after the dust settles

    After nine months of war in Gaza, people are beginning to discuss the aftermath. Satellite imagery shows around 60% of buildings in Gaza are damaged or destroyed. Schools, hospitals, the sanitation system are in ruins. Just clearing the rubble will take years.

    Focusing on the long term, many neglect what needs to happen on day one. Gazans say the territory is becoming lawless. Who will control security, and with what legitimacy? Does anyone have a coherent plan?

    In this special episode of The Weekend Intelligence The Economist’s editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Bedoes considers the dangerously rosy thinking about Gaza’s future and asks what happens when the dust settles.

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