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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.

    The World Ahead: The eagle and the dragon

    The World Ahead: The eagle and the dragon

    The rivalry between China and America will intensify in 2022 as each side strives to demonstrate the superiority of its system of government. As China uses its stage-managed Communist Party congress to cement Xi Jinping in power, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are expected to face a drubbing in America’s mid-term elections. Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, US editor John Prideaux and host Tom Standage assess the competition between the two superpowers. 


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    • 22 min
    Priority letter: the Omicron variant

    Priority letter: the Omicron variant

    Governments’ rapid responses to a new coronavirus strain were wise. But much is still to be learned about the Omicron variant before longer-term policies can be prescribed. Vietnam’s government wants to create internationally competitive firms, and a growing new class of billionaires suggests the plan is working. And research suggests that social distancing comes naturally to bees under pathogenic threat.
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    Editor’s Picks: November 29th 2021

    Editor’s Picks: November 29th 2021

    A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: the venture-capital industry is being turbocharged, what the fate of star tennis-player Peng Shuai reveals about one-party rule in China (10'52) and, when a museum is on fire, how do you decide what to save? (19'09)
     
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    • 28 min
    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    Checks and Balance: Beef encounter

    At Thanksgiving Americans express gratitude for family, the harvest… and a big, juicy turkey. Americans consume the most meat per person, but that's not good for the planet. Could they cut back?
     
    The Economist’s Jon Fasman and his sons prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. We go back to a nationwide contest to find the perfect chicken. And Caroline Bushnell from The Good Food Institute discusses how to wean Americans off meat.  
     
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    • 39 min
    A cut-rate theory: Turkey’s currency spiral

    A cut-rate theory: Turkey’s currency spiral

    As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan keeps pushing his upside-down economic ideas, the currency plummets and an immiserated population grows restless. Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras will be a test of the country’s democracy; fears abound of the deadly protests that marred the last vote. And our obituaries editor reflects on the life of Rossana Banti, a storied, lifelong anti-fascist campaigner.
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    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    The Economist Asks: Claudia Roden

    In 1956 the Suez Crisis forced the Egyptian-born cookery writer and her Jewish family to flee Cairo for London. She tells Anne McElvoy why she collected the recipes of fellow refugees to keep the flavours of home alive and what food tells us about stories of migration. The octogenarian author of “A Book of Middle Eastern Food” and “Med” spills the secrets of her kitchen – from embracing mistakes to what to cook for the festive season. 


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Customer Reviews

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Border woes

On the whole, I am a huge supporter of The Economist, however, the 11/12 issue of checks and balances was largely unhelpful and lacked any insight. There is no easy answer, so don’t offer one that is pie-in-the-sky and untenable. I’m liberal and pro-immigration but our border woes, as you accurately pointed out, are not really a party-line problem. We are fortunate to have a wealthy country and we need to do as much as possible for the disadvantaged worldwide, but your suggestion of basically throwing open the doors and let anyone who wants to show up to enter is absurd. We have to be measured and we must be courageous enough to say “NO” when that is proper. I do not personally agree with letting wishful immigrants lose in the country while awaiting a legal decision. And, I am absolutely against allowing those who cross illegally to stay. They should get in line like the millions of people from other parts of the world are forced to do. We are governed by the rules of law. We should expect prospective citizens to meet the same standard.

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Checks and Balances

I find the discussions, both for the “Checks and Balances” episode and all the other episodes, but the lack of conservative voices in the discussions is very noticeable. For instance, in this episode there was no consideration of the economic impact of any of the proposed increases of government spending or increased taxation. Very glaring omissions.

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A British/European Perspective

If you’re looking for a more European/global perspective beyond US newspapers, this is a great podcast for you. “The Intelligence” is an awesome daily podcast on global events. I also enjoy “Checks and Balance” and the other sister podcasts as well. While the hosts and guests are certainly opinionated, they do present the nuance and complexities of the issues at hand. Overall, this is another great newspaper to add to your collection of diverse perspectives.

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