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The Economist this week: In a 3°C world, there is no safe place

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 luglio 2021

The ground under the German town of Erftstadt is torn apart like tissue paper by flood waters; Lytton in British Columbia is burned from the map just a day after setting a freakishly high temperature record; cars float like dead fish through the streets-turned-canals in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. All the world feels at risk, and most of it is. Six years ago, in Paris, the countries of the world committed themselves to avoiding the worst of climate change by eliminating net greenhouse-gas emissions quickly enough to hold the temperature rise below 2°C. Their progress towards that end remains woefully inadequate. But even if their efforts increased dramatically enough to meet the 2°C goal, it would not stop forests from burning today; prairies would still dry out tomorrow, rivers break their banks and mountain glaciers disappear. And even if everyone manages to honour their pledges, there is still a risk that temperatures could eventually rise by 3°C above pre-industrial levels. Our cover this week explores what that means for the climate and for climate policy. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The economist

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The Economist this week: Biden’s China doctrine

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 luglio 2021

Our cover this week is about President Joe Biden’s China doctrine. Between them, Mr Biden and Donald Trump have engineered the most dramatic break in American foreign policy in the five decades since Richard Nixon went to China. Optimists long hoped that welcoming China into the global economy would make it a “responsible stakeholder”, and perhaps bring about political reform. Today Mr Biden foresees a struggle that pits America against China—a struggle that he says can have only one winner. The administration believes that America must blunt China’s ambitions, by building up its strength at home and working with allies abroad. Much about Mr Biden’s new doctrine makes sense, but the details contain a lot to be worried about—not least the fact that it is unlikely to work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist this week

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 luglio 2021

A special edition on our coronavirus coverage.A poll for The Economist shows that people in Britain seem to support lockdowns. Two-thirds think masks, social distancing and travel restrictions should continue for another month after July 19th, dubbed by some as “freedom day” because that is the date after which nearly all the remaining anti-covid measures in England will be lifted. A majority of Britons, however, would support the continuation of restrictions until covid-19 is controlled worldwide, which may take years.Russia is in the midst of its third and most severe wave of covid-19, with more people dying daily than at any other point in the pandemic. This is in spite of the fact that the country registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. Mixed messages and mistrust of the government are to blame, as we hear on our daily podcast, “The Intelligence”.In the Business section, we look at which airlines will soar after the pandemic. An uneven recovery will boost big carriers in America and China, and cheap and cheerful ones in Europe.Jair Bolsanaro, Brazil’s president, finds himself in the spotlight because of murky procurement negotiations for two covid-19 vaccines in the country.Meanwhile our data journalists have been busy examining the impacts of covid-19. In one study they found that in-person voting in November’s elections in America really did accelerate covid-19’s spread in the country. In a separate study, economists found that labour markets in the rich world are recovering from covid-19—but low-paid workers and the young may continue to struggle. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist We have two covers this week

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 luglio 2021

In most of our editions we highlight our new normalcy index. Taking the pre-pandemic average as 100, it tracks such things as flights, traffic and retailing across dozens of countries comprising 76% of the Earth’s population. Today it stands at 66—double the level in 2020, but still well below the pre-pandemic benchmark. One reason for this is that covid-19 is still ravaging many countries, as a lack of vaccines leaves them open to highly infectious new variants. But even vaccinated countries such as America remain far from normal. And that may be because it is becoming clear that the new normal will be profoundly different from the old one. In our American edition we write about the battle to defend American democracy. Democrats believe that the threat to elections centres on who is able to vote. The greater worry is what happens after votes have been cast. Across America, Republican state legislatures have come under pressure from Donald Trump and his allies, who continue to insist that Joe Biden did not really win the presidential election. As a result, they are passing laws that will turn vote-counting into a partisan battleground. This raises the spectre of a contested election that the courts are unable to resolve. Long after the hysteria over the 2020 election has abated, America’s voting system will bear the scars. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist.

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The Economist this week: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 giugno 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. At last Europe’s vaccination campaign has gathered pace, with supply bottlenecks starting to ease. Eastern Europe, however, still lags behind. In Britain, Boris Johnson has said he is “absolutely determined” that no school child should be held back because of the educational disruptions caused by covid-19. However, this week his “education-recovery commissioner” resigned because of a lack of ministerial determination. Sir Kevan Collins, a widely-respected former teacher, was trying to convince the government to support a package of measures costing around £15bn ($20bn) over three years. He stepped down hours after it was announced that the government’s proposed budget for school catch-up programmes would be around £3bn ($4.2bn). In the United States, new research suggests that Hispanic Americans are most vulnerable to covid-19. Researchers still do not understand why.In its latest Economic Outlook, the OECD argues that economies are likely to diverge, as some (America and China) recover from the pandemic faster than others (many poor countries). Covid-19 has also struck different sectors differently: tech and pharmaceutical firms prospered; transport and energy firms suffered. Our data journalists find that covid-19 deaths in Wuhan seem far higher than the official count. Partial data suggest that the city’s initial outbreak may have been two or three times worse than reported by Chinese officials.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we look at how scientists are trying to understand the best way to administer jabs. Can mixing vaccine types boost immunity to the coronavirus? What is the best interval between doses? And should children be jabbed? Airborne transmission is one of the main ways in which the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads—so why has it taken so long to be officially recognised? We investigate on our science podcast, “Babbage”.In our sister magazine, 1843, Shreevatsa Nevatia writes that covid-19 has exposed the great fiction of middle-class life in India: domestic staff are part of the family. Now he sees that that was a lie. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist this week: Highlights from the latest issue

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 maggio 2021

Our cover this week is about race in America a year after the murder of George Floyd. Mr Floyd’s death prompted the biggest civil-rights protests in American history. The policeman who killed him was, unusually, convicted of murder. And institutions in America and beyond looked at themselves in a different light. Something needed to change. But what exactly? Most racial disparities in America come about when three things collide: secular economic trends; the aftershocks of slavery and segregation; and present-day bigotry and racism. The first two are usually the biggest causes of bad outcomes for African-Americans, but the third—racism today—gets most of the attention. This is backwards. Racism remains a curse, though it is less widespread than 30 years ago, let alone in the civil-rights era. But, since it is lodged in bigoted minds, rooting it out is largely beyond the power of any government. Poverty and the structural legacy of racism in institutions are different. Take the Biden administration’s new child tax credit, which looks likely to reduce child poverty by 40%. Because African-Americans are disproportionately poor, this race-neutral policy should halve the number of poor black children. Our leader argues that this approach is not just popular and effective, it is also right. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 maggio 2021

This week we look forward to the Olympics, due to start in Japan in July. As their country endures a wave of infections, 60% of Japanese tell pollsters that they would sooner not host the games at all. One of the worries is that athletes arriving from across the world could help spread dangerous new variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. A cautionary tale is unfolding in Britain, which sequences the genes of circulating viruses more assiduously than any other country. B.1.1.7, the variant first identified in Kent, is being displaced by a variant from India, B.1.617.2, especially in Bolton—where a community with ties to the Indian subcontinent also happens to have taken up vaccines less readily than the national average.Levels of protection are also a worry in America, where the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have issued advice that vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask in most situations. Only 38% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Given that the threshold for herd immunity could be 70-80%, that leaves plenty of scope for further spread of the virus.New Zealand and Australia face an entirely different problem. Having successfully followed zero-covid strategies they have imposed semi-permanent restrictions on foreign visitors, who risk bringing the virus in with them. As the pandemic eases in some countries, economic activity is partly returning to something closer to normal. Our data team reports that shoppers are going gangbusters. But as recovery creates jobs in industries that have been locked down, there seems to be a severe shortage of workers to fill them. What has gone wrong? Our economics staff investigate this conundrum.On Economist Radio we have been expanding on our work to show the real death toll from covid-19—which we released last week. Officially a little over 3.4m people have died, but we have designed a statistical model that estimates how many people went uncounted—and reached a central estimate of 10m. Our weekly podcast on vaccination, “The Jab”, discusses what we found and its significance, and “The Intelligence”, our daily news podcast, contains a segment on how to vaccinate the world.Finally, getting oxygen into people with covid-19 has been a problem throughout the pandemic. Ventilators have been in short supply. And the intubation of patients has caused them harm. Our science section reports on an alternative—oxygen enemas. It sounds mad—and painful—but it really could work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2021

Our cover in Asia tells the grim story of covid-19 in India, which is struggling with a catastrophic second wave. Until March, India was recording barely 13,000 new covid-19 cases a day, fewer than Germany or France and a drop in the ocean for a nation of 1.4bn. By late last month, however, it was rocketing. On April 21st India clocked 315,000 new positive tests, above even the biggest daily rise recorded in America, the only other country to report such highs. A return of the virus was inevitable, but the government’s distraction and complacency have amplified the surge. (We also cover the story in our daily podcast, “The Intelligence”).In the Netherlands, the state is funding pilot programmes to explore whether rapid testing of patrons for covid-19 can allow reopening of restaurants, museums, cultural events and the like. The budget is huge: €1.1bn ($1.3bn) through August, more than 0.1% of GDP. But critics say the experiments are so flawed that they may prove useless. In Africa, vaccination is off to a slow start. Just 6m doses have been administered in sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than in New Jersey. Just 1% of African adults have received a first jab, versus a global average of 13%. Scant supply is the biggest problem, but not the only one.Meanwhile, Latin American athletes are jumping the queue for vaccines: on April 13th Lionel Messi helped to score 50,000 vaccines for Conmebol, the South American football confederation, after sending three signed shirts to Sinovac, a Chinese pharmaceutical company. American export controls on raw materials and equipment threaten to hinder global vaccine production. Production lines in India, turning out at least 160m doses of covid vaccine a month, will soon grind to a halt unless America supplies 37 critical items.Our “Free exchange” columnist considers how to think about vaccines and patents during a pandemic—do public-health crises call for a departure from the rules? We explore the issue further in a pair of “By Invitation” articles, in which economists and business leaders make their arguments for and against suspending intellectual property rights on medical products related to covid-19.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we turn our attention to Europe. The continent is suffering a third wave of covid-19 after the European Commission’s vaccine roll-out stalled. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has said Europe “lacked ambition” in its vaccine efforts. How can European countries catch up?Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: Vladimir Putin’s next move

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 aprile 2021

We have two covers this week. In most of the world we report on Vladimir Putin’s next move. His main domestic opponent, Alexei Navalny, is in prison, on hunger strike and in danger of dying. Living standards in Russia are sliding, and with them support for Mr Putin’s party. Mr Navalny’s videos exposing corruption at the top, and offering a guided tour of a gaudy palace that Mr Putin denies owning, have struck a chord. To distract public attention and fire up patriotic voters, Mr Putin is once again menacing his neighbours. In recent weeks he has massed more than 100,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, a country he has already partly dismembered. Then, on April 22nd, his defence minister said they were pulling back again. Whether they will all pull back remains unclear. Also unclear is whether this massive show of force was just for show, or to intimidate Ukraine into making more concessions. President Joe Biden faces a test. America and its allies must find ways to deter Mr Putin from aggression abroad and oppression at home. It will not be easy, for Russia has built a siege economy, stagnant but unusually resistant to sanctions. Fortunately, unlike his predecessor, Mr Biden has no illusions about the strongman in the Kremlin. Our cover in Asia describes India’s alarming second wave of covid-19. On April 21st the country recorded 315,000 new infections in a single day—the highest tally of any country at any point in the pandemic. Experts suspect that even this is a massive undercount. Makeshift pyres are being erected on pavements outside crematoriums to deal with the influx of bodies. The government of Narendra Modi grew complacent after India’s earlier, milder wave. Instead of focusing on public health, it has poured its energies into partisan politics, holding huge and largely maskless campaign rallies in West Bengal. Although India is a big vaccine-maker, it has failed to secure enough doses, and production is now threatened by American export controls on vital kit. The government should adopt strict curbs on large gatherings, even religious ones, and scramble to help vaccine-makers ramp up their output. Unless India’s covid surge is brought under control, the entire world will suffer. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist.

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The Economist’s best coverage of the pandemic and its effects

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 aprile 2021

Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine is the latest to suffer a setback. On April 13th American health authorities paused its use to investigate six cases of unusual blood clots in people who had received the jab, after more than 6m doses were administered. European countries halted the jab too. The jury is still out on whether these blood clots are linked to the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine but the same rare condition was linked to AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine a week earlier, which suggests that could be the case. Both jabs use a modified adenovirus, though a different one is involved in each.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we investigate vaccine hesitancy in America. The country is close to delivering jabs to almost all who want them—unfortunately, only seven in ten Americans are interested. In the United States section, we focus on white evangelicals, a community that seems particularly set against the idea of taking covid jabs, and consider the kinds of messaging might be used to persuade the sceptics.Vermont, America’s second-whitest state (after Maine) has made all non-white residents, and those in their households, eligible for the vaccine. The move has raised some legal concerns, but proponents defend it on public-health grounds, since non-white Americans have suffered disproportionately from covid-19. The vaccine roll-out in Hong Kong has become highly politicised. China is pressing Hong Kongers to accept a Chinese vaccine, but many there would prefer a better one. In the Graphic detail section, we delve into the latest clinical and real world trial results for China’s CoronaVac vaccine, developed by Sinovac Biotech. The numbers show that the vaccine underperforms, with efficacy rates that range from 83% to a little over 50%. Not as impressive as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which cut the risk of catching covid-19 by more than 90%. On our science podcast, “Babbage”, we investigate one of the covid-19 pandemic’s most compelling mysteries—where did SARS-CoV-2 virus come from? By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief font: The Economist

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From United Kingdom to Untied Kingdom

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 aprile 2021

The Economist this week.The Economist is a global newspaper, but occasionally we have stories that have special relevance for their region—and then we shuffle the order of our leaders, to bring different editorials to the cover slot in different editions. This is one of those rare weeks when we have no fewer than three covers. In Britain and Europe we look at how the bonds that hold the United Kingdom together are fraying. The union is now weaker than at any point in living memory. The causes are many, but Brexit is the most important. Political leaders in London, Edinburgh and Belfast have put their country at risk by the way they have managed Britain’s departure from the European Union. Boris Johnson, the prime minister, has done it carelessly, by putting party above country and espousing a hard Brexit. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, has done it determinedly, by exploiting Scots’ dislike of the Brexit settlement. Arlene Foster, first minister of Northern Ireland and head of the Democratic Unionist Party has done it stupidly, by rejecting the softer Brexit proposed by Theresa May, Mr Johnson’s pre­decessor. If the Scots, Northern Irish or even the Welsh choose to go their own way, they should be allowed to do so—but only once it is clearly their settled will. That is by no means the case yet, and this newspaper hopes it never will be. In North America we report on the era of the political CEO. Business and politics are growing closer in America, with worrying consequences. Sometimes this is in pursuit of honourable causes, as in the protest of chief executives over new laws restricting voting in Georgia and other states. Sometimes it is visible in the statesman-CEO: the latest manifesto from Jamie Dimon, boss of JPMorgan Chase, pronounces on military procurement and criminal justice among many other weighty concerns. Most broadly of all, it is reflected in how the Business Roundtable, a lobbying group, has extended the corporate remit to include all stakeholders, for the success of firms, communities and the country. At The Economist we strongly support the protection of voting rights. We believe that companies operating in competitive markets advance social progress. Nonetheless, as classical liberals, we also believe that concentrations of power are dangerous. Businesspeople will always lobby for their own advantage and the closer they get to the government, the more harm they threaten to both the economy and politics. And in Asia we warn that Myanmar could become Asia’s next failed state. Daily protests continue and soldiers are rampaging through rebellious districts, beating and killing at random; the overall death toll has passed 700. Citizens have burned down shops tied to the army and a general strike has paralysed businesses and public services. In the borderlands some of the 20 or so armed groups that have battled the government on-and-off for decades are taking advantage of the crisis to seize military outposts or caches of weapons. A vacuum is being created in a territory bigger than France that abuts Asia’s biggest powers, China and India. It will be filled by violence and suffering. Although Myanmar is not yet as lawless as Afghanistan, it is rapidly heading in that direction. The ruin of Myanmar is not only a calamity for the 54m Burmese; it also threatens to spread chaos as drugs, disease and refugees spill over Myanmar’s borders. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: Our coverage of the coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 marzo 2021

A year ago this week the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the covid-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. Our data team has been closely following the course of the disease and its toll from the start, producing a range of trackers and interactive charts to keep us informed about how covid-19 has spread, how many people have died (and where) and how well vaccination programmes are faring worldwide. This week the team launched its latest and most ambitious project—the covid mortality risk estimator. Though covid-19 threatens everyone, its highest risks are concentrated among particular groups of people. For any group of unvaccinated people of a given age, sex and mix of other illnesses, the data team’s new tool can estimate the proportion that will be hospitalised or die within 30 days of a covid-19 diagnosis. You can interact with the data here.In the Asia section, we look at a conundrum in India: the country seems to have suffered surprisingly few deaths from covid-19. What explains its apparent success?It is well-established that, among rich nations, Europe is a laggard in its vaccination roll-out. A protracted swell of cases is highlighting the continent’s problems.In the Science and technology section, we look at the potential for vaccine passports to start getting life back on track in countries where jabs have become widespread. Though identity schemes such as vaccine passports do have a part to play in the return to life as normal, we argue it will be only modest.On the first anniversary of the WHO’s declaration of a pandemic, our “Babbage” podcast looks at the lessons the world has learned. And on “The Jab”, we discuss how clinical trials for vaccines work and give you a guide on how to interpret the numbers flowing out of them. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist this week: Donald Trump is the author of the attack on the heart of American democracy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 gennaio 2021

By The Economist: “Our cover this week focuses on the sickening sight of a sitting president urging a mob to march on Congress—and then praising it after it had descended into rioting. Be in no doubt that Donald Trump is the author of this attack on the heart of American democracy. His lies fed the grievance, his disregard for the constitution focused it on Congress and his demagoguery lit the fuse. The violence pretended to be a show of power. In fact it masked two defeats. While Mr Trump’s supporters were breaking and entering, Congress was certifying the results of the president’s incontrovertible loss in November. And as a rabble was smashing windows, Democrats were celebrating a pair of unlikely victories in Georgia that will give them control of the Senate. The mob’s grievances will reverberate through the Republican Party as it finds itself in opposition. That could have profound consequences for the imminent presidency of Joe Biden”. By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist (Photo copyright The Economist) Four years ago Donald Trump stood in front of the Capitol building to be sworn into office and promised to end “American carnage”. His term is concluding with a sitting president urging a mob to march on Congress—and then praising it after it had resorted to violence. Be in no doubt that Mr Trump is the author of this lethal attack on the heart of American democracy. His lies fed the grievance, his disregard for the constitution focused it on Congress and his demagoguery lit the fuse. Pictures of the mob storming the Capitol, gleefully broadcast in Moscow and Beijing just as they were lamented in Berlin and Paris, are the defining images of Mr Trump’s unAmerican presidency.The Capitol violence pretended to be a show of power. In fact it masked two defeats. While Mr Trump’s supporters were breaking and entering, Congress was certifying the results of the president’s incontrovertible loss in November. While the mob was smashing windows, Democrats were celebrating a pair of unlikely victories in Georgia that will give them control of the Senate. The mob’s grievances will reverberate through the Republican Party as it finds itself in opposition. And that will have consequences for the presidency of Joe Biden, which begins on January 20th. (By The Economist)

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News from The Economist

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 gennaio 2021

“We have two covers this week. In Britain and Europe—which are about to become separate places as well as distinct editions of the newspaper—we look at Britain’s role in the world. It is a question the country has grappled with off and on for centuries, and in recent decades British thinking has often been clouded by nostalgia for lost empire and great-power status. Membership of the European club provided an answer of sorts. Britain, as Tony Blair put it, could be a “bridge” between America and Europe, with influence in both Washington and Brussels. Now that Britain is fully out of the European Union, it must think afresh. Where should it focus?In our American and Asian editions we report on China’s world-beating approach to e-commerce. Western firms like to think that they are at the cutting edge. In fact the future of e-commerce is being staked out in China. Its market is far bigger and more creative than those in the West, with tech firms blending e-commerce, social media and razzmatazz to become online-shopping emporia for 850m digital consumers. And China is also at the frontier of regulation. The crackdown on Alibaba, on December 24th, may be partly about settling scores, but it also looks likely to promote competition. For a century the world’s consumer businesses have looked to America to spot new trends, from scannable barcodes on Wrigley’s gum in the 1970s to keeping up with the Kardashians’ consumption habits in the 2010s. Now they should be looking to the East”. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist.

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The Economist this week: Our coverage of the coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 dicembre 2020

The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic and its effects. The end of 2020 brings an opportunity to reflect on this once-in-a-century event, which will be remembered as a moment when everything changed. However, this is also a time to look forward and consider what to expect from year two of the pandemic. The basics may be the same, but vaccines and cheap, rapid tests should make a difference as the world continues to adapt to living with the virus. Certainly the next 12 months will see difficult political and public debates about who should be first to receive the vaccines and who can wait. We also invite you to read some of the stories that generated the most page views on our website and app during 2020. In our “By Invitation” series of articles Bill Gates predicted how future pandemics would be fought, while Nicholas Christakis explained why the latest coronavirus required a different response to previous ones. We described the anatomy of a killer virus in one of our first Briefings on covid-19, outlined how lockdowns would leave behind a “90% economy” and considered the real lessons from the approach to lockdowns in liberty-loving Sweden. If you have digital access as part of your subscription, do make sure you have activated it. This will enable you to read the digital version of the newspaper as well as all of our daily journalism, both now and throughout 2021. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief

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The Economist this week: Joe Biden victory

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 novembre 2020

Our cover this week looks at what the election results say about America’s future. As Joe Biden closes in on victory, his success signals a rejection of Donald Trump. Only once in the past 40 years has a president been denied a second term. Mr Trump will lose the popular vote by, we reckon, 52% to 47%—only the electoral college’s bias towards rural voters saved him from a crushing defeat. A Biden White House would also set a wholly new tone. The all-caps tweets and the constant needling of partisan divisions would go. So would the self-dealing, the habitual lying and the use of government departments to pursue personal vendettas. Mr Biden is a decent man who, after the polls closed, vowed to govern as a unifier. His victory would change American policy in areas from climate to immigration. And yet the unexpected closeness of the vote also means populism will live on in America. It has become clear that Mr Trump’s astonishing victory in 2016 was not an aberration but the start of a profound ideological shift in his party. Far from being swept away in a blue wave, Republicans have gained seats in the House and look likely to keep control of the Senate. The Republican Party, which fell under Mr Trump’s spell while he was in office, is not about to shake itself out of the trance now. What does that mean for America and the world? Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: Our cover this week sets out why, if we had a vote, it would go to Joe Biden

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 ottobre 2020

The country that elected Donald Trump in 2016 was unhappy and divided. The country he is asking to re-elect him is more unhappy and more divided. After almost four years of his leadership, politics is even angrier than it was and partisanship even less constrained. Daily life is consumed by a pandemic that has caused almost 230,000 reported deaths amid bickering, buck-passing and lies. Much of that is Mr Trump’s doing and his victory on November 3rd would endorse it all. Mr Biden is Mr Trump’s antithesis. He is not a miracle cure for what ails America. But he is a good man who would restore steadiness and civility to the presidency. Were he to be elected, success would not be guaranteed—how could it be? But he would enter the White House promising the most precious gift that democracies can bestow: renewal. For more on our endorsement and Donald Trump’s record in office please sign up to Checks and Balance, our weekly newsletter on American politics. By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2020

Our cover this week examines the huge impact that the virus has had on the office and working life. Around the world employees, governments and firms are trying to work out if the office is obsolete—and are coming to radically different conclusions. Before the pandemic only 3% of Americans worked from home regularly; now vast numbers do. How much of this change will stick when a vaccine arrives? The emerging picture is of an “optional office”, which people attend, but less frequently. That will have huge economic costs, from the collapse of city-centre cafés to the $16bn budget shortfall that New York subway’s system faces. Still, rather than turning the clock back, governments and firms need to adapt.Although the plight of mega-cities gets much of the attention, the pandemic is changing suburbs, too. We report from the front line of Britain’s commuterland. Meanwhile the implications of lockdowns continue to extend far beyond work. Our sister publication, 1843, looks at the revival of the drive-in cinema. Latin America is in the midst of an education crisis: more than 95% of the region’s 150m pupils remain at home and most countries have set no date for school reopening. At least the coronavirus pandemic has eliminated the flu season in the southern hemisphere. As we explain in this week’s Graphic detail, lockdowns and social distancing have changed the pattern of this illness dramatically. In the first two weeks of August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) processed nearly 200,000 influenza tests, and found just 46 were positive. In a typical year the number would be closer to 3,500. The WHO itself has been the subject of bitter criticism, not least from the White House. But as we report from Geneva, it has done reasonably well against covid-19. And to perform better it needs more muscle and money. Alongside our analysis we have also published one of our periodic By Invitation essays, this time by Tedros Adhanom, the WHO’s director-general. He outlines the risks from vaccine nationalism but also strikes an optimistic note, as long as countries co-operate rather than fight. “Although we absolutely must not let down our guard, it is possible to imagine the beginning of the end of the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus.” By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief – Font: The Economist.

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This issue’s cover focuses on Vladimir Putin

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 settembre 2020

In Belarus, among scenes that recall the revolts of 1989, people are turning out in their hundreds of thousands after a blatantly rigged election. In the Russian city of Khabarovsk tens of thousands march week after week to protest against the arrest of the local governor and the imposition of Moscow’s rules. Mr Putin is rattled. Why else is Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and his greatest popular rival for the Russian presidency, lying poisoned in a Berlin hospital bed? Regimes that rule by fear, live in fear—the fear that one day the people will no longer tolerate their lies, thieving and brutality. They try to hang on with propaganda, persecution and patronage. But it looks increasingly as if Mr Putin is running out of tricks, and as if Alexander Lukashenko, his troublesome ally in Minsk, is running out of road. That is why, despite the Kremlin’s denials, they are falling back on the truncheon and the syringe. And it is why, as the protests roll on, they must be wondering how long state violence can keep them in power.Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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Our coverage of the new coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 agosto 2020

The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic. Our cover this week highlights the nature of viruses, life stripped down to its essentials of information and reproduction. Viruses have caused a litany of modern pandemics, from covid-19 to the influenza outbreak in 1918-20. However, the influence of viruses on life on Earth goes far beyond the tragedies of a single species. Recent research shows how viruses have shaped the evolution of organisms of all types since the very beginnings of life. For humanity they present a heady mix of threat and opportunity.As well as a six-page essay about viruses and their profound effect on creation, our coverage of the pandemic this week includes a detailed report on the many baffling chronic complications of contracting covid-19. Our sister publication, 1843, looks at what the history of the elevator reveals about social distancing. We have stories from Iran, about the failure to control crowds of worshippers during an important religious festival, and Britain, where the government has launched a shake-up of the health bureaucracy at a tricky moment. And our economists calculate the astonishingly high financial return to society from people wearing a mask.Our mortality tracker uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up.
We have also been focusing on covid-19 in Economist Radio and Economist Films. This week we feature a wide-ranging interview with Bill Gates, in which he shares his predictions for how and when the pandemic might end.As the summer draws on, I hope you are finding our covid-19 coverage useful and stimulating. By Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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