Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Worthwhile Economist Articles

Below are some of the Economist articles that I found to be informative and/or interesting during the past two weeks. Enjoy!

Africa:

A catastrophe is looming (East Africa): Governments are at their wits’ end to keep their hungry people alive.


The Americas:

The strange chill in Chile: After presiding over Latin America's big success story for two decades, the centre-left Concertacion coalition looks tired and divided.

The Bachelet model (Chile): A politician on top of her game.

Economic vandalism: A protectionist move that is bad politics, bad economics, bad diplomacy and hurts America. Did we miss anything?

Playing with fire: By succumbing to domestic pressures, America has started an alarming trade row with China.

Charlie Rangel's taxes: Those who write the laws should obey them.

Creative tension (Google): The internet giant seeks new ways to foster innovation.

Stuck in the delta: Californians continue fighting over water, but vow to try making peace.

El Paso's small step: Reform advocates want an honest and open debate on drug policy.


Asia:

Driving in the right direction: Chinese motorists face unprecedented prices at the pump.

Poodle or Pekinese (Japan)?: Yukio Hatoyama has to clarify some contradictory messages to the world.

Fashion victims (Japan): Beleaguered firms are merging at last—but cost-cutting is still taboo.

Demonstration effect (Nepal): Having walked out, the Maoists try to march back in.

Where power lies (Thailand): Coups are such an old-fashioned way of running things.

V not yet for victory (Vietnam): An impressive recovery may create problems of its own.


Europe:


Behind golden doors (Russia): President Dmitry Medvedev sets out a modernisation agenda, but he may yet be undercut by his prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

The Vladimir and Dmitry show: Vladimir Putin prepares the stage for his re-entry.


Global:

A bad climate for development: Poor countries’ economic development will contribute to climate change. But they are already its greatest victims.

Measuring what matters: Man does not live by GDP alone. A new report urges statisticians to capture what people do live by.

It's life, Jim: House prices are creeping up again. That may not last.


Middle East:

Not over yet: Three months after his disputed re-elections, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is still failing to reassert his-- and his government's-- grip.


Et Cetera:

Breathing more easily: The air inside airplanes could soon be cleaner and more comfortable to breathe.

Daddy's girl: A non-obvious explanation for why girls without fathers have sex earlier.

Norman Borlaug: With wheat and plough, he helped avert famine.

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