Articles by The Economist

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Conspiracy Theories about Covid-19 Vaccines May Prevent Herd Immunity
The Economist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

29 Aug 2020 – Do vaccines cause autism? Are politicians scaremongering about COVID-19 to drum up profits for drug firms? Will Bill Gates use injections to implant microchips in your children? The answer to all three questions is no, though scientists once debated the first. Regardless, the polls show that convincing people to take vaccines may be as difficult as producing them in the first place.

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The Greenland Ice Sheet Has Melted Past the Point of No Return
The Economist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

25 Aug 2020 – Annual snowfall can no longer replenish the melted ice that flows into the ocean from Greenland’s glaciers. The ice loss is now so great that it has triggered an irreversible feedback loop: the sheet will keep melting even if global warming stopped today. This is bad news for coastal cities, given that Greenland boasts the largest ice sheet on the planet after Antarctica.

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Viruses Have Big Impacts on Ecology and Evolution As Well As Human Health
The Economist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

20 Aug 2020 – In viruses the link between metabolism and genes that binds together all life to which you are related, from bacteria to blue whales, is broken. Viral genes have no cells, no bodies, no metabolism of their own. The tiny particles, “virions”, in which those genes come packaged—the dot-studded disks of coronaviruses, the sinister, sinuous windings of Ebola, the bacteriophages with their science-fiction landing-legs that prey on microbes—are entirely inanimate. An individual animal, or plant, embodies and maintains the restless metabolism that made it. A virion is just an arrangement of matter.

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Why Does Low Unemployment No Longer Lift Inflation?
The Economist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

22 Aug 2020 – The Phillips curve, the logic of which guides central banks today, has become oddly flat.

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Never Again, and Again: Can the World Stop Genocide?
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

As the UN convention against genocide turns 70 on 9 Dec, its failures are tragically apparent… Democracy cannot be built on the bones of those who are butchered.

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Too Many Prisons Make Bad People Worse – There Is a Better Way
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

The World Can Learn from How Norway Treats Its Offenders – Turning Villains into Neighbours

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The Arctic as It Is Known Today Is Almost Certainly Gone
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

On Current Trends the Arctic Will Be Ice-Free in Summer by 2040

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America’s Hare Krishna Movement, at 50, Is a Testament to Adaptability
The Economist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

It is a commonplace of religious history that every big spiritual movement seems to travel along a path, sometimes backward and forward, between ecstatic religious experience and settling down as an permanent, conventionally organised institution. The followers of Krishna appear to be no exception.

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The Recarbonisation Revolution
Dr. Petri Vasara – The Economist, 15 Aug 2016

The World Needs a ‘Recarbonisation Revolution’ of Global Material Flows – Recarbonisation requires moving from fossil carbon to biocarbon. The recarbonisation revolution offers a simple way to define the bio-economy: recarbonise materials, de-carbonise energy.

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Save Our Stones – Jihad and Vandalism
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2015

As well as killing people, Islamic State is smashing up ancient works of art. Only a little can be done to prevent its acts of barbarism. The scale is unprecedented. Four of Syria’s six world heritage sites lie in ruins.

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The Rohingyas: The Most Persecuted People on Earth?
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2015

Myanmar’s Muslim minority have been attacked with impunity, stripped of the vote and driven from their homes. It could get worse.

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Unsettling Settlements: More Wrongdoing at Banks, More Swingeing Fines, No Prosecutions
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

23 May 2015 – The scene was familiar: regulators meting out vast penalties to banks, scathing statements about gross misconduct, yet no individuals charged with any crimes and some confusion as to what exactly the banks were admitting to and what effect that would have.

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Geopolitics and Markets – War Is Peace
Buttonwood - The Economist, 5 May 2014

28 Apr 2014 – Is there another sense in which “war is peace”, in that peace can only be maintained in an environment where both sides believe the other will go to war? At a conference last week, strategist Dylan Grice used the well-known example of the “prisoner’s dilemma.”

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Don’t Count on It – Myanmar’s Course Is Leading in the Wrong Direction
Banyan – The Economist, 7 Apr 2014

The trouble is that the census uses an eccentric list of 135 recognised nationalities, inherited from the British colonialists and incorporated into a 1982 citizenship law. Of its many inaccurate or debatable features, the most egregious is the exclusion of a group known as the Rohingyas—of whom Myanmar has about 1million.

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Sri Lanka: Bring Up the Bodies
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Mar 2014

Creeping Towards an International Inquiry into War Crimes – Evidence of past atrocities keeps turning up in Sri Lanka.

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Protests in Bulgaria: Yet another Early Election?
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2013

24 June 2013 – Every day, for the last ten days, at exactly 6.30pm, Independence Square, a busy intersection in the centre of Sofia, has been the starting point for a protest march that passes by the parliament building, the Eagles’ Bridge and the National Palace of Culture. Around 10,000 people participate every evening. They are calling for more transparency, less corruption and an end of the local oligarchs’ rule.

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Myanmar’s Rohingyas: No Help, Please, We’re Buddhists
The Economist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2012

When Offending the Muslim World Seems a Small Price to Pay – The only thing that might sway Burmese opinion in favour of the [Muslim] Rohingyas, some say, would be the staunch support of Myanmar’s most famous and revered politician, the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. But she has been largely silent on their plight.

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Israel and Palestine: Here Comes Your Non-Violent Resistance
The Economist, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2011

Will we even bother to acknowledge that the Palestinians are protesting non-violently? Or will we soldier on with the same empty decades-old rhetoric, now drained of any truth or meaning, because it protects established relationships of power? What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets?

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