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In defence of America’s prison-industrial complex

On a cloudless October day, the early autumn sun still scorching, prisoners line up outside the education building of Saguaro Correctional Centre in Eloy, Arizona...

China’s football fans ask what it takes to become Chinese

When he was still vice-president, in 2011, Xi Jinping declared three goals for Chinese football: to qualify for, host and eventually win a World Cup. China had ap...

A massive money-laundering scandal stains the image of Nordic banks

Danske bank’s headquarters in Copenhagen, reminiscent of a Greek temple, speaks of an illustrious past. But Denmark’s biggest bank has “no vanity left”, s...

Can business tread more lightly on the planet?

lmost 50 years before Extinction Rebellion, a British-born protest movement, exported its brand of climate activism to the world, young Americans did so on Earth ...

How to feed a protest movement: cooking with Extinction Rebellion

RUNNING A kitchen in the middle of a protest camp presents some unusual operational challenges. “We’re cooking most of the hot food offsite at the moment,” says ...

America forsakes Syria’s Kurds in a ceasefire deal with Turkey

MERELY A WEEK into its offensive against American-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, victory for Turkey came not on the battlefield, but at the negotiating table, court...

The meaninglessness of music charts

IT IS COMMONPLACE for boxing fans to bemoan the senselessness of world titles. With four different governing bodies all anointing champions in each weight class—and ...

Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibil...

The pithiest summary of Donald Trump’s foreign policy comes from the president himself. Referring to the mayhem he has uncorked in Syria, he tweeted: “I hope ...

Another Scottish referendum beckons—and this time the nationalists may...

It is a defining characteristic of the modern Scottish nationalist movement that it refuses to engage in extreme methods to advance its cause. This week, as Spain’s ...

The election of Kais Saied gives Tunisians something to cheer

IT HAS been a difficult eight years since Tunisia toppled its dictator and embraced democracy in 2011. The economy remains stagnant, corruption is still endemic, terro...

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