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Author: The Economist

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Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

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Investors are piling into safe assets as markets whipsaw: what’s driving the global economy these days is anxiety. Is all the worry justified? Nestled among the conflicts and suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast national park that is trying to make the most of its stunning natural beauty. And, why are some languages so damnably hard to learn? Additional audio by ‘sctang’ from Freesound.org. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
President Mauricio Macri’s thumping presidential-primary loss in Argentina left the markets fearing a left-wing resurgence. To win over voters, he’s announced a relaxation of some austerity measures. Will it be enough? In the Arctic, wildfires are rampant—and they’ll amplify the very temperature rises that caused them. And, a look at the unlikely rise of Gulf-state book fairs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talk grows ever-louder of Britain exiting the European Union without a divorce agreement. Most parliamentarians would rather avoid that—but can they do anything to stop it? We join a Ukrainian military exercise as the country seeks to beef up defences that were nearly wiped out by Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And, China’s tech companies train their sights on the tech-savvy elderly. Additional audio: "English Dawn Chorus, Rural, late spring" by odilonmarcenaro at Freesound.org and “Puzzle Pieces” by Lee Rosevere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Companies are rushing to fill new niches for would-be parents: in vitro fertilisation extras, swish egg-harvesting “studios” and apps to track reproductive health. But some companies promise more than science can deliver. The worrying flare-up of piracy off west Africa presents new challenges and unmitigated risks to sailors. And, lessons learned from a shooting simulator for police. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Over the weekend, armed rebels overran Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government. They had defected from a loose, Saudi-backed coalition that looks increasingly shaky. The gaming business is huge, but isn’t yet part of the streaming revolution seen in films and music; who will become the Netflix of gaming? And, an update to a 1970s book on sexuality reveals much about modern female desire, and how it’s perceived.Additional music by Rymdkraft and Kuesa. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
America’s envoy claimed “excellent progress” in negotiations ahead of the country’s planned exit from Afghanistan. But stickier talks await, between the Islamist militia and the Afghan government. A promising new vaccine may at last tackle typhoid fever, which claims 160,000 lives every year. And, we travel to Scotland and hop on the world’s shortest scheduled flight.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Deforestation is on the rise and Brazil’s government is all but encouraging it. Beyond a certain threshold, the world’s largest rainforest will dry out into a savanna—with dire consequences. We ask why Malaysia’s reformist coalition isn’t doing much reforming of the country’s illiberal laws. And, Norway’s growing scourge of fish-smuggling. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has gutted the autonomy of the restive and disputed Jammu & Kashmir. India’s only majority-Muslim state is locked down and fearful of a vast demographic reshuffle. We meet the deep-sea divers of the oil industry, finding that their work is as dangerous as it is dependent on oil prices. And, what is a “deepfake”, how are they made and what risks do they pose? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
China’s central government held another press conference to address increasingly chaotic unrest in Hong Kong. A close listen reveals language that may be presaging a military intervention. There’s much to be said for employee share ownership—but a push from left-leaning politicians to mandate its availability is creating controversy. And, the dirty secret behind the exorbitant costs of music-gig tickets.Additional audio courtesy of cgeffex from Freesound.org. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Two mass shootings over the weekend add to the unrelenting stream of gun violence in America. We look at the political and social forces that ensure it will continue. The collapse of Venezuela’s infrastructure has left its people desperate for medical care. We meet some of the women crossing into Colombia to seek help. And, the politics behind the ever-shifting travel advice dispensed in the Middle East. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Comments (34)

Ibrahim Khader

Claiming that STC took over Aden just because UAE pulled out leaving power vaccum is misleading. UAE withdrawal has became obvious that it was part of a plan to push royal gov out of Aden.

Aug 14th
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Neil Painter

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Aug 12th
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Neil Painter

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Aug 12th
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Neil Painter

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Aug 12th
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Rodrigo Julio

Again, stop lieing. The Guy you said was fired, resignated, the data on 80% increase deforestation was a rag tag combination of points that has already been denied by the very own man you said was fired. Is it so hard to accept a new govern?

Aug 8th
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Rodrigo Julio

Just fyi, as Brazilian and as Carioca I've been ofended by the lies you have been telling about my contry for quite some time. Today, smearing and ling about Bossa Nova and the presidente, you Just fone too far. I'll have to find another way to inform myself about the world

Jul 19th
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Daniel Flores da Cunha

So, the guy can't read and write, but he is allowed to drive...

Jun 12th
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Ram

Daniel Flores da Cunha No, He can read and write in his native language but can't in English. The only thing you need to remember is how people are using technology to create new opportunities for themselves.

Jun 12th
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Muhammad Tohir Sulaiman

BABA GO SLOW 🤣🤣🤣

May 29th
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Jane Kim

..I see what you did with the title 👍

May 28th
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Dolapo Femi-Oyekola

I just want to applaud the team for the captions used for the episodes. this one about the EU living in interesting times had me chuckling. 👏👏👏

May 16th
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GS

on the comments made above - just because it's a different perspective than yours, doesn't mean it's incorrect, biased or influenced. I'm a Hindu Brahmin with RSS heritage and I think Modi has not delivered on the promises he made in 2014. His fear mongering election campaign is a typical text book political strategy. widen your horizon on Modi, he is concerned with power and control like any other politician.

May 1st
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Renee

#MuellerReport

Apr 20th
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Rishabh Sharma

Totally biased report

Apr 19th
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Sarthak .chand

This podcast is biased and pro Congress. I am suspicious about the fundings here. In many ways the presentor deliberately undermines the economic development India had in last 4 years. Job issue is a fake agenda created by Congress and propagates foolishly by this podcast. My suggestion to the presentor : 1. Get you facts correct. 2. Look for information from independent and reliable news sources rather than cramming Congress manifesto which is the most corrupt government after Venezuela and Uganda. 3. Reveal your funding sources All the best. Your act of spreading misinformation will have less or very less effect on all the intellectual mass here. But, you will loose your little left credibility. In the ocean of information [Internet] you are a bad fish.

Apr 18th
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Bethy Simony

thats great

Apr 16th
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Karan Patel

problem with you guys are you see him as Hindutva person but he opens bank account of 90% indians, gave free gas connection to 8cr+ family, free medical treatment under AYUSH for 50cr people, giving benefits of 6000rs to 20cr+ kishans, subsidy of 2.5lacs for new home buyers. under his tenure home loan is just 8.5%, inflation is at 3.5%. all cast of people benefited by his policy. his schemes benefitted all hindus & Muslims. probably the first indian election where inflation is not a issues. still you foreign funded media term him as PM of Hindu.

Apr 15th
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Joy Matwale

Karan Patel well, it is a good thing that you commented on this podcast because you've broadened the perspective

Apr 17th
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SCLmousse

Glad to have found this podcast, finally a nice way for me to get into news (previous outlets of news I tried getting into just made me turn off or apathetic - robotic fake delivery, cringe and propaganda). Liking the speakers voice and pacing. Nice length and summaries with insight & interesting background music . This is the how news should be done now. Cool branding and art that embraces truth and intelligence. Keep up the good work, lifetime listener from here on out.

Apr 13th
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Julianna Adamkiewicz

We need to embrace people as they are . I consider myself gender fluid but of course it is difficult for traditionalists of grammar. If like in Germany we accepted the third gender we would be much better off. Our culture would be richer as gender fluid and trans people offer unique insights into human beings, being somewhere in the middle. In the Bible eunuchs are mentioned, so if a book written 2000 years ago can't change our view of historical convexities of gender we are wavering. It is time to be open to change! Look at African cultured where gender changes according to how many daughters or sons you have-nots and that applies to men and women. Just another argument for the complexities of gender identities.

Mar 14th
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Faizan Ali Khan

You got an Indian to review the Pakistan /India situation. Not at all biased.

Mar 4th
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Faizan Ali Khan

Pooja Singh hahaha.. petty comments by little minds.

Mar 8th
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Pooja Singh

Faizan Ali Khan Maybe you people actually deserve such terrorists since you are so much in denial. that's why you're home to so many terrorist organizations. We'll find a way to block them. god bless Pakistan with such a mentality

Mar 8th
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Maire Reier

I like this channel so much! great length and content!

Feb 25th
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