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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.

191 Episodes
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Justin Trudeau will remain prime minister, but will lead a minority government. He will probably be able to continue with his progressive push, but his halo is a bit tarnished. It’s ten years this month since Greece’s financial implosion; we look back on a decade spent balancing the books. And, the surprising success of fun stock-ticker symbols.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It might have been a clarifying vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit motion; instead, more legislation and frustration. We dig through the parliamentary procedure to try to map out what happens next. Sports fans’ easy access to the world’s games poses a threat to some sports, and is even changing the nature of others. And, Indonesia’s curious push for halal pianos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has a newly struck European Union divorce deal in hand. He has defied the expectations of many, but he still faces a tricky vote in Britain’s parliament. Turkey’s pummelling of the Syrian border area will pause for five days, but the decline of America’s role and image in the region has not been halted. And the burgeoning business of therapeutic psychedelics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Our journalists interview Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, about his efforts to clean up his country and his African National Congress party. He’s the right man for the job, but the clock is ticking. The markets are rife with funds run by computers, but handing decisions to the machines comes with plenty of risk. And how political polarisation is driving a new dictionary of discourtesy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Amid the growing disquiet in Hong Kong are a few survivors of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. These once-moderate voices are changing their minds about whether the protesters should keep provoking the Chinese government. Even as a currency crisis unfolds, Lebanon’s central bank is keeping things stable—so far. The bank has a solid history, in part because of one man who guarded a pile of Ottoman gold. And an effort to wrangle the dialects of the Canadian Arctic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Twelve candidates take to the stage again tonight, with two clear front-runners. We ask how the winnowing field reflects the mood of the party. We also examine an unlikely candidate in a lesser-watched race: that for the Republican nomination. And, why the shattering of the two-hour-marathon mark has much to do with snazzy footwear. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Turkey’s violent strikes on north-eastern Syria came as swiftly as America’s withdrawal. The overwhelmed Kurds, once America’s staunch allies against Islamic State, now want protection from Syria’s Russian-backed forces. “Microfinance” experiments are intended to alleviate poverty, but in Sri Lanka one trial has gone badly wrong. And, why China’s 30m truckers aren’t the folk heroes they might be elsewhere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It is at once a story of post-communist success and of populist threats to the rule of law by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party. What direction will Poles choose for their country? Gay rights are few and far between in China, but couples have found protection in a little loophole in guardianship law. And, how Elvis Presley’s last flash in Las Vegas changed the city forever. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The White House is stonewalling the impeachment inquiry. Could that hinder the Democrats’ ability to build a strong public case? We look at this year’s crop of Nobel prizes in the sciences and ask why, once again, all the winners are men. And, Japan’s government-led efforts to match lonely urbanites with rural folk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Two months after India’s Hindu-nationalist government stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy, 7m people are still in limbo. How will it end? Could America’s angrily partisan politics be explained by a rise in loneliness? We visit the Midwest to find out. And, companies are going big on “financial wellness” initiatives for their employees. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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shekhu verma

Totally biased, not properly researched, host doesnt have the understanding of the issue of how India has been suffering the pakistani terrorism for past 70 yrs and how kashmiri pandits were butchered in 90s. Article 370 abrogation noe give equal rights to every kashmiri and the internet ban is to save people from terrorists attacks and that too have been relaxed. And stop calling this as hindu nationalist govt as indians from every sect voted this party and wanted this measure to be taken in kashmir.

Oct 16th
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Ryan Chynces

nobel prize interviewee was unlistenable

Oct 10th
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TruthSeeker

Unsurprisingly the episode does not discuss how non-Muslims minorities were treated in Kashmir when the insurgency commenced and how Hindus were exiled from the place they had called home for many generations.

Oct 9th
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Kunal Mathela

I really dislike the correspondent speaking for the emotions/views of all/most Indians. State facts, cite sources, don't just make idle claims like the people want to show the Muslims who's strong or whatnot 😒 Really disappointed by this irresponsibility with which you're representing Indian communities.

Oct 9th
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Kunal Mathela

Hindu nationalism has nothing to do with this issue 🙄 That is a whole different can of worms. This decision is not about Hindus or Muslims, it's about the government taking steps to assert that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India, giving the central government more power to make decisions concerning the state and bringing it into the same system of governance which is present in other parts of the country.

Oct 9th
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TruthSeeker

Typical anti Hindu and Indian sentiment from the Economist. Do you refer to the US or UK govt as Christian nationalist?

Oct 9th
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Sofia Romero

Dear american citizens don't worry about Peru, there will be election soon and the corrupted congress has been adjourned, we peruvians are glad

Oct 4th
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Ralph OFUYO

Great quote regarding planet status on how it's fine and the people are f#$%@

Sep 22nd
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Zhenhui Lyu

Another good episode of China threat theory! Trump can force any western company to cooperare with his military movement and now you believe what google says? Hahah

Sep 19th
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Anil Shah

very fascinating discussed the current on going events.

Sep 13th
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Vernon Shoemaker

If I was devil's advocate for Chinese policy I might start by suggesting that this sounds like the implementation of universal basic education combined with an attempt to suppress Moslem radicalization. The American policy in this situation would probably be to allow religious freedom with the recognition that the kingdom of God is subjective, not earthly. We teach national culture to our provincials, too. It's called social studies (U.S. History, civics, etc.)

Sep 8th
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Vernon Shoemaker

Did he say "knife" "knife crime"? What is this about? Why are we talking about chicken shops, indeed? Are listeners "affected" or "effected"?

Sep 7th
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Zhenhui Lyu

Why dont u report the Brexist protect and internal economic problems more?

Sep 7th
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Zhenhui Lyu

You didn't show the whole truth~the mosque was dismantled in Ningxia because it didn't get the certificate of construction approval and land usage approval. The cosmetic is just a small part of the problem. If you dont have the certificate at the very beginning, it will be normal to see the building disappear.

Sep 7th
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Lewis Short

Caribbean islands and cruise impacts :they are dumping treated waste. Would the correspondent prefer dumping untreated waste?

Aug 26th
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Zhenhui Lyu

Why did u only report what punishment Cathay took but not what they did putting the passengers in danger?

Aug 25th
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Long Nguyen

another smear piece on Baltimore that places its woes on the populace and not the corrupt leadership and systems that led to the widespread poverty that afflicts the city. go listen to the 99% invisible episode on Baltimore

Aug 24th
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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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