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The pandemic has exacerbated existing political discontent

Jul 31st 2021Bogotá, Durban, São Paulo and SingaporeA PILE OF fake corpses littered the heart of Bangkok. The bodies—white sacks stuffed with hay and spattered with red paint—symbolised Thai victims of covid-19. “They’re dead because of the failure of this government,” a protester bellowed into a megaphone. To underscore the point, protesters had l...
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Is West Africa ready for a single currency?

Since the early 2000s, the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been pursuing a common currency agenda, centered on the “eco,” with the intention of reducing barriers to doing business across the region and increasing trade overall. While the implementation of the new currency has been postponed due to hurdles in ma...
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how Japan fell in love with baseball

It’s no surprise that baseball is returning to the Olympics in Tokyo this year, after a 13-year hiatus. The sport has been a favourite in Japan for over a century — and this year, the national team is determined to match that fervour with medals. ...
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As Biden Moves to Vaccinate Federal Workers, Troops Get a Pass

WASHINGTON — In a civilian-controlled military, the rules are often different for those in uniform. Now, those differences extend to vaccinations.On Thursday, President Biden announced that all federal employees and on-site contractors must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, or be required to submit to regular testing and other measures.The new...
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Unrest and economic underperformance haunt the emerging world

Jul 31st 2021AT THE START of the century, developing economies were a source of unbounded optimism and fierce ambition. Today South Africa is reeling from an insurrection, Colombia has suffered violent protests and Tunisia faces a constitutional crisis. Illiberal government is in fashion. Peru has just sworn in a Marxist as its president and indepe...