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Jan Morris: war, peace and the virtue of kindness

Most of the symptoms of extreme old age I take in my stride as being tiresomely normal, but there is one that is, perhaps, peculiar to my calling. It is an honest confusion in the memory between fact and fiction, and it has cropped up lately concerning two things that I believe happened to me… Continue reading Jan Morris: war, peace and the virtue of kindness

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How the Covid crisis sparked a culture war at the home of cricket

If there’s one thing more English than cricket, it’s queueing. And a peculiar strand of Englishness is represented by the line to join Marylebone Cricket Club, the 233-year-old institution that runs Lord’s, the north London venue known as the “Home of Cricket”. Nearly 12,000 people are waiting up to 29 years to become a full… Continue reading How the Covid crisis sparked a culture war at the home of cricket

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Why central banks are still fighting the last war

The writer is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Policymakers are often accused of preparing to fight the last war. But now, for once, perhaps that’s exactly right. The aftershocks left by the 2008 financial crisis have only been exacerbated by coronavirus. Central bankers and finance ministers are still faced with a triple threat… Continue reading Why central banks are still fighting the last war

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Commodities Corner: COVID infections, vaccine prospects play ‘tug of war’ with oil as traders look to OPEC+

Oil’s playing a tug of war game between rising COVID-19 cases and promising vaccine developments. MarketWatch photo illustration/iStockphoto The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are expected to extend oil production cuts into the new year in an effort to avoid a global glut of inventories. But with Covid-19 cases accelerating in… Continue reading Commodities Corner: COVID infections, vaccine prospects play ‘tug of war’ with oil as traders look to OPEC+

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The War on Drugs’ live recording is a reminder of what a gig can be

A guitar screams and howls as a solo reaches the peak of its crescendo. The rest of the band respond by playing with even greater intensity. As the music soars and shimmers, the crowd respond with a roar. Hands are in the air, fists are pumping. At the front, there’s a surge of bodies. Lights… Continue reading The War on Drugs’ live recording is a reminder of what a gig can be

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WHO’s Tedros dismisses Ethiopian allegations of war bias

The director-general of the World Health Organisation has dismissed allegations that he is “taking sides” in the war in his native Ethiopia as untrue. Ethiopia’s army chief has accused Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an ethnic Tigrayan and arguably one of the world’s best known Ethiopians, of attempting to secure weapons and backing for leaders of the… Continue reading WHO’s Tedros dismisses Ethiopian allegations of war bias

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Sunak faces worst hit to UK finances since second world war

Rishi Sunak is preparing to publish what allies describe as a “scary” outlook for the UK economy in next week’s spending review, containing the largest downgrade in economic performance and the public finances since the second world war. When the chancellor delivers his statement to the House of Commons next Wednesday, the spending plans will… Continue reading Sunak faces worst hit to UK finances since second world war

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Chinese war drama pulled for disrespecting history

A Chinese television show set during the country’s second world war battle with Japan has been cancelled after an outcry from nationalist critics who said it failed to respect history. Thunderbolt Warrior, a drama about the Eighth Route Army, the main Communist forces that fought against the Japanese, was attacked online after it aired two… Continue reading Chinese war drama pulled for disrespecting history

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‘There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions and workers’: Biden wants to undo Trump executive orders on federal workers

President Donald Trump used executive orders to put up roadblocks for unions representing federal employees, and now President-elect Joe Biden seems poised to reverse those moves. In May 2018, President Donald Trump signed executive orders mandating stricter deadlines and procedures when federal workers collectively negotiated new contracts, curbing on-the-clock time for union duties as well… Continue reading ‘There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions and workers’: Biden wants to undo Trump executive orders on federal workers