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The Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of London's Economist Group, is the most respected provider of country analysis for governments, multi-national corporations and financial institutions around the world. Through our network of over 500 international contributor economists, we establish independent macro-economic outlooks and detailed reports on the political and commercial environments for over 200 countries around the world.

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Bello: Next steps in HavanaAug 15, 2015
...More is changing in Cuba than meets the eye SUCH is the power of a symbol. A planeload of American journalists was due to fly to Cuba for the day on August ##th to watch John Kerry raise the Stars...
Rubbish in Brazil: Legislative landfillAug 15, 2015
...Why so many laws end up in the bin BRAZILIANS are fastidious folk. They take more showers than anyone else. Their neighbourhoods are spotless. Even the narrow streets of favelas (shantytowns) are litter-free. But much of the rubbish that...
The Chinese in Canada: Long live CantopopAug 15, 2015
...In Chinatown, Cantonese squares off against Mandarin IT IS a novelty that few students are likely to notice. When the University of British Columbia (UBC) resumes classes in September it will for the first time offer a course for credit...
Protests in Honduras and Guatemala: A Central American spring?Aug 15, 2015
...Fury at corruption sparks mass demonstrations LIGHT from thousands of bamboo torches cuts through the gathering darkness in Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital. The protesters who carry them call their demonstrations marchas de las antorchas (torch marches). They have been taking...
Apology diplomacy: The hardest wordAug 15, 2015
...The suspense over Shinzo Abe's statement will soon be over AS IS now the custom for sitting Japanese prime ministers on every tenth anniversary of the second world war's end, Shinzo Abe will issue a statement about the...
Politics in Japan: EnraptoredAug 15, 2015
...In the face of falling popularity, the prime minister seems unconcerned AS HIS handlers grow more jittery because of public dissatisfaction over his moves to nudge Japan away from pacifism, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, grows only more serene. The...
Afghanistan and the Taliban: A bloody messageAug 15, 2015
...Mullah Omar's replacement hints that he will be just as nasty AGAINST loud opposition at home Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, has gambled that improving relations with Pakistan is the best way of bringing the Taliban into peace talks...
Brunei: All pray and no workAug 15, 2015
...An autocratic sultanate turns more devout as oil money declines LIKE a weird tropical flower, the Palace of the Light of Faith opens to subjects of the Sultan of Brunei for three days each year. It is a #,###...
Population forecasts: The world's biggest countryAug 15, 2015
...That India will overtake China as the world's most populous country is not in question. But the date has just moved closer. The UN now reckons India will surpass China in #### rather than in ####, as it thought...
Politics in Indonesia: Bye-bye beer bannerAug 15, 2015
...Amid slow growth and currency woes, Jokowi reshuffles his cabinet SINCE taking office last October, Joko Widodo, best known as Jokowi, has been Indonesia's pitchman as well as its president. He has trotted the globe seeking foreign cash for...
ClarificationAug 15, 2015
...Clarification: In our article about the South China Sea, "Small reefs, big problems" (July ##th), we wrote that "under UNCLOS Taiwan claims only the ##-mile limit around its islands". That is wrong. Taiwan's #### claim predates UNCLOS. However...
Bagehot: Where truth and myth collideAug 15, 2015
...Panic about the sexual abuse of children could be as dangerous as myopia IT IS not hard to see why "Paedogeddon" attracted more complaints than any British television programme to date. In this spoof documentary, broadcast by Channel # in...
Is the universe alone?: Science brief: Multiversal truthsAug 15, 2015
...In our second brief on scientific mysteries, we ask whether the world might make more sense if other universes existed THE expansion of the universe, starting with the Big Bang, is a well-attested physical phenomenon. But over the past...
New fiction: Friend in needAug 15, 2015
...An unlikely summer hit A Little Life. By Hanya Yanagihara. Doubleday; ### pages. Picador. WHO would put money on a novel that is so long it weighs well over a kilo and focuses in forensic detail on the trauma of...
Finance: What's the alternative?Aug 15, 2015
...Capitalism is not perfect. But's it better than other systems Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets. By John Plender. Biteback; ### pages. CAPITALISM lacks defenders these days, while protests against it have fresh vigour. A vocal coalition of critics, from...
Russian fiction: A man for all seasonsAug 15, 2015
...How Nabokov chased butterflies, but not inspiration, across America Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita. By Robert Roper. Bloomsbury; ### pages. VLADIMIR NABOKOV never doubted his own talent: "By the age of ## or ## I had read...
Richard Wagner: TaskmasterAug 15, 2015
...A popular carrier of the Wagner banner My Life with Wagner. By Christian Thielemann. Translated by Anthea Bell. Weidenfeld & Nicolson; ### pages. CHRISTIAN THIELEMANN has risen fast through the ranks of orchestral conductors, although not quite as quickly as he...
New American theatre: Magical realismAug 15, 2015
...A new work from a gifted playwright MOST playwrights are afraid of silence. Much of life's drama lurks in the gaps between words, but few know how to dramatise this for the stage. To handle silence properly, a writer...
Public architecture: America's front yardAug 15, 2015
...Transforming the National Mall THE majestic tranquillity of the National Mall in Washington, DC, has become frazzled in recent years. Funds for maintaining its lush greenery have shrunk, while more and more people scrap for a memorial or museum of...
Builders: Can we fix it? No we can'tAug 15, 2015
...A shortage of bricks and bricklayers could slow the pace of housebuilding THE great British builder may not be getting as much time for his hallowed teabreak these days. The government has announced plans to increase the pace of housebuilding...