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Poet of a magical Latin American world NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Day, 9 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, died on March 17th aged 87AS HE later told it, Gabriel García Márquez, who has died at his home in Mexico City, made the most important decision of his life as a writer at the ag...
Himalayan obstacles NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Day, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
ODDLY, for a democratic country in the midst of an election, India this week held its sixth “strategic dialogue” with China. The talks in Beijing, between the two countries’ most senior diplomats, at least show how keen their f...
Menace of the motochorros NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Days, 13 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
SPEND enough time in Argentina and you learn to look out for them—the motorcycles roving around with two males aboard. Often their intentions are completely innocent. Other times they’re not.Motochorros, or motorcycle bandits, normally op...
Friends in need NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Days, 18 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
JUST days after Russia raised hackles in the West by annexing Crimea, Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft, a Russian oil behemoth, took a trip to Asia. He apparently wanted to show the world that his country—perhaps ...
Burning bright NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Days, 18 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
KARPAL SINGH, who died in a car accident in the early hours of April 17th at the age of 74, was a rarity in the venomous world of Malaysian politics: a man respected by many of his opponents as well as those on his own side.That side, for all of...
Marked men NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 3 Days, 13 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
LIKE all fans going to the football World Cup in Brazil in June, Argentina’s barras bravas—“tough gangs” of supporters, often likened to European “ultra” groups—are looking for a bit of fun. The question the...
A real Modi wave NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 2 Days, 15 Hours ago
Our leader on Narendra Modi, the favourite to be India’s next prime minister, prompted a lively response (to say the least) from our readers in India and elsewhere. The leader recognises Mr Modi’s “sheer ability”, but in the e...
Getting warmer NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
ON ELECTION day in India most offices and businesses close. For those trooping to polling booths in Delhi, on April 10th, the consequence was a welcome holiday mood: strangely quiet roads, calm amid good weather, and general good humour as (almost) e...
Peeking through the cloud NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
FILM festivals are a rare and welcome guest in South-East Asia, especially when they feature local or regional productions and themes. They often screen films in their “organic” state—meaning the original director’s cut, undoc...
Out of the blue NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
FORAGING in South Korea’s mountains may soon become more fruitful. Since a wild ginseng digger reported the wreckage of a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on April 3rd, the South’s ministry of defence has been ruminating on rewards for...
Ignorance is strength NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
IT IS hard not to be amused (as well as depressed) at the survey that asked Americans to place Ukraine on a map (the median guess was 1,800 miles out). Let me say, right off the bat, that I am not sure Britons would have been any better informed (or...
Today's reading list NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
A selection of stories on the Americas from around the web:The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook predicts subdued growth for Latin AmericaThe prospect of dialogue in VenezuelaPost mortem for the Parti QuébécoisThe World Bank on Latin...
Polling booths open in India NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
INDIA'S national election began on April 7th. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to win, but will probably need coalition partners to govern effectivelyContinue reading...
Hot on the trail NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
A SINGER in tight-fitting trousers and high heels, a dangdut star, wiggles her hips provocatively to roars of excitement. The crowds have gathered at the outdoor stadium of this normally sleepy town in central Java. Not wishing to be upstaged, the di...
Sunflower sutra NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
MA YING-JEOU, Taiwan’s president, is no doubt relieved. After three weeks occupying the debating chamber of the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament, student protesters agreed on April 7th to end their sit-in within three days. Demonstra...
Separated from power NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
CONCERN that the largely French-speaking province of Quebec might soon separate from Canada vanished on April 7th when the separatist Parti Québécois government led by Pauline Marois (pictured) was soundly defeated in a provincial elect...
Uneasy lies the head NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
THE political mess has reached the point where it may have to be the king, not parliament, who appoints the next prime minister. Since Thailand’s revolution of 1932, nine prime ministers have been removed from office by coup d’état...
Phantom teachers NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
MOST people worry about pupils skiving off. In Mexico, it’s the teachers. The first ever government census of schools in Mexico shows that 13% of all people registered on the schools’ payrolls do not turn up to work (see chart). That is 2...
More voters than ballots NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Braving it all in BamiyanAFGHANS have turned out in impressive numbers to vote in their country’s presidential election. The day itself, April 5th, was marred by sporadic violence, allegations of fraud, and other controversy, yet by some measur...
Groundhog day? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
THIS week Japan’s politicians took their boldest step in 17 years. On April 1st the government executed a cross-party agreement, forged in 2012, to lift the country’s consumption tax from 5% to 8%. The last time the tax went up, in a slig...