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As Canada frees a Huawei boss, China lets two Canadians out of jail

United StatesFortune for hostagesAs Canada frees a Huawei boss, China lets two Canadians out of jailThat they were not being held hostage was always a fictionIN THE end all pretence about China’s jailing of two Canadian citizens in December 2018 was abandoned. They were hostages after all. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor had been detained nine days...

Did the president’s top military adviser break America’s chain of command?

United StatesAnd whose army?Did the president’s top military adviser break America’s chain of command?General Mark Milley is accused of going behind Donald Trump’s backCIVILIAN CONTROL of the armed forces is a hallmark of a mature democracy. Among the grievances of America’s founders was Britain’s deployment of troops without the consent of local elected...

Chuck Schumer’s modest leadership

United StatesSep 25th 2021 editionLexingtonChuck Schumer’s modest leadershipOn the risks and rewards of the Democratic Senate leader’s relentlessly clubbable styleAS A SELF-DESCRIBED “angry centrist”, Chuck Schumer used to relish fighting his party’s radical fringe. In a centre-left manifesto he published in 2007, entitled “Positively American”, the...

Biden’s booster plan has created confusion and concern

United StatesSep 25th 2021 editionAhead of the scienceBiden’s booster plan has created confusion and concernFollowing the science would have led to more certaintyTHE BIDEN administration was supposed to just “follow the science”, a welcome contrast to the previous regime. But one month after it announced covid-19 boosters would be available for everyone,...

Return to school has caused a surge in covid-19 cases in under-vaccinated counties

United StatesSep 25th 2021 editionSafety in numbersReturn to school has caused a surge in covid-19 cases in under-vaccinated countiesOur model finds that case rates increased more than expected after the start of termTHE BEGINNING of the school year normally brings a sense of relief for most parents. But with covid-19 cases in America reaching levels...

California ends single-family zoning

United StatesSep 25th 2021 editionBuild, baby, buildCalifornia ends single-family zoningThe move marks progress in the state’s urgent quest for more housingTHE GOLDEN mean in California’s one-party politics can be caricatured, only a little unfairly, as the art of sounding progressive while acting conservative. Take housing. Homeowners may recognise...

A professor’s resignation highlights pressures within academia to conform

United StatesSep 25th 2021 editionFree now to speakA professor’s resignation highlights pressures within academia to conformOne man has long been a critic of post-modern ideologyPETER BOGHOSSIAN, an untenured assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University (PSU), was one of the most vocal critics of post-modern ideology in the academy,...

Expect a surge of religious objections to vaccine mandates in America

United StatesSep 18th 2021 editionBodies and templesExpect a surge of religious objections to vaccine mandates in AmericaAnti-vaxxers are likely to make use of the law’s sensitivity towards the faithfulPATRONS OF natural-juice bars and yoga studios are all too familiar with the phrase “my body is a temple”. They may not know its biblical provenance:...

The Biden Doctrine has yet to emerge. Beware those who claim otherwise

United StatesSep 18th 2021 editionLexingtonThe Biden Doctrine has yet to emerge. Beware those who claim otherwiseManaging America’s complicated relations with China is an aspiration in search of a strategyANDREI GROMYKO, the Soviet Union’s pre-eminent America-watcher, remarked that the object of his study had so “many doctrines and concepts proclaimed...

Edtech that helps teachers beats edtech that replaces them

United StatesSep 18th 2021 editionRobot mastersEdtech that helps teachers beats edtech that replaces themAs children go back to in-person lessons in America some innovations will stayCOVID-19 FORCED ten years of digital transformation in schools to take place in a month, says John Martin, the former leader of Sanoma Learning, an education technology...

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