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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Review: "That used to be us" ... before becoming lazy writers

Tom Friedman, font of mixed metaphor, is scrabbling for a big idea that just won't show up. His latest book (with co-author Michael Mandelbaum) finds little favour with our reviewer

Travels amongst the financial ruins

A review of the financial disaster-tourism from the master chronicler of the foibles of finance (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, Michael Lewis). Think of banks as belonging to the public sector, argues Lewis, and don't think that the US is immune from great reckoning ahead

Niger's visitors

Niger is just one battleground, albeit it one on the periphery, in the new geopolitical scramble for resources taking place among developed nations. Nowhere has the Chinese quest for resources in Africa been more pronounced
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