2022-02-19-Economist Graphs

1. The world this week




2. Leaders

2.1 Russia and Ukraine: Whether he invades Ukraine or backs down, Putin has harmed Russia

He will try to claim victory though

2.2 The chicken and the peg: Workers have the most to lose from a wage-price spiral

As prices rise, real wages are falling

2.3 No, Canada: Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on protests could make things worse

By seeking to curb free speech, he will aggravate Canada’s divisions

2.4 Factional dissipation: The Tories’ problems go deeper than just one man

Boris Johnson is a symptom of Conservative political malaise, not its cause

2.5 Drug manufacturing: To build a vaccine industry, Africa must embrace the private sector

Without a shift in focus, the continent risks always being at the back of the queue

3. Letters

3.1 On peer review, Myanmar, pay, DNA, the Acropolis, vellum, Ottawa: Letters to the editor

A selection of correspondence

4. Briefing

4.1 A grim blunder: Vladimir Putin’s willingness to threaten war damages Russia

The nature of his regime has now changed irreversibly

4.2 OSINT: A new era of transparent warfare beckons

Russia’s manoeuvres are a coming-out party for open-source intelligence

5. Europe

5.1 The Pécresse file: Meet Valérie Pécresse, the French centre-right hopeful

Her campaign is in trouble, but she fights on

5.2 Hungary for change: As Orban runs for re-election, Hungary’s opposition fears fraud

They have some reason to

5.3 Robert Habeck’s odyssey: Germany’s plans for wind power are dauntingly ambitious

And green-on-green arguments aren’t helping

5.4 Charlemagne: Europe is using newfound powers to bring Poland into line

Other troublesome members may be next

6. Britain

6.1 Old dudes: The Conservative Party has become factional and rebellious

That is degrading its capacity to govern

6.2 Nobody’s business: British privacy law now rivals libel law in gagging the press

The Supreme Court rules Bloomberg invaded a businessman’s privacy by reporting on a criminal inquiry

6.3 Not the only way: Essex is rebranding

A county with a reputation for brashness is trying to show off its posher side

6.4 Trans action: Activist doctors are urging GPs to prescribe cross-sex hormones

That will remove the final remnants of gatekeeping from gender medicine

6.5 Bagehot: The shrinkflation state

The British state will soon cost more, yet provide less

7. Middle East & Africa

7.1 Chasing the dragon: How Chinese firms have dominated African infrastructure

Western firms grumble more but compete less

7.2 Fabulous fruit: How the sugarloaf pineapple became the champagne of Benin

African countries cash in on the fashion for posh-place products

7.3 Mission incomplete: France withdraws its forces from Mali

But their fight against jihadists in the Sahel is not over

7.4 “RoboCop” hits a rough patch: A recession threatens Tunisia’s President Kais Saied

But the opposition is too divided to take advantage of it

8. United States

8.1 Between a rock and a hard place: The energy transition is sparking America’s next mining boom

Can critical minerals be secured without wrecking the environment and sacred tribal lands?

8.2 School-board politics: Once mundane, school-board meetings have become battlegrounds

A new front line in America’s culture wars

8.3 A recall election: A successful school-board recall punishes left-wing excess

It is a welcome victory for basic competence

8.4 Post offices: Long queues are the least of the US Postal Service’s problems

Will the post-office bill deliver reform?

8.5 Industrial policy: Midwestern states want to become “hard-tech” hubs

Putting their money where their machines are

8.6 Lexington: The fight for Catholic America

Pope Francis is starting to get a grip on the world’s fourth-biggest Catholic country

9. The Americas

9.1 No truck with Trudeau: Trudeau invokes emergency powers to shut down Canada’s protests

Will the populist protest outlast the pandemic?

9.2 Bello: Why allegations about his son could hurt Mexico’s president

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s son does not share his father’s distaste for luxury

10. Asia

10.1 Aid limits: A cash crunch is crippling Afghanistan

Humanitarian aid is no substitute for a functioning economy

10.2 Awamori? Go on then: Distillers in Okinawa are trying to reinvent the local firewater

Weaker drinks may make for stronger sales

10.3 A million ways to die in the east: India’s Omicron wave recedes, but not the risk of premature death

Indians die of preventable causes in alarming numbers

10.4 Cut-rate khanate: Turkmenistan’s despot finds a worthy successor: his son

A horse-obsessed personality cult becomes a dynasty

10.5 Banyan: Asia’s premier trade pact needs stronger foundations

CPTPP is growing, but first it must mature

11. China

11.1 Conservation conversation: China is trying to become a champion of biodiversity

It has a lot of ground to make up

11.2 Two passports, one problem: Olympic skier Eileen Gu sparks a debate about dual nationality

China does not allow it. But there may be loopholes

11.3 Chaguan: China’s “zero-covid” policy doubles as a loyalty test

Hong Kong can open to the mainland or the world. It must choose

12. Business

12.1 Digital geopolitics: Russia is trying to build its own great firewall

Can its tech industry separate from the West’s?

12.2 The middle-market corset: After expanding in 2021, fast fashion may be squeezed again

H&M and Inditex had a good year but face familiar challenges

12.3 Learnings growth: Can the ed-tech boom last?

The pandemic has turbocharged the education-technology business

12.4 Bartleby: A guide for wannabe leadership gurus

How aspiring management writers can stand out in a crowded field

12.5 Schumpeter: Companies have a lot to fear from Russia’s digital warmongering

Insurance against state-sponsored hacks is becoming harder to find

13. Finance & economics

13.1 The battle of the markups: Labour v capital in the post-lockdown economy

As prices and wages rise, are workers or firms winning?

13.2 Future of cities: The true cost of empty offices

Property investors are sitting on big losses

13.3 The Citi that was never finished: Citigroup is disposing of its international retail network

The sale marks the end of a remarkable experiment in global finance

13.4 Punting profits: Will prediction markets live up to the hype?

Their mainstream appeal remains uncertain

13.5 Buttonwood: Are financial crossbreeds monstrosities or labradoodles?

Crypto-SPAC fusions shed light on the question

13.6 Free exchange: A new history of sanctions has unsettling lessons for today

Sometimes they create the problem they are trying to solve

14. Science & technology

14.1 It is exactly rocket science: SpaceX’s monstrous, dirt-cheap Starship may transform space travel

Precisely when, though, remains unclear

14.2 Drug manufacturing: BioNTech plans to make vaccines in shipping containers

These standardised factories could be quickly scaled up to expand capacity worldwide

15. Culture

15.1 Writing India’s history: A book recalls the foreign agitators for India’s independence

The argument of “Rebels against the Raj” is about the future as much as the past

15.2 The story of life on Earth: Creatures of the deep past come to life in “Otherlands”

The long view in Thomas Halliday’s book offers both hope and trepidation

15.3 Making tech’s mafia: “The Founders” examines the rise and legend of PayPal

Its top brass, recounts Jimmy Soni, became one of tech’s most influential networks

15.4 Debut fiction: Love and other demons in “When We Were Birds”

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s luminous novel is set in her native Trinidad

15.5 World in a dish: In the fickle world of restaurants, sticking to a vision takes guts

And, in the case of St John in London, bone marrow

15.6 Glaze of glory: The story of Pewabic Pottery is a chronicle of resilience

It is intertwined with the history of Detroit

15.7 Back Story: In “The Power of the Dog”, the Western rides again

Jane Campion’s triumphant film shows the grit and flexibility of a venerable genre

16. Economic & financial indicators


17. Graphic detail

17.1 What makes murder?: Are progressive prosecutors to blame for an American homicide wave?

Recent data suggest the story is much more complicated

18. Obituary

18.1 Look behind the Ranges: John Hare devoted his life to saving the Gobi’s wild camels

The explorer, writer and conservationist died on January 28th, aged 87