2022-07-28-Economist Graphs

1. The world this week

1.1 Politics

1.2 Business

1.3 KAL’s cartoon

2. Leaders

2.1 | Foreign policy: How to deal with despots

Western foreign policy sets out to be ethical, but often ends up being ineffectual

2.2 | The tough road back: Ranil Wickremesinghe must persuade suffering Sri Lankans to endure more pain

There is no getting around difficult economic reforms

2.3 | After the downturn: The silver linings of a recession

Lower inflation and greener energy are worth the price of a short downturn

2.4 | Cloudburst: The era of big-tech exceptionalism may be over

America’s technology giants are facing unfamiliar limits to growth

2.5 | War and hunger: Somalia needs urgent help to avert a catastrophic famine

Saving lives will also involve talking to terrorists

3. Letters

3.1 | On gas markets, priests, Shakespeare, China, folk cuisine, turning 65, games: Letters to the editor

A selection of correspondence

4. By Invitation

4.1 | Russia and Ukraine: Jack Watling on how Ukraine can avoid a war of attrition

A large-scale counterattack is possible. But Ukraine must not strike Russia prematurely, says the military expert

4.2 | Japan: Abe Shinzo’s legacy encompasses the Indo-Pacific, says his former speechwriter

He adopted his favourite mantra from Margaret Thatcher, according to Taniguchi Tomohiko

5. Briefing

5.1 | A dark state: Vladimir Putin is in thrall to a distinctive brand of Russian fascism

That is why his country is such a threat to Ukraine, the West and his own people

6. Europe

6.1 | Right ahead: Italy’s next government may be more nationalist than Europe likes

The hard-right Fratelli d’Italia are riding high in the polls

6.2 | Taking it back: Ukraine is gathering strength for an assault on Kherson

Russia might destroy the city rather than lose it

6.3 | A deal on the Black Sea: After agreeing to let Ukraine export grain, Russia rockets its port

A strike on Odessa undermines a deal to ease the global food crisis

6.4 | Cutting calories: The EU agrees on an energy diet to fight Russian gas cuts

Vladimir Putin wants to blackmail Europe into dropping sanctions

6.5 | Delayed reaction: France’s nuclear plants are going down for repairs

The crunch in electricity supply comes at the worst possible time

6.6 | Putin’s false piety: The Kremlin drafts a much-loved icon for war propaganda

Andrei Rublev’s “Holy Trinity” is dragged from museum to monastery

7. Britain

7.1 | Dreadneedle Street: The Bank of England must weather high inflation and meddling politicians

Managing the trade-off between inflation and growth is particularly hard in Britain

7.2 | Happy champing: Britain’s empty churches are turning into campsites

It’s one way to keep them in use—and encourage younger visitors

7.3 | Red line: Chinese investment in Britain is under the microscope

Newport Wafer Fab will be the next test for the government

7.4 | The unlikely dove: Remembering David Trimble, an architect of the Good Friday Agreement

Voters ended up deserting his party. But his vision endured

7.5 | More than hot air: Britain’s hydrogen strategy is ambitious, if imperfect

A debate over the merits of green and blue hydrogen

7.6 | Bagehot: The Conservative Party is ridiculing part of its electorate

Its electoral coalition includes liberals and Europhiles. Many do not see the funny side

8. United States

8.1 | Immigration and the economy: A shortfall in immigration has become an economic problem for America

The real crisis is not border crossings but a shortage of new arrivals

Donald Trump and the pandemic have done lasting damage

8.3 | Return fire: California’s governor takes aim at Texas with a new gun law

Doubling down on a dubious legal manoeuvre

8.4 | Deus ex Manchina: Democratic hopes for a big spending bill are revived

The surprising Manchin-Schumer deal

8.5 | In search of evidence: Questioning America’s approach to transgender health care

Some paediatricians want a re-examination of the professional guidance

8.6 | Lexington: The gerontocrats: Democrats are overdue for a new generation of leaders

And in Congress it may be about to arrive

9. Middle East & Africa

9.1 | Hunger in the Horn: Somalia is on the brink of starvation

Drought, and the war in Ukraine, are causing the first famine of the global food crisis

9.2 | Drilling into the world’s lungs: An oil auction in Congo bodes ill for the climate

But the government says criticism from rich countries is hypocritical

9.3 | Head for the Holy Land: Israel’s Russian conundrum

The Jewish state’s neutrality over the war in Ukraine may be fraying

9.4 | The obesity gap: Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world

Society does not make it easy to shed pounds

10. The Americas

10.1 | All hat, no cattle: Peru is becoming ever more volatile under Pedro Castillo

After a year in power, the former schoolteacher has an approval rating of just 20%

10.2 | Bello: Latin America’s energy subsidies are good politics but bad policy

Across the region politicians are giving sops to protesters

11. Asia

11.1 | Obstacle course: What it will take to fix Sri Lanka’s economy

A long period of painful reforms, and yet more misery for Sri Lankans

11.2 | A fine balance: Pakistan may be able to avoid a full-blown economic crisis

But only if everything goes right

11.3 | Desperate measures: Myanmar’s brutal junta has brought back the death penalty

By executing four activists, it hopes to intimidate the public

11.4 | Talking nice: Australia and China are on speaking terms again

Both countries sound friendlier, but Australia is not changing its security policies

11.5 | Banyan: India’s Hindu-nationalist ruling party preaches social inclusion

In electing Droupadi Murmu as president, the Bharatiya Janata Party shows its awesome political nous

12. China

12.1 | Showing more bottle: Relations between China and Europe grow more tense

In a continent once keen on close ties with China, views have grown much warier

13. 1843 magazine

13.1 MBS: despot in the desert

13.2 How magicians won the attention economy

13.3 East of Mariupol: what happened to the Ukrainians who fled to Russia?

13.4 Look who’s stalking: the black leopards of Gloucestershire

13.5 How to go to therapy without talking about your feelings

13.6 Did this man spend 20 years in prison for murdering a man who is still alive?

13.7 The sun is both our creator and destroyer

14. Business

14.1 | Nationally determined contributors: State-run oil giants will make or break the energy transition

They are intent on pumping more oil for years to come—but even they cannot completely ignore climate change

14.2 | Diess-fenestration: Volkswagen’s new boss faces some enduring challenges

Can Oliver Blume do better than Herbert Diess?

14.3 | Oh, snap: The online-ad industry is being shaken up

A years-long bonanza is giving way to more uncertain times

14.4 | Bartleby: Why it’s OK not to be perfect at work

A backlash against the tyranny of high expectations

14.5 | Schumpeter: The Spirit deal is a missed opportunity for creative destruction

The airline agrees to sell itself to JetBlue, despite antitrust fears

15. Finance & economics

15.1 | Coming in to land: Why it is too early to say the world economy is in recession

Growth in the rich world is slowing, but has not crashed to a halt

15.2 | Less growth, more credibility: China’s official growth figures are bad enough to be believed

We cross-check the latest numbers

15.3 | Through the floor: Recession fears weigh on commercial property

Prices are set to subside as investors rethink their portfolios

15.4 | Buttonwood: Reminiscences of a financial columnist

There is nothing new on Wall Street

15.5 | Free exchange: How high property prices can damage the economy

A fresh strand of research studies the consequences, both in China and the rich world

16. Science & technology

16.1 | Palaeoanthropology: Redating specimens of Australopithecus may rewrite human history

The richest hominin fossil-bed in the world is a million years older than previously thought

16.2 | Nudge factor: Evidence for behavioural interventions looks increasingly shaky

The academic literature is plagued by publication bias

16.3 | Virology: The cause of a new type of hepatitis in children is found

It seems to be caused by co-infection with two different viruses

17. Culture

17.1 | Pop music and dissent: A Thai pop star uses her music to critique her homeland

Known for her “dystopian pop”, Pyra has been driven out by Thailand’s conservatism

17.2 | Home Entertainment: Philip Larkin’s verse is tender. His prejudices are controversial

Born 100 years ago, the English poet balanced pathos with wit

17.3 | Technology and terminology: In “The Metaverse”, Matthew Ball explains where the idea came from

And where it might be going

18. Economic & financial indicators

18.1 Economic data, commodities and markets

19. Graphic detail

19.1 | The vaxxed take Pax: Paxlovid appears to be reaching the Americans who need it least

The impact of Pfizer’s antiviral drug is hard to detect in official statistics

20. Obituary

20.1 | Darkness to light: Ko Jimmy was determined to make Myanmar free

The activist and writer was hanged by the military regime on July 23rd