2022-08-11-Economist Graphs

1. The world this week

1.1 Politics

1.2 Business

1.3 KAL’s cartoon

2. Leaders

2.1 | The new Germany: Thanks to Vladimir Putin, Germany has woken up

Less starry-eyed policies on security and energy should help it lead Europe

2.2 | Target: Taiwan: How to prevent a war between America and China over Taiwan

It is becoming ever harder

2.3 | The Inflation Reduction Act: America’s climate-plus spending bill is flawed but essential

The green policies and drug reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act are big victories

2.4 | Crunch time: How to help with energy bills

There are better, fairer and cheaper ways than meddling with prices

2.5 | Lifelines of credit: The unexpected lesson of Ghana’s 17th IMF bail-out

It pays to ask for help early and often

3. Letters

3.1 | On ESG investing, currency conversions, carp, hydrogen, alien life: Letters to the editor

A selection of correspondence

4. By Invitation

4.1 | Taiwan: Xi Jinping may attack Taiwan to secure his legacy, warn Admiral Lee Hsi-min and Eric Lee

The pair believe a paradigm shift in Taiwan’s military strategy is now critical

4.2 | Taiwan: China’s huge exercises around Taiwan were a rehearsal, not a signal, says Oriana Skylar Mastro

The military expert believes Nancy Pelosi’s visit was more pretext than provocation

5. Briefing

5.1 | Schafft Deutschland das?: Germany is facing dramatic change in many dimensions all at once

It will not be easy to handle

6. Europe

6.1 | The rungs of escalation: What would push the West and Russia to nuclear war?

Nobody is sure. That is why Joe Biden is careful in sending more potent weapons to Ukraine

6.2 | Striking back: Wrecked planes smoulder at Russia’s Saky airbase in Crimea

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for an attack behind enemy lines

6.3 | Putin’s disposables: Russia is forcing Ukrainian conscripts into battle

Locals are trying to help them escape

6.4 | Hidden injuries: Ukraine is on the edge of nervous breakdown

The numbers that need psychiatric treatment far exceed the supply of doctors

6.5 | Defeat foretold: Can anything stop Italy’s radical right?

Its opponents are struggling to put their egos aside

6.6 | Sharp sadness: The mysterious French mustard shortage

Even Dijon has run out of its namesake sauce

6.7 | Charlemagne: A changing climate is bad news for a continent that doesn’t like change

A heatwave is wreaking havoc across Europe

7. Britain

7.1 | Summer of discontent: Almost nothing seems to be working in Britain. It could get worse

A warning from the hot summer of 1976

7.2 | The cost-of-living crisis: Britain’s economy is taking a drubbing

Rising energy bills will be the principal source of pain

7.3 | Borders and bottlenecks: The port of Dover is vulnerable to delay and disruption

And it’s about to get worse

7.4 | Stop and think: Stop-and-search is on the rise again in Britain

So are complaints that ethnic minorities are disproportionately targeted

7.5 | Metered litres: Better measurement would help reduce water consumption

British households have no idea how much water they use

7.6 | Bagehot: Rising interest rates will split the Conservatives’ electoral coalition

Live by the bank, die by the bank

8. United States

8.1 | And now for my next act: Joe Biden’s signature legislation passes the Senate, at last

The Inflation Reduction Act is weakened by big compromises, but is still a big deal

8.2 | Cops, robbers and votes: Crime and policing continue to split Democrats in Minnesota

Ilhan Omar, a progressive darling, almost comes unstuck

8.3 | Flying with guns: More Americans are trying to take their weapons on planes

Loose gun laws lead to more interceptions at airports

8.4 | Seeing the wood for the trees: Mass timber offers new hope for an old industry in the American West

The strong, sustainable building material may help revitalise forests

8.5 | Extreme goes mainstream: The insurrection failed. What now for America’s far right?

Extremists are adapting to a post-January 6th America—by entering electoral politics

8.6 | Lexington: The raid on Mar-a-Lago could shake America’s foundations

It has already given Donald Trump a boost

9. Middle East & Africa

9.1 | Far from dead, liable to spread: How al-Qaeda and Islamic State are digging into Africa

The terrorist group’s African franchises are now punchier than those in the Middle East

9.2 | Joule in the rain: The Emirates hope to jolt clouds into sharing their bounty

No one is entirely sure whether it works

9.3 | Too close to call: Why Kenya’s election is going down to the wire

It was Raila Odinga’s to lose

9.4 | Seventeenth time lucky: Ghana, an oft-lauded African economy, is back for a 17th bail-out

But success and failure may be flip sides of the same coin

10. The Americas

10.1 | The jet set and the rest: Inequality in Latin America is fuelling a new wave of populism

Voters are once again turning to politicians who promise radical change

10.2 | Caribbean conflagration: Human error may have played a role in Cuba’s oil-terminal fire

It will exacerbate the island’s fuel and power shortages

10.3 | Bello: The drift to authoritarianism accelerates in Central America

Guatemala arrests a crusading journalist

11. Asia

11.1 | The three-body problem: The nuclear arsenals of China, India and Pakistan are growing

But the countries are not in an arms race—yet

11.2 | The crownless again shall be king: South Korea’s president is tightening his grip on the police

Yoon Suk-yeol, a former top prosecutor, would like his powers back

11.3 | Voice recognition: Australia’s leader wants to include Aboriginals in the constitution

The prime minister has vowed to hold a referendum on the topic within three years

11.4 | Polling badly: Papua New Guinea conducts its worst election ever

More violence, more corruption, more fraud. But fewer deaths, at least

11.5 | Banyan: How not to administer justice after a brutal civil war

Post-war reconciliation in Nepal is a nice idea. Too bad about the politics

11.6 | Peace, of a sort: Afghanistan is poorer and hungrier than a year ago

Yet it is also safer, with far less violence in rural areas

12. China

12.1 | Danger ahead: How the crisis over Taiwan will change US-China relations

The showdown looks set to usher in a perilous new era of hostility

13. International

13.1 | The best and the brightest: Much of Russia’s intellectual elite has fled the country

That will have dramatic effects on both Russia and on the exiles themselves

14. Business

14.1 | Chinese private enterprise: Meet China’s new tycoons

Who is winning in Xi Jinping’s economy?

14.2 | Defence is the best offence: Can tech reshape the Pentagon?

After a long break-up, Silicon Valley and the military-industrial complex are getting back together

14.3 | More cash, stat!: After a covid-fuelled adrenaline rush, biotech is crashing

Many firms will not survive

14.4 | Bartleby: Why employees want to work in vilified industries

Workers for demonised firms are often proud to be on the payroll

14.5 | Schumpeter: Tencent is a success story bedevilled by the splinternet

WeChat, they snoop, no one wins

15. Finance & economics

15.1 | Spend or save?: An oil windfall offers Gulf states one last chance to splurge

Dubai wants jobs in the metaverse; Saudi Arabia a city in the desert

15.2 | Buttonwood: How should investors prepare for repeat inflation shocks?

Forget transitory v persistent. The new fear is that price pressures are “structural”

15.3 | Two cheers amid the fears: For a change, American inflation is lower than expected

But a continued jobs boom points to a need for yet more Fed tightening

15.4 | Putin’s present: Which European countries are most vulnerable to surging energy prices?

It’s better to be a consumer in Sweden than Britain

15.5 | A finite problem: China’s mortgage boycotts are a symptom of a broader crisis

The real threat to developers is falling sales

15.6 | Shorts, squeezed: Short-sellers are struggling despite a bad year for stocks

Why the odds are stacked against those who bet against the market

15.7 | Free exchange: America v Europe: A comparison of riches leaves both sides red-faced

Lessons from David Hockney’s mother

16. Science & technology

16.1 | The 24th International AIDS Conference: Despite setbacks, HIV can be beaten

But doing so will take patience and money

16.2 | Forming Earth: Earth’s continents may owe their existence to bombardment from outer space

Rather than forces within

17. Culture

17.1 | Interest rates: Ben Bernanke and Edward Chancellor square off on monetary policy

Their duelling books reveal the clashes between central bankers and their critics

17.2 | Playing fast and loose: A history of jazz’s relationship with organised crime

T.J. English shows how gangsters nurtured the careers of musical greats

17.3 | Home Entertainment: “Bambi” offers a horrifying portrait of eco-catastrophe

In the animated film of 1942, careless humans set off an apocalyptic forest fire

17.4 | New fiction: A father-son relationship animates Taymour Soomro’s debut novel

“Other Names for Love” is a skilful depiction of family ties and memory

17.5 | Johnson: Should “data” be singular or plural?

On a curiously polarising debate in English grammar

18. Economic & financial indicators

18.1 Economic data, commodities and markets

19. Graphic detail

19.1 | It pays to be friends: Friendship across class lines may boost social mobility and decrease poverty

An enormous new study vindicates “Bowling Alone”

20. The Economist explains

20.1 What do caretaker governments take care of?

20.2 Why isn’t Russia blocking GPS in Ukraine?

21. Obituary

21.1 | The doors of perception: Ann Shulgin pioneered the use of psychedelics in therapy

The experimental drug researcher died on July 9th, aged 91