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US-Qatar relations ‘at their best’ in 50 years  of diplomatic links

US-Qatar relations ‘at their best’ in 50 years of diplomatic links

Samuel Warberg, the regional spokesman for the US State Department, feels that US-Qatari relations are currently going through their best form for more than 50 years.

Interconnected global economy feels the sting of inflation

Interconnected global economy feels the sting of inflation

In an effort to quell stubborn inflation, the US central bank - Federal Reserve recently raised benchmark interest rates by another three-quarters of a percentage point and indicated it will keep hiking well above the current level.

Making sense of how the West poisoned its money

Making sense of how the West poisoned its money

Capitalism conquered the world by commodifying almost everything that had a value but not a price, thus driving a sharp wedge between values and prices.

UK tax cuts seen as cold comfort for poorest Britons

UK tax cuts seen as cold comfort for poorest Britons

Low-income Britons will see few benefits from the historic tax cuts announced by the country’s new finance minister yesterday, union leaders and anti-poverty campaigners said, warning that the measures would widen the rich-poor divide.

Preparing for the next global catastrophe

Preparing for the next global catastrophe

After two and a half years of lockdowns, quarantines, and mask mandates, billions of people around the world have returned to their normal lives. But in many ways, this newfound sense of post-pandemic normalcy is misleading.

Making net-zero pledges count

Making net-zero pledges count

Walking down a Toronto street recently I saw an ad touting a fossil-fuel company’s net-zero credentials. But to see such belief-straining claims, I would not even need to leave my house.

How climate change  is fuelling hurricanes

How climate change is fuelling hurricanes

After a quiet start to the season, Hurricane Fiona slammed into Puerto Rico and then battered the Dominican Republic, leaving more than 1mn people without running water or power.

What does Putin’s mobilisation  mean for his military machine?

What does Putin’s mobilisation mean for his military machine?

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two after suffering a major battlefield reversal in Ukraine, an attempt to turn the military tide in what he has cast as a defining East-West clash.

The ants go marching  one by one — 20  quadrillion of them

The ants go marching one by one — 20 quadrillion of them

The world’s human population is forecast to surpass 8bn in the coming months. Compared to ants, that is a mediocre milestone.

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