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The Economist Highlights of news coverage fro February 16th - 22nd 2013.

The EconomistPolitics this week

» China's defence ministry rejected a report linking it to the increase in hacking of American companies. The report, published by Mandiant, an American cyber-security firm, found that a group of hackers linked to the Chinese army is probably one of the world's "most prolific cyber-espionage groups". The defence ministry retorted that the study lacks "technical proof". See article»
» Nearly 90 people were killed and more than 160 injured in a bombing in the city of Quetta, in western Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group, claimed responsibility for the blast, which targeted an area populated by Shia Muslims. For three days, the relatives of those killed refused to bury their dead, a protest against authorities they said were turning a blind eye against anti-Shia violence.
» The UN reported that the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan fell in 2012 for the first time in six years. It documented 2,754 civilian deaths last year, 12% fewer than in 2011. The drop in casualties was attributed to less fighting on the ground and a decline in suicide attacks as well as NATO air operations. But the report also expressed concern about the re-emergence of armed groups, particularly in the country's north.
» Japan's monthly trade deficit hit a record in January as its currency weakened. However, exports rose for the first time in eight months, as the weak yen made Japanese goods more affordable to foreign buyers.

Sequester gesture
» Barack Obama increased pressure on the Republicans to cut a deal on the "sequester", which will slash spending from March 1st. Meanwhile Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, who oversaw a commission looking at ways to reduce the deficit but whose efforts were largely ignored by Mr Obama, launched a rehash of their plan. Congressmen return from a recess next week. See article»
» When they return senators will vote again on Chuck Hagel's nomination as defence secretary. Some Republicans have used filibustering tactics to prevent a vote.

A turning point for Tunisia?
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» Hamadi Jebali, a member of Tunisia's Islamist Nahda party, resigned as prime minister, following ructions after the assassination earlier this month of an opposition leader. Nahda itself was divided over whether it should continue to dominate a new government or share power more widely with secular parties and technocrats in the run-up to an election expected in the summer.
» In Israel, Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister and opposition leader who puts peace with the Palestinians at the top of her agenda, agreed to join a coalition led by the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. He has until mid-March to form a new government. Ms Livni will be justice minister and chief negotiator with the Palestinians.
» Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah swore in 30 women to the kingdom's previously all-male 150-member Shura Council, the country's senior advisory body. Conservative clerics have criticised the move.
» Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's ageing president, called a referendum for March 16th to endorse a new constitution that has been agreed on by all the main parties. This should pave the way to general and presidential elections within a few months. See article»
» Mamphela Ramphele, a former senior World Bank official and anti-apartheid activist, launched a new political party in South Africa called Agang. She said it would compete against the ruling African National Congress in the next elections in 2014. Its chances of making an impression were not rated highly. See article»
» An initial hearing of the murder charges laid against Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend enthralled much of the world. The South African Olympic and Paralympic runner claims he shot Reeva Steenkamp in his bathroom thinking she was a burglar. The twists in the case took an even more surprising turn when it emerged that the lead detective is himself being investigated for attempted murder.

Patient confidentiality
» After more than two months in a Cuban clinic, Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's ailing president, was officially said to have returned home, to a military hospital in Caracas. The government earlier released a photograph of the president lying in bed, and said he was unable to talk because of a breathing tube in his throat. See article»
» Rafael Correa, Ecuador's left-wing president, was easily re-elected for a new four-year term, with 57% of the vote. His party also won a big majority in the National Assembly. See article»
» Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban blogger, was allowed to leave the island for an 80-day foreign tour, the result of the recent abolition of exit controls under which she had been denied permission to travel for five years.

Forced exit
» Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's prime minister, announced the resignation of his government after thousands of people took to the streets to protest against high electricity prices and austerity measures. Mr Borisov had sacked his finance minister and proposed a reduction of electricity prices, but the protests continued. See article»
» Serzh Sargsyan won a new five-year term as president of Armenia in an election marred by allegations of fraud and the lack of a serious challenger. The opposition Heritage party claimed many ballots had been thrown away, but did not say whether it would challenge the result.
» A presidential election in Cyprus will go to a second round on February 24th. Nicos Anastasiades, the front-runner, who is pushing for a bail-out from the European Union, is expected to win after taking 45% of the vote in the first round. See article»
» A court in Moscow postponed a pre-trial hearing to March in a posthumous case against Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in prison in suspicious circumstances. Mr Magnitsky had been arrested after accusing officials of tax fraud, but was himself accused of those crimes. His death led to a diplomatic row between Russia and America.
» A 10,000-tonne meteor disintegrated over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia near the border with Kazakhstan. Its break-up released 500 kilotonnes of energy, equivalent to the yield of a large nuclear bomb, blowing out windows and injuring more than 1,000 people. See article»

The Economist | Business this week: Highlights of news coverage from February 16th - 22nd 2013.

The EconomistBusiness this week

» The release of the minutes from recent meetings of the policy committees at the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England revealed tensions about quantitative easing. The Fed's meeting worried about whether bond-buying and easy money would lead to greater risk-taking in the market. But at the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King, the retiring governor, joined two colleagues in urging more asset purchases; they were voted down. Stockmarkets fell and the pound tumbled. See article»

» Gold prices hit six-month lows. One explanation as to why the shine has come off the precious metal is that stockmarkets are more stable than at the height of the euro-zone crisis, so investors are less tempted by gold as a haven. See article»
» The European Commission issued its proposal for a new financial-transactions tax on shares, bonds and derivatives. The FTT would be applied in 11 countries, including France and Germany. It could also be levied on transactions carried out in other countries, creating a headache over jurisdiction. Critics gripe that the tax is much higher than anticipated and will hurt economic growth. That worry might lead to a revision of the FTT in the months ahead. See article»
» Transatlantic differences over bankers' pay became clearer. In Europe politicians debated a European Parliament proposal to cap bonuses. Meanwhile, it emerged that Brian Moynihan, the boss of Bank of America, is to see his compensation package increase by 70%, to around $12m. A big chunk of that reflects his performance: BofA's share price rose by 109% last year. See article»

Making carbon costlier
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» The European Parliament's environment committee decided to postpone an auction of 900m permits to emit carbon dioxide, which were to have been sold via the emissions-trading system, a cornerstone of European climate-change policy. Weak demand has led to a glut of permits, the price of which has fallen from €20 ($27) a tonne in 2011 to below €5, thus damping the incentive for firms to curb emissions. By cutting the supply of new permits, the EU aims to pep up the price. See article»
» Yet another big mining firm changed its chief executive. BHP Billiton announced that Marius Kloppers would step down in May and be replaced by Andrew Mackenzie, who heads BHP's non-ferrous metals division. Mining companies are retrenching after years of ambitious projects. BHP's half-year net profit fell by 58%. See article»
» The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission began separate investigations into possible insider trading ahead of the announcement by Heinz on February 14th that it is being bought for $28 billion by a consortium led by Warren Buffett and a private-equity firm. It is the largest ever acquisition of a firm that makes food and nothing else. See article»
» Nestlé withdrew some beef pasta dishes from the shelves of shops in France, Italy and Spain after finding traces of horse DNA in them. The Swiss food giant is the latest company to be hit by the horsemeat scandal that is galloping across Europe, raising questions about the long tail of meat-supply chains. See article»

Paper chains
» The world of stationery was anything but stationary this week, as Office Depot and OfficeMax agreed to merge. The two retailers are smaller rivals to Staples. All have seen challenges arise to their business not only from Amazon but also from the spread of hand-held devices that contain calendars, diaries, notebooks and so on. Rumours persist that Staples is considering going private in a buy-out.
» Dell reported a 31% drop in profit for its most recent quarter, as its sales of PCs, which account for half its revenues, fell by 20% compared with the same period a year earlier. The company has accepted an offer to take it private from its founder, Michael Dell, though its biggest outside investors think the price is too cheap.

A game changer
» Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, beating Microsoft in launching a product that heralds the next generation of game consoles. Sony's device connects better with smartphones and tablets. See article»
» The New York Times Company put the Boston Globe up for sale again. It tried to sell the newspaper in 2009 but withdrew the offer after unions agreed to a cost-cutting strategy. The publisher is focusing on turning the New York Times into a global news hub.
» Twelve more billionaires signed the Giving Pledge, which was started in 2010 by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to persuade rich people to give at least half their money to charity before they die. The twelve include the first non-Americans, such as Sir Richard Branson, Mo Ibrahim, Victor Pinchuk, Vladimir Potanin and David Sainsbury. See article»

NYT | Global Update February 24, 2012,: Afghanistan Bars Elite U.S. Troops From a Key Province

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
February 24, 2013
Compiled 22:07 GMT

Global Update


Afghanistan Bars Elite U.S. Troops From a Key Province

Officials cited complaints that Afghans working for American Special Forces had killed and tortured villagers in Maidan Wardak province, a crucial link in the defense of the capital.

Conservative Candidate Elected President in Cyprus

The victor, Nicos Anastasiades, now faces crucial negotiations with international lenders over a bailout for his financially ailing nation.

African Nations and U.N. Offer Plan to Stabilize Congo

The "framework" calls for greater cooperation between Congo's neighbors - some of which are accused of supporting rebel groups - and political changes by its government.

Graphic: Refugee Influx Threatens Balance in Lebanon

Many in Lebanon worry that the influx of up to 400,000 Syrian refugees, who are mostly Sunni, may disrupt the delicate balance in the country. Lebanon fought its own sectarian civil war from 1975 to 1990.


In Italy, Illusion Is the Only Reality

Whether Silvio Berlusconi wins or loses, the country is determined to ignore uncomfortable truths.

In Last Sunday Address, Pope Says He Will Continue to Serve God

Pope Benedict XVI says he will continue to serve and love the church by praying and meditating after his abdication on Thursday.

Church Helps Fill a Void in Africa

With 16 percent of the world's Catholics now living in Africa, the church's future, many say, lies in the continent.

Buddhists, Reconstructing Sacred Tibetan Murals, Wield Their Brushes in Nepal

A project aimed at restoring the artwork of two sites in Lo Manthang, Nepal, has trained a team of local residents to revise historic works.

High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

The cost of veterinarian school has far outpaced the rate of inflation. Meanwhile, there is a boom in supply (that is, vets), and a decline in demand for services.

Don't Call Him Mom, or an Imbecile

The hapless, bumbling father is a stock character in product marketing. The so-called daddy bloggers who attended the recent Dad 2.0 Summit are pushing to change that.
Digital Domain

There Is an Algorithm for Everything, Even Bras

After a frustrating two-and-a-half-hour fitting room ordeal, Michelle Lam helped launch a company to match women with bras online.
The Boss

An Average Traveler

Stephen Kaufer, the chief executive of TripAdvisor, developed his company after a frustrating search for hotel advice online.

SimCity, for Real: Measuring an Untidy Metropolis

An initiative at New York University is joining a global drive to apply modern sensor, computing and data-sifting technologies to urban environments.

Dream Becomes Reality for Swansea

Swansea City defeated Bradford, 5-0, to win the English League Cup on Sunday, the first major trophy in the team's 100-year history.

England Looks Strong in Bid to Win Six Nations Rugby Title

The English squad took a significant step toward the 2013 title with a 23-13 victory over France that was a model demonstration of doing what it takes to be a champion.

The Key to Winning? Get Plenty of Rest

With several big matcheups on the horizon, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Barcelona are doing what they do best -- manage their resources.

Emory University's Leader Reopens Its Racial Wounds

An article by James W. Wagner praising the 1787 three-fifths compromise has been seized upon as another example of insensitivity from the school.

Seen as Nature Lovers' Paradise, Utah Struggles With Air Quality

Topographic and meteorological factors combine to trap auto emissions and other air pollutants in the region, a problem with no easy solution.

Ahead of Trial, Talk of a BP Settlement in 2010 Oil Spill

With a major civil trial scheduled to start Monday against BP, federal officials and the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an 11th-hour settlement.
Op-Ed Columnist

How Mexico Got Back in the Game

Who knew our North American neighbor might one day become an economic rival to India and China?
Op-Ed Columnist

Pompom Girl for Feminism

Feminism 4.0? Sheryl Sandberg launches a book tour designed to make her the Betty Friedan of the digital age.

The Price of Public Violence

What is the effect on individuals - especially kids - who have been privy to the violence in our cities' streets?

Major Banks Aid in Payday Loans Banned by States.: NYT | Today's Headlines February 24, 2013.

The New York Times
February 24, 2013

Today's Headlines


Major Banks Aid in Payday Loans Banned by States

Major banks have become behind-the-scenes allies of Internet-based payday lenders that offer loans with interest rates that can exceed 500 percent.
Political Memo

Fault-Finding Grows Intense as Cuts Near

With less than a week before what was once unthinkable - deep across-the-board spending cuts - both the White House and Congress are eager to say sequestration was the other's idea.

Swollen With Syrian Refugees, Lebanon Feels Its Stitching Fray

An influx of Syrians is heightening sectarian tensions in a nation haunted by refugee crises and loath to act.
"There's something to be said for stabbing people in the front in a town where everybody goes around all day stabbing each other in the back."
BEN SMITH, editor of, on the conservative provocateur Michael Goldfarb.


Oscar's Table Is Set

Join us Sunday at 7 p.m. E.T. for red-carpet photos, analysis, live video and more.


Who Has the Guts for Gluten?

The prevalence of celiac disease has soared in the United States. Breast-feeding infants, while introducing small amounts of gluten, may help protect against it.

Hard Budget Realities as Agencies Prepare to Detail Reductions

By the end of this week, federal agencies will notify governors, private contractors and other stakeholders of the dollars they would be about to lose if across-the-board budget cuts go into effect.

A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen

Michael Goldfarb, a founder of a conservative online magazine called The Washington Free Beacon, has combined journalism, politicking and campaign finance into a potent mix.

Congress Set to Consider Tighter Rules on Firearms

Congress will begin to consider legislation this week that is likely to include expanded background checks for gun buyers and increased penalties for those who purchase guns for criminals.

Ahead of Trial, Talk of a BP Settlement in 2010 Oil Spill

With a major civil trial scheduled to start Monday against BP, federal officials and the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an 11th-hour settlement.

High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

The cost of veterinarian school has far outpaced the rate of inflation. Meanwhile, there is a boom in supply (that is, vets), and a decline in demand for services.

Don't Call Him Mom, or an Imbecile

The hapless, bumbling father is a stock character in product marketing. The so-called daddy bloggers who attended the recent Dad 2.0 Summit are pushing to change that.
Editorial | The Gun Challenge

Violent, Drunk and Holding a Gun

Focusing on mass murder and the mentally ill does not get at the broader issue of gun violence.

The Nuclear Agenda

President Obama needs to fulfill his promise and lead the way toward reducing arsenals around the world.

Help for Veterans Twice Betrayed

New legislation seeks to undo the injustices faced by many service members who are sexually assaulted in the military.
On Feb. 24, 1868, the United States House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.