Previews: The Economist Magazine – May 13, 2023

Is Chinese power about to peak? | The Economist

The Economist – May 6, 2023 issue:

Is Chinese power about to peak?

The country’s historic ascent is levelling off. That need not make it more dangerous

The rise of China has been a defining feature of the world for the past four decades. Since the country began to open up and reform its economy in 1978, its gdp has grown by a dizzying 9% a year, on average. That has allowed a staggering 800m Chinese citizens to escape from poverty. Today China accounts for almost a fifth of global output. The sheer size of its market and manufacturing base has reshaped the global economy. Xi Jinping, who has ruled China for the past decade, hopes to use his country’s increasing heft to reshape the geopolitical order, too.

Small, sensible steps could help ease America’s border woes

The art of the practical in dealing with migrants, drugs and gangs

The rehabilitation of Syria’s dictator raises awkward questions for the West

Clearer principles about how and when to ease sanctions are needed


Research Preview: Science Magazine – May 12, 2023

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Science Magazine – May 12, 2023 issue: Scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) form daytime schools near the ocean’s surface and, at night, dive into cold, deep waters to hunt deep-sea prey. They keep warm while deep diving by closing their gills—effectively holding their breath.

‘It’s still killing and it’s still changing.’ Ending COVID-19 states of emergency sparks debate

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for COVID-19 meeting

Moves by WHO and U.S. usher pandemic into new phase of disease monitoring, even as coronavirus kills thousands weekly

Politics: Why America Faces Debt Catastrophe

The Economist (May 11, 2023) – As America’s government hits the debt ceiling, US politics has become a multi-trillion dollar game of chicken. If neither side backs down, America could default on its debts for the first time in history, sparking global economic turmoil. What is the debt ceiling, and how can this crisis be resolved?

Profiles: Zhang Daqian’s Rare & Exquisite Paintings

Christie’s (May 11, 2023) – From Zhang Daqian’s atmospheric masterpiece ‘Ancient Temple in Misty Mountain’ to Qiu Ying’s ‘Celestial Mountains and Pavilions’, a rare and exquisite painting that belonged to the personal collection of Zhang Daqian, enter the beautiful world of Zhang Daqian as an artist and a collector.

Works by Zhang Daqian at Sotheby’s

Chinese Paintings: The World of Zhang Daqian - YouTube

Chang Dai-chien or Zhang Daqian was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Originally known as a guohua painter, by the 1960s he was also renowned as a modern impressionist and expressionist painter.

Travel: A Tour Of The ‘Best Passages In Paris’ (2023)

ART VISION TV (May 11, 2023) – Built for the most part in the 19th century, these arcades covered with glass roofs, created by piercing through other buildings, are a typically Parisian architectural feature. Most of them now house shopstearooms and restaurants. There are around 20 of them in Paris in the vicinity of the Grands Boulevards.

One of the oldest, the Passage des Panoramas, dates from 1799. It is home to the Théâtre des Variétés, inaugurated in 1807 and still providing entertainment. Each arcade has its own character. 

Since it was built in 1836, Passage Jouffroy has been one of the most visited covered arcades in the capital. Situated on the Grands Boulevards and in the continuation of Passage des Panoramas, it owes its charm to its beautiful iron and glass architecture (the ogive glass roof immediately catches the eye) and its marble paving, renovated in 1987.

The Passage Verdeau houses numerous antique dealers. It is in the Grands Boulevards district, takes the name of its creator. Built in 1847, it is one of the most charming covered arcades in the capital. It is the continuation of two other well known arcades: Les Panoramas and Jouffroy. These sites are great for enjoying an original walk. A number of antiques dealers and unique shops (old books, postcards, collectors’ cameras, etc.) have set up in the Passage Verdeau. 

Art: ‘This Is New York – 100 Years Of The City In Art And Pop Culture’ (MCNY)

Richard Estes. M Train on Route to Manhattan Approaches the Williamsburg Bridge. 1995.

Museum of the City of New York (May 10, 2023) – In honor of the centennial of the founding of the Museum of the City of New York as the city’s storyteller, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture explores the many ways that the city has inspired storytelling.

This Is New York – 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture

OPENS MAY 26, 2023 – JUNE 21, 2024

It features both famous and lesser-known images of New York in film and television, song and poetry, literature, visual and performing arts, and fashion, painting a collective, moving and even funny version of a city that has captured the imagination of the world. 

The exhibition is organized around the types of places where the human-scale stories of New York are told.  It showcases the city’s bustling streets and subways, its iconic parks and waterfronts, its restaurants and nightspots, and its dense and vibrant neighborhoods. Covering the century since the Museum was founded, it illustrates both the massive changes and the enduring themes that have shaped the many stories we tell about New York. 

Travel: An Aerial Tour Of Victoria, Australia (2023)


STREAMSTAR VIDEOS (May 10, 2023) – Victoria is a state in southeast Australia. It encompasses mountains, national parks, wineries and surfing beaches. Melbourne, the state capital, has a warren of 19th-century ‘laneways’, and a central arts precinct. The Great Ocean Road follows the coast west to Port Campbell National Park, where the Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks on the edge of the ocean.

Documentary: The ‘Hidden Volcano Abyss’ In Tonga

NOVA PBS Official (May 10, 2023) – In January 2022, one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history rocked the Pacific islands of Tonga, sending shockwaves around the world.

Video timeline: 00:00 Introduction 01:47 The Day of the Eruption in Tonga: Firsthand Accounts 08:44 Geologists Study the Volcano to Determine the Cause of the Eruption 20:49 Understanding the Unpredictability of Submarine Volcanoes. 27:00 The Tsunami Caused by the Eruption in Tonga 41:55 Studying Tofua: The Volcanic Twin of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai 50:10 How Communities Can Prepare for Future Eruptions and Tsunami

Through first-person accounts of the disaster and eyewitness footage, experience the terrifying power of the eruption and the devastating tsunami that struck the shores of Tonga. Why was this eruption so big, how did it cause the tsunami, and could another disaster loom?

Front Page: The New York Times —- May 10, 2023


George Santos Is Charged With Fraud and Lying in 13-Count Indictment

Representative George Santos pleaded not guilty to all counts on Wednesday.

The first-term congressman pleaded not guilty to charges that included accusations of fraudulently receiving unemployment benefits.

F.D.A. Advisers Say Benefits of Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill Outweigh Risks

An advisory committee to the F.D.A. voted unanimously on Wednesday that the agency should approve a birth control pill for over-the-counter use for the first time in the United States.

The agency is expected to decide this summer whether to allow the first nonprescription sales of an oral contraceptive in the United States.

Open-Armed Chicago Feels the Strains of a Migrant Influx

Asylum seekers are pouring in at a fraught moment, when Chicago is changing mayors, its shelters are full, and a pandemic-driven restriction at the southern border is expected to end.

Aboard ‘the Beast’ on a Journey to America

Migrants slip onto a freight train in Mexico headed north to Ciudad Juárez, where most will try to cross into the United States.