Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Previews: The Economist Magazine – May 27, 2023


The Economist Magazine– May 27, 2023 issue: The race to become the Republican nominee for the presidential election in America next year is properly under way. And Donald Trump has a huge, perhaps insurmountable, lead. 

Ron DeSantis has little chance of beating Donald Trump

Hopes of depriving the former president of the Republican nomination are fading

Belatedly and nervously, the would-be assassins have been lining up. On May 22nd Tim Scott, a senator from South Carolina, became the latest Republican to announce a run for president. Greater fanfare accompanied the official declaration (on Twitter) on May 24th that Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, is joining the race for the Republican nomination. He has been widely heralded as the candidate with the best chance of defeating the favourite, Donald Trump. But even as more plotters step forward, the chances of a successful coup to overthrow Mr Trump are growing slimmer by the day.

What would humans do in a world of super-AI?

A thought experiment based on economic principles

In “wall-e”, a film released in 2008, humans live in what could be described as a world of fully automated luxury communism. Artificially intelligent robots, which take wonderfully diverse forms, are responsible for all productive labour. People get fat, hover in armchairs and watch television. 

Hungary is becoming more important to China

Viktor Orban and Xi Jinping bond over their anti-Americanism

To ears accustomed to a swelling chorus of China-scepticism in the European Union, the language of Hungarian diplomats is striking. Not for them the common talk of European officials about the need to “de-risk” relations with China and to treat it as a “systemic rival”. Co-operation between Hungary and China presents “opportunities rather than risks”, said Hungary’s foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, in Beijing on May 15th. Wang Yi, China’s foreign-affairs overlord, told him that relations between the countries had entered their “best period in history”.


News: Turkey Elections Head Into Runoff, Ukraine Advances, China-Australia

The Globalist, May 15, 2023: Monocle’s Istanbul correspondent, Hannah Lucinda Smith, and the editor of Free Turkish Press, Yavuz Baydar, join Emma Nelson to discuss Turkey’s elections.

Also in the programme: Ukraine pushes ahead in its counteroffensive and Andrew Mueller explains China and Australia’s complex relationship. Plus, Eurovision’s winners celebrate in style with Fernando Augusto Pacheco. 

News: Turkey Election Analysis, UK Sends Long-Range Missiles To Ukraine

The Globalist, May 12, 2023: Monocle’s Istanbul correspondent, Hannah Lucinda Smith, gives us the latest on Turkey’s elections, which will take place on Sunday.

Also in the programme: the UK agrees to send long-range missiles to Ukraine and Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, heads to the US. Plus: Andrew Mueller reflects on Donald Trump’s sexual-assault verdict and Liverpool welcomes Ukraine for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 17, 2023

A courtroom drawing of Donald Trump at his arraignment on April 4 2023.
Art by Jane Rosenberg – April 5, 2023

The New Yorker – April 17, 2023 issue: Truth is stranger than fiction: for the first time in its long history, The New Yorker is publishing a courtroom sketch on the cover.

America’s First Indicted Ex-President Is Very Sorry—for Himself

A photo of Donald Trump speaks in a MaraLago ballroom hours after being arraigned.

Notes on Donald Trump’s day in court.

By the time Donald Trump marched out from behind a phalanx of American flags and emerged into the gilded Mar-a-Lago ballroom to speak to cheering supporters on Tuesday night, America’s first indicted ex-President hardly seemed chastened by his historic day as a defendant in a Manhattan courtroom

Alvin Bragg, Donald Trump, and the Pursuit of Low-Level Crimes

Alvin Bragg steps out of a car on March 27 2023.
The fact that Donald Trump has finally been brought to court for an alleged crime relating to paying hush money may well contradict Alvin Bragg’s key contention.

Following the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation, the former President was arraigned on felony charges stemming from hush-money payments.

News: Tsai Ing-wen Tours America, China’s Threats, Trump Under Arrest In NY

The Globalist, April 5, 2023: Tsai Ing-wen tours the Americas and China threatens retaliation. Plus: Donald Trump hands himself in and Moncole’s editor in chief, Andrew Tuck, discusses L’Oréal’s biggest acquisition.

News: Finland Joins NATO, Trump Faces Charges In Court, Macron Meets Xi

The Globalist, April 4, 2023: Finland officially joins NATO. Plus Donald Trump is set to face criminal charges in court, Emmanuel Macron arrives in China to meet Xi Jingping and the latest news from the Balkans.

News: Russian Offensive Fails, Trump Indictment, Taiwan-Guatemala Ties

The Globalist, April 3, 2023: The latest from Ukraine, Donald Trump’s indictment and impending court appearance, and Antony Blinken touches down in Europe. Plus: Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of Belize and Guatemala, fashion news and Parisians vote on e-scooters.

News: Trump Indicted In New York, Spain PM Pedro Sánchez Travels To China

March 31, 2023: Ex-President Trump is indicted by New York grand jury, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will meet with Xi Jinping in China and other top news.

Politics: Zelensky U.S. Trip, Jan. 6 Committee Report

PBS NewsHour – New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s trip to Washington, the Jan. 6 committee report and if Congress should consider barring Trump from holding office again.

Previews: The Economist Magazine – Nov 12, 2022

The Trump effect

The Economist – Inside the November 12, 2022 issue:

The Trump effect

Despite the former president’s efforts, America and its democracy look stronger after the midterms

Imagining peace in Ukraine

How a stable and successful country could emerge from the trauma of Russia’s invasion

Great powers must talk

Refusing to speak is what children do when they are angry