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A blockbuster exhibition of art by Native American women

WHO MAKES art? In the past, outsiders looking at what Native Americans traditionally produced would conclude that men made most of it. After all the grandest, most eye-catching and figurative works—enormous totem poles and paintings—are usually made by men. Other products, such as finely designed beadwork on clothing, delicate pots or deftly woven baskets, are…

Why are water ranges of the Mekong at a 100-year low?

WAT NONG BUA YAI, a Buddhist temple in Lopburi province in central Thailand, has been under water ever since the nearby Pasak Chonlasit dam was built 20 years ago. This week, with water levels at record lows, the temple re-emerged drawing thousands of curious visitors. Such scenes are becoming ever more common as the region…

Yuan-a fight?

Our weekly podcast on the markets, the economy and the world of businessPRESIDENT DONALD Trump has accused China of being a currency manipulator, after the Chinese currency “po qi” or “cracked 7” against the US dollar— a psychologically significant value—for the first time in over a decade. How will this escalation of the US-China trade…

The Trump administration labels China a forex manipulator

ON AUGUST 5th the Trump administration deployed another weapon in its fight with China: name-calling. After some grousing on President Donald Trump’s twitter feed, the Treasury officially designated China a currency manipulator. The Chinese government stands accused of devaluing its currency in order to gain an unfair advantage in international trade. It is the first…

The usa heaps more sanctions on Venezuela

AFTER THE axis of evil comes the “exclusive club of rogue nations”. That at least is how John Bolton, Donald Trump’s national security advisor, described Venezuela’s place in the world when he spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Lima, the capital of Peru, on August 6th. The meeting, attended by representatives of 59…