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Ought to soundless bolt matter on stage?

In this week’s podcast we speak to Wendell Pierce, an American actorWENDELL PIERCE, best known for his roles in the television dramas “The Wire”, “Suits” and “Jack Ryan”, plays Willy Loman in a new production of “Death of a Salesman” which is moving to London’s West End this autumn. Anne McElvoy caught up with him…

Extra American tariffs on Chinese language imports are coming

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP sounded remarkably positive about the latest round of US-China trade talks, which ended on July 31st. He called them “constructive” and said that the two countries’ shared future would be “a very bright one”. The previous day the White House had confirmed a Chinese commitment to buy more American agricultural products—one of…

The British government’s majority falls to 1

EVERY SUMMER tourists in London head to Westminster to see parliament’s famous clock tower, commonly known as Big Ben, for the bell inside. For the past two years, however, they have come away disappointed. The tower is shrouded in scaffolding as the crumbling parliament buildings undergo overdue repairs.The British government is disintegrating, too. On August…

Martín Vizcarra tries to entire his presidency early

MARTíN VIZCARRA, Peru’s mild-mannered president, knows how to spring a surprise. As he wound up his 94-minute Independence Day speech to congress on July 28th, he called on lawmakers to end their terms, and his, a year early by voting to hold a general election next April. Peru’s 32m citizens are crying out for “a…

Deathwatch for the Amazon

ALTHOUGH ITS cradle is the sparsely wooded savannah, humankind has long looked to forests for food, fuel, timber and sublime inspiration. Still a livelihood for 1.5bn people, forests maintain local and regional ecosystems and, for the other 6.2bn, provide a—fragile and creaking—buffer against climate change. Now droughts, wildfires and other human-induced changes are compounding the…

Excessive net use and dispute enhance attend countries ditch money

Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks.ON JULY 27TH, outside Brooklyn’s hipper-than-thou Smorgasburg street-food market, a dozen hungry visitors stand idle amid the barbecue fumes. Rather than queuing for food, they are waiting at a cash machine. Yet inside the market, vendors are trying to wean their customers…

“Half the folk within the Ebola zone make no longer keep in mind that Ebola is precise”—Congo’s year-long outbreak

Also on the daily podcast: updating the repressive architecture of jails and the absurd language of job advertsAS AID WORKERS battle the second-worst outbreak in history, they face violence and disbelief. A history of conflict, suspicion of the rich world and wild conspiracy theories make fighting a difficult battle far harder. Architects are tackling the…

The variegated symbolism of gardens in artwork

IN ONE ROOM, an exquisite 18th-century carpet depicts a pairidaeza, an ancient Persian garden. The viewer’s eye is drawn down neat furrows and along irrigation systems; gardeners can be seen assiduously tending to crops. Etymologically, pairidaeza is related to paradise and it is not hard to see why, so lush is this vista. But in…