Financial Times4 min readPolitics
Why Is America So Bad At Cyber Wars?
While fighting al-Shabaab in 2011, Kenyan army officer Major Emmanuel Chirchir noticed that the Somali-based Islamist group was using donkeys to transport weapons. He dispatched a message via Twitter, warning the local Kenyan population: “Any large c
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Christoph Blocher: ‘The Swiss Have To Stay Out Of The EU’
Christoph Blocher’s hilltop home above Lake Zurich is the best known private residence in Switzerland. The modern, cream-coloured mansion, with manicured lawns and a glimmering 21-metre outdoor pool, features in campaign videos for his ultra-conserva
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Gareth Southgate, A Coach To Banish England’s Football Demons
Wembley Stadium, London, 1996. Gareth Southgate gathers the ball, places it on the spot, then backs away. England’s central defender is taking a penalty kick during a shootout against Germany in the European Championship semi-final. He wants the ord
Financial Times4 min readPolitics
Why The World Cup Is Bigger Than Putin
My flight back to Moscow was full of police officers, who had been working at the match I had seen. One of them had taken my prized window seat. I didn’t dare challenge him, so I squeezed in between him and a policewoman. The policeman smiled, shook
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Facebook’s Fight Against Fake News
A couple of years ago, Greg Marra, product management director at Facebook, spent most of his time figuring out how to make the site’s News Feed more enticing. No longer. These days, Marra is engaged in a cyber version of cat-and-mouse, frantically t
Financial Times8 min readBusiness Biography & History
Lex In Depth: Why WeWork Does Not Deserve A $20bn Price Tag
Artfully lit offices, fruit-infused water and Instagram-perfect wall murals have helped turn co-working space provider WeWork into a $20bn company before it has even turned a profit. The next step may be a stock market listing. But the cost of WeWork
Financial Times4 min readTech
Big Tech’s New Idea: Read Some Books
A couple of weeks ago, I unexpectedly received a hefty pile of books, dispatched from the office of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. An accompanying note explained that Gates had selected the tomes as his favourite summer reads – and was keen to sen
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Valley Of The Giants
Few mergers in recent memory have been as contentious as the AT&T/Time Warner deal that was approved last week by US district court judge Richard J Leon. As the judge put it in his 172-page opinion: “If there ever were an antitrust case where the par
Financial Times4 min readBiography & Memoir
Kim Jong Un, The Young Despot Turned Diplomat
Donald Trump described him as “very talented” and a “worthy negotiator”. Others see him as a would-be reformer — a Mikhail Gorbachev figure, poised to pull his cloistered nation into the 21st century. And then there are the established truths: Kim Jo
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‘Le Cost Killer’: The Relentless Drive Of Carlos Ghosn
I am staring at the peeling walls and worn wooden chairs and wondering about Carlos Ghosn’s taste in restaurants. The multinational car mogul whose empire straddles the world from France to Japan has held parties in Marie Antoinette’s palace in Versa
Financial Times4 min readPolitics
Trump, Oprah And The Era Of Pick ‘N’ Mix Politics
A few weeks ago I was passing through Dulles airport, outside Washington DC, when I spotted a rack of T-shirts on sale. Each of them carried a gigantic “O” — emblazoned in red, white and blue — and the words: “Speak Your Truth: Oprah 2020.” Welcome t
Financial Times11 min readSports & Recreation
World Cup: Why Millennials Will Transform Football’s Greatest Event
Ned Newell-Hanson, a 26-year-old Londoner, watches football obsessively but avoids paying for it. Some of his happiest moments are watching Chelsea games on his mobile, ideally on his balcony with a glass of wine but if necessary on a bus, hours afte
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Sayaka Murata: ‘My Parents Don’t Want To Read My Books’
Sayaka Murata is seated on a plum-velvet banquette in what must rank as Tokyo’s most intentionally elegant restaurant. She is straight-backed, speaks with a sing-song cadence and is dressed in the prim blouse and cardigan of an off-duty Mary Poppins.
Financial Times7 min readPolitics
Inside The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Trade Wars
Steven Mnuchin was having a tough day. For several months the Treasury secretary had tried to co-ordinate the US side in trade negotiations with China. But on May 29, he found himself explaining to Liu He, the Chinese vice-premier, why President Dona
Financial Times8 min readPolitics
​How Millennials Became The World’s Most Powerful Consumers
When Scott Norton and Mark Ramadan were undergraduates at Brown University in Rhode Island a decade ago, they were horrified not by the 2008 financial crisis but by Heinz tomato ketchup. The bright red sauce was so common in shops and kitchens round
Financial Times4 min readTech
The Future Of Computing Is At The Edge
The economics of big data — and the machine learning algorithms that feed on it — have been a gift to the leading cloud computing companies. By drawing data-intensive tasks into their massive, centralised facilities, companies such as Amazon, Microso
Financial Times5 min read
CryptoKitties, CryptoPunks And The Birth Of A Cottage Industry
Seth Spalding, a portfolio manager at investment firm Passport Capital and a former vice-president of investment bank Goldman Sachs, is amassing an art collection. But you will not find paintings at his home in San Francisco, or sculptures in storage
Financial Times4 min readPolitics
Wilbur Ross, A Global Financier Turns Protectionist
When Wilbur Ross fired the first shot in a transatlantic trade war this week by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico, there was an irony embedded in the logistics. The US commerce secretary was in Paris, so h
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Jordan Peterson: ‘One Thing I’m Not Is Naive’
Some people hear mysticism in Jordan Peterson’s voice; others detect anger. But above all he oozes certainty. Airport security is “creeping fascism”; identity politics is “murderous”; blaming capitalism for inequality “is naive beyond belief”. Peters
Financial Times10 min readPolitics
World Cup 2018: Can One Billionaire Save Russian Football?
On a chilly night in early February, Real Madrid came to southern Russia for a winner-takes-all game against local upstarts FC Krasnodar. With Sergei Galitsky, Krasnodar’s billionaire owner, watching from the stands, a sellout crowd of 34,000 waving
Financial Times9 min readSports & Recreation
‘Trump Effect’ Weighs On US-led Bid To Host 2026 World Cup
There are few geopolitical tussles in which the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Lucia holds as much sway as global powers like China, Brazil or Germany. But the decision on which country hosts the football World Cup is one. In Moscow on June 13 — the
Financial Times4 min readTech
Who Will Win The Race For AI?
We know the Trump administration has abdicated global leadership in everything from foreign policy and security, to trade, and the defence of basic civil liberties. An unanswered question is who will pick up the slack? In the area of the digital econ
Financial Times8 min readBusiness Biography & History
Why India’s New Bankruptcy Law Is Reshaping Big Business
After a nationwide manhunt, Neeraj Singal was finally tracked down and seized by fraud investigators at an upscale New Delhi hotel in 2014. Accused of involvement in the bribing of bankers, a charge Mr Singal denies, the scion of the Bhushan Steel em
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Companies Are The Cops In Our Modern-day Dystopia
It is amazing how reality has come to mirror dystopian science fiction. In the 2002 film Minority Report, Tom Cruise played a policeman working in a specialised division in Virginia known as PreCrime. It apprehended individuals based on foreknowledge
Financial Times10 min readCelebrity Biography & Memoir
Woody Harrelson: ‘I Had To Go Outside And Fire Up A Hooter’
Woody Harrelson is explaining why he recently began smoking pot again after more than a year off. “I gave up giving up,” he says in a slow drawl. Redolent of so many of his movies, it is pitched somewhere between his childhood homes of Texas and Ohio
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Paul Singer, The Activist Hedgie With Chutzpah
Asked in an interview what he would say if he was writing his own obituary, Paul Singer paused, then shrugged. “He tried to make a difference, he protected a lot of people’s capital over a long period of time, he was steady, he was reliable,” he offe
Financial Times13 min readScience
Night Shift: The Dangers Of Working Around The Clock
Robert lives with his girlfriend of 10 years and an attention-seeking black cat in their small flat. The 31-year-old from Nantes, France, likes reading science fiction and discussing world affairs on Reddit, the online chat room. In fact, the interne
Financial Times5 min readWellness
Can’t Sleep? There’s An App For That
My forays into the sleep-industrial complex really took off after the birth of my son. Being a new parent turns you into a sleep obsessive. My harried peers and I would swap tips on getting our infants to shut their eyes and stay that way for longer
Financial Times8 min readPolitics
American Politics: The ‘Herbal Tea Party’ Stirs Up Democrats
It was 12 days before her primary in Texas’s seventh district when first-time candidate Laura Moser got the message: a powerful Democratic political action committee wanted her out of the race. A tall and gangly progressive activist, Ms Moser was one
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Information Wars: How Europe Became The World’s Data Police
Vera Jourova, the EU’s justice commissioner, describes it as a “loaded gun” in the hands of regulators. This week the bloc introduces the General Data Protection Regulation, which will, its advocates argue, dramatically improve the care with which or
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