Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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With a mariachi band playing along, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line of a Mexican factory on July 10. Originally created in Germany at the behest of Adolf Hitler, the Beetle ended up being exported around the world, and every country that sold the car absorbed it into...
“What is the value of zero?” asks the seductive commercial for the new Nissan Leaf (due to launch in Australia in April). Set against a montage of natural and man-made images of “0”, the Leaf advert asks its audience to: “Imagine zero dependency on foreign oil, zero pollutants in our environment, zero...
Over the past two centuries, millions of dedicated people – revolutionaries, activists, politicians, and theorists – have been unable to curb the disastrous and increasingly globalised trajectory of economic polarisation and ecological degradation. This is perhaps because we are utterly trapped in flawed ways of thinking about technology and...
Brazilians are moving away from Catholicism. Today, fewer than 50 percent of Brazilians identify as Roman Catholic, down from 92 percent in 1970. But after 500 years in South America, the Catholic Church remains deeply enmeshed Brazil’s economy and society. Among its many footholds is a little-known tradition called the Movimento das Capelinhas,...
The Australian economy is tepid, with consumer spending the weakest in ten years, business investment shrinking, and economic growth too weak to cover population growth. Were it not for very strong growth in export income and the biggest surge in government spending in 15 years, the economy would have shrunk. The...
The world is full of stark contrasts; and contrasts present great opportunities for spin doctors. In India, the spectre of black money – untaxed stashes of cash hoarded by individuals – coexists with the world’s highest number of people living in extreme poverty. This contrast has been there for years. So...
Each day brings with it new drama in UK politics and the course of Brexit – and it’s playing havoc with the UK economy. The following four graphs show the extent that the UK is at risk of a recession – and I conclude that the only way to...
On July 7, G20 leaders will gather in Hamburg for their annual meeting. One likely outcome: another clash over climate change between the host government, Germany, and United States president Donald Trump. As the Chinese did last year, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel has prioritised climate on the G20 agenda, just when...
From retail goods to medical implants and even food, 3D printing technology promises to change the way we think about everyday things. It’s difficult to predict what impact it will have on manufacturing but, whatever the precise effects, they are likely to be deep and permanent. Also known as “additive manufacturing”, 3D printing refers to...
We now live in a world where – thanks to information and communication technologies – we are able to produce and distribute goods, services and capital around the globe virtually nonstop. To keep merchandise and consumers moving across time zones and national borders, employers must increasingly staff workplaces around the...

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