IN ARABIC, Ramadan means “the hot month”, from the root ramida, meaning “scorched”. The holy month of fasting—when devout Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex in daylight hours—was a physical trial for the first Muslims living in the sweltering Arabian peninsula 1,400 years ago. Since then, Islam has gone global.
A WAR of words has flared up at the World Bank. Paul Romer, its new chief economist, has been stripped of control of the research division. An internal memo claimed that the change was to bring the operations department and research arm closer together.
The UK election has thrown up an intriguing idea. In a modern twist on the old offer of bread and circuses, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has proposed four new public holidays — nearly a full working week’s worth. Since England and Wales currently have only eight such holidays, it would be a dramatic expansion in […]
GLENN BECK and Bill O’Reilly did not miss the chance to gloat. Fox News Channel, the television presenters’ former employer, has lost its grip as America’s most-watched cable-news channel.
THIS year has not been nearly as kind to populists as 2016 was. Marine Le Pen lost the run-off in the French presidential election by a fat margin, and support for the UK Independence Party, a Eurosceptic outfit, is expected to collapse in Britain?s upcoming general election.