Cannonball Clarke: Astute, decent and effective, Ken Clarke is an example to all Britain’s reviled MPs
The politics of the border crisis: Efforts to craft sensible immigration policies for America have long felt like pushing a boulder up a hill. Thanks to a crisis on the southern border, where tens of thousands of children have arrived this year from Central America, nearly overwhelming officials in such hotspots as the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the boulder is suddenly rolling the wrong way.
Too high a price: Parts from some endangered species are worth more than gold or cocaine
Kal’s cartoon: this week, the Middle East
Why don’t we do it in the road?
The practice of open defecation is increasingly dangerous to public health when people crowd close together. Worms and bacteria spread by human waste spread deadly disease and can be a big cause of malnutrition. India is, far and away, the country worst blighted by open defecation, made worse by the fact it has a large population crowded onto relatively little land. Why India suffers worse than much poorer countries, such as Congo or Afghanistan, and worse than fellow South Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, is a matter for contentious debate.
Tomorrow’s cover, today: America’s long-term growth rate is barely half what it was two decades ago. Some of the reasons for that—such as an ageing population—are unavoidable. But our cover leader argues that plenty—such as regulation, immigration, taxation—are within politicians’ control and could be fixed
Dear Prime Minister and First Minister… Our advice to David Cameron and Alex Salmond on the tricky disputes and dilemmas involved in breaking up the union
A broken system: Latin America is the only region in the world where murder rates increased in the first decade of this century. Plenty of factors explain Latin America’s crime disease. The drug trade, a bulge of young, poorly educated men, income inequality and access to firearms are some. But perhaps the most important is the pervasive weakness in the basic institutions of the rule of law. As our map shows, trust in the criminal-justice system remains low in all countries.
Daily chart: A quantified look at the situation in Israel and Gaza
Kal’s cartoon: this week, Israel and Palestine
This week’s cover: A 307-year-old union, which once ruled a third of humanity and still serves as a role-model to many, could be on the verge of dissolution. The people of Scotland will soon vote on independence. Our cover leader explains why we hope that the Scots will decide to stay in the United Kingdom.
Chart: Explore our interactive chart to find out how to keep you nerve and take the perfect penalty during a World Cup shoot-out
Textbook cases, chapter 10: At a time when territorial disagreements are breaking out all round the South China Sea and East China Sea, the region is writing a new chapter in a long-running argument on how history is taught