Chart: The number of unaccompanied children caught crossing into the United States since October has surged to about 52,000, from 15,700 over the whole of the 2011 fiscal year.
Cartoon: For a country where everyone drives, America has shoddy roads
Kal’s cartoon: this week, searching for signs of progress in Egypt
Daily chart: Everything you need to know about UFOs
On July 2nd avid watchers of the skies celebrate World UFO day.The National UFO Reporting Centre, a non-profit, has catalogued almost 90,000 reported sightings of UFOs, mostly in America, since 1974. It turns out that aliens are considerate: they seldom disturb earthlings during working or sleeping hours. Rather, they tend to arrive in the evening, especially on Fridays, when folks are sitting on the front porch nursing their fourth beer.
Tomorrow’s cover today: This week we split our cover. In Asia we look at Shinzo Abe’s "third arrow" of economic reform. In the rest of the world, we look at the future of the university. A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head.
Daily chart: The goodness of nations
A new index attempts to measure the decency of nations. The usual group of European countries sit atop it. But the result is less than the sum of its parts
Cartoon: Russia stokes fresh debate among the Nordics about NATO membership
Kal’s cartoon: this week, America’s relationship with Iran
This week’s cover: Twenty years ago, Jeff Bezos left his job in finance and drove to Seattle to set up a new firm, which he named after a giant river to reflect the scale of his ambitions. Since then Amazon has changed the way that the world shops and upended industries. But, as our cover leader warns, it must be careful not to become a bully.
We can do just exactly whatever we want to do. And you know why? Because we’re Young Ones. Bachelor boys. Crazy, mad, wild-eyed, big-bottomed anarchists. — Rik Mayall, who died on June 9th was the most original and funniest of the alternative comedians who emerged in the early 1980s and still dominate British television. They were maverick, furious and stridently political
Map: Welcome to Italordan
The richest part of Brazil, around the capital, Brasília, is as wealthy as Italy, measured by GDP per person in 2011 (at market exchange rates). India, meanwhile, is much poorer than even the most destitute Brazilian states, Maranhão and Piauí, where income per head is roughly equal to that of Jordan.
See an interactive version of the map with GDP and population here
Cartoon: Hillary Clinton’s bad book
Her stodgy memoir is best understood as a briefing book for surrogates and “influencers”
Daily chart: The Brazil effect
This year’s world cup is proving exciting (thus far). Yesterday’s dull nil-nil game between Iran and Nigeria ended the longest draw-less run in World Cup history since the first competition in 1930 (when just 13 teams played only 18 knock-out matches)
Daily chart: GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL!
More than 2,200 goals have been scored at the World Cup since 1930. Our unique data set visualises all the goals, for every minute. We’ll be updating it daily as the competition progresses.
Kal’s cartoon: this week, the World Cup