Competing with computers: The digital revolution offers great advantages but it also threatens the jobs of low and mid-skilled workers. As computers become smarter, so too must humans

Journey into night: The early history of HIV has now been charted in detail

Journey into night: The early history of HIV has now been charted in detail

Kal’s cartoon: this week, Hong Kong protests

Kal’s cartoon: this week, Hong Kong protests

Tomorrow’s cover, today:
It’s the Party v the people in Hong Kong. Our cover story argues that the Chinese government’s obsession with stability lies behind its refusal to consider moving towards real democracy in the territory. Yet it fails to understand that it is not autocracy but popular satisfaction with government that will ensure real, long-term stability. 

Tomorrow’s cover, today:

It’s the Party v the people in Hong Kong. Our cover story argues that the Chinese government’s obsession with stability lies behind its refusal to consider moving towards real democracy in the territory. Yet it fails to understand that it is not autocracy but popular satisfaction with government that will ensure real, long-term stability. 

Fireside tales: The invention of fire may explain the preference for evening entertainment

Fireside tales: The invention of fire may explain the preference for evening entertainment

Goldilocks nationalism: The size and homogeneity of a country’s population has a big bearing on its economic policies

Goldilocks nationalism: The size and homogeneity of a country’s population has a big bearing on its economic policies

Why can’t we do it peacefully? A continent’s dwindling secessionists looked wistfully at Scotland

Why can’t we do it peacefully? A continent’s dwindling secessionists looked wistfully at Scotland

The woes of average Joe: America is getting richer, but most voters can’t feel it

The woes of average Joe: America is getting richer, but most voters can’t feel it

Comparing protests: A look at the sizes of recent street demonstrations

Comparing protests: A look at the sizes of recent street demonstrations

Significant variations: The territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Donbas region of Ukraine has varied significantly

Significant variations: The territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Donbas region of Ukraine has varied significantly

Why eating insects makes sense

The battle for Brazil: With days to go before the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, the race is too close to call

The battle for Brazil: With days to go before the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, the race is too close to call

Kal’s cartoon: this week, Obama’s foreign policy

Kal’s cartoon: this week, Obama’s foreign policy

This week’s cover
Air strikes in Syria prompted us to put America’s campaign against Islamic State on our cover this week, with a photoshopped image of Barack Obama in the suit that George Bush wore when America prematurely announced “mission accomplished” in Iraq in 2003. The mission has been relaunched. We argue that for it to have any chance of working, it will need not just America’s overwhelming military superiority, but also a great deal of diplomatic footwork

This week’s cover

Air strikes in Syria prompted us to put America’s campaign against Islamic State on our cover this week, with a photoshopped image of Barack Obama in the suit that George Bush wore when America prematurely announced “mission accomplished” in Iraq in 2003. The mission has been relaunched. We argue that for it to have any chance of working, it will need not just America’s overwhelming military superiority, but also a great deal of diplomatic footwork

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the crisis in Syria

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the crisis in Syria