Not all golf clubs have strict dress codes
Americans are, on the whole, much more squeamish about public nudity that Europeans. Even a toddler frolicking around on a sunny beach attracts disapproving frowns. Nevertheless, National Nude Recreation Week begins on July 7th. But there are just a few public beaches in which the right to bare all still exists. 

Not all golf clubs have strict dress codes

Americans are, on the whole, much more squeamish about public nudity that Europeans. Even a toddler frolicking around on a sunny beach attracts disapproving frowns. Nevertheless, National Nude Recreation Week begins on July 7th. But there are just a few public beaches in which the right to bare all still exists

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the politics in Iraq

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the politics in Iraq

Tomorrow’s cover today: This week our cover looks at the tragedy of the Arabs. A thousand years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Back then, Islam and innovation were twins. Now the Arabs are in a wretched state, a civilisation in ruins—and the only people who can rebuild it are the Arabs themselves.

Tomorrow’s cover today: This week our cover looks at the tragedy of the Arabs. A thousand years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Back then, Islam and innovation were twins. Now the Arabs are in a wretched state, a civilisation in ruins—and the only people who can rebuild it are the Arabs themselves.

Chart: Violent civilian deaths are at a ten-year high in Iraq. The prime minister needs to widen his government’s sectarian make-up or face the prospect of isolation and defeat

Chart: Violent civilian deaths are at a ten-year high in Iraq. The prime minister needs to widen his government’s sectarian make-up or face the prospect of isolation and defeat

Daily chart: How to hold your nerve and score during a World Cup penalty shoot-out

Daily chart: How to hold your nerve and score during a World Cup penalty shoot-out

Cartoon: Our Lexington columnist on what an 11-year struggle to build a Chinese friendship garden in Washington DC reveals about soft power

Cartoon: Our Lexington columnist on what an 11-year struggle to build a Chinese friendship garden in Washington DC reveals about soft power

The week explained: Iraq, phone-hacking, and the sanctity of smartphones in America

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. 

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

Cartoon: For a country where everyone drives, America has shoddy roads

Kal’s cartoon: this week, searching for signs of progress in Egypt

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.

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.

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

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

Cartoon: Russia stokes fresh debate among the Nordics about NATO membership

Kal’s cartoon: this week, America’s relationship with Iran

Kal’s cartoon: this week, America’s relationship with Iran