My magazine of the year: The Economist

I hadn’t seriously read The Economist for some time, before the middle of last year when I took advantage of a discount offer.

I have to say I am very pleased I returned to regularly reading the magazine and I am happy to state it is the best magazine that will be stocked by your local newsagent. Regardless of your views on their editorial stance (generally pro-business and socially liberal) they have had some thoughtful and well-written pieces on a wide range of topics throughout this year.

Their Christmas edition is a special double issue. Here are some highlights from their last issue of 2007 (some links may require subscription — let me know and I’ll sort you out):

The battle of the books” — The business of marketing the Bible and the Koran says a lot about the state of modern Christianity and Islam.

Running just to stand still” — How to reform the flawed behemoth that is the world’s sixth-biggest oil producer.

Birth, death and shopping” — The rise and fall of the shopping mall.

Burmese maze” — For Muslims and other minorities, the monks’ battle was not their fight.

Friendlier hands across the Gulf” — Old suspicions and new links.

The cross and the crescent” — Why Christians feel under threat in today’s Turkey.

The third man” — How far can Nick Clegg take the party he now leads?.

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