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Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

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Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

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Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

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Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

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How Do You Short China?

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Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

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China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

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European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

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Nordkorea-Souvenirs mit Gruselfaktor

Wenige Monate nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer boten gefühllose Händler auf der Prachtstraße Unter den Linden auf klapprigen Tapeziertischen allerlei Revolutionströdel des untergegangenen Staates feil: Orden, Uniformen, Anstecknadeln, die Fahnen mit Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz sowie Bruchstücke des antifaschistischen Schutzwalles.

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Revolutionär kitschig: Tasche aus dem Nordkorea-Fanshop.

Die sozialistische Revolution auf deutschen Boden, die in einer realsozialistischen Diktatur erstarrt war, befand sich im Ausverkauf. Es scheint, dass Nordkorea aus dieser Erfahrung gelernt hat: Schlussverkauf schon vor dem Systemzusammenbruch, so lautet wohl die Geschäftsidee.

Über die Seite der staatlich unterstützten Solidaritätsaktion Korea Friendship Association gelangt der virtuelle Revolutionstourist zum Onlineverkauf von Souvenirs aus der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Korea, wie der  Staat sich offiziell nennt.

Im Angebot sind hunderte Devotionalien im revolutionären Design: T-Shirts, Kappen, Postkarten, Tassen, Bierkrüge, Kalender, Poster, Anstecker und Dekokissen. Allerdings gibt es für den ganzen Ramsch insgesamt nur 13 Motive – die meisten davon zeigen waffenstarrende Soldaten mit heroischem Gesichtsausdruck.

Die Preise sind gesalzen, ein T-Shirt der Marke „Propaganda“ kostet zum Beispiel 44,99 US-Dollar. Aber die katastrophale Mangelwirtschaft des verarmten Landes, das einen grotesken Personenkult um seine politischen Führer treibt, scheint selbst vor dem Onlineshop nicht halt zu machen: Die „Baby Bodysuits“, die „Teddybears“ und die „Underwear and Panties“ sind derzeit nicht erhältlich.

Beim Geld hört die Feindschaft auf

Die literarischen Schreckensvisionen in George Orwells Buch “1984″ sind in Nordkorea grausige Wirklichkeit geworden: Die Bevölkerung ist in drei Klassen eingeteilt, in vertrauenswürdige Genossen, in schwankende Personen und feindselige Personen. Schätzungsweise wird ein Viertel der Bevölkerung zu der Klasse der feindlich Gesinnten gerechnet.

Wegen der schlechten Ernährung sind 20-jährige Nordkoreaner durchschnittlich sechs Zentimeter kleiner als Gleichaltrige aus dem Süden. Die bemerkenswerte Stabilität des Gruselregimes in Pjöngjang erklären manche Experten damit, dass die herrschende Elite sich praktisch nur noch um einige große Städte kümmert und den Rest der Bevölkerung bewusst einem täglichen Überlebenskampf aussetzt, sodass den Menschen keine Kräfte mehr bleiben, um Protest oder Widerstand zu leisten.

Schon erstaunlich, dass es eine Nachfrage nach diesen Souvenirs mit dem Gruselfaktor aus dem kapitalistischen Ausland gibt. Noch erstaunlicher ist, dass der Verkauf der hohlen Propaganda ausgerechnet über die Plattform eines Onlinehändlers aus dem Land der Erzfeinde läuft. Cafepress ist ein amerikanisches Unternehmen und hat seinen Sitz in Louisville, Kentucky.

Aber in diesem Fall gilt wohl das umgekehrte Sprichwort: „Beim Geld hört die Feindschaft auf.“

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Grim Toll of Migrant Crisis Rises on Sea, Land

The latest deaths of migrants both on land and at sea are shedding light on the brutal tactics of the people-smuggling operations that stretch from across the Mediterranean to deep within Europe’s borders.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

Police said an estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in the capital, protesting management of the economy and debt problems at a state investment fund.

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

Tropical storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, after killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

Tesla Motors wants the Obama administration to talk to Xi Jinping about making it easier for auto makers to do business in China during the Chinese president’s visit to the U.S.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Review

Essay

The Lessons of Out-of-Body Experiences

Powerful, unnerving hallucinations show there’s something malleable about the way our brains construct our sense of self.

Historically Speaking

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Lovers separated by cruel circumstance have played a role in history and literature for millennia. Amanda Foreman looks at Berenice and Titus, Abelard and Heloise and more

Video

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1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09

On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist

Music

Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.