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The World Economic Outlook from the IMF released this week downgraded growth for many countries. Shawn Thew/AAP

Vital Signs: mixed signals from the global economy

Interest rates remain unchanged in Australia this week, reflecting an economic holding pattern around the world, as the US presidential election carries on.
The closure of the Ford casting plant in Geelong signifies a loss of manufacturing loss and possibly a bigger loss to society. David Crosling/AAP

The Ford plant closure is sad loss of manufacturing know how

The closure of the car manufacturing plants in Australia is a sad loss of knowledge and jobs that will be difficult to replace.
An anti-immigrant mood has been sweeping the West, such as in Finland. Scanpix Sweden/Reuters

Why we’re wrong to blame immigrants for our sputtering economies

Many politicians in the West – from backers of Brexit to Donald Trump – have convinced voters that immigrants are hurting their economies. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Supporters of Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire outside the Harare Magistrates’ Court during his trial. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s interregnum: new wine, old bottles?

The new forms of protest in Zimbabwe raise the possibility that the country's long-simmering crisis may have reached boiling point. The time could indeed be ripe for a unique form of politics.

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