Daily Archives: October 13, 2011

The Financial Times’ View from the Top conference this year focuses on “The future of America”, with business leaders, politicians and economists exploring a variety of factors that will shape America including the economy, the influence of China and power.

While there was an appropriate balance of positive and negative outlooks for the future of America, all the speakers called for an end to the political wrangling that threatens to derail the economic recovery. Read more

John Paul Rathbone

Last month, gunmen dumped 35 dead bodies on the streets of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s busiest Gulf ports, just a short distance from where the country’s state attorneys were due to hold a convention. Last week, another 32 dead bodies were found stashed in Veracruz houses.

And last weekend, the nearby university town of Xalapa hosted an offshoot of the Hay literary festival – a genteel and ruminative gathering of the kind that Harry Eyres writes about in his weekend FT column “The Slow Lane”. It is also the kind of discrepancy that is becoming increasingly common as Mexico grinds through the fifth year of its “drugs war”. Read more