Daily Archives: January 2, 2013


Flying back from JFK airport just before the new year, I picked up the latest – and last – edition of Newsweek. The cover has a photo of the old Newsweek building in Manhattan and proclaims – “Last Print Issue”. For a print journalist, the phrase “last print” anything, has an unpleasant ring to it.

I also have more personal reasons to feel sad about the passing of Newsweek. I was a subscriber for about five years in the 1970s. Growing up in London, it was Newsweek that introduced me to the mysteries and excitements of American politics – and was my guide to everything from Watergate to the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter. Maybe it is nostalgia speaking, but I remember Newsweek as a great magazine: tightly written, brilliantly reported and illustrated. Read more

The US House of Representatives easily but grudgingly passed a compromise bill to avert the fiscal cliff but the deal triggers a fresh showdown in two months, over spending and the deficit.

Andrew Higgins of the New York Times reports from Latvia on how the government’s austerity measures have revived the economy. Read more