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Why startups are leaving Silicon Valley

Our cover this week considers Silicon Valley, which has become a victim of its own success


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  Our cover this week considers Silicon Valley, which has become a victim of its own success. There is no credible rival for its position as the world’s pre-eminent innovation hub, but there are signs that its influence is peaking. High costs, clogged roads and the dominance of the local tech giants are reducing the region’s dynamism and prompting startups and investors to go elsewhere. If Silicon Valley’s relative decline heralded the rise of a global web of thriving, rival tech hubs, that would be worth celebrating. Unfortunately, the Valley’s peak looks more like a warning that innovation everywhere is becoming harder
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Going south

Donald Trump’s trade deal with Mexico makes little sense for anyone, America included



International justice
Genocide in Myanmar

Burmese generals should be held to account for atrocities against the Rohingyas



Socialists in America
Not revolutionaries

The growing popularity of socialism poses more of a challenge to the Democratic Party than to capitalism
United States



Nudity in Europe
All the young prudes

The home continent of public nakedness is growing more body-shy



What’s missing from “Crazy Rich Asians”
The view from Singapore

For plenty of Asians, the hit movie is more of an affront than a triumph



Where the rubber hits the road
The many uses of condoms in Cuba

They’re handy for cleaning cars, fishing and winemaking, among other things
The Americas



Show me the money

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are nigh on useless. For blockchains, the jury is still out


  The world this week  
  Emmanuel Macron, the French president, suffered a blow when his environment minister resigned during a live broadcast, criticising his government for not doing enough to combat global warming
More from politics this week

China’s biggest ride-hailing firm, Didi Chuxing, came under fire after a second murder of a female passenger by one of its drivers within four months. Didi suspended its carpooling service, for which the driver in question worked, but that did not stop the calls on Chinese social media for a boycott of the firm
More from business this week

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Open Voices
Grassroots leaders provide the best hope to a troubled world

Amid cruelty and suffering, there are heroes, says Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who steps down on September 1st



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