• On the other, it does not want to provoke the superpower too much.

    ECONOMIST: The last Baathists toy with reform

  • More significantly, the fact that they do not provoke inflammation means they it might be possible to use them to repair the wounds of patients with conditions such as diabetes, in which chronic skin infections often get in the way of healing when normal stitches are used.

    ECONOMIST: Monitor

  • Apple may not want to provoke a price war in the tablet market, where it sees plenty of growth to come.

    ECONOMIST: Amazon

  • One day, it may come to that, but even if it does partition will not be easy: it would almost certainly provoke mass migration and further bloodshed.

    ECONOMIST: Divide and quit?

  • That we have promised retaliation for decades and then always drawn back, hoping that we could get through if we simply did not provoke the enemy, is appeasement, and it must be quite clear by now even to those who perpetually appease that appeasement simply does not work.

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: On the War We Are Now In

  • Diplomats at the Vatican—though not, apparently, the pope himself—seem to have accepted the argument that it was not right to make too much of a fuss about the Timorese, since this might provoke an Islamist backlash in Indonesia as a whole.

    ECONOMIST: East Timor

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