Dreamy footsoldiers of the Left: Some Democrats haven’t noticed that the next election is this year, not 2016
Eyes on the classroom: To close the education gap, Latin America must produce better teachers
Unsettling times: the clock is ticking toward an Argentine sovereign-debt default
Obituary: Joseph Marie Albert Lange, AIDS researcher, died on July 17th, aged 59 aboard flight MH17
It is not true martyrdom to be killed in the crossfire of someone else’s war. But Joep Lange should still be seen as a martyr, for he would not have died when he did had he not been pursuing a war of his own—a war far deadlier than the skirmishing in eastern Ukraine which brought down the aircraft in which he was flying
Daily chart: The Big Mac index, our flame-grilled guide to currencies, suggests the dollar is getting dearer
Kal’s cartoon: this week, Putin, Russia and the West
Tomorrow’s cover, today: Vladimir Putin’s epic deceits have entangled not just his own country but increasingly the West too. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has added a cluster of spectacular new falsehoods. Our cover leader argues that this is the moment to say enough.
Daily chart: Economic development has little impact on happiness
Justice denied?: Civil-justice reform in Italy is pressing—and difficult. The sluggishness of civil justice is a big reason why the Italian economy is still not growing. According to the World Bank’s “Doing Business” survey, it is harder to enforce a contract in Italy than in Haiti and over 100 other countries.
The royals of Capitol Hill: House members have too much job security; that makes for bad government
Cannonball Clarke: Astute, decent and effective, Ken Clarke is an example to all Britain’s reviled MPs