Choose your parents wisely: There is a large class divide in how Americans raise their children. Rich parents can afford to ease up a bit; poor parents need help

Dreamy footsoldiers of the Left: Some Democrats haven’t noticed that the next election is this year, not 2016

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

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

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

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

Parenting in America: Well-to-do parents worry about two things: the safety of their children and whether they will get into Harvard. Our US editor reckons they should just relax

Daily chart: The Big Mac index, our flame-grilled guide to currencies, suggests the dollar is getting dearer

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

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.

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

Daily chart: Economic development has little impact on happiness

Keeping politicians honest

'Oppo' firms trawl through hours of video looking for dumb comments made by political opponents. Our US editor explains. 

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.

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

The royals of Capitol Hill: House members have too much job security; that makes for bad government

Redrawing the map of Europe

Imagine a world in which countries could move just easily as people. Our suggestion for a rearranged Europe, published in May 2010, is just as relevant now. 

Cannonball Clarke: Astute, decent and effective, Ken Clarke is an example to all Britain’s reviled MPs

Cannonball Clarke: Astute, decent and effective, Ken Clarke is an example to all Britain’s reviled MPs