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
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.
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 politics of the border crisis: Efforts to craft sensible immigration policies for America have long felt like pushing a boulder up a hill. Thanks to a crisis on the southern border, where tens of thousands of children have arrived this year from Central America, nearly overwhelming officials in such hotspots as the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the boulder is suddenly rolling the wrong way.
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