Why Latin American governments spend money badly

Why Latin American governments spend money badly

IN COSTA RICA’S rainy season, bright mornings yield with deceptive suddenness to tropical downpours. So it was on September 10th, when the country’s civil servants went on strike. They oppose a fiscal reform that raises some taxes and limits automatic wage increases. Universities and public offices were deserted. After blocking roads and a railway, many…

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An election looms in Israel

An election looms in Israel

WHEN AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN became Israel’s defence minister in 2016, he vowed to eliminate the leader of Hamas within 48 hours. Two years later Ismail Haniyeh is still alive—and may have just helped eliminate Israel’s government. On November 14th Mr Lieberman (above, left) resigned, withdrawing his party from the ruling coalition over its supposed meekness in…

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