Martin Langfield is a columnist and production editor for Reuters Breakingviews, based in New York. He has worked for Reuters since 1987 as a correspondent, news editor and bureau chief, serving in London, Madrid, El Salvador, Mexico, Miami and New York. Martin, who also headed Reuters journalism training programs for three years, studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, graduating with a first-class degree in Spanish and French Languages and Literature. He also studied indigenous literature for a year at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, and is a published novelist.
The world is ever more connected via the internet, from cars and power grids to home appliances and toys. That means ever more things are dangerously hackable, security expert Bruce Schneier writes in “Click Here to Kill Everybody.” His title isn’t as hyperbolic as it may sound.
President-elect López Obrador doesn’t take office until next month, but he and his fellow leftists have already upset markets with moves to nix an airport project and rein in bank fees. Such fumbles could help guide Brazil’s far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro as he nears power too.
Markets approve of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro’s election victory. Yet he’s only a recent convert to free-market policies and has odd ideas about the rule of law. Perhaps he can stick to his guns and dragoon Congress to fix the country’s fiscal woes. But it’s a risky wager.