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Four churches attacked in Santiago ahead of Pope Francis visit to Chile on Monday

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Four Catholic churches in Santiago were attacked with fire bombs before dawn on Friday, causing minor damage and leaving notes threatening Pope Francis just three days ahead of the pontiff’s visit to Chile next week, police said. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    Not surprisingly, popes of a conservative slant did not get threats besides an individual's attack on Jean Paul II. However, now that a pope begins speaking for the less fortunate, violence starts rearing its ugly head.

    Compare this to the news that the World Bank may have manipulated indicators about Chile's “Doing business” performance that shows wild swings between the governments of Sebastian Piñera and Michelle Bachelet.

    Paul Romer, the World Bank’s Chief Economist since late 2016, found irregularities in how the survey’s methodology was updated from year to year, and intends to correct and republish the ranking for the past four years.

    According to Quartz, Romer said the irregularities manifested themselves in shifts to Chile’s ranking, which was 55th in the 2017 rankings, but as high as 25th a decade ago.

    “In fact, the Chile’s position in the rankings seemed to mirror the country’s politics: During the period in question, Chile alternated between electing socialist Michelle Bachelet and conservative Sebastián Piñera to the presidency. When Piñera was in office, Chile would climb in the rankings; when Bachelet was in office, the country would fall.”

    I am sure MP commentators will agree that it's very important that economic performance is accurately reflected. I remember an alleged manipulation of Argentina's INDEC was heavily criticized here.

    Jan 15th, 2018 - 12:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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