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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 20, 2014
Russia vs. the West

Russia Widens War Against McDonald’s

200 more McDonald’s branches are under investigation in Russia. McDonald’s has become one of the main casualties of Putin’s attempt to de-Westernize his country.

The Francis Era

Synod of Bishops Ends, Church Stays Catholic

The now-infamous gathering of Catholic Bishops to discuss marriage and family ended with the release of a report much less controversial in its final form than in the preliminary draft. Those waiting on serious changes to Catholic doctrine or practice will have to keep waiting, but the Synod may make them believe that hope is not completely lost.

From the November/December Issue

Good Government, Bad Government

Fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government.

The Oldest Hatred

Does Anti-Semitism Make You Poor?

Germans from districts that persecuted Jews the most zealously don’t invest as much in the stock market, according to a new study. Anti-Semitism isn’t just contemptible; it is evidence of an inability to understand a complex world.

October 19, 2014
Modi Rising

Modi Wave Continues to Surge

Modi’s BJP sweeps to victory in two state elections.

Report from Liberia

Ebola Out of Control

A chilling account from an African film-maker suggests that the outbreak in Liberia may be much worse that reported.

Campus Kangaroo Courts

The Underside of “Affirmative Consent”

California’s new law establishing strict standards for college students’ sexual activity has been lampooned for applying legalism to the libido. But the consequences for those who run afoul of the new policies are no laughing matter.

Green Dreams

The EU’s Resolve Wavers Ahead of Climate Change Deal

Poland leads a group of central and eastern European countries highly skeptical of a raft of new EU green policy proposals. Green dreams are running headlong into harsh economic realities in Brussels next week.

American Exceptionalism

What Are We Fighting For?

Roger Berkowitz recently gave the opening lecture at the Hannah Arendt Center Conference “The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideas Worth Fighting for?” For the weekend read this week, we provide an edited transcript of Professor Berkowitz’s speech: “American Exceptionalism: What Are We Fighting For?”

Education Innovation

School Choice Works Wonders in Ohio

The economically disadvantaged students at Cristo Ray Columbus High School in Ohio graduate both high school and college much higher than other students with similar backgrounds. This is what good teachers, school choice, and innovative thinking can do.

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