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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
April 24, 2014
Stuff Learned Beats Time Served

Higher Education Gets “Competent”

Higher education is evolving slowly but surely, and one small school is giving its adult students credit for the skills they already have.

Journalism Under Fire

After Attack on Journalist, Pakistan’s Media Battles its Military

As tensions in Pakistan remain high due to Musharraf’s on-going trial, the country’s biggest TV station accused the intelligence agency of attacking a famous journalist. In response, the Defense Ministry demanded the channel be shut down.

Payback Time

Gazprom Sextuples Ukraine’s Unpaid Gas Bill

The Russian gas company Gazprom just announced a massive additional $11.4 billion charge for Ukraine. The charge comes under the controversial “take-or-pay” contract clause, and will put further strain on a state already struggling to stay afloat.

ACA Agonistes

ACA Jeopardizes Democrats’ Midterm Chances

The ACA’s recent PR victories may not have cheered Democratic voters up as much as they did the law’s supporters in the media. Could the Democratic base’s ongoing distaste for the law cost three Senators their re-elections?

bad neighbors

Obama Promises to Protect Japanese Territory

President Obama will have to be at the top of his diplomatic game on his trip to Asia, and he’s made a good start. In a recent speech, he reassured Japan that the U.S. would protect its territory, and China didn’t get too annoyed in response.

Practice What You Preach?

The Folly of Germany’s Plan to Lower Its Retirement Age

The German government wants to lower the country’s retirement age and pay out more in pensions. That’s not a smart move for the EU country with the oldest population and lowest birthrate.

Gay Marriage and Protestantism

“I Didn’t Know We Had a Navy”

A lesbian couple marked the first same-sex church wedding in England last week, a milestone which helps illuminate some of the debate ongoing among Protestants over the issue of same-sex marriage.

April 23, 2014
decline of the unions

The UAW Abandons Tennessee

The United Auto Workers union suddenly has withdrawn its opposition to the recent anti-unionization vote in Tennessee. Will it retreat from the whole south next?

Old Battlefield - New War

Former “Capital of the Revolution” About to Fall to Assad Regime

The battle for Homs could go a long way toward deciding the outcome of the Syria civil war. The Assad regime says it is on the verge of taking the entire metropolis back from rebel forces. Is rebel resistance in central Syria about to be completely wiped out?

Pipeline Politics

The Political Calculus Behind the Keystone Delays

The US State Department announced that it won’t make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until it receives the approval of the Nebraskan Public Service Commission. As a result, Democrats won’t face scrutiny on an issue that enrages their base until after the midterm elections.

Kremlin Chameleon

March Putin vs. April Putin: Spot the Difference?

In March, Vladimir Putin was the “Terminator.” This month, he’s Mr. Congeniality. What’s behind the sudden shift in rhetoric?

Indian Elections

Modi Campaign Dogged by Charges of Sectarianism

As Modi draws closer to becoming India’s next Prime Minister, BJP candidates continue to express anti-Muslim sentiments. Concerns that Modi hasn’t sufficiently renounced his party’s sectarianism still linger.

Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Made the Right Call

The Supreme Court was right to uphold Michigan’s affirmative action ban, but this doesn’t mean we can ignore the lingering effects of years of entrenched racism.

Libya Afterparty

Algerian Soldiers Ambushed by Islamist Militants

Islamist militants perpetrated one of the deadliest attacks on Algeria’s military in years. Can the country’s aging leaders face down an Islamist insurgency once again?

Prices Prices Prices

Open Season on Hospitals at the Federal Trade Commission

The FTC wins its case against a proposed hospital merger in Ohio. Consumers would benefit from more such trust-busting, because consolidated hospitals drive up health care prices.

Gazproblems

Could a European Energy Union Blunt Putin’s Gas Weapon?

Poland’s Prime Minister is proposing a European energy union to help counterbalance Russia’s natural gas advantage.

Student Debt Debacle

Closing the Floodgates on Student Debt

Federal student debt forgiveness programs have been growing at an alarming pace, and some in government are beginning to call for scaling them back.

April 22, 2014
original sin

Sex Abuse and the Hollywood Hierarchy

The lawyer suing X-Men director Bryan Singer claims that the sexual abuse of minors is widespread and hushed up throughout Hollywood. These kinds of crimes are not just a problem for the Catholic Church.

East Asia Turmoil

After Seizing Ship, China Threatens Japan With More WWII Lawsuits

As President Obama lands in stormy East Asia, China and South Korea prepare more lawsuits against Japanese companies stemming from WWII atrocities.

Pak-Saudi Ties

Protected Birds Are the Least $1.5 Billion Can Buy

Pakistan allowed a Saudi prince to kill over 2000 protected birds as a gesture of friendship between the two countries.

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