The Russian economy is on the brink of recession as runaway inflation brings the ruble to a record low compared to the USD. It looks like the sanctions are working to weaken Russia’s economy, though given the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, they aren’t proving quite the deterrent that Western leaders hoped.
Bad zoning laws and other forms of overregulation are driving up housing costs in blue cities and pushing people toward red ones. Blue cities should focus on lowering the cost of living for their residents.
Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption party purge has set its sights firmly on Shanxi, a region rich with coal—and dirty officials. Even those closely connected to previous president Hu Jintao have been among the “tigers” targeted by the latest round of probes. Xi’s push to consolidate power at the very top continues.
Al Qaeda released a list of possible targets in the West as jihadi groups try to one-up each other.
When good guys have preponderant power, things tend to be all right—even with a Chinese accent.
New research suggests low response rates on telephone polls could be distorting official statistics.
The Obama administration is working on a voluntary international climate agreement that would skirt the need to seek Congressional approval, according to the New York Times. In doing so, it’s effectively turning its back on the feckless Global Climate Treaty movement.
Whether or not ISIS continues its run of military successes or retains control over the territories it has captured, it may have changed the image (and ambition) of terrorism forever.
Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless interventions in Ukraine should force the West to reevaluate everything it thought it knew about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the past two decades of Western policy on Russia.
West Africa is facing alarming food shortages along with the horrific Ebola epidemic. Aside from compounding the suffering in these nations, a food crisis will make this outbreak far harder to contain.