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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 28, 2014
From the September/October Issue

A College President Speaks

Gerhard Casper’s memoir focuses on the highest principle of higher education: academic freedom.

Enviro-Mental

Germany’s Energiewende: A Cautionary Tale

Germany’s green energy transition has hurt its economy and its ability to compete in the global market, all while actually increasing emissions. It’s time to take stock of what we’ve learned from this policy experiment.

August 27, 2014
After the Coup

Thailand’s Economically Savvy Junta Lays Out a Plan

The Thai junta has announced a plan to keep the county’s economy open to foreign investment in the short and long term. Plans to have an open society look less promising.

God Wars

ISIS Gains Popularity in France

A new poll finds that 15 percent of French respondents support ISIS. These numbers highlight the severity of the West’s homegrown Jihadi problem, and should prod moderate Muslims to emphatically condemn jihadism.

Harder Better Faster Stronger

Innovation Has Shale Booming Anew

Frackers are constantly innovating and finding ways to squeeze more oil and gas out of every well they drill. That spirit set off the U.S. shale boom, and it promises to power it for years to come.

The Respectable Face of Racism

Episcopal Chaplain at Yale Blames Jews for Anti-Semitism

Yale’s Episcopal chaplain blames Jews for anti-Semitism, arguing that Israel’s policies are at fault for Europe’s resurgent anti-Semitism.

The Latest News From the Muddle East

U.S. Influence Drip-Dripping Away

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombed Libya without consulting with the United States. Mahmoud Abbas is set to unveil an initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the content of which the United States will not see beforehand. Leading from behind, indeed.

Never Again

British Police Fail to Investigate Rampant Child Sex Abuse

Over 1,000 children were raped and sold into sex slavery in and around a northern British town. For years officials left reports practically un-investigated, in part due to fears of being called racist.

diplomatic danger zone

Chinese Spy Planes in Taiwanese Airspace

Taiwan sent jets to follow Chinese spy planes that had crossed into its airspace several times this week. But China’s increased aggression may have a slight upside—its rivals will draw closer together and closer to the U.S.

Middle East Aflame

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing with Israel

The flames of Syria’s civil war are now licking at its border with Israel.

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