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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 22, 2014
Cycles of Debt

Debtor’s Prison Revival, Ferguson Edition

In cities and towns across America, debtor’s prisons in all but name are locking the less fortunate into cycles of poverty and dysfunction.

Reviews

Asia’s Dark Horse

Indonesia made its way to a stable, democratic system after decades of tumult and quasi-military rule. Now it is closer than ever to achieving its potential as a geopolitical and economic powerhouse.

August 21, 2014
Devastating Disease

Ebola’s Economic Toll

The Ebola outbreak has killed over one thousand people to date. While the infected countries fight to contain it with varied rates of success, it is draining their economies.

Frack for the Planet

Fuzzy Math Can’t Hide Shale Boom’s Green Credentials

A new report from CO2 Scorecard claims that the U.S. shale boom has increased net global emissions, but seems to employ questionable methodologies to reach that conclusion.

Quick Clicks

Around the Web in 5 Clicks

For a Thursday evening pick-me-up, here’s a list of our favorite links.

Kiev's Future

Ukraine’s Economy Is in Meltdown

Ukraine’s economy is taking a beating from the war. If Ukraine is to build a real state if and when the conflict dies down, it needs to get its economic and political house in order.

Abortion in America

Richard Dawkins Sparks Down Syndrome Controversy

Richard Dawkins was recently forced to apologize for his recent remarks advocating abortion for babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. But most of them are actually aborted.

Good News

Mexico Poised for a Breakout

Our southern neighbor’s struggles with drug cartels get plenty of attention, but there’s a very real success story going on in Mexico that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto highlights a number of promising reforms in a recent FT opinion piece.

ISIS' Foreign Fighters

Muslim MP: Twice as Many Muslim Brits in ISIS as in British Army

A British MP has shone a light on radicalism he says is far more pervasive than the government admits.

Commander in Chief

Obama Gets Something Right In Syria

The Administration made the right decision in refusing to pay a ransom for James Foley.

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