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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 20, 2014
Hail Shale

Refracking Ready to Rejuvenate Shale Revolution

Drillers are figuring out new ways to eke more oil and gas out of wells thought to be previously exhausted. The shale boom rolls on.

The Middle East Aflame

Infighting Deflates Hopes for Iraqi Unity Government?

Both the Kurds and the Sunnis want to press Iraq’s parliament for better treatment. Can Baghdad afford prolonged negotiations while it continues to battle the ISIS threat?

ACA Fail Fractal

Consumers Revolt Against ACA’s Narrow Networks

Yet another lawsuit shows why the ACA is increasingly unpopular: 33 consumers are suing a big California insurer for restricting their networks on the ACA after canceling their plans.

Fear the Airpocalypse

China’s Toxic Smog Problem Is Getting Worse

China’s air quality readings were worse this July than they were last year, much to the dismay of the hundreds of millions of urbanites living in the choking toxic smog.

Xi's Power Play

China’s Anti-Drug Crackdown Nets Jackie Chan’s Son

Xi Jinping’s government is cracking down on drug use in China, especially among celebrities. It’s yet another way to go after elites in order to curry public favor, while at the same time consolidating power in his own hands.

erin go bragh

Irish Leave Home For New Shores

Young Irish people are fleeing their home country en masse, and as they have done in the past, bringing their talents to other shores. But in the end, Ireland has the power to survive the euro crisis.

Strange Bedfellows

Turkey’s Spymaster Meets Imprisoned PKK Chief, Promises Peace

A secret meeting between a Turkish spymaster and a Kurdish militant leader on a prison island—it’s a dramatic scene, and a promising sign of rapprochement between two old enemies.

Peace in the Pacific

Australia and Indonesia Patch Up Friendship

Indonesia halted some joint intelligence and military activities with Australia due to allegations that Canberra had listened in on the Indonesian President’s phone calls. Now the two countries have resumed relations—which is good for the whole region.

Religion & Other Curiosities

Exporting the American Culture War

America’s cultural left and right have globalized the battle over questions of sexuality.

Arabian Nightmares

Saudi Arabia and the Trouble with Terrorism

Alarmed by a swift and ravenous ISIS to the north, and al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula to the south, Saudi Arabia is cracking down on terrorism at home and abroad.

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