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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
April 23, 2014

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.

Killer Germs

Saudi Health Minister Sacked as MERS Virus Lingers

As the MERS virus stokes fears of a global pandemic, Saudi Arabia sacks the health minister who was in charge of curbing the outbreak. We hope the Kingdom knows what it’s doing.

Reptile Diesel

Gator Fat: Fuel of the Future?

It won’t be a tiger in your tank, it’ll be an alligator, say scientists. Alligator fat makes high-quality biodiesel, so this Earth Day, consider starting your own gator farm.

Syrian Chemical Attacks

What “Red Line”?

Assad is continuing his use of chemical weapons, according to reports. The U.S. is examining evidence that a Syrian village was attacked with chlorine gas.

Prescribing Bankruptcy

In Health Care, Free Stuff Is Expensive

Doctors prescribe more expensive or risky drugs to patients after receiving free samples of the medications. We need to give MDs incentives to prescribe cheap, effective generics instead.

Ukraine's Future

Fighting a Culture of Corruption

Bulgaria is the most dovish of all the European countries on Russia, according to a new report. Its dovishness has a lot to do with its cultural ties to Russia, which have also allowed Russian organized crime to get a solid foothold in state institutions. Is this what Ukraine will look like a decade down the line?

Inequality Today

The Left-Liberal Narrative

Liberals see most of our ills resulting from our straying from the righteous path set forth for us by leaders like FDR and LBJ. Their impassioned narrative has deep roots in American society.

Failed State Watch

Ethnic Violence Kills Hundreds in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians are being killed in South Sudan in an upsurge of ethnic violence. The same ethnic tensions that ripped South Sudan away from the north are now tearing it apart as well.

April 21, 2014
Countering Putin

How to Wield the Capital Weapon

In mid-April, American Interest publisher Charles Davidson spoke with Hermitage Capital co-founder and CEO William Browder about the ongoing impact of the Magnitsky Act, which he championed, amid the Ukraine crisis and the intensifying worldwide fight against financial corruption.

Trouble in Tinseltown

Can LA’s Milquetoast Mayor Rise to the Challenge?

The City of Angels has more demons than many would care to admit. Is Mayor Eric Garcetti the man to stave off the city’s looming blue disasters?

Eyes everywhere

Erdogan Increases Surveillance of Soccer Fans

Turkish soccer fans are up in arms over a new law mandating that tickets be purchased through a bank with ties to Erdogan’s family. The government says the new system will curb violence, but many believe it is aiming to keep tabs on anti-government protests at sporting events.

Jewcentricity Watch

The Sources of Egyptian Anti-Semitism

From liberals to Islamists, one of the only ideas that binds Egyptians is anti-Semitism. Where did it come from? Why is Egyptian culture so drenched in this toxic ideology? And what does it mean for the world and for Egypt’s future?

Fixers and Fiends

The Swamp of Ukrainian Politics

Meet Dmytro Firtash: Ukrainian gas tycoon, middleman, and political fixer. The extent to which he and people like him are involved in governing Ukraine after May 25 can tell us a lot about how different things will be under a new administration.

Pension Meltdown

San Bernardino Takes on Calpers Again

San Bernardino is fighting to reduce the $17 million debt it owes to the Calpers pension fund. This isn’t just about the money: A victory for San Bernardino would spell trouble for pension funds around the country.


Episode 11: Michael Mandelbaum on Globalization, New TAI Issue Out

On today’s program, Richard Aldous sits down with Michael Mandelbaum, author of the new book, The Road to Global Prosperity, for a far-reaching discussion about the prospects for lasting peace in our time, the trouble the BRICs have been having lately, and whether NATO expansion into Eastern Europe was such a good idea.

Stuff Learned Beats Time Served

Community Colleges Drop the “Community”

More community colleges are renaming themselves in order to appeal to a broader range of students, as they move into the market for four-year degrees and workforce development programs.

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