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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
April 17, 2014
Whac-A-Mole in Cali

Colombia’s Protean Drug War

Past victories against Colombia’s narco-businesses have shifted trafficking patterns within and across borders. Now resurgent violence and shadowy new drug lords have returned to threaten the country‚Äôs newfound prosperity.

Winter for Higher-Ed

Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed

Maryland demands more money from distance education programs that enroll students in Maryland. The state is protecting its own online education outfit at the expense of students, chasing away competitors that may offer cheaper, better programs.

Both Sides Of The Mouth

Russia Signs Agreement While Putin Talks Empire to Russian Audience

On the one hand, there’s good news about some kind of deal that prevents a bad situation in Ukraine from getting worse. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin seems to have Russian empire on his mind.

Prices Prices Prices

Price Transparency Coming to US Health Care?

Public pressure is mounting on the health care industry to get serious about price transparency.

Homeschool Reform

More Vouchers for Homeschoolers in Arizona?

Arizona is the first state in the nation to offer vouchers to homeschoolers. Today, the state House of Representatives will decide whether or not to expand the program to include thousands more students.

Uber Alles? Nein!

Berlin Kicks Uber to the Curb

Europe’s disgruntled taxi drivers are trying to beat Uber in the courts because they are losing in the marketplace. Berlin is the latest European city to crack down on the start-up, and has banned it entirely.

The Dragon Awakes

Purging Rivals, Xi Dreams of a More Muscular China

China’s President is attempting to purge rivals and promote like-minded officials in hopes of realizing his dream of a more muscular and assertive China. Will he get his way, or has he already gone too far?

Bankrupt Healthcare

Doctors Are Becoming Suicidal and Depressed

Hemmed in by a perverse system, poor policy choices, and outdated guild practices, doctors are in the dumps.

Down with Emissions

US Getting Greener, No Thanks to Greens

The EPA reports that U.S. emissions fell by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and that emissions have dropped a stunning 10 percent since 2005. The chief driver of these emissions reductions: America’s new glut of shale gas.

April 16, 2014
shifting the goalposts

Now We’ll Never Know Whether Obamacare Worked

Thanks to conveniently timed changes to the annual census, it will now be impossible to know if the ACA is working.

The more things change...

As Election Approaches, Iraq is Again Breaking Apart

Iraq is as divided today as ever. Will the national election later this month herald a new, more inclusive and peaceful era? Or will it produce more of the same?

Education Reform

Charter School Battle Heats Up in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is reviewing the school board’s decision to shut down two high-performing charter schools for low-income students.

Frankenfood Fears

France Moves to Ban GMO Corn

France’s lower house of parliament adopted a measure this week to ban all kinds of genetically modified corn. This kind of anti-GMO idiocy flies in the face of all the evidence we have on the matter.

Back to the Farm

The “Modi Miracle” Confronts Its Biggest Test Yet

In India, 90 million new workers will join the workforce over the next 15 years. Will the country capitalize on this demographic boom, or be consumed by it? And is Narendra Modi the man to answer that question?

Bankruptcy in Detroit

Detroit Offers Generous Deal to Pension Funds

Detroit is on the verge of a bankruptcy deal that is far more generous to pensioners than previous plans. How will the bond markets react?

Africa's God Wars

Up to 100 Teenage Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria

The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram allegedly conducted the abductions on the same day that a massive bomb also rocked the nation’s capital.

Bending the Cost Curve

Celebrated Health Care Slowdown Slows Down

ACA supporters have been cheering on the health care spending slowdown. But it looks like the slowdown is coming to an end.

Pluralism

Can One Teach The Whole Gospel While Standing On One Leg?

Modernity poses a not-unhealthy challenge to all religions to reflect on their core convictions. What is Christianity all about?

Black and blue

Illinois: Greece of the Great Lakes

Illinois’s serial policy failures would look bad in any circumstance, but they look even worse when placed next to the success of reform-minded neighbors like Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

April 15, 2014
Winter for Higher-Ed

Small Colleges Sink Further into the Red

Small, private schools with small endowments tend to overly rely on tuition funds, and many are in dire straits right now as enrollments decline. Some may survive, but many will fail.

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