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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 26, 2014
Libya on Fire

As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line

The United States is pulling embassy staff out of Tripoli, and has issued a travel advisory that outlines in harrowing detail what a nightmare Libya has become. If Obama were a Republican, the press coverage of this stinking corpse of a policy flub would be quite different.

pentecostal power

Is Christian Zionism Flowering in Brazil?

A Pentecostal church in Brazil has built a gigantic replica of Solomon’s Temple. The new building is the most visible sign of the growing power and influence of pro-Jewish Christian bodies in the country.

In or Out?

The BRICS and Their Bank

Can you be simultaneously inside and outside the liberal international order? It looks increasingly like the BRICS are going to try.

July 25, 2014
Foreign Policy a la Modi

India’s Oh-So-Delicate Balancing Act on Israel

Just after showing support for Israel in its own Parliament, India has joined a resolution against Israel at the UN. This move will help India appease Muslims at home and Israel critics abroad without damaging its own relationship with the country.

Countering Putin

Russia Needs to Learn the Value of Human Life

The MH17 tragedy is the latest sign among many that the Putin regime views individual human lives as expendable. It is up to the West to make clear to Russia that such actions will exclude it from the civilized world.

Deadly Disease

Ebola Virus Flies to Nigeria

A man infected by the Ebola virus flew to Lagos, capital of Nigeria, where he has since died. The epidemic shows no signs of slowing, and it is proving extremely difficult to control.

This Time They Really Really Mean It

Is The EU Getting Serious With Sanctions?

Some are reporting that “Tier 3″ sanctions are increasingly likely next week from Europe, and markets appear to have taken note. Has Europe finally realized that Putin has no use for its off-ramps?

Battening Down the Hatches

Chinese President Xi Rolls the Dice with Aggressive Reforms

Chinese President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is both means to consolidate power and an effort to save the system by changing it. It’s also a sign that Xi is preparing for an oncoming storm.

Sectarian Fault Lines

Hindu Politician Force-Fed Muslim During Ramadan

A video showing a Hindu politician force-feeding a Muslim during Ramadan is rocking India’s media. India is a big country with huge tasks before it, and not everything that happens is going to please foreign (or Indian, for that matter) human rights groups and NGOs. The question will be whether the BJP and its allies can run the government without being sidetracked by communal politics and rivalries.

Rising Persecution

Pope Francis Meets Sudanese Christian Condemned to Death

Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim this week, a Sudanese Christian who narrowly escaped a death sentence for apostasy. The meeting was just as clear a rebuke of fanaticism as Pope Benedict’s controversial 2006 remarks on radical Islam.

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