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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 1, 2014
Turkey v. Saudi Arabia

Top Turkish Muslim Slams Saudi Arabia for “Destroying” Mecca

Under Saudi management, the holiest sight in Islam is being swamped by concrete – and the Turks are not happy.

Putin on the high seas

Russia Roils the Black Sea

Russia is digging in its heels in the Crimean peninsula by announcing a big naval expansion. That’s probably not playing well in Ankara.

Europe's Paper Militaries

German Military Lacks Enough Aircraft to Mount Ebola Rescue

German defense deficiencies glaringly exposed by recent failed mission, damning parliamentary report.

Enviro-Mental

China Fights Anti-GMO Idiocy

Beijing is launching a high-profile campaign to combat misinformation about genetically modified foods. Its success or failure could have enormous implications for China’s food security.

Religion Matters

Pentacostal Power and Brazil’s Presidential Race

As Brazil’s evangelical population grows, its political clout is growing too—so much so that it has already influenced more than one high profile politician to alter her stance on key social issues. But even if evangelicals don’t prove to be game-changers this time around, this story is one to watch.

Taiwan on

Next Crisis in Asia: China-Taiwan?

Xi’s intemperate promotion of “reunification” with Taiwan was counterproductive at best, given what is going on in Hong Kong. Why did he do it?

It's the Mistrals or Us

Poland Threatens to Nix Purchase of French Missile Shield

Warsaw announced that France is in danger of being out of the running for a nearly six billion dollar missile defense deal because Paris might still sell Mistral class warships to Putin. Let’s see if money works where solidarity doesn’t.

Chemin Neuf and the Community of Bose

A New Monasticism

What could monastic life today look like? Two attempts at reimagining how it could thrive in the twenty-first century.

NYT Wrings Its Hands

GOP Taking Advantage of Events to Make WH Look Incompetent?

It’s so unfair! Botch the public rollout of your most important domestic political program, fail to reform the VA after campaigning on a promise to do exactly that, and then make serial misjudgments about world affairs that see Russia launch a war against Ukraine even as the U.S. goes back into Iraq—and your opponents decide to make political hay out of it!

September 30, 2014
Disaster Movie Redux

Ebola Arrives in Dallas

The first patient to have fallen sick of Ebola in the United States was admitted to a hospital in Dallas. It’s difficult at times like these not to feel like you’ve woken up during the opening scenes of some awful disaster movie.

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