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The Feed
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 22, 2014
Running on Empty

China’s Thwarted Gas Ambitions

China desperately wants to boost its natural gas supplies to help alleviate its dependence on coal and the smog that energy source spews out, but it’s finding that task devilishly difficult.

diplomatic danger zone

China Fighter Jet Conducts “Dangerous Intercept” of US Aircraft

A Chinese fighter jet provoked an American aircraft three days ago by flying dangerously close to it, baring its weapons, and doing a barrel roll. This is the sort of potential flashpoint that China should be avoiding.

History Lessons

US Entering New Era of Dirty Wars?

Americans don’t always like to acknowledge it, but the U.S. has a long history of fighting so-called dirty wars. Perhaps rather than insisting we should never get involved in these conflicts, we should learn how to do so as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

Settled Science

Scientists: Break in Global Warming Could Last Until 2025

A new study suggests the recent slowdown in global warming could last for another decade. That’s good news in the short-term, but it highlights our woeful lack of understanding of our climate.

Election Saga

Indonesian Court Confirms Reformer’s Victory

An Indonesian Constitutional Court ruling confirms the election of widely hailed reform candidate Jokowi.

Battening Down the Hatches

Is the Chinese Economic Juggernaut Slowing?

Chinese manufacturing is underperforming expectations. We may be seeing signs of the storm that Xi has been preparing for by consolidating power.

ACA Fail Fractal

Three Studies Confirm: ACA Is a Job-Killer

Three new studies show employers responding to the ACA by cutting jobs, moving jobs to part time, or passing on new costs to workers. So much for “Affordable.”

Cycles of Debt

Debtor’s Prison Revival, Ferguson Edition

In cities and towns across America, debtor’s prisons in all but name are locking the less fortunate into cycles of poverty and dysfunction.


Asia’s Dark Horse

Indonesia made its way to a stable, democratic system after decades of tumult and quasi-military rule. Now it is closer than ever to achieving its potential as a geopolitical and economic powerhouse.

August 21, 2014
Devastating Disease

Ebola’s Economic Toll

The Ebola outbreak has killed over one thousand people to date. While the infected countries fight to contain it with varied rates of success, it is draining their economies.

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