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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 26, 2014
Far-Right Revival

Le Pen Beams as Hollande Stumbles—Again

French President François Hollande has eliminated the left wing of his cabinet after it revolted against his austerity policies. The continued dysfunction of his government will likely only benefit his political rivals, especially his far-right enemy Marine Le Pen.

Troubleshooting

Finance and Innovation

Assessing the impact of a modern financial sector on an economy’s capacity for innovation is tricky. We’re working on the problem.

 

Funny Business

The IRS Scandal Has Arrived

A conservative watchdog group claims Justice Department lawyers admitted Friday that Lois Lerner’s missing emails may be on a government backup system. If that’s true, then the IRS scandal really has arrived.

Jobs of the Future

Doctors and Lawyers and Bankers, Oh My!

Prestige jobs have captured more than 76 percent of “total real wage increase” since 2000. Much of this growth has gone to careers that require specialized education. But all is not lost for lower-skilled workers.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Chinese Aggression Alarms Indonesia

China’s increasing aggression is beginning to alarm even peripheral players in Asia’s Game of Thrones.

The Afterparty Rages On

Egypt, UAE Join Libyan Afterparty

The U.S. ousted Qaddafi and then left Libya. Now, as Libya collapses, we’re annoyed when our allies try to act in the power vacuum we’ve created.

The West's Counterpunch

Moscow Acknowledges Impact of Western Energy Sanctions

Rosneft recently requested $41.5 billion in state aid, and Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev just acknowledged that Moscow might throw the state-owned oil company a lifeline.

Academentia

A Pro-Hamas Left Emerges

In the pursuit of political goals and an anti-Israel message, Historians Against the War has abandoned the standards of its profession and adopted a stance that objectively supports Hamas’s war aims.

Russia vs. the West

The McDonalds Peace Theory Lives On?

Russia is closing a symbolically important McDonalds location in Pushkin Square. Could this represent a possible fillip of hope for McDonalds Peace Theory?

August 25, 2014
Podcast

Episode 29: Dirty Wars and Deflating Pop’s Bubble

Good evening, podcast listeners! This week we broaden our focus to include both a reflection on America’s tendency to engage in irregular warfare with Davidson College professor Russell Crandall, and an examination of the history and future of pop music with the Daily Caller’s J. Arthur Bloom.

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