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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 24, 2014
The Middle East

Why Is This Gaza War Different from All Other Gaza Wars?

Though there are some important differences this time around, the solution to this recurring nightmare remains the same—and remains unlikely.

Funny Business

A Tipping Point in the IRS Scandal?

The IRS scandal has been clouded by partisan hype, but reports that Lois Lerner’s hard drive might not have been dead after all suggest that a tipping point has been reached.

July 23, 2014
Gazproblems

Russia Wrestles with Gas Export “Liberalization”

Putin reportedly ordered the Russian government to consider ending Gazprom’s monopoly on gas exports, but a Kremlin economic adviser says the state-owned firm’s grasp on markets abroad is “unshakeable.”

Russia Ukraine & The Rule of Law

Shooting in the Air

Russia’s operatives could be taken to the International Criminal Court for their role in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Even ICC skeptics in America ought to be open to this approach.

Prices Prices Prices

Easing Sticker Shock for Cash-Strapped Consumers

Middle-class incomes are stagnating while prices for many basic goods and services continue to rise. It’s time to think about how to make things cheaper, not just how to subsidize their expense.

Fraternité

EU Proposes Additional Sanctions on Russia, Vows to Discuss More

The hope that the MH 17 crash would galvanize EU efforts to impose sanctions on Russia now looks increasingly unrealistic.

War in Syria

Will ISIS Gamble on Aleppo?

The Assad regime is gearing up for an ISIS attack on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The showdown could gain ISIS fame, followers, and a strategic stronghold if it wins—or destroy the group if it loses.

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Banker

NY Fed Slaps Down Deutsche Bank for Sloppy Bookkeeping

A leaked letter from the New York Fed takes Deutsche Bank to task for “low quality, inaccurate and unreliable” bookkeeping.

Game of Thrones

Japan to Participate in U.S.-Indian Naval Drills

Japan is joining the annual U.S.-Indian naval drill. Beijing can’t be happy that its two strongest opponents among its neighbors are drawing closer together.

Iraq Disintegrates

Maliki Loses Top Shi’a Cleric’s Support—and Possibly Iran’s

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki has lost the support of both the Iranians and Ayatollah Sistani. Now down to only his die-hard supporters, can he stay in office?

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