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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 21, 2014
Sunni vs. Shiite

Saudis Sentence Leading Shiite Cleric to Death

Prosecutors request beheading, then crucifixion.

The Protests in Hong Kong

Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good?

Taipei is very closely watching Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong—and so far it doesn’t like what it sees.

October 20, 2014

Episode 37: Insidious Ebola and Crude Economics

Good evening, podcast listeners. This week we invite two expert guests on the show to discuss a pair of issues that have been making big headlines lately: Virginia Tech’s Patrick S. Roberts speaks with host Richard Aldous about the international response to the deadly Ebola virus, and the CFR’s Michael Levi looks at the wide-ranging implications of plunging oil prices.

The Battle of Kobani

Turks Allow Peshmerga to Cross into Kobani

Turkey is set to allow the Iraqi Peshmerga into Kobani, and the U.S. has started to airdrop weapons and supplies to the Kurds defending the town.


Ukraine and Russia Tentatively Agree on Interim Gas Deal

Kiev and Moscow have reportedly reached an interim deal to supply Ukraine with Russian gas this winter. But the quantities involved won’t cover demand if this winter turns out to be a cold one, and the West will likely have to step in to help cover the costs.

Demographic Wars

College Grads Flock to New Cities

As technology gives college graduates more flexibility to live and work where they choose and cultural offerings become more standardized nationwide, it would be natural for young Americans to move in greater numbers to less popular cities with lower costs of living. In fact, those shifts are already happening.

Sino-Japanese Relations

Did Abe Pay a High Price for Xi Meeting?

Japan’s acknowledgment of China’s position on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island isn’t the major surrender it might seem. In fact, Abe is playing his hand well, and China doesn’t have all the advantages.

Egypt in Turmoil

Egypt Gets Good Marks on GDP

Egypt’s GDP growth climbs in the most recent quarter, leaving investors optimistic. Egypt’s planning minister calls for an “economic revolution”—but the country still suffers from political unrest.

Russia vs. the West

Russia Widens War Against McDonald’s

200 more McDonald’s branches are under investigation in Russia. McDonald’s has become one of the main casualties of Putin’s attempt to de-Westernize his country.

The Francis Era

Synod of Bishops Ends, Church Stays Catholic

The now-infamous gathering of Catholic Bishops to discuss marriage and family ended with the release of a report much less controversial in its final form than in the preliminary draft. Those waiting on serious changes to Catholic doctrine or practice will have to keep waiting, but the Synod may make them believe that hope is not completely lost.

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