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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 29, 2014
Russian Economy Blues

Russia and Ukraine in Economic Race to the Bottom

The Russian economy is on the brink of recession as runaway inflation brings the ruble to a record low compared to the USD. It looks like the sanctions are working to weaken Russia’s economy, though given the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, they aren’t proving quite the deterrent that Western leaders hoped.

Blue Model Blues

Housing Costs Drive Americans Out of Blue Cities

Bad zoning laws and other forms of overregulation are driving up housing costs in blue cities and pushing people toward red ones. Blue cities should focus on lowering the cost of living for their residents.

Battening Down the Hatches

Xi’s Party Purge Hits Rich Coal-Producing Province

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption party purge has set its sights firmly on Shanxi, a region rich with coal—and dirty officials. Even those closely connected to previous president Hu Jintao have been among the “tigers” targeted by the latest round of probes. Xi’s push to consolidate power at the very top continues.

The Terror Threat Spreads West

Al-Qaeda Calls For Lone Wolves To Target US, UK

Al Qaeda released a list of possible targets in the West as jihadi groups try to one-up each other.

From the September/October Issue

The Emerging Overbalance of Power

When good guys have preponderant power, things tend to be all right—even with a Chinese accent.

Three Kinds Of Lies

U.S. Poll Statistics, Now Even Less Reliable

New research suggests low response rates on telephone polls could be distorting official statistics.

August 28, 2014
International Discord

Obama Gives Up On the Global Climate Treaty

The Obama administration is working on a voluntary international climate agreement that would skirt the need to seek Congressional approval, according to the New York Times. In doing so, it’s effectively turning its back on the feckless Global Climate Treaty movement.

Terrorist Ripple Effects

ISIS the Image-Maker

Whether or not ISIS continues its run of military successes or retains control over the territories it has captured, it may have changed the image (and ambition) of terrorism forever.

Russia Diary

Putin Ends the Interregnum

Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless interventions in Ukraine should force the West to reevaluate everything it thought it knew about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the past two decades of Western policy on Russia.

Disease Devastation

Food Crisis in West Africa

West Africa is facing alarming food shortages along with the horrific Ebola epidemic. Aside from compounding the suffering in these nations, a food crisis will make this outbreak far harder to contain.

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