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April 23, 2014
Old Battlefield - New War

Former “Capital of the Revolution” About to Fall to Assad Regime

The battle for Homs could go a long way toward deciding the outcome of the Syria civil war. The Assad regime says it is on the verge of taking the entire metropolis back from rebel forces. Is rebel resistance in central Syria about to be completely wiped out?

Pipeline Politics

The Political Calculus Behind the Keystone Delays

The US State Department announced that it won’t make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until it receives the approval of the Nebraskan Public Service Commission. As a result, Democrats won’t face scrutiny on an issue that enrages their base until after the midterm elections.

Kremlin Chameleon

March Putin vs. April Putin: Spot the Difference?

In March, Vladimir Putin was the “Terminator.” This month, he’s Mr. Congeniality. What’s behind the sudden shift in rhetoric?

Indian Elections

Modi Campaign Dogged by Charges of Sectarianism

As Modi draws closer to becoming India’s next Prime Minister, BJP candidates continue to express anti-Muslim sentiments. Concerns that Modi hasn’t sufficiently renounced his party’s sectarianism still linger.

Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Made the Right Call

The Supreme Court was right to uphold Michigan’s affirmative action ban, but this doesn’t mean we can ignore the lingering effects of years of entrenched racism.

Libya Afterparty

Algerian Soldiers Ambushed by Islamist Militants

Islamist militants perpetrated one of the deadliest attacks on Algeria’s military in years. Can the country’s aging leaders face down an Islamist insurgency once again?

Prices Prices Prices

Open Season on Hospitals at the Federal Trade Commission

The FTC wins its case against a proposed hospital merger in Ohio. Consumers would benefit from more such trust-busting, because consolidated hospitals drive up health care prices.

Gazproblems

Could a European Energy Union Blunt Putin’s Gas Weapon?

Poland’s Prime Minister is proposing a European energy union to help counterbalance Russia’s natural gas advantage.

Student Debt Debacle

Closing the Floodgates on Student Debt

Federal student debt forgiveness programs have been growing at an alarming pace, and some in government are beginning to call for scaling them back.

April 22, 2014
original sin

Sex Abuse and the Hollywood Hierarchy

The lawyer suing X-Men director Bryan Singer claims that the sexual abuse of minors is widespread and hushed up throughout Hollywood. These kinds of crimes are not just a problem for the Catholic Church.

East Asia Turmoil

After Seizing Ship, China Threatens Japan With More WWII Lawsuits

As President Obama lands in stormy East Asia, China and South Korea prepare more lawsuits against Japanese companies stemming from WWII atrocities.

Pak-Saudi Ties

Protected Birds Are the Least $1.5 Billion Can Buy

Pakistan allowed a Saudi prince to kill over 2000 protected birds as a gesture of friendship between the two countries.

Killer Germs

Saudi Health Minister Sacked as MERS Virus Lingers

As the MERS virus stokes fears of a global pandemic, Saudi Arabia sacks the health minister who was in charge of curbing the outbreak. We hope the Kingdom knows what it’s doing.

Reptile Diesel

Gator Fat: Fuel of the Future?

It won’t be a tiger in your tank, it’ll be an alligator, say scientists. Alligator fat makes high-quality biodiesel, so this Earth Day, consider starting your own gator farm.

Syrian Chemical Attacks

What “Red Line”?

Assad is continuing his use of chemical weapons, according to reports. The U.S. is examining evidence that a Syrian village was attacked with chlorine gas.

Prescribing Bankruptcy

In Health Care, Free Stuff Is Expensive

Doctors prescribe more expensive or risky drugs to patients after receiving free samples of the medications. We need to give MDs incentives to prescribe cheap, effective generics instead.

Ukraine's Future

Fighting a Culture of Corruption

Bulgaria is the most dovish of all the European countries on Russia, according to a new report. Its dovishness has a lot to do with its cultural ties to Russia, which have also allowed Russian organized crime to get a solid foothold in state institutions. Is this what Ukraine will look like a decade down the line?

Inequality Today

The Left-Liberal Narrative

Liberals see most of our ills resulting from our straying from the righteous path set forth for us by leaders like FDR and LBJ. Their impassioned narrative has deep roots in American society.

Failed State Watch

Ethnic Violence Kills Hundreds in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians are being killed in South Sudan in an upsurge of ethnic violence. The same ethnic tensions that ripped South Sudan away from the north are now tearing it apart as well.

April 21, 2014
Countering Putin

How to Wield the Capital Weapon

In mid-April, American Interest publisher Charles Davidson spoke with Hermitage Capital co-founder and CEO William Browder about the ongoing impact of the Magnitsky Act, which he championed, amid the Ukraine crisis and the intensifying worldwide fight against financial corruption.

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