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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 30, 2014
Arabs Against Hamas

Abbas Blames Hamas for Extending Gaza War

Mahmoud Abbas thinks Hamas is to blame for many of the recent deaths in Gaza. Time for a BDS movement against the PA?

Rethinking Higher-Ed

Another Round in the Higher Ed Wars

William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep is the latest book to bemoan the way higher education is failing to improve its students’ souls. But college is at least as important a means of preparing students for life in our increasingly changeable economy and society.

Gazproblems

Moscow and Kiev Can’t Reach a Gas Deal

The EU brokered talks between Russia and Ukraine on Friday, in an attempt to get gas flowing once again ahead of winter, when gas demand will spike. Neither side seemed willing to budge on key issues, and supply disruptions are looking more and more likely.

Russia vs. the West

Russia’s Public Enemy #1: McDonald’s

Twelve McDonald’s branches have now been closed in Russia, and one hundred more are under investigation. Putin’s campaign to de-Westernize his country is continuing apace.

August 29, 2014
the new world disorder

Is Obama Rethinking His “Trust the Mullahs” Strategy?

Increased sanctions on Iran may indicate that the White House is having second thoughts on its potential grand bargain with the regime.

Terrorist Ripple Effect

Jordan, Africa Fear Rise of ISIS’ Appeal

ISIS’ growing allure for Jordanians has that kingdom worried, and meanwhile, the militant group’s influence could soon be felt as far away as Africa. The power of its image seems to be outstripping its actual military capabilities.

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.

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