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July 29, 2014
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Hospitals Gain, U.S. Suffers

Hospitals are profiting big time from Obamacare, but simply dumping new patients into a dysfunctional system isn’t likely to solve the long-term problems plaguing U.S. health care.

Crisis in Ukraine

Stopping Putin’s Irredentist Project

The West is treating the fighting in eastern Ukraine as a sui generis crisis, rather than what it is: part of Putin’s larger strategy.

July 28, 2014
Podcast

Episode 25: Crisis in Gaza and a Court Case over Flight MH17

Good evening, podcast listeners! On this week’s episode, we discuss two of the biggest flashpoints in the world right now: TAI Editor Adam Garfinkle lends his expertise to a discussion about the war in Gaza, and Johns Hopkins University law professor Ruth Wedgwood speaks on the legal implications of the downing of flight MH17.

Global War on Terror

ISIS Flag Appears at European Protests

Anti-Israel protestors in Europe are flying the black ISIS flag. This is not only a sign of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe, but could also pose new challenges for Europe’s anti-terror policies.

Foreign Fracking

Britain Shores Up Shale Prospects

Britain is issuing new licenses for oil and gas drilling for the first time in six years. The country won’t find replicating U.S. shale success simple or easy, but this latest move is a step in the right direction.

The Syria Nightmare

US Arms Some Syrian Rebels—Too Little, Too Late?

As ISIS goes on a rampage in Syria, the US finally moves to arm some moderates. Unfortunately, it’s probably not enough to stop the coming bloodbath – or turn it to our advantage.

Satellite Safety

A New Arms Race in Space

China tested an anti-satellite missile this week. The more threats that Beijing can pose to the military assets of potential enemies, the more costly and complicated it becomes to build defenses against China’s rise.

Running on Fumes

A Coal Bubble in China?

Nearly three out of four Chinese coal enterprises are running in the red, the result of a supply glut that points to a broader slowing of the Chinese economy.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Japanese Activism Goes Global

Japan has signed major energy deals with Colombia and Mexico, and is increasing sanctions on Russia. Japanese foreign policy is becoming increasingly active, as PM Shinzo Abe seeks to counterbalance China’s rise.

crackdown

China’s Persecution of Christians May Make Them Stronger

Chinese officials are continuing with their efforts to destroy crosses and churches. But this comparatively mild persecution may help Chinese Christians in the long run.

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