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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 22, 2014

Episode 33: After Scotland and After History

Scotland took the high road while the College Board took the low road. Join host Richard Aldous as he talks to Professor Giovanna Maria Dore Dore about what influence the outcome the Scottish referendum might have on various other independence movements around the world, and as he and our own Nicholas Gallagher talk over the contentious proposed changes to the AP U.S. History exam.

Tenors & Terrorists

Protesters Decry Staging of Klinghoffer on Met’s Opening Night

Today in New York, protesters have gathered to denounce the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghoffer, a dramatization of the murder of an elderly, wheelchair-bound Jew that is more than a little sympathetic to the terrorists who killed him.

Yemen Conflict

Yemen’s Houthis Join the Government at Gunpoint

Yemen’s government has agreed to share power with the Houthis. Iran pulls off another victory in the region at the expense of Saudi Arabia and the United States.


Modi to Slash Through Red Tape of “License Raj”

Indian PM Narendra Modi is pursuing a broad campaign to cut back the country’s “license raj,” which stifles business with reams of rules and regulations. It may be a promising start, but Modi has much bigger challenges to face in revitalizing India’s economy.

The Middle East

A Generational Challenge

President Obama’s plan for dealing with ISIS is a step in the right direction, albeit one that doesn’t go far enough. That’s because ISIS is the symptom and immediate threat, not the primary problem.

Medical Malpractice

“Drive-By Doctoring” Saddles Patients with Unexpected Costs

Hospital and doctors are responding to cuts in reimbursement rates by loading patients down with surprise out-of-network charges, often unnecessarily. Price transparency is a first step towards empowering the consumer to fight back.

China's Climate Conundrums

The Chinese Elephant in the Climate Treaty Room

China now emits more carbon pollution per capita than the EU—a first in climate history. Though unrelated domestic developments may reduce some of the country’s emissions, a global climate treaty remains as quixotic as ever.

Weighing the ACA

The Irrelevance of the Affordable Care Act

A year after its launch, the ACA’s success in expanding coverage is mixed—and its effectiveness in controlling costs and increasing transparency even more so. New services and innovations unrelated to the law, however, offer some hope of a better way forward.

Revisionism 101

China and Iran Telegraph Disdain

A Chinese guided-missile destroyer stopped off at an Iranian port for a “friendly visit.” This is what revisionist powers testing the limits of acceptable behavior look like.

Protests With Meaning

In Moscow, a Show of Real Courage and Clarity

In stark contrast to this weekend’s Green festivities, an important demonstration took place in Moscow on Sunday, bringing 20,000 to the streets to protest Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine.

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