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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 16, 2014
Great Scot!

Scottish Devolution Pledges Provoke a Conservative Party Backlash

Backbench MPs promise a “bloodbath” even if the “No” vote succeeds. David Cameron has promised more to Scotland than some Conservatives will tolerate.

Jordan & Israel

Pay Attention to this Gas Deal

Israel is shaping up to be an unexpectedly important energy player in the Middle East, providing the promise of collaboration and economic growth in a part of the world in which both are in very short supply.

The Brotherhood in Flight

The Muslim Brotherhood in Exile Finds a Potential Home in Turkey

In a slight to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would welcome senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abortion in America

Reneging On an ACA Abortion Compromise

When the ACA was first passed, President Obama offered a compromise on federal abortion funding to pro-life Democrats whose votes he needed. Now a new GAO report suggests that compromise is lapsing in implementation.

Essay

Saying Goodbye

Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Walter Russell Mead’s mother, Polly Mead. Here is the essay he wrote on the occasion.

Smart Diplomacy

State Dept.: Obama “Open to Conversations” with Iran about ISIS

A State Dept. spokeswoman says that the Administration is open to talking with Iran about ISIS, though opposed to “coordination.” These words are likely to annoy the Sunnis—exactly the people whom Obama is trying to recruit to fight ISIS.

ISIS' Foreign Fighters

ISIS Finds Followers among Turkey’s Vulnerable Populations

From alcoholics and drug addicts to divorced parents, the terror group finds recruits among the troubled and vulnerable in Turkey.

Ukrainian Peace Deal

What Happens When You Bet on Europe and the US These Days

Ukraine was forced to make major concessions to Putin in the peace deal it made with rebels. This is a major defeat for a West, whose response to the crisis was all bluster and no action. The rest of the world is taking note.

China's Crackdowns

China “Rescues” Muslim Children from Madrassas

China’s sweeps of Muslim religious schools are part of Beijing’s latest effort to exert control over its far-flung provinces and minority populations.

Scot Free?

The Upside of a “Yes” Vote

Scotland’s pro-independence side may not succeed on Thursday, but it might not be such a bad thing for small government and balanced budgets if it did.

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