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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 24, 2014
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

It’s Not Just About Competition with China

As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit draws near, some will undoubtedly bill it as the Obama Administration’s next move in an escalating competition with the Chinese in Africa. This oft-repeated and inaccurate platitude misrepresents both current geopolitical realities and commercial opportunities.

annals of corruption

Cuomo Scandal Exposes NY Corruptocracy (and Gives Hillary 2016 a Boost)

The scandal gripping the Cuomo Administration is a big boost for Camp Hillary’s chances in 2016 and an ugly example of the kind of cronyism and corruption that plagues the Empire State.

Rising Persecution

Hungarian Ambassador: Jews are “Agents of Satan”

The new Hungarian Ambassador to Italy thinks Jews are “agents of Satan.” While Hungary’s government is the most overtly anti-Semitic in Europe, the hatred of Jews is on the rise throughout the continent.

Kurdistan Rising

Iraq Uses Influence to Thwart Kurdish Oil Sales

Iraq is using its influence in the international oil markets to throw up serious obstacles to Kurdish crude sales—and therefore Kurdish independence.

The Middle East

Why Is This Gaza War Different from All Other Gaza Wars?

Though there are some important differences this time around, the solution to this recurring nightmare remains the same—and remains unlikely.

Funny Business

A Tipping Point in the IRS Scandal?

The IRS scandal has been clouded by partisan hype, but reports that Lois Lerner’s hard drive might not have been dead after all suggest that a tipping point has been reached.

July 23, 2014
Gazproblems

Russia Wrestles with Gas Export “Liberalization”

Putin reportedly ordered the Russian government to consider ending Gazprom’s monopoly on gas exports, but a Kremlin economic adviser says the state-owned firm’s grasp on markets abroad is “unshakeable.”

Pension Despair

Detroit’s Pensioners Vote in Favor of Cuts

In a court-ordered vote, Detroit’s public sector retirees have accepted the cuts inflicted by the city’s bankruptcy plan. Ultimately, this is just one part of the damage done by the city’s corrupt, one-party political machine.

Russia Ukraine & The Rule of Law

Shooting in the Air

Russia’s operatives could be taken to the International Criminal Court for their role in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Even ICC skeptics in America ought to be open to this approach.

Prices Prices Prices

Easing Sticker Shock for Cash-Strapped Consumers

Middle-class incomes are stagnating while prices for many basic goods and services continue to rise. It’s time to think about how to make things cheaper, not just how to subsidize their expense.

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