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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 23, 2014
The Brotherhood Out of Power

As Egypt’s Students Protest, Radicals Move In

A series of bombings following a wave of student protests in Egypt reveals that Sisi might have a Brotherhood youth problem, and a violent one at that.

The Fracas in Caracas

Venezuela Outdoes The Onion

Venezuela attempts to ration groceries by using fingerprint scanner—with predictable results.

A Greener Planet?

Modi Tackles Fuel Subsidies

Narendra Modi is starting to roll out some of his more significant macro reforms, including rolling out cuts to longstanding fuel subsidies. Greens should rejoice.

The Shi'a Shore

The Sunni-Shi’a Conflict Heads to the Red Sea

Yemen’s Shi’a Houthi rebels seized a port on the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which has a controlling strategic position on the Red Sea. Egypt, Saudi, and the UAE worry that this could give Iran control of the Red Sea as well as the Gulf.

Democracy Commotion

USAID Shows Commitment to Democracy by Covering Up Failures

The Inspector General’s office, charged with evaluating the performance of USAID programs, systematically removed criticisms from several final reports on programs with questionable success or legal validity. The U.S. is not nearly as good at encouraging democracy in developing countries as the democracy promotion consultants would like you to think.

Essay

Power to the People, Softly

“Decentralization” is a dirty byword for federalization in much of Eurasia (cf. Ukraine), but it’s not a bad idea in Georgia, especially after the excesses of centralization under Mikheil Saakashvili.

After the Arab Spring

Tunisia Is Fertile Recruiting Ground For ISIS

Why is the Arab Spring’s sole success story producing more ISIS fighters than anywhere else?

October 22, 2014
Carrying a Little Stick

As Anbar Falls, Are Any Americans on the Ground There?

Reports suggest that, yet again, despite the Obama Administration’s bellicose rhetoric, American forces are being deployed too few and too late to the fight.

Shale Is Hale

Fracking Innovation Defying Oil Price Dangers

Plunging crude prices are affecting producers’ ability to profitably drill, and there’s a growing concern that the bear market could affect U.S. fracking. But continued innovation has firms producing more oil with lower costs, which suggests that the shale revolution may be more resilient than many think.

ACA Fail Fractal

Democrats Losing Public Trust on Health Care

In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. Now that gap is 36 to 32 percent. That is, so far, the political legacy of the ACA.

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