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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 27, 2014
The Respectable Face of Racism

Episcopal Chaplain at Yale Blames Jews for Anti-Semitism

Yale’s Episcopal chaplain blames Jews for anti-Semitism, arguing that Israel’s policies are at fault for Europe’s resurgent anti-Semitism.

The Latest News From the Muddle East

U.S. Influence Drip-Dripping Away

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombed Libya without consulting with the United States. Mahmoud Abbas is set to unveil an initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the content of which the United States will not see beforehand. Leading from behind, indeed.

Never Again

British Police Fail to Investigate Rampant Child Sex Abuse

Over 1,000 children were raped and sold into sex slavery in and around a northern British town. For years officials left reports practically un-investigated, in part due to fears of being called racist.

diplomatic danger zone

Chinese Spy Planes in Taiwanese Airspace

Taiwan sent jets to follow Chinese spy planes that had crossed into its airspace several times this week. But China’s increased aggression may have a slight upside—its rivals will draw closer together and closer to the U.S.

Middle East Aflame

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing with Israel

The flames of Syria’s civil war are now licking at its border with Israel.

Religion and Pluralism

Interreligious Theology?

Though the official guardians of religious tradition have typically looked askance at the idea of interreligious dialogue, the practice of coming to terms intellectually with other faiths has a long and rich history.

Pipelines Please

Grain Risks Rot While Oil Rides the Rails

Oil companies are loading massive amounts of North Dakotan crude onto trains to deliver it to refineries, but this wave of new rail customers is preventing farmers from getting their crops to their customers.

August 26, 2014
Far-Right Revival

Le Pen Beams as Hollande Stumbles—Again

French President François Hollande has eliminated the left wing of his cabinet after it revolted against his austerity policies. The continued dysfunction of his government will likely only benefit his political rivals, especially his far-right enemy Marine Le Pen.

Troubleshooting

Finance and Innovation

Assessing the impact of a modern financial sector on an economy’s capacity for innovation is tricky. We’re working on the problem.

 

Funny Business

The IRS Scandal Has Arrived

A conservative watchdog group claims Justice Department lawyers admitted Friday that Lois Lerner’s missing emails may be on a government backup system. If that’s true, then the IRS scandal really has arrived.

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