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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 25, 2014
Battening Down the Hatches

Chinese President Xi Rolls the Dice with Aggressive Reforms

Chinese President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is both means to consolidate power and an effort to save the system by changing it. It’s also a sign that Xi is preparing for an oncoming storm.

Sectarian Fault Lines

Hindu Politician Force-Fed Muslim During Ramadan

A video showing a Hindu politician force-feeding a Muslim during Ramadan is rocking India’s media. India is a big country with huge tasks before it, and not everything that happens is going to please foreign (or Indian, for that matter) human rights groups and NGOs. The question will be whether the BJP and its allies can run the government without being sidetracked by communal politics and rivalries.

Rising Persecution

Pope Francis Meets Sudanese Christian Condemned to Death

Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim this week, a Sudanese Christian who narrowly escaped a death sentence for apostasy. The meeting was just as clear a rebuke of fanaticism as Pope Benedict’s controversial 2006 remarks on radical Islam.

With Moderates Like These

Iran Detains Four US Journalists

As the U.S. searches for signs that Iran is becoming more moderate, Iran arrests The Washington Post‘s Tehran correspondent and three others.

Foreign Policy a la Modi

India Moves to Reassert Itself in Nepal

Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Nepal, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in nearly two decades, is an opening act in the new PM’s push to compete with China for influence in its near abroad.

The Gaza War

When Strategies Collide

Many wars are fought over accidents and misunderstandings. This is not one of those times. With key interests at stake, the conflict in Gaza is likely to continue.

July 24, 2014
California Schemin'

Calpers Reduces Hedge Fund Investments, Goes Gambling Elsewhere

Calpers, California’s public pension fund, is scaling back on hedge fund investments. Unfortunately, America’s pension fund managers aren’t learning the virtue of prudence, just gambling on a different game.

Media Myopia

Grey Lady Wises Up on Radical Islamist Influence in British Schools

Allegations of an Islamic takeover of UK schools proved less sensational than first reported, but a new report reveals there is cause for alarm. And it looks like the NYT is coming around to the idea that this investigation wasn’t just motivated by Islamophobia or a partisan witch hunt.

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.

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.

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