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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 29, 2014
Kurds and Crude

Iraqi Oil Intrigue Off the Coast of Texas

A Texas judge ordered the seizure of Iraqi Kurdistan crude from a tanker positioned off the coast of Galveston today, dealing a blow to the KRG’s independence ambitions.

U.S. Middle East Policy

Malice or Incompetence?

John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States’ influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administration’s tenure.

Westerners in ISIS

Australian Jihadists Wanted for Syrian Beheadings

Australia issued warrants for two of its citizens after footage emerged of them holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers. Meanwhile, China is also starting to worry about Chinese Uighurs fighting in the Middle East.

Sanctions and Penalties

Putin Defiant As Noose Tightens

With the EU set to enact sanctions, an international tribunal ruled that Russia is liable for $50 billion to former shareholders of Yukos—a total that amounts to a sizable share of the nation’s economic output. But Putin remains defiant.

Turkey Elections

Erdogan’s Presidential Power Play

After twelve eventful years as Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is running for President. He’s planning to transfer power to that office and away from the Prime Minister’s.

Prices Prices Prices

Hospitals Gain, U.S. Suffers

Hospitals are profiting big time from Obamacare, but simply dumping new patients into a dysfunctional system isn’t likely to solve the long-term problems plaguing U.S. health care.

Crisis in Ukraine

Stopping Putin’s Irredentist Project

The West is treating the fighting in eastern Ukraine as a sui generis crisis, rather than what it is: part of Putin’s larger strategy.

July 28, 2014
Podcast

Episode 25: Crisis in Gaza and a Court Case over Flight MH17

Good evening, podcast listeners! On this week’s episode, we discuss two of the biggest flashpoints in the world right now: TAI Editor Adam Garfinkle lends his expertise to a discussion about the war in Gaza, and Johns Hopkins University law professor Ruth Wedgwood speaks on the legal implications of the downing of flight MH17.

Global War on Terror

ISIS Flag Appears at European Protests

Anti-Israel protestors in Europe are flying the black ISIS flag. This is not only a sign of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe, but could also pose new challenges for Europe’s anti-terror policies.

Foreign Fracking

Britain Shores Up Shale Prospects

Britain is issuing new licenses for oil and gas drilling for the first time in six years. The country won’t find replicating U.S. shale success simple or easy, but this latest move is a step in the right direction.

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