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The Pitfalls of Passive Policy

Perhaps the most useful way to think of this brief comment is as a postscript to what I wrote yesterday. The media reports on Syria today are deeply disheartening—frustrating, really. The basic theme is the realization that the Annan plan has failed, no internal negotiations in Syria are likely to arise at this point, and […]

London: France’s Sixth-Largest City

France’s most populous cities, in order, are Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice—and London? According to the BBC, London is now the sixth-largest city in France, as measured by the population of French citizens living within city limits. The British capital’s French population of around 400,000 is large enough to send a representative of the city […]

Anti-Mormonism, the Fashionable Prejudice

Writing at Inside Higher Ed, Thomas Terry, associate professor at Idaho State University, spills the beans on anti-Mormonism in the halls of academe. Terry himself is not a Mormon but teaches in a state where 27 percent of the population are Latter-Day Saints and so knows something about them. His piece recounts some of the […]

Rare Good News from Europe

And now for something completely different: good news from Europe. A new European Commission report suggests that Italy is “decoupling from Spain” and lists the differences between the two countries. The contrast is striking. Unlike Spain, the Italian government is not operating with massive budget deficits. In fact, as the FT reports, the Italian government actually […]

Getting Out of Afghanistan

President Obama’s signing of a strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai on May 1 and the ratification of a wind-down plan by NATO at its recent summit in Chicago in theory set the terms for the kind of presence the US will have after the “withdrawal” of US forces from that country in 2014. Of […]

Debunking Ahmadinejad Apologists

Via Meadia has pointed out instances where high Iranian officials have committed themselves to Israel’s destruction. In The American Interest, Sohrab Ahmari and James Kirchick join us in countering those who seek to downplay or deny the very real malevolent and potentially genocidal intent the rulers of the Islamic Republic harbor towards the Jewish state. Their piece, “We Are […]

India: Danger Ahead

Via Meadia has been nervously pointing to signs of slowing growth and stalled reforms in India. The slowdown is taking a heavy toll: In the first three months of 2012, GDP growth dropped to the lowest level in nine years. The FT reports: Sharp falls in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors led Asia’s third-largest economy […]

The Pain in Spain Puts Euro on the Wane

The bad news from Spain has just gotten worse: EU efforts to stave off a massive bailout for Spain have been unable to calm markets or renew faith in Spanish banks. The euro has taken a massive beating over the past week, falling to €1.24 against the dollar, down from €1.32 one month ago. Meanwhile, […]

European Divide Explained by Europeans

With Spain and Greece now nearing total economic collapse, Europe is in for another summer of high-profile meetings, diplomatic half-steps, and continuing tension between Germany and its Southern neighbors. Amid all the confusion, one question remains: How do Europeans feel about all this? A recent report from the Pew Global Attitudes Project attempts to answer that […]

American Shale Gas Solves Poverty Too

Reuters reports: In India’s northern desert states, farmers are scrambling to harvest as much as they can of a bean with the power to lift them out of poverty. In the United States, the multi-billion dollar shale energy industry is banking on their success. U.S. companies drilling for oil and gas in shale formations have […]

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Hegemonic Hospitals

The private oncology practice is going extinct as hospitals absorb previously independent cancer doctors. The result is a treatment regime that is more expensive for the patient.

No Deal

The Iranian nuclear deadline has come and gone without a deal. Talks are set to be extended for another seven months. It’s great news for Iran, less so for Western leaders unwilling to reconsider a failed policy.

After the Midterms

The midterms may not be encouraging an opening of minds in the Administration.

Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine’s cash reserves are running very low, and one prominent economist cautions it not to waste that money on insolvent banks and gas bills in arrears to Moscow, no matter how much doing so will hurt.

Sinosphere

A murky Chinese firm is behind the Nicaraguan Canal project, which breaks ground next month. The degree to which the PLA is involved in this project should keep U.S. strategists on their toes.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Chinese ships are developing a reef in the Spratly Islands into a major airstrip and a naval port, according to a recent defense report.

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