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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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Crude Economics

By rejecting production cuts, OPEC is preparing to go toe to toe with the American shale boom.

The latest snarl in Sino-Russian relations?

Can deft diplomacy paper over this scandal?

Iran Unbowed

Ayatollah Khamanei has celebrated that the West and its allies have failed to “bring Iran to its knees.” His assessment is shared by an unlikely group: Israel and a host of U.S. Senators.

Ukrainian Reality

The numbers of deaths and casualties in eastern Ukraine from the months since the Minsk accords belie the claim that there ever was a real ceasefire at all: If anything, the fighting actually worsened after the agreement.

China's Bubble

Researchers calculate that $7 trillion has been wasted on ‘ineffective investments’ by China since the global financial crisis. How this plays out is anyone’s guess, but the least likely scenario is a smooth landing.

Case Study: Taxis

The old regulated taxi system was one of the classic examples of the blue model system. Internet startups, tapping into long-simmering consumer discontent with the old ways, are hastening its demise. It’s a representative slice of a much bigger trend.

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