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The War on Terror Opens A New Front

At Via Meadia we’ve been closely following the ongoing Libyan afterparty, which saw thousands of heavily armed mercenaries flood south across the Sahara, promptly leading to war and a coup in Mali, which not so long ago bright eyed development optimists touted as one of Africa’s model democracies and a sign of a bright new […]

Corruption Case Makes Waves in Brazil

The giant corruption trial in Brazil is capturing the nation’s attention as it enters its fourth straight month. The case centers around a vote-buying scheme in which government officials under the previous administration payed off members of opposition parties in exchange for votes. While many government officials have already been convicted in what has become known as the mensalão (large monthly payment) […]

MBAs Ditching Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of top MBA students entering careers in finance is dropping as grads are passing up jobs on Wall Street. This could prove a significant blow for an industry that has long relied on a steady stream of talented recruits. But with salaries stagnating and banks pushing longer hours […]

Self-Healing Concrete and Other 21st-Century Miracles

The BBC brings news of an exciting new construction technology: Self-reparing concrete. By placing limestone-producing bacteria within the mixture used to create concrete, scientists are developing a new, more durable form with the ability to self-repair its own cracks. Considering that concrete is the most common building material in the world, this is no small matter. […]

Stranded by Sandy

Dear readers, Professor Berger was stranded by Hurricane Sandy in Germany and therefore did not have the opportunity to write an essay this week. He is on his way back to the United States now, and will resume writing again next week. — DM

Hurricane Sandy and the Perils of Nanny State Governance

The New York Times notes that scientists and flood experts have been warning about the risks of flooding in New York for years and have suggested everything from levees to floodgates in New York Harbor to minimize potential damage. Yet neither the city nor the state government has taken serious steps to act on these suggestions: With […]

China Raises Stakes in East China Sea

FT: China has started making concerted efforts to chase Japanese ships out of waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, ratcheting up tensions between Asia’s two largest economies. The Chinese State Oceanic Administration – which enforces the nation’s maritime interests – said four of its ships on Tuesday tried to expel Japanese vessels […]

Was the Polish President’s Plane Bombed?

Two years ago, tragedy struck Poland when a plane carrying the Polish president and 95 other people crashed in eastern Russia. Although some suspected foul play on the part of Russia at the time, there had been little evidence to back this up and the consensus holds that the crash was just an unfortunate accident. […]

The Latest Disasters in Greece

The new Greek coalition government of left-wing and right-wing moderates hasn’t exactly lived up to its (very low) expectations. Greece has repeatedly failed to meet its debt targets (which, admittedly, were seriously flawed to begin with), and it has done little to sort out the, um, byzantine regulations that are strangling businesses and stymieing the recovery. Worse, […]

Saudi Government Wants to Ditch Domestic Sharia for Private London Court

Saudi Arabia wants to establish a “private court” in London to try major commercial cases involving foreign investors under English law. The Saudis apparently believe that this will step up foreign investment in the the country because foreign investors do not trust sharia-based law or the integrity of Saudi courts. In itself, this seems like an […]

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A Green Dream

A major British investor recently warned that online shopping could unseat “brick and motor” supermarket chains. The sooner, the better.

MIA for DoD

Two potential candidates to succeed Chuck Hagel have publicly withdrawn themselves from consideration. It’s not surprising given how dysfunctional the President’s National Security Team appears.

Ukraine's Future

With Monday’s deal between Russia and the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Putin has managed to take over a Russian-speaking piece of a neighboring country’s sovereign territory. Sound familiar?

De Facto Coalition?

The surprise aerial attack will be seen as a sign of a tacit alignment between the U.S. and the Butcher President of Syria.

Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres

As competing governments square off, Libya increasingly looks like it may have broken into pieces that won’t be reassembled.

ACA Revisionism

The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat now thinks Democrats made a mistake in pushing Obamacare through when and how they did. But his reason is odd: that rising health care costs didn’t affect Americans.

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