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Weekly Roundup
Green Foolishness on Keystone, Stronger Assad, and Snowden: Hero or Villain?

Greetings, readers! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend. As you prepare for the week ahead, take the time to look back at some of the top stories from the last week that you may have missed:

Georgia and Russia are feeling the Sochi spirit. Relations between the two countries have been on the mend recently, recovering somewhat after Russia’s 2008 invasion, but that may change once the Olympic games wrap up later this month.

More villain than hero. Edward Snowden has been lionized by many as some kind of “secular saint,” but Edward Lucas thinks that kind of respect for the former NSA contractor reflects a deep naivety about how the world really works.

Ukraine is a wakeup call for the West. Russia won the tug of war with the EU over Ukraine, and Andrew Michta argues that the West needs to counter Putin’s push with a new version of a Marshall Plan for Kiev.

Let’s talk Turkey. Nice-sounding rhetoric underscores warm US-Turkey relations, but that fantasy talk obscures some real domestic political issues. Policymakers would do well to take a more clear-eyed position of the challenges Ankara faces.

Green idiocy on full display in the Keystone fight: a State Department report found that the pipeline won’t significantly increase emissions, a fact that we’ve known for quite some time. Now, it should be a matter of time before the Obama administration approves the project and hands the green movement its biggest defeat ever.

Department of silly courses: Rutgers University decided to offer a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé.” Students will study gender and sexuality in American culture using the pop star’s songs. Surely this is what hiring managers in businesses all over the country have been looking for in prospective young employees.

The earnings from a failed Syria policy: How the chemical weapons removal project helped and strengthened Assad.

Fat debts: An Italian bank is suing Standard & Poors for repeated downgradings.

Business schools heading for a bust? Rather than staffing their programs with successful businessmen and managers business schools are instead turning to academics with little practical business experience.

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