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Weekly Roundup
Capital Weapons, Bust-ing BRICS, and a Friendlier Putin

Happy Sunday, TAI readers! We trust you’ve had a relaxing (and hopefully productive) weekend. As you prepare yourself for the week ahead, take the time to look back on what you may have missed on the site over the week behind:

The Supreme Court made the right call on affirmative action. SCOTUS ruled this week that Michigan could continue to ban affirmative action in its state universities was the correct one, but that doesn’t mean that we can ignore the persistent detrimental effects of decades of entrenched racism.

Let’s play pipeline politics. The State Department’s decision to delay its final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline pending a Nebraskan commission’s verdict on the project’s route through the state fairly reeks of political maneuvering. It allows the Democrats to avoid alienating their green base ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.

Not just a Catholic Church problem. A recent lawsuit against a high-profile film director for allegedly raping a young teenager has expanded to include an alleged “Hollywood sex ring.” Maybe, just maybe, sexual abuse has more to do with hierarchical power structures, rather than the Catholic Church’s priestly celibacy.

Wielding the capital weapon. TAI publisher Charles Davidson spoke with Magnitsky Act champion William Browder about the impact of the Act, placing the legislation in the important context of increasing Russian aggression and the intensifying global fight against financial corruption. Take the time to check out this fascinating interview.

Let’s take a look at the sources of Egypt’s anti-Semitism. One of the most unifying facets of Egyptian culture is its anti-Semitism. Samuel Tadros takes the time to uncover exactly where this widespread, extremely toxic ideology came from in Egypt, and what this means for the country’s future.

 The United Auto Workers abandoned Tennessee. The UAW withdrew its appeal of a Chattanooga Volkswagen plant’s vote against unionization in the final hour, seemingly resigned to the fact that private sector unions aren’t as appealing to workers as they once were.

The features that launched the BRICs are now holding them back. Professor Michael Mandelbaum has an excellent essay in the recent print edition of the magazine that looks at the recent slowdown in BRIC growth. He elegantly concludes that in every BRIC country—Brazil, Russia, India, and China—the chief characteristic that helped spur growth is now holding that nation back.

Deconstructing the left-liberal inequality narrative. In the first part of what will be a series on inequality, Walter Russell Mead traces the deeply-rooted history of how the left sees inequality. He traces the impassioned construction back through history, to LBJ and FDR, the New Deal, and the Great Depression.

What’s the difference between March Putin and April Putin? Lilia Shevtsova traces Vlad’s transition from the “Terminator” in March to a Mister Congeniality contender in April. There’s a strategy behind this change in rhetoric.

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