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Weekly Roundup
Putin's Mini-Me, Hamas' PR Campaign, and Obama's Epic Rail Fail

Happy Sunday, TAI readers! We hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Take some time this afternoon to look back on what you may have missed on the site over the past week:

Turkey’s foreign policy “reset” is crashing and burning under Erdogan. Ankara had ambitions to be more assertive in the Middle East, but President Erdogan has been unable to to achieve that agenda, and looks set to preside over an increasingly inward-looking Turkey.

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is Putin’s Mini-Me. The Hungarian Prime Minister brazenly renounced liberal democracy in a recent speech, turning his back on the West to instead look towards authoritarian regimes—like Putin’s Russia—as role models.

Will Hamas’ PR campaign work? Only if the international media follows the script, writes Richard Landes, who calls on journalists to “recover even a fraction of the courage and honesty that we assume they, as professionals, exercise on a daily basis.”

The ironies of a Palestinian state. Arab states have been struggling lately, from Damascus to Tripoli, Baghdad to Cairo, which prompts TAI editor Adam Garfinkle to ask (and answer) the question: would a Palestinian state fare any better?

Obama’s epic rail fail. The President has spent $11 billion on various high-speed rail projects across the country over the past five years, and unfortunately has very little to show for it. Experts are saying the project was unrealistic from the get go, and one wonders if these networks, once completed, might be obsolete from day one.

We are effectively at war with Islamist radicalism. So says Peter Berger, who argues that denying this reality—as the Obama administration has tried to do—can lead to some very nasty outcomes.

Israeli-Egyptian relationship blindsides the White House. U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been aimless recently, and the burgeoning relationship between Egypt and Israel has seemingly taken the Obama Administration by surprise. But then, you reap what you sow.

Is New Orleans’ firefighters’ pension fund going down in flames? The fund has lost more than half its value in four short years, according to a recent audit. If the experience of Stockton, Vallejo, or Detroit are any indication, this won’t be pretty.

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