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Weekly Roundup
Dirty Wars, Dark Horses, and Diasporas

Good morning, TAI readers! We hope you’re enjoying your Sunday, and that you’re making it through the dog days of summer unscathed (sunscreen helps). As you gear up for the week ahead, take the time to look back on what you may have missed on the site over the past week:

Are the U.S. and China marching towards another Great War? 100 years after World War I, that question weighs heavily on Ali Wyne, though she notes that while it’s worth reevaluating the geopolitical relationship between Washington and Beijing, there are more pressing threats to the world order.

 This $10 blood test can be yours for only…$10,000! Blood testing in California can vary wildly in price, despite the fact that it’s one of the most standardized procedures in modern medicine. So what accounts for the differences in cost? Nobody knows.

Indonesia is the dark horse of Asia. Somehow an unlikely democracy has emerged in a country whose history is checkered by tumult and authoritarian rule. It looks poised to emerge on the world stage as a geopolitical and economic powerhouse.

An Irish diaspora? Some 200,000 people have left Ireland since 2008 in search of work, leaving behind some sizable demographic gaps. But don’t let this development fool you: out of all the countries in Europe ravaged by the 2008 economic crisis, Ireland has perhaps the best chance to bounce back.

Ebola is crippling West Africa’s economy. The human toll the deadly disease is taking in the region is rightfully getting the lion’s share of media attention, but the outbreak is deflating economies and undermining Africa’s image as a rising continent worthy of investment.

Anti-Israeli sentiments on display in Edinburgh. Protestors have targeted an Israeli theater company in Scotland, and in doing so have highlighted how inhospitable European countries are becoming to their Jewish citizens.

Fuzzy math can’t hide the shale boom’s green merit. A recent report tried to show that the shale gas revolution in the U.S. has increased global emissions, but on closer inspection used faulty methodology to reach that conclusion. The takeaway: shale gas is (still) fracking green.

The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. Social conservatives and civil libertarians both oppose the rise of the nanny state, but Peter Blair cautions against reading too much into a possible alliance between the two groups—they have very different understandings about what human beings are, and very different ideas about how they should live.

Is this the era of “dirty wars”? So asks Russell Crandall, who notes that the U.S. actually has a long history of getting involved in these kinds of irregular wars. He argues that, rather than insisting we eschew all wars of this kind completely, we might consider figuring out how to fight them more effectively.

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