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Kicked By The Great White North

The health care win has given the President his mojo back at home, but things overseas are still looking grim.  We are neglecting or quarreling with our friends and reaching out to our enemies — but neither policy is yielding much in the way of results.The latest case is Canada; on a visit to Ottawa […]

Arms Control Returns as Farce

On Thursday, March 25, the newspapers announced on their front pages a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms agreement. A slow news day, maybe, I thought. This sort of thing would have deserved front page coverage before 1991; now it may still, but that’s not so evident. During the Cold War, strategic arms control was bound up with […]

Faith Matters Sunday: Evangelicals and Politics 2010

I was on a Council on Foreign Relations conference call Friday with a group of religious leaders and scholars from around the country.  The call was on the record; when it’s available I’ll provide a link for those of you who want to listen to it.  The subject was timely: what’s happening with evangelicals in […]

Does Money Buy Happiness? Gallup Checks It Out — Worldwide

Does money buy happiness?  This is one of humanity’s most pressing questions, and for some time I’ve wanted to do an in-depth, long-term study to resolve this one way or the other.  I think the empirical method is best, and like all great scientists who are also humanitarians, I would first test it on myself.  […]

Settling Zion

The Obama administration seems to have significantly stepped up its demands on Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu.  This at least is the takeaway from a story in Ha’aretz, a moderately dovish Israeli newspaper.  The more conservative Jerusalem Post is basically saying the same thing; Washington is pressing Netanyahu for answers by Saturday to a list […]

Peace in the Middle East? Not Yet

One of the most dangerous and most common mistakes people make about the Middle East is to believe that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is just around the corner. This is an easy mistake to make; peace is such a good idea, who could be against it?  After all, it’s very easy to see […]

The Shadows Grow

The blue social model posted a big win today as President Obama signed the Senate’s health care bill into law .  I think it’s a bad bill that locks the United States more tightly into a medical system that is unsustainable in the medium term, and it is grossly unfair to the young.  But extending […]

Remembering Iraq

Seven years ago this week the first bombs were falling in Iraq and the war was breaking out, a war that caused untold suffering in Iraq, led to waves of anti-American feeling around the world, polarized politics in the United States, broke the administration of George W. Bush, and contributed to one of the most […]

Faith Matters Sunday: Errand To The World

This week I’ve been re-reading William R. Hutchison’s Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions.  It’s a great book about a vital subject that too many people know nothing about.

Jet Lag and Blogging Don’t Mix

As some have noticed, blogging has been slow here at the stately Mead manor the last few days.  I got in late yesterday from Lithuania, and today I somehow just didn’t have much to say.  Tonight was also a culture night; I had tickets to Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera. The singing was fantastic; the […]

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Putin Pushing Buttons

Russia’s aggressive attitude toward its involvement in Syria creates a problem with Turkey—deliberately?

Free Trade

Even a flawed trade agreement that helps workers in countries like Vietnam deserves the support of people who seriously care about the global poor.

Crude Economics

Saudi Arabia is cutting prices on already cheap crude in an attempt to eke out market share. It’s a bad time to be a petrostate.

Australia Stepping Up

Europe is competing with Japan for a lucrative Australian submarine contract. No matter who gets it, China loses.

a safe space

Colleges are increasingly coming around to the idea that young people shouldn’t be exposed to any activity that might make them feel uncomfortable. This is a good start, but it’s too little, too late.

You Down With TPP

Score one for an Obama White House that has in the past few weeks just been careening from crisis to crisis. The TPP is a major achievement.

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