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Winds of Change Blow Through Higher Ed

There’s a short list of issues on which Via Meadia and OWS agree; one is our mutual feeling that students today are too often stuck with excessive debt and that something needs to be done.Change may be coming to higher ed faster than many people understand.  The New York Times reports that Education Secretary Arne […]

Dissolving in Durban: Green Eggs and Ham

The dissolution of the global climate movement continues in Durban.  As every developed country outside the EU united to shovel the expiring Kyoto Protocol into its coffin, China and other developing countries turned on the conditions Europe wants to make Kyoto more palatable.As the FT reports: “We think the EU is just shifting the goalposts […]

Medicaid Blows Up State Budgets

The unsustainable course of American health expenditure is placing growing pressure on state budgets from one end of the country to the other.  The Washington Post has the story: The Fiscal Survey of States says that even as states struggle with tepid revenue growth, they will be called on to spend more because of the […]

Egypt Calms

What many saw as a revolutionary conflict at Tahrir Square fizzled away yesterday as an astonishing (and peaceful) turnout of Eygptians all over the country demonstrated their preference for voting over Molotov cocktails and strikes. Although much too early for final results in the multi-round Egyptian election process to be clear, observers from all over […]

A Busy Day at Via Meadia

Apologies for light blogging during the day today; I will be teaching a combined class at West Point with my Bard students and some West Point cadets.  As this involves traveling from the stately manor up the Hudson to West Point, and then traveling on up to my rural hideaway in the rolling Dutchess County […]

Natural Polytheism in China

Some years ago there was a cartoon in The New Yorker showing Zeus in conversation with two other Olympian divinities. The caption read: “They call it monotheism. I call it downsizing.” Also some years ago, a Japanese philosopher (whose name I forgot) wrote that Western civilization has been dominated by two fallacies: monotheism, the belief […]

Official: Panic Time in Europe

Olli Rehn, the European Union’s Commissioner for Financial and Monetary Affairs, has a level head and has occupied the hottest seat in Europe during the long financial crisis; Via Meadia therefore takes him seriously.  Reuters reports him saying earlier today that: “We are now entering the critical period of 10 days to complete and conclude […]

But They Are Anti-Zionists, Not Anti-Semites

According to this report, two Iranians were kayaking off the coast of Thailand when their kayak overturned far from shore.  They were rescued from drowning by two Israelis who saw them struggling in the water and rowed back to shore. When they reached the shore the two, who introduced themselves as Mundar and Ali, hugged […]

Global Green Unicorn Hunt Continues

Despite the seasonal feasts of free-range turkey (or tofurkey better still) and fair-trade mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving brought bad news for the global green unicorn hunters. Hopes for an international agreement to regulate the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) were dashed by Chinese and Indian refusals to go along with the plan. The Washington Post has the […]

All Quiet In The Galilee?

With all the turmoil going on in the Middle East, one area that has been curiously quiet has been the Israeli-Lebanese border. In fact, it has been so quiet there that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) temporarily deactivated its anti-missile early warning system.  Monday night, however, the silence was broken by two Katyusha rockets. The […]

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A Development Bidding War

Japan announced that it’s putting $110 billion into its Asian Development Bank. That’s conspicuously more than the $100 billion of capital in China’s AIIB, which has been grabbing headlines recently.

ISIS Crisis

ISIS is on the march, taking yet another strategic location. ISIS’ dream of a Sunni state in the midst of the ruins of Iraq and Syria grows closer by the day

Build Me Up Buttercup

French president Hollande poured cold water over international climate politics in the run-up to December’s historic summit.

America's Asia Policy

In Washington, there’s strong support for America’s firm new stance against China’s attempt to redraw the lines in the South China Sea.

Frack Baby Frack

David Cameron’s new Conservative government is highly motivated to tap the country’s sizable shale reserves. The timing couldn’t be better.

Intergenerational War

Moody’s downgraded Puerto Rico a week after it downgraded Chicago. Illinois, take note: protecting underfunded pension plans means the axe will fall elsewhere.

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