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Bin Laden Dead, War On Terror Alive

A key foreign policy objective of the Obama administration has been to dress up the war on terror as a police and intelligence operation backed by drone strikes. The rhetorical and tactical shift seeks to reassure Americans and shift their attention from the Conflict Formerly Known As the Global War on Terror to foreign policy […]

Europe’s Jew Hatred Isn’t Just On The Fringe

I have written from time to time on this blog about the phenomenon of anti-Semitism — a vice that is far more widespread and insidious than many understand. I have written about it in Europe, and readers have replied that it is simply a matter of immigrants. “Real” Europeans don’t do that anymore.Not so, alas. […]

Prestigious Law Firm Goes Bust; Lawyers Boxed Out by Changing Industry

The prestigious international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf is going bust, as 67 of 300 partners have jumped ship since January. The firm’s troubles began after Dewey and LeBoeuf, two separate firms, came together in 2007 and started reporting disappointing financial performance shortly thereafter. As a result the firm has been slashing partners’ salaries. At […]

The Sun Is Setting on Eastern Germany’s Solar Industry

Germany’s once proud and profitable solar industry is going down. In recent months  disappointing earnings results, factory closings and bankruptcies have followed in quick succession. Thousands of people have lost their jobs, and more will follow.Spiegel reports: The solar industry, once a beacon of hope for an eastern German economy that struggled for years to […]

Troubles in Pakistan

Another day, another drone strike in North Waziristan. The CIA hadn’t launched a drone attack in Pakistan in several months as Washington tried to settle the furor that erupted after the November attack, in which American planes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. But despite the Pakistani parliament’s recently issuing a scathing statement about the November incident, […]

Boeing vs. Airbus: The Air France Tragedy Revisited

In about a month or so, French aviation investigators will release a report detailing the causes of one of the greatest air disasters in recent times: the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 over the south Atlantic in 2009. The Telegraph has a preview of the findings, including an absolutely gripping retelling of the final […]

If It Walks Like a Bubble, and Talks Like a Bubble…

The first word that popped into mind here at Via Meadia headquarters upon the announcement of Facebook’s eye-popping $1 billion purchase of the photo-sharing company Instagram started with B and rhymed with trouble. Long a Silicon Valley darling for its tasteful design and impressive user base growth, Instagram nevertheless had no income and had announced no […]

High Noon in Beijing

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be arriving in Beijing at perhaps the diciest moment in US-China relations since Richard Nixon reached out to shake Chou Enlai’s hand on his historic visit to what American conservatives then still called Red China.Last fall, the Obama administration pulled off a diplomatic revolution in maritime Asia — the […]

Early Elections in Israel?

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is hinting that he will hold Israel’s next election this year rather than waiting until 2013. Many analysts think that September or October are the most likely dates — before or after the High Holy Days. Polls suggest that could be a smart move; Netanyahu’s party is expected to do […]

Update: Another Church Attack in Northern Nigeria

A breaking story on the BBC adds to the urgency of an earlier post today about the religious war gaining momentum in Africa. The latest attack by a gunman on a church in Maiduguri, Nigeria is reported to have killed five people including the pastor of the church.Meanwhile, the death toll in the Kano attack […]

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Terrible Timing

At just the moment when our economy desperately needs a wave of innovation and small-scale entrepreneurialism, the Left has decided to do everything in its power to make the American system as inflexible and corporatist as possible.

Enviro-Mental

Germany’s energy transition has a remarkable ability to consistently fail in its objectives.

Terrorism and Tourism

The latest terror attack at the Marhaba resort in Tunisia continues a worrying trend of terrorists targeting countries economic engines, a trend which Tunisia’s tourism industry can ill-afford.

Game of Thrones

China’s foreign ministry announced that it’s done with some of its land reclamation projects in the Spratlys. But that doesn’t resolve the territorial issues.

Reforming Delivery

A new report by Goldman Sachs predicts that innovations in medical tech are poised to save the country over $300 billion. Some of the most promising avenues for bringing down costs lie outside the kind of policy tinkering the ACA represents.

Barbarism

The horrors in South Sudan should remind us that the best efforts of human rights activists all too often yield deplorable outcomes.

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