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Bitter Boundary Dispute Roils India, China Relations

The boundary disputes unsettling the peace of Asia don’t just involve tiny islands in the South China Sea. Himalayan glaciers and valleys are also involved — and it’s not just India and Pakistan who are at daggers drawn in the Asian high country.India and China have never settled their disputed land border. They fought a […]

Iraq Update: Al-Qaeda Making a Comeback

A string of deadly bombings, ominous threats broadcast online, and a chain of assassinations of city councilmen: witness the opening act of the return of al-Qaeda in Iraq.The NYT reports that local representatives, or mukhtars, in Baquba have resigned en masse after being targeted for assassination by al-Qaeda fighters attempting to renew their presence in one of their old neighborhoods: [The […]

A Conversation Starts on the Asia Pivot

We’ve called for a national debate on the so-called Asia pivot announced at the start of this year, and it appears we’re starting to get one. The New York Times has a brief article summarizing a study commissioned by Senators Carl Levin, Jim Webb, and John McCain.The main criticism found in the report seems to be that the specifics […]

The Recession Is So Bad Even Harvard Has to Innovate

The economy is so bad that even Harvard is having to cut costs these days. The Wall Street Journal reports that, after the recession lowered the university’s endowment by nearly $5 billion, it has been putting a number of projects on hold to save cash.At first, the cuts were skin-deep ones, limited to postponing construction projects […]

Bulgarian Bombing Update: No (Official) Update

Almost two weeks since the terrorist bombing of a busload of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, officials in Sofia remain reluctant to assign responsibility for the attack, despite firm insistence by U.S. authorities that a Hezbollah cell carried out the deadly strike.Bulgaria’s reticence undoubtedly reflects the fecklessness of the European Union, which is determined to avoid […]

Health Care in MA Is Bad Omen for Obamacare

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act predict the law will play out in four steps: Put government in charge of healthcare. Be shocked by rising costs. Begin micromanagement and cost controls. Endless pain. Massachusetts, the model for the federal law, seems to have moved to step three, with a vote set this week on measures […]

Maryland’s Pension Performance a “Minor Disaster”

According to the Maryland Reporter, Maryland’s state pension system earned a blistering 0.36 percent over the past year. The numbers came in just a wee bit off their target of 7.75 percent: The results “look like a minor disaster for fiscal 2011,” said Jeff Hooke, an investment banker who is chairman of the Maryland Tax […]

Ebola Spreads to Kampala; Outbreak Still Uncontained

One infected passenger on one international flight; that’s how far the world is from the biggest health scare ever.This is how bad science fiction movies start: An ebola outbreak has now spread to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.The outbreak, which began in the Kibaale District of Uganda three weeks ago, has claimed at least 14 lives, making it […]

Turkey Edges Toward Syria Invasion, Iran Threatens Response

The world is a couple of steps closer to a new Middle East war this morning. Even as the bloodshed in Syria gets worse and government gunships and artillery pound rebel controlled neighborhoods in the country’s largest city, Turkey is moving closer to striking Syria, and Iran is threatening to respond.Turkey has sent troops and […]

2nd India Blackout Hits 600 Million, Power Riots in Pakistan

Today, 670 million people are without power in India, doubling the number affected by yesterday’s major blackout. Neighboring Pakistan is also having problems, the FT reports: Ramadan usually offers a respite from power cuts in Pakistan, but this year people have taken to the streets to protest against having had no electricity for up to […]

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Saudi Arabia and ISIS

If ISIS becomes a third player in the Yemeni war, that involvement will complicate even further what’s already starting to look like a quagmire for the Saudis.


19 out of 28 EU member states have asked to opt out of perfectly safe GMOs this year.

The Battle for Ukraine

If some reports of Friday’s meeting are to be believed, Russia is getting what it wants in Ukraine, freeing Moscow to focus on Syria.

Corruption and Incompetence

International organizations often get away with a lot more corruption than their national counterparts.

Limping to Paris

Negotiators finally pared down a bloated draft climate treaty text…to 20 pages of equivocation.

burning bridges

Spain’s capital city is cutting ties with credit rating agencies. This is all very well so long as Madrid doesn’t want anybody to lend it money ever again.

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