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KI News Highlights (August 22-28)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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Pakistani Hate, Indian Disdain

Husain Haqqani

Before Pakistan and India can talk, they must overcome their animosity....

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Rethinking Warren G. Harding

Ronald Radosh & Allis Radosh

The low regard for Harding today stands in sharp contrast to how the country viewed him when he was president....

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Autovigilancia

Jaime Daremblum

Titulares como “autoinspección en Irán” ya son tema de comedias. ¿Podrán dormir tranquilos los responsables de esta inaudita burla?...

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Lebanon's Garbage Politics

Lee Smith

There are no good choices for Lebanon....

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Brazil Crisis Deepens as Ex-President Calls for Resignation

Walter Russell Mead

This is how bad Brazil’s political crisis has become: last week, one of the country’s ex-presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso strongly suggested P...

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Enforcing the Iran Deal: Another Gaping Hole

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

Iran might have nuclear weapons in months; sanctions would not bite for years....

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ObamaCare: What Can a Republican President Do About It in 2017?

Tevi Troy

This theoretical new president cannot waste the limited window of opportunity....

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British MI-5 Files Reveal Another Cold War Soviet Agent

Ronald Radosh

If one lives long enough, the truth eventually comes out....

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Why Politico Is Dead Wrong to Be Pleased About Our Shrinking Naval Power

Seth Cropsey

The Politico article performs a valuable service by encouraging a debate that should have at its center exactly this question: "If not us, then who?"...

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Celebrating Life in a Melting Pot

Lela Gilbert

This year, summer arrived in Jerusalem on literal waves of heat. Fortunately – unlike in most of the sweltering Middle East – afternoon breezes...

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Senate Should Protect Internet Tax Freedom

Robert M. McDowell

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine should do their part to advance legislation that will keep taxes off Internet access....

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The Way We Live Now

Irwin M. Stelzer

There are things wrong with the American economy. But a lack of flexibility is not one of them....

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KI News Highlights (August 15-21)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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What Are the 2016 GOP Candidates Reading?

Tevi Troy

Most of our Founding Fathers were serious readers, which is one reason we have a free and prosperous nation built on a foundation of the rule of law. ...

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Obama Fails to Challenge Beijing's Island-building Campaign

Seth Cropsey

America has always warded off such perils to our security and prosperity through not only diplomacy, but our own threat of force....

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Le Donald, and Western Democracy's Populism Problem

Benjamin Haddad & Neil Rogachevsky

The general consensus of commentators and reporters seems to be that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, fueled largely through outrageous statement...

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The First Postmodern Political Machine

Walter Russell Mead

How do the Clintons, dogged by scandal and suspicion at every turn, not just stay afloat in American political life, but thrive?...

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Obama's Energy Debacle

Irwin M. Stelzer

And what the next president can do about it....

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Amy A. Kass, 1940-2015

William A. Schambra

Hudson mourns the loss of Amy A. Kass, a cherished colleague and friend...

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Laberintos Persas

Jaime Daremblum

El 13 de julio, en Teherán, el día previo a la firma del convenio nuclear de Irán con seis potencias mundiales y la Comunidad Europea, se realizó ...

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Is ISIS Making Its Own Chemical Weapons?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Peter Brookes and Rebeccah Heinrichs on what this possibility means for US national security....

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How Putin Won French Conservatives

Benjamin Haddad

The party led by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is moving into Moscow's orbit. And it has everything to do with domestic politics....

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The Chinese Communist Party is About to Enter the Real Fiscal World

John Lee

The Communist Party is about to enter the real world like the rest of us....

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Iran and the SCO: New Opportunities, New Challenges

Richard Weitz

Following a decade of rejection, Tehran’s chances of becoming a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have improved....

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The Tony Soprano Enabling Act

Walter Russell Mead

Private organizations like labor unions should not be able to grant exemptions to public laws....

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Populism Is Back, on Both Left and Right

Ronald Radosh

Populism from both the right and the left is sweeping the country, represented by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders....

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Abe Meets the Test

John Lee

How Japan's prime minister proceeds from here will help shape his country's growing ties with regional counterparts....

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Could the US Elections in 2016 Bring the End of Asset Price Inflation?

Brendan Brown

If a Republican occupies the White House in January 2017, let's hope he has more sense than to latch on to Huizenga or the Brady Bil....

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U.S. Foreign Policy Is Overdue For Some Realism

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

As long as people remain self-interested, it is always possible they will threaten war....

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The Hunt for the 2% Solution

Irwin M. Stelzer

Google wants a management structure more like Berkshire Hathaway’s. Berkshire Hathaway wants growth more like Google’s. Monsanto and Terex want to...

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China’s Fatal Attraction

Arthur Herman

A review of the book, "The China Model"...

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KI News Highlights (August 8-14)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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What India Day Celebrations in the U.S. Say About the Indian-American Diaspora

Maina Singh

Diasporic renderings of India Day are emblematic of the confidence and growing aspirational energy of global Indians....

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China’s Devaluation: Much More Trouble to Come?

Walter Russell Mead

If the Great Bubble is really starting to deflate, we are going to see a lot more turmoil in world markets....

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U.S. Warming to Russian/Iranian Proposals on Syria?

Walter Russell Mead

What’s left is the hope that Iran can fill the vacuum left by Sunni failure and American retreat....

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Bombas y Guerras

Jaime Daremblum

La bomba ha venido a representar así la capacidad de nuestra civilización para autodestruirse....

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Asset-Price Inflation Enters Its Dangerous Late Phase

Brendan Brown

Asset price inflation, a disease whose source always lies in monetary disorder, is not a new affliction. It was virtually inevitable that the present ...

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Hastening War

Lee Smith

War is not the alternative to Obama’s Iran deal but its likeliest consequence....

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Obama and the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps

Lee Smith

They're tacitly coordinating around the Middle East....

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A Deal Iran's Hardliners Can Love

Walter Russell Mead

It certainly contains some attractive features from an Iranian perspective....

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The Gig Is Up

Irwin M. Stelzer

We might just reverse the effects of years of mounting risk-aversion, increase worker and management choices, and increase the incentive to increase p...

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From GI Joe to Trader Joe’s

Arthur Herman

The mass canning of food was perfected for the Yanks who fought at Shiloh and Gettysburg....

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KI News Highlights (August 1-7)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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Should We Celebrate a Study Not Finding Adverse Health Impact for Teen Marijuana Users?

David W. Murray

A study just released by the APA failed to find an association between marijuana use by teens and later psychological or physiological problems. ...

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What Presidential Candidates Can Learn from Chris Christie About the Drug Problem

David W. Murray & John P. Walters

This public health disaster will confront the next president on Inauguration Day. ...

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Why We Still Need Nuclear Weapons

Arthur Herman

Arthur Herman reflects on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. ...

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Defender of Fidel

Ronald Radosh

No dictator is a hero to his bodyguard....

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A Soldier of the Great War

Gabriel Schoenfeld

A review of The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS...

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Republican Debate Needs Immigration Unity

Linda Chavez & John Fonte

Patriotic assimilation key common ground, regardless of our policy on undocumented migrants....

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Israel and Japan Are Finally Becoming Friends. Why?

Arthur Herman

After decades of wariness, the two nations are being drawn together by common interests and shared fears....

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Obama Tars Iran Deal Skeptics

Lee Smith

It seems that the American voter think a little more highly of Obama and Kerry than they do of themselves....

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The Moscow-Beijing-Tehran Axis

Arthur Herman

The Iran nuclear deal is a chance for Moscow and China to consolidate their Middle East influence at America’s expense....

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Habitación 382

Jaime Daremblum

Alexander Litvinenko fue un calificado oficial de la KGB que se asiló en Gran Bretaña, donde falleció en el 2006. Su muerte, a los 43 años, sobrev...

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Zarif: 'Karine A Was an Israeli False Flag'

Lee Smith

The Obama White House has tied American interests to a regime led by paranoid, anti-Semitic obscurantists....

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Manufacturing Picks Up Steam

Walter Russell Mead

Despite the steep decline in manufacturing over the last few decades, the industry is by no means finished in America....

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Saturday People, Sunday People and the Wings of Eagles

Lela Gilbert

Has America’s present administration turned a blind eye to the Christian massacres in the Middle East?...

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ISIS's Sex Slaves

Nina Shea

The horrifying story of ISIS’s policy of selling women and young girls into sexual slavery, especially to young jihadis....

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Advice on Seapower to the Next U.S. President

Seth Cropsey

As the sizable cast of GOP presidential candidates prepare for Thursday night's debate, it would do them well to remember the teachings of a man who o...

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U.S. Pushes Missile Defense to Reassure Gulf Partners

Richard Weitz

One of the main goals of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest Middle East trip is to reassure U.S. partners there that the recent Iran nuclea...

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The Left Rises in the Anglosphere

Walter Russell Mead

The last couple of years have seen a rightward drift in the Anglosphere, with Australia, New Zealand, and the UK all electing center-right governments...

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Encryption a Growing Threat to Security

Mike Rogers

Let's not create a new threat for profit's sake....

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Mind Your Own Business

John Lee

American diplomats and politicians should avoid the temptation to referee East Asia’s historical grievances....

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Here Comes Puerto Rico's Default

Walter Russell Mead

First San Bernardino, then Detroit. Illinois cities and towns from Chicago on down in trouble. Now this....

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The Islamic State’s Christian and Yizidi Sex Slaves

Nina Shea

Women, children, even toddlers—the Islamic State’s goal is to sell them on an open market to men of all means, especially the young jihadis....

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KI News Highlights (July 25-31)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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Marijuana Legalization Movement Makes No Sense

David W. Murray & John P. Walters

If marijuana legalization were a good idea, the facts would support it, and the arguments of advocates wouldn’t be so lame....

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Historic Breakthrough: What Impact for Iran Nuclear Deal?

Lee Smith

The deal struck in Vienna after a final 18-day marathon paves the way for an historic thaw in relations between Iran and the West....

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The Populist Temptation Creeps North

Jaime Daremblum

America could use more serious, non-populist politicians in the halls of power. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump style populists need not apply....

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Who Bamboozled Whom?

Michael Doran

Those who think the Iranians outwitted us fail to recognize one very important thing: the White House never intended to contain Iran....

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Making Stuff Up

Lee Smith

When the secretary of state says, as John Kerry did last week in his Senate testimony, that the Obama White House is “guaranteeing” Iran won’t h...

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Varoufakis: Traitor?

Walter Russell Mead

A criminal prosecution will not make anything better....

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German Economists Push for Exit Clause

Walter Russell Mead

A panel of German economists have broken an important European taboo by calling for failing members of the currency union to have the option of leavin...

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Will Sanctions Relief Boost Iran's Terror Activities?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Ambassador Adam Ereli and Rebeccah Heinrichs on Tehran's potential motives....

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The Price of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Hanns Kuttner

No one present at the 1990 signing ceremony anticipated where less stigma surrounding disability might lead....

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U.S. Backed Into Accepting Iran's Initial Bargaining Position

Lee Smith

Thanks to the administration caving on PMDs, we won’t have any knowledge of the nuclear program until Iran decides to break out....

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How to Feed a Data-Hungry Public

Julius Genachowski & Robert M. McDowell

U.S. mobile data traffic will grow sevenfold between 2014 and 2019. Time for Congress to plan more spectrum sales....

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Nonproliferation Progress Still Possible Despite Obstacles

Richard Weitz

Last week, I discussed why the Iran nuclear deal offers limited—if any—lessons for making progress on other regional nonproliferation issues. This...

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Why Did Russia Back the Iran Deal?

Walter Russell Mead

The Iran deal was particularly unfavorable to Russia, which stands to lose billions in oil earnings as Iran re-enters world markets....

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Iran Deal or War?

Mike Rogers

Is our only alternative war with Iran?...

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This EU Labeling is Bad for Israelis and Palestinians

Irwin M. Stelzer

This will convince the Israelis that they live in a hostile world that is best ignored....

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KI News Highlights (July 18-24)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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All Roads Lead to Syria

Walter Russell Mead

So far, the "historic" Iran deal hasn't shifted much. If it's going to stick, the Obama Administration has to think bigger....

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It's a Bad Deal and Obama Knows It

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

They know what winning looks like and this isn’t it. ...

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Iran Inspections in 24 Days? Not Even Close

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

Iran can easily stretch out the inspection of suspect nuclear sites for three months or more....

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Carnaval en Río

Jaime Daremblum

Las fiestas en Río y otras importantes ciudades de Brasil, tempranas cada año, suelen atraer a miles y quizás millones de brasileños y turistas pa...

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Legal Marijuana and Youth: New Evidence

David W. Murray & John P. Walters

It remains stunning that media decline to report these troubling findings to the public....

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Airlifting Persecuted Christians: Lord Weidenfeld's Debt of Gratitude

Lela Gilbert

An unusual and touching human-interest story broke in The Times of Israel on July 16, recounting the remarkable efforts of a Holocaust survivor who ha...

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Iran Deal Huge Victory for Regime's Hardliners

Lee Smith

One of the new talking points for defenders of the Obama White House’s Iran deal is that lifting sanctions will hurt the regime’s hardliners, in p...

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Russia's 'Pivot to Asia' and the SCO

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz on Russia’s “pivot to Asia,” Sino-Russia relations, and the future of the SCO....

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The De Facto Libyan Government Is Funding the Terrorists Who Killed Chris Stevens

Ann Marlowe

it’s not inconceivable that the U.S.'s support for a unity government wouldn’t just amount to putting funders of terrorism into power....

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Grasping at Straws to Try to Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg

Ronald Radosh

A newly released transcript spurs fresh media efforts to show that the Soviet spy wasn’t a Soviet spy....

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What Israel Can Do Now

Max Singer

For years, the Obama administration has assured Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel does not have to attack Iranian nuclear weapon production facilit...

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Band of Brothers

Arthur Herman

A review of Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, a book by Alexander Rose....

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The India-Pakistan Treadmill

Husain Haqqani

Perhaps it is best for the two sides to agree to continue on the treadmill while acknowledging that they are not going anywhere. ...

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KI News Highlights (July 11-17)

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media coverage....

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