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China Destroyed Its Stock Market in Order to Save It

The enormously invasive measures Beijing used to stem trading losses may have damaged the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges for years to come.

China Destroyed Its Stock Market in Order to Save It

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Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East? ISIS and other extremist movements across the region are enslaving, killing and uprooting Christians, with no aid in sight.

Even if ISIS is defeated, the fate of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq remains bleak. Unless minorities are given some measure of security, those who can leave are likely to do so.

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Iran Is No ‘Strategic Ally’

Every paradigm for understanding and engaging the Middle East—and for dragging it into modernity—has collapsed. The Sykes-Picot straight-lines settlement, imposed by imperial Europe after World War I, is going. The neo-imperialism of postwar American Kissingerian realism—with its military strongmen and passive “street”—is disappearing too. George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda died aborning, and those post–Arab Spring hopes in the Muslim Brotherhood’s brand of Islamism were crushed in Cairo. We have been left with a vicious sectarian war between brands of Sunni political Islam and Shiite political Islam.

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Back to the Future: Russia is a throwback to the 19th century and ISIS wants to turn the clock back 1,000 years. How much of today's geopolitics are actually from bygone eras?

We’re all part of the 21st century but the worldviews that different states embrace often seem to come from different eras. Some countries appear comfortably committed to a 21st-century view of the world, while other states remain ensconced in worldviews that date back centuries. So, which countries best exemplify “21st-century thinking” today?

Back to the Future: World Politics Edition

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U.S. Defense Debacle: Trillions of dollars on jet fighter programs that don't work

 

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Nigel Farage Destroys Euro Groupthink and Calls for Greece to Exit the EU

According to Mr. Farage (UKIP in the UK) Greece entering the euro was great for Goldman Sachs. But terrible for Greeks. It chained the country to a system in which it didn’t belong. And what about all the bailout money that’s been thrown at Greece in the time since? Very little of it actually went to the Greek people. The overwhelming amount of it went to bail out the French, German, and Italian banks who own Greek debt. Sure, social welfare drags an economy underwater. But corporate welfare is what really drowns it. Since the crisis, the country’s debt to GDP has gone from 100% to 180%. Tensions have skyrocketed, and the Greek people are suffering. They are the ones that now have to bear the burden of a stagnant economy, capital controls, and inflation.

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The Geopolitics of a Grexit Are Actually Pretty Boring

Those fretting that a Greek departure from the eurozone will unleash a flood of migrants and send Athens into the arms of a waiting Putin should calm down. None of this is going to happen.

The Geopolitics of a Grexit Are Actually Pretty Boring

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The Future Costs Of Politically Correct Cultism

Your average PC drone does not understand the grander plan at work, nor does he want to. All he cares about is that he has found a “purpose” — a fabricated purpose as a useful idiot for power brokers, but a purpose nonetheless.

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Unhealthy Fixation: The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud.

Twenty years after the debut of genetically engineered food, it’s a travesty that the technology’s commercial applications are still so focused on old-fashioned weedkillers. Greenpeace and Chipotle think the logical response to this travesty is to purge GMOs. They’re exactly wrong. The relentless efforts of Luddites to block testing, regulatory approval, and commercial development of GMOs are major reasons why more advanced GE products, such as Golden Rice, are still unavailable. The best way to break the herbicide industry’s grip on genetic engineering is to support the technology and push it forward, by telling policymakers, food manufacturers, and seed companies that you want better GMOs.

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The Berlin Bulldozer and the Sack of Athens

Europe’s creditor in chief has trampled over values like democracy and national sovereignty, and left a vassal state in its wake. Which country will be next?

The Berlin Bulldozer and the Sack of Athens

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Greece and Europe now face many worst-case scenarios

The marathon talks painfully exposed the impossibility of a deal that would satisfy creditors and debtors.

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Missing in Action: Where Are the Arabs in the Fight against ISIS?

Some argue that ISIS in Iraq is an Arab problem. Ergo, it should be Arab boots on the ground that kick the land-grabbing insurgency from the field.

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What to Do About an Imperial Iran

Tehran has regional ambitions of glory and influence dating back to the Persian Empire. And here’s why that should worry the West...

What to Do About an Imperial Iran

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Maintaining the Illusion of Stability Now Requires Ever-Greater Extremes

Austerity is meted out to debt-serfs while those at the top transfer tens of billions to their private accounts.

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Losing Their Religion: When Muslim Immigrants Leave Islam

Leaving the faith is not simply a personal decision: apostasy comes with the very real threat of punishment. In many Muslim nations, so-called apostates are executed, and even the slightest insult toward the faith can result in torture, imprisonment, or both. “Honor killings” for leaving Islam are both commonplace and have even taken place in the West.

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Be Bold, Frau Merkel: The Greek people have spoken. Now it’s time for Germany and other creditors to summon some political courage, and extend the debt-relief they desperately need.

The Greek people have spoken, delivering a defiant oxi (no) to their creditors’ terms. Blackmailed with the threat of being forced out of the eurozone and under siege in an economy starved of cash by the political European Central Bank, Greeks resoundingly rejected — by 61.3 percent to 38.7 percent — the prospect of being a permanently depressed colony bled dry by their incompetent creditors. Now what?

Be Bold, Frau Merkel

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No Truce With the Left

The left fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power. The left does not care about social justice. It cares about power. That is why no truce is possible with the left. Not on social issues. Not on any issues.

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Fragile Europe, Exposed and Unmoored

The fig leaf that was covering up the flaws in the single currency system has finally fallen off. Where do we go from here?

Fragile Europe, Exposed and Unmoored

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Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach (Let’s turn the culture war into a culture competition.)

Culture wars are at their best when both sides have to rely on persuasion to win people’s hearts and minds. Culture wars are at their worst when they turn into an excuse for censorship and conformity. So maybe it’s time to divert less of our energy into outrage at the backward values of the other guy and more of it into making the case for our own values, competing over who can provide the most appealing, inspirational, and profound cultural vision—who can best serve humanity’s deepest spiritual needs. Instead of having a culture war, let’s turn it into a culture competition. At the very least, we might produce some enduring cultural achievements, and this era might be remembered for more than just the acrimony of its divisions.

Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach
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No One Asks To Be Buried with His iPad

Do you ever wonder what it means to really live? Matthew Crawford, this generation’s leading philosopher-cum-motorcycle-repairman, has a pretty definite answer. For him, it is to be entangled with the physical challenges presented by the world as it is.

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