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The Century Of Genocide Denial Tearing Turkey Apart

Ankara’s handling of calls to recognize the Armenian Genocide reveals the deep strains tearing at Turkish society. When author Orhan Pamuk acknowledged the massacre, he provoked an outcry. Many fear that if Turkey recognizes the killings, it will be forced to pay out billions in compensation. But with the EU pressuring Ankara to allow greater freedom of speech, Turkey may soon have to face a public debate on its past.

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Rivals With Benefits: Israel and Saudi Arabia's Secret History of Cooperation

Those following the turmoil in the Middle East might be surprised to hear of increasingly friendly relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, longtime rivals that now face the shared threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

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Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Deal

Russia's influence in the Middle East is fading rapidly at the same time Europe is starting to wriggle out of Russia's energy grip. And as Russia's options are narrowing, U.S. options are multiplying in both the Middle East and Europe.

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Turkey and Egypt's Great Game in the Middle East

The chaos in the Middle East has tested many relationships, not least the one between Egypt and Turkey. Shortly after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Turkey became one of Egypt’s chief regional supporters. When the new president, Mohammad Morsi, was himself pushed out of office in 2013, Turkey shifted course. With General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in power in Egypt, Turkey quickly became one of the country’s main adversaries in the Levant.

Egyptians celebrate former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's victory in the presidential vote in Cairo, June 3, 2014.

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Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great.

Photo Gallery: Violence in Yemen

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Don't Buy Obama's Hype on Iran

Washington may not have gotten the better end of the bargain...

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Food Crisis in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette

Though it's within Ukraine, the area separating government-held territory and the region controlled by pro-Russia separatists has started to resemble an international border. There, at checkpoints, Ukrainian soldiers stamp passports, and stop and inspect trucks carrying goods to the rebel-controlled east. According to drivers prevented from crossing into separatist territory, the soldiers are purposefully preventing food from getting through. In the east, food is becoming increasingly scarce. But instead of inspiring unrest and anger at pro-Russia forces, the shortages seem to inspire locals to blame the Ukrainian government. 

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Battery Powered: The Promise of Energy Storage

The plunge in oil prices that began in mid-2014 has been relentless. It has pushed a clutch of oil-exporting nations into deficit spending, hobbled Russia’s ambitions, and altered the calculus behind Iran’s nuclear program. It has also given an opportune boost to the U.S. economy and other petroleum-consuming countries. No other force on earth packs such latent capacity to move events. Apart from one, that is: batteries.

Batteries included: the Tesla Gigafactory under construction in Nevada, November 2014
Batteries included: the Tesla Gigafactory under construction in Nevada, November 2014 (James Glover II / Courtesy Reuters)
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Deconstructing ShadowStats: Why is it so Loved by its Followers but Scorned by Economists?

It is hard to think of a website so loved by its followers and so scorned by economists as John Williams’ ShadowStats, a widely cited source of alternative economic data on inflation and other economic indicators. Any econ blogger who has ever written a line about inflation is familiar with ShadowStats. Time and again, readers cite it in comments, not infrequently paranoid in their tone and rude in their language. Brief replies that cast doubt on some of more extreme claims made by ShadowStats fans don’t seem to have much effect. After a recent round of comments, I promised the editor of one website to undertake a thorough deconstruction of ShadownStats. Here is the result.

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Europe’s Arc of Fire

Europe is weak and flailing about, facing challenges to its stability from abroad and from within. It may pull through, but it is not a foregone conclusion that it will.

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Hillary Clinton And Coded Sexism: How her supporters hope to kill debate and criticism

Hillary is too old to run

The email sent on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton showed up in the inbox of a female New York Times correspondent, along with a preemptive threat: “You are on notice that we will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism," read the missive from “HRC Super Volunteers.”

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Oligarchs as Victims and Saviours? Wall Street Executives from the Financial Crisis of 2008 Plead Their Case

GONE GUYS: Countrywide’s Angelo Mozilo, Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal, Bank of America’s Ken Lewis, Merrill’s John Thain, Bear Stearns’s Jimmy Cayne, and Lehman Brothers’ Dick Fuld.
Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe; By Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg/Getty Images (Lewis), Diane Bondareff/Polaris (O’Neal), Michael Brown/Getty Images (Building), Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images (Cayne), Eric Thayer/Reuters/Landov (Thain), © Shawn Thew/EPA/Corbis (Fuld), by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI/Landov (Mozilo).

It’s been nearly seven years since a financial meltdown almost destroyed the global economy. Some of Wall Street’s major players reflect on riding out the maelstrom.

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Obama's Bergdahl Fairy Tale Has Unhappy Ending

Far from the fairy tale of a hero’s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn’t have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers.

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The Campaign To Make You Care About Climate Change Is Failing Miserably

As our environment improves, progressives are impelled to ratchet up the talk of catastrophic disasters. We perpetually hear about new threats that never seem to materialize (unless you actually believe every weather event is new to our generation and due to climate change).

The Campaign To Make You Care About Climate Change Is Failing Miserably
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NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET

The USA has, by far, the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. Progressives will tell you that this is what makes America the Murder Capital of Planet Earth. But we're not, and in this devastatingly effective Firewall, Bill Whittle shows why the center of Gun Nut Nation is in fact one of the safest places in the world.

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Bitcoin for the Unbanked: Cryptocurrencies That Go Where Big Banks Won’t

It’s important to resist the impulse to view cryptocurrencies’ tech­nology, or any technology, as a panacea. For all the promise that tech­nology holds—this idea that developing nations are going to “leapfrog” decades of development thanks to cheap, distributed, decentralized technology—the reality on the ground resists easy solutions.

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Why Islam Needs A Reformation

A man prays during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Oct. 6, 2014. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
A man prays during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Oct. 6, 2014.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war

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In Moscow, Absurdity Is Routine

A digital information board showing currency exchange rates in Moscow.

Behind the public displays of patriotism and demonstrative apathy, another feeling is getting stronger: disgust.

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Let Iraq Die: A Case for Partition

Iraq is finished, an expiring, cancerous nation on life support. Pulling the plug might be merciful. It might be cruel. But either way, it’s time to accept the fact that this country is likely to die and that we’ll all be better off when it does.

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Why Progressives Mislead: Their coalition is fragile.

From its inception, progressivism has posed a threat to constitutional government. It has sought to replace limited and decentralized governance with dynamic, centralized authority in order to force some arrangement of equality on the nation. Because the world has a way of upsetting abstract designs, progressivism depends on empowering administrators to impose its frameworks while disempowering citizens from resisting these coercions.

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