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Jan 23, 2015

Obama tries to out-Putin Putin

by Leonid Bershidsky

In his State of the Union address earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama showed that he's either blind to the dangers of the deteriorating relationship between Moscow and the West or is faking pride in a victory that is not even on the ...

Erdogan's reinvention of Turkey isn't funny

Jan 23, 2015

Erdogan's reinvention of Turkey isn't funny

by Marc Champion

As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminds Turkey of its roots through cosplay, the continued purging of judicial institutions as well as the jailing and intimidation of journalists in that country make the debates in France over free speech look quaint by comparison.

Jan 23, 2015

Making babies makes a comeback in Japan

by Noah Smith

The slight rise in Japanese fertility since 2005 — despite the sharp recession and natural disasters that happened in the meantime — suggests there is hope that work-life balance will help to stabilize the populations of developed nations after all.