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Daily News Briefing

May 2014

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China’s springtime of freedom remains an unfinished chapter in its history.

Over the past century, the United States rose from regional power to global superpower.

The Middle East often seems a hotbed of unrest.

The European Union is a remarkable achievement.

In East Asia, China’s huge appetite is in danger of leading beyond business deals to outright conflict.

Russia’s state-controlled media often warns of the rise of “fascists” and “neo-Nazis” in the West.

Ethics and appearances

Almost every day, another question is raised about the ethics of intelligence gathering.

Winning and holding the “moral high ground” is never easy for nations pursuing their national interests.

While strategically useful, fracking is controversial. 

The preamble of the US Constitution lists as its first purpose “to form a more perfect union.”