The Cable

In Fight to Stop Ebola, Nigeria Got Right Everything America Got Wrong

When the first case of Ebola was discovered in Nigeria this summer, Jeffrey Hawkins, the U.S. Consul General in Lagos, said that an outbreak there could become an "apocalyptic urban outbreak. The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the two words, 'Ebola' and 'Lagos,' in the same sentence," Hawkins said in July.

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Russia Turns on Ukraine's Gas Spigot. For Now.

Earlier this month, Andriy Kobolyev, board chairman of Ukraine's Naftogaz, the country's largest natural gas firm, told Foreign Policy's Keith Johnson that Russia's Gazprom had "destroyed its image as a reliable gas supplier." In just two weeks, Gazprom's reputation has quickly improved.

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Fight Ebola With Ice Bucket Challenge, Fox News Reporter Suggests

Ever since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, State Department officials have had to answer a range of difficult questions from reporters about the U.S. government's flat-footed response. But on Friday, a Fox News reporter entered a whole new line of inquiry: Why hasn't the U.S. launched an Ice Bucket Challenge to respond to the crisis?

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Obama's Ebola Czar Immediately Panned for Lacking Public-Health Experience

In an effort to placate Congress and reassure the American public that the Ebola virus would not spread across the country, President Barack Obama appointed Ron Klain, a political operative with no apparent public-health experience, to oversee the government's response.

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Venezuela's Revenge

Venezuela was elected Thursday to a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council, overcoming long-standing U.S. opposition to its membership on the world body's premier security panel and setting the stage for a potential clash over issues ranging from Syria to Ukraine.

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