from John Lloyd:

Are we at war? And why can’t we be sure anymore?

By John Lloyd
June 30, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses for group photograph taken with G8 leaders at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen

The question -- “Are we at war?” -- seems absurd. Surely, we would know it if we were. But maybe we’re in a new era -- and wars are creeping up on us.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

World War One: First war was impossible, then inevitable

By Anatole Kaletsky
June 27, 2014

British troops advance during the battle of the Somme in this 1916 handout picture

Why does the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand -- the event that lit the fuse of World War One 100 years ago Saturday -- still resonate so powerfully? Virtually nobody believes World War Three will be triggered by recent the military conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq or the China seas, yet many factors today mirror those that led to the catastrophe in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.

from Breakingviews:

China’s subway splurge only half on right track

June 26, 2014

By John Foley

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Hollywood’s hopes in China rest on Youku

June 24, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

Heshan: a poisonous legacy

June 24, 2014

Heshan, China

By Jason Lee

Heshan, a village with a population of about 1,500 in China’s Hunan province, is sometimes given the grim label: “cancer village”.

from Counterparties:

In Beijing we trust

June 23, 2014

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China’s credit woes are bubbling up into the news again (previously here and here).

from Hugo Dixon:

Is Greece losing its reform drive?

By Hugo Dixon
June 23, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Alibaba is case study in U.S.-China legal gulf

June 23, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Review: ‘Leftover Women’ may hinder China’s growth

June 20, 2014

By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from MacroScope:

Of Iraq and Ukraine

By Mike Peacock
June 18, 2014

Barack Obama’s message that any military support for Iraq’s besieged government is contingent on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki taking steps to broaden his Shi'ite-dominated government may be having an impact.