from The Great Debate:

Could Germany’s attempt to ban neo-Nazis backfire?

February 18, 2016

Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. The placards read "Nazi free and have fun with it". Locals and right wing groups protested this week against a decision of the district authorities to turn a former school into an asylum seeker accommodation, saying they did not want refugees in the neighbourhood, German media reported.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX12V6X

Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

from The Great Debate:

The end of the post-World War Two order

December 5, 2015

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Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for the National Front in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, addresses French farmers as she campaigns for the upcoming regional elections, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

from The Great Debate:

Want the truth of World War Two? Don’t ask Japan.

August 18, 2015

Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo

Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. REUTERS/Issei Kato

from The Great Debate:

Japan’s pacifism fades, but most Japanese aren’t happy about it

July 20, 2015

Protesters burn an illustration of Japanese military flag featuring a portrait of Tojo, former general of the Imperial Japanese Army and WW2 Japanese PM, during a demonstration outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong

Protesters burn an illustration of a Japanese military flag featuring a portrait of Hideki Tojo, Japan's prime minister during World War Two, during a demonstration outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

from The Great Debate:

Moscow uses tanks, Berlin words in World War Two commemorations

May 8, 2015

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank (front) during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

from The Great Debate:

How Vladimir Putin’s skewed view of World War Two threatens his neighbors and the West

April 13, 2015

Russian President Putin attends a meeting dedicated to the organisation of upcoming events and celebrations on Victory Day, in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to attend a meeting dedicated to the organisation of upcoming events and celebrations on Victory Day, marking the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two on May 9, at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS)

from The Great Debate:

Ukraine looking more like Poland on the brink of World War Two

January 28, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral in central Kiev

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral) in central Kiev January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

from Photographers' Blog:

Tales of War: Scapa Flow and the Grand Scuttle

June 19, 2014

Orkney, United Kingdom

By Nigel Roddis

Flying over the lush, green islands of Orkney in Scotland, it is hard to imagine the area as an important naval base during the two World Wars. But a wide expanse of water south of Orkney mainland used to be just that.

from The Great Debate:

70 years after D-Day, some companies still struggle with their dark WWII history

June 5, 2014

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As the world marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day this week with films, TV and radio broadcasts and dozens of new books specially published for the occasion, you might think that by now we know everything there is to know about World War Two. Check out any library or bookstore, and the amount of shelf-space dedicated to the 12 years of Hitler’s Third Reich often exceeds that of any other period in history, by far.

from Global Investing:

When Japan was an emerging country

June 12, 2013

Recent wild swings in Japan's financial markets -- stocks, bonds and the yen -- make Japan look almost like an emerging country.