The Great Debate

A son of the South shuns the flag

By Edward Ball
June 24, 2015
Confederate battle flag flies at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army in the U.S. Civil War, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville

A Confederate battle flag at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville, South Carolina, June 22, 2015, REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Rob Cox: Don’t underestimate Exor’s John Elkann

June 23, 2015

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

Why it’s now time to take down a symbol of white supremacy

By Peniel E. Joseph
June 23, 2015
A Confederate flag flies outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia

A Confederate flag flies on South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Why the AME church massacre is an assault on the fabric of black life

By Wallace Best
June 23, 2015
A crowd gathers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church following a prayer vigil nearby in Charleston

A crowd gathers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a prayer vigil nearby in Charleston, South Carolina, June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The five most important issues in U.S.-China relations

By William Johnson
June 23, 2015
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang and US Secretary of State Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Why the South Carolina shooting suspect should not be called a terrorist

By Masha Gessen
June 23, 2015
A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

By John Lloyd
June 22, 2015
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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, the U.S. president, told that a rogue U.S. B-52 bomber is likely to drop its nuclear load on a Russian target, phones his opposite number, the leader of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Seeking to downplay the fact that Armageddon is close, he says, conversationally, “Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The BOMB, Dmitri. The hydrogen bomb.”

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

By David Axe
June 22, 2015
Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force August 1st AerobaticsTeam during a demonstration at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

How will the war against Islamic State end?

June 19, 2015
Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi, cross a bridge on the outskirts of Baghdad

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi, cross a bridge on the outskirts of Baghdad, May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Death in Charleston: Trapped by the tragic, unheeded lessons of the nation’s racial past

By Peniel E. Joseph
June 19, 2015
A capacity crowd fills the pews during a prayer service for Wednesday's shooting victims held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston

A capacity crowd fills the pews during a prayer service for Wednesday’s shooting victims held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill