The Great Debate

Germany’s assumptions about peace and power are out of sync with reality

By Lucian Kim
June 14, 2015
Members of Ukrainian armed forces fire grenade launcher in Avdiivka in Donetsk region

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces fire a grenade launcher, in response to what servicemen said were shots fired from the positions of fighters of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, in the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

from Breakingviews:

Anyone have change for a quadrillion dollar bill?

By Edward Hadas
June 12, 2015

A vendor arranges eggs on a new 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note in Harare

A vendor arranges eggs on a new 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note in Harare July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Elected autocrats help the media learn its place

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2015
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

He killed a rabbit live on air, and this is why he did it

By Lena Masri
June 12, 2015
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Asger Juhl eats the rabbit that he killed during his radio show. COURTESY OF ASGER JUHL

While Syria burns next door, Lebanon’s fabric is fraying

By Mohamad Bazzi
June 11, 2015
Lebanon's Hezbollah members carry Hezbollah flags during the funeral of their fellow fighter Adnan Siblini, who was killed while fighting against insurgents in the Qalamoun region, in al-Ghaziyeh village, southern Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hezbollah members carry Hezbollah flags during the funeral of their fellow fighter Adnan Siblini, who was killed while fighting against insurgents in the Qalamoun region, in al-Ghaziyeh village, southern Lebanon May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

What Google can learn from the wheelchair

By Rachel Adams
June 11, 2015
Kozlowski and Voigt adjust a ReWalk electric powered exoskeletal suit before therapy session with Samuels at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York

Allan Kozlowski (L), assistant professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital, and Alexandra Voigt, a clinical research coordinator and therapist, adjust a ReWalk electric powered exoskeletal suit before a therapy session with 22-year-old Errol Samuels. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The number of times African-Americans were brutalized by police this year? Unknown.

By Peniel E. Joseph
June 11, 2015

Troubling images of a police officer slamming a 14-year-old black girl to the ground and pointing a gun at a group of African-American teenagers in suburban McKinney, Texas, is the latest incident of police violence against African-Americans to go viral.

from American Insights:

American Insights: E-cigarettes the choice of a new – richer – generation

June 10, 2015

Bodie Hultz with Vape Affliction, uses a trash can to create rings of vapor at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, NV

Bodie Hultz with Vape Affliction, uses a trash can to create rings of vapor at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

U.S.-funded Afghan police prey on those they’re paid to protect

By Graeme Smith
June 10, 2015
A member of the Afghan local police meets with soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment at a checkpoint near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maywand District

A member of the Afghan local police meets with soldiers from the U.S. Army in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Are Ukraine and the U.S. allies or not?

By M. Rojansky, T.E. Graham and M. Kofman
June 10, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing