The Great Debate

The Bush boys: No sibling rivalry, but maybe something deeper

By Peter Wolson
May 21, 2015
US President Bush bids farewell to his brother in Tampa

President George W. Bush (R) bids farewell to his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as they step off Marine One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, May 9, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

By Fizan Abdullah
May 21, 2015
A nurse at Malindi district hospital attends to a woman, injured when their community members were attacked in Tana River district in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region

A nurse at Malindi district hospital attends to a woman, injured when their community members were attacked in Kenya’s coastal Tana Delta region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

By Reuters
May 20, 2015

Yemen has been in the midst of a violent conflict as rival factions compete for power in the impoverished nation on the Arabian Peninsula.

If Obama really wants to close Guantanamo, here’s what he needs to do

By Daphne Eviatar
May 20, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama speaks before signing the executive order to close the military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, in the Oval Office on his second official day at the White House in Washington, January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Why the U.S. officially ‘believes’ Pakistan’s bin Laden story

By Elizabeth A. Cobbs
May 20, 2015
U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Pakistan's PM Sharif at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Why Remington’s investors shouldn’t sell

May 19, 2015

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

That’s billion, with a bee: Measuring the massive cost of hive collapse

May 19, 2015

RTX1CTNB

In farming, technology will only take you so far. GPS can help drive automated harvesters around the fields, satellites help to ensure the right crops get planted at the right time. But if you want your crops to grow, you’ll have to rely on something a little more old-fashioned: honey bees.

How David Letterman blew up late-night TV

By Neal Gabler
May 19, 2015
Late night television host David Letterman waves to the crowd as he accepts The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at "The Comedy Awards" in New York City

David Letterman waves to the crowd as he accepts The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence in New York, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

To recapture Ramadi from Islamic State, Iraq must use this formula

By Hayder Al-Khoei
May 18, 2015
Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad

Displaced Sunnis, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Like nails on a chalkboard: How hard-fought labor reforms have been lost

By Terry Golway
May 18, 2015
nail_polish_image

Credit: Creative Commons

After the New York Times ran a searing two-part investigation into the exploitation and job-related health problems of the state’s nail-salon workers earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered emergency measures to protect them and appointed a special review panel to recommend long-term reforms. The Times series painted a portrait of an immigrant workforce laboring in dangerous conditions and for pitiful wages — in some cases paying salon owners for the opportunity to make $10, or less, a day.