The Great Debate

Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world

By Keith Douglass Warner
June 18, 2015
Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth centre dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth center dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Why is no one helping Myanmar’s Rohingya?

June 17, 2015
Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia’s Aceh Province May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

New data reveals which approach to helping the poor actually works

By Dean Karlan
June 17, 2015
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An Ethiopian man examines his crop near Korom in northern Tigray province, November 25, 2004. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

With 6,000 new warehouse jobs, what is Amazon really delivering?

By Jessica Bruder
June 17, 2015
Worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix

A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon’s distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso

Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

By Matthew Gault
June 17, 2015
An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

An illustration picture of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Want to lose an election in 2015? Back Russia.

By Lucja Cannon
June 16, 2015
USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in the multinational NATO exercise Saber Strike in Adazi

USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in a multinational NATO exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2015. The annual training this year involves more than 6,000 troops from 13 NATO countries and covers the territories of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise

By Peter Van Buren
June 16, 2015
An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session by coalition forces on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province, Iraq, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Who’s the real populist in this presidential campaign?

By Robert L. Borosage
June 16, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton delivers her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers her campaign kick-off speech at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

from Hugo Dixon:

How a Greek debt deal could work

By Hugo Dixon
June 15, 2015

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Athens has struggled to get its euro zone creditors to talk about debt relief. That is because it is not the most urgent issue facing Greece. A short-term cash crunch could trigger bankruptcy in the next few weeks. But if the negotiators resolve the immediate crisis – and the omens don’t look good - debt relief should come onto the table.

Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think

By Alan Wolfe
June 15, 2015
Senator Paul attends news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to unveil "The Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act"

Senator Rand Paul at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron