The Great Debate

Goldilocks zone for oil prices is gone for good

By Richard Heinberg
March 24, 2015
A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in Williston

A pickup truck bears the words “I (heart) OIL” written in dirt in Williston, North Dakota, Nov. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

By John Lloyd
March 23, 2015
A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

from Breakingviews:

Lee Kuan Yew: Founding father made Singapore rich but not happy

March 23, 2015

A woman takes photos of cards for former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, placed at a well-wishing corner at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore March 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Edgar Su

A woman takes photos of cards for former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, placed at a well-wishing corner at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore, March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nuclear midnight ticks closer in wake of Russia’s Crimea threats

By Sharon Squassoni
March 23, 2015
Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia's Arctic ...

Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North on board the nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), Aug. 17, 2005. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Never the next great power: Argentina’s future is always stuck in the past

By Daniela Blei
March 23, 2015
People light candles next to a sign during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires

People light candles next to a sign that reads “I am Nisman” during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

from Breakingviews:

Review: The lucrative and controversial Blair Inc

March 20, 2015

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

An investor’s view of why Putin’s days may be numbered

By Reuters
March 20, 2015

Investor Bill Browder, author of “Red Notice,” explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin gained total control over Russia, including its oligarchs, in what he calls a “Sopranos moment.”

Punishment’s purpose: How humans became hardwired for justice

By Morris B. Hoffman
March 20, 2015
Australian Supreme Court judges take part in traditional Red Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney

Australian Supreme Court judges. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

One of the positive things about the media frenzy over cases like the Boston Marathon bombing and the Aurora Theater shooting is that these types of cases remind us there are profound mysteries of the human condition that we usually tune out during our everyday lives. What is the nature of good and evil? When are we responsible for our actions and when should we be excused? Why do we blame and punish, and when do we forgive?

Breaking a decades-long trend, the world gets more violent

March 20, 2015
Masked Shi'ite fighters hold their weapons in Al Hadidiya, south of Tikrit, en route to the Islamic State-controlled al-Alam

Masked Shi’ite fighters hold their weapons in Al Hadidiya, Iraq on March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Lessons for U.S. police from an unexpected place – Northern Ireland

By Terry Golway
March 20, 2015
Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson

Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni