The Great Debate

What does an electronic open-air drug market have to do with bringing down dictators? Everything.

By Matthew Gault
January 26, 2015
An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

Illustration picture shows binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

U.S. and India: Two democracies can join to balance China’s rise

By Jon Huntsman Jr. and Bharath Gopalaswamy
January 25, 2015
U.S. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Likely victors in Greek election may pull nation out of eurozone

By John Kallianiotis
January 23, 2015
Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras waves at supporters during a campaign rally in central Athens

Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras during a campaign rally in central Athens, January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

In Japan, some blame the victims for Islamic State hostage crisis

By Peter Van Buren
January 23, 2015
A manager watches a news program, about an Islamic State video purporting to show two Japanese captives, at a Japanese style pub in Tokyo

A manager watches a news program, about an Islamic State video purporting to show two Japanese captives, at a Japanese style pub in Tokyo January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Why Yemen is tearing itself apart

By Clive Jones
January 23, 2015
 Army soldier stands near a building destroyed during recent fighting between the army and al Qaeda-linked militants in southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar

Yemen is witnessing another bout of instability, as Shi’ite Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace on Tuesday in the capital Sanaa demanding power-sharing concessions from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is being held as a virtual prisoner in his residence. In the ensuing chaos, some worry about whether the volatile political situation could end up strengthening al Qaeda.

What was behind Israel’s strike in Syria that killed an Iranian general?

By Steven Simon
January 23, 2015
Relatives of Lebanon's Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, stand over his coffin during his funeral in Arab-Salim, south Lebanon January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Relatives of Lebanon’s Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, stand over his coffin during his funeral in Arab-Salim, south Lebanon January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Ukraine’s ceasefire has become a farce, with Vladimir Putin the author

By Lucian Kim
January 23, 2015
Members of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic drive a tank on the outskirts of Donetsk

Members of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic drive a tank on the outskirts of Donetsk, Jan. 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

The cost of a doughnut’s ‘lost pleasure’ is something you can afford to pay

By Michael Rosenbaum
January 22, 2015

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS GO INTO PRODUCTION AT NEW STORE AT HARRODS IN LONDON.

Recently, the FDA took the process of turning everything in life into profit and loss to an absurd level. A series of FDA regulations that go into effect this year require that chain restaurants, grocery store chains selling prepared food, large vending machine operators, movie theaters and amusement parks all display calorie counts on their menus. Within that document is an estimate that this caloric information will cause consumers to “suffer” up to $5.27 billion in “lost pleasure” over 20 years by virtue of fewer french fries and other fattening favorites. Assuming a U.S. population of about 320 million, this means that we are each going to lose about $18,000 worth of pleasure over the next 20 years. For those of us who don’t usually think of the price of happiness in dollars, that seems like many quanta of sorrow.

Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

By David Axe
January 22, 2015
Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian, Idlib province September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Twenty years in and bogged down, what’s the way forward for the WTO?

By Michael Froman
January 22, 2015
Delegates speaks arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the WTO in Geneva

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Nov. 27, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse