The Great Debate

Happy nuclear New Year from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

January 6, 2016
North Korean soldiers, officials and people participate in the Pyongyang People's Rally to celebrate what the North says is a successful second nuclear test at the Pyongyang Gym May 26, 2009 in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA early May 27, 2009. The Korean characters on a red propaganda sign (top) read: "Let's arm ourselves more thoroughly with revolutionary ideology of the great leader Kim Il-sung comrade!"   REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA MILITARY POLITICS) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE - RTXO28Z

In 2009, North Korean soldiers, officials and people celebrated the country’s successful second nuclear test, in this picture released by North Korea’s official news agency KCNA. REUTERS/KCNA 

Western grievances are real, but Bundy is the wrong guy to raise them

January 6, 2016
Ammon Bundy addresses the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 5, 2016. Saturday's takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside the town of Burns, Oregon, marked the latest protest over federal management of public land in the West, long seen by conservatives in the region as an intrusion on individual rights. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Ammon Bundy addresses the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Why another North Korean nuclear test isn’t a game changer

January 6, 2016
People watch a huge screen broadcasting the government's announcement in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo January 6, 2016. North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear bomb on Wednesday, claiming a significant advance in its strike capability and setting off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.  - RTX21998

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watch a huge screen broadcasting the government’s announcement that it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test, January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Kyodo

Politics: Marketplace of ideas now just a marketplace

January 6, 2016
Supporters look on at a news conference led by Democratic senators and congressmen in support of a proposed constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Supporters look on at a news conference led by Democratic senators and congressmen in support of a proposed constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution

January 6, 2016
Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016. The sign reads in Urdu, "Protest, Protest, Protest, we condemn the martyring of Ayatullah Shaikh Baqar al-Nimr and other Muslims, and demand human rights organisations take notice of the inhuman incident and bring fact-finding to the public". REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro  - RTX20S7T

Members of the Shi’ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

from Breakingviews:

Cox: How gun control is like zero interest rates

By Rob Cox
January 5, 2016

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

from Breakingviews:

Managerial competence makes the difference in 2016

By Rob Cox
January 5, 2016

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

This small airstrip is the future of America’s way of war

January 5, 2016
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Members of the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare equipment to lay down a landing zone at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Michelle C. Lawrence/U.S. Army/Handout

Sometimes ‘poor little rich kids’ really are poor little rich kids

January 5, 2016
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Ethan Couch, 18, is shown in this handout photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Worth, Texas, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept/Handout via Reuters

from Breakingviews:

Healthcare M&A will wear down in 2016

January 4, 2016

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