The Great Debate

The Corbyn-ite maneuver

By John Lloyd
September 23, 2015
The new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton in southern England

The new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Trade Union Congress in Brighton, England, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Pope-onomics: Francis’ keys to a better economy – and world

By Nathan Schneider
September 23, 2015
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

China’s eco-cities are often neither ecologically friendly, nor functional cities

By Wade Shepard
September 22, 2015
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A model of the Dongtan Eco City is displayed in the developing centre in Dongtan, on Chong Ming Island southeast to Shanghai in this January 21, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/ Nir Elias/Files

When Vladimir Putin looks in the mirror, does he see Syria’s Assad?

September 21, 2015
Election poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen on a car at al-Qardahah town

Election poster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) are seen on a car at al-Qardahah town near Latakia city May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled al-Harir

How Pope Francis can win back the West and secure his church’s future

By Patrick Hornbeck
September 21, 2015
Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican April 3, 2013.
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Bernie Sanders spoke at Jerry Falwell’s college – here’s the reaction he got

By Alan Chin
September 18, 2015
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Bernie Sanders found a little support even in a bastion of conservatism. ALAN CHIN

Might as well butter him, Trump is toast

By Bill Schneider
September 18, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Syria is the next arena on Vladimir Putin’s comeback tour

By Lucian Kim
September 18, 2015
Fireworks explode above St. Basil's cathedral during "Spasskaya Tower" international military music festival at Moscow's Red Square

Fireworks explode above St. Basil’s cathedral during the “Spasskaya Tower” international military music festival at Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Do China’s ghost cities offer a solution to Europe’s migrant crisis?

By Wade Shepard
September 18, 2015
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These vacant apartments in the Pujiang area of Shanghai appear to be unwanted supply for non-existing demand but they’re actually new homes for residents who were evicted from the World Expo site. WADE SHEPARD FOR REUTERS

Vladimir Putin wants his seat back at the world’s table. How far will he go to get it?

By Masha Gessen
September 17, 2015
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Vladimir Putin did not call Elton John and suggested they meet to discuss LGBT rights in Russia, but a lot of people believed that he did. On Monday, John wrote a post on Instagram saying that he had received the phone call. On Tuesday, the post went viral, penetrating even the Russian pro-government print media. By close of business, Putin’s spokesman denied that the call had ever taken place. On Wednesday, an experienced Russian prankster, nicknamed Vovan, released a recording of the conversation in which he impersonated Putin and his partner, nicknamed Lexus, impersonated the Russian president’s press secretary.