The Great Debate

Military analysis of what Russia really wants reveals nuclear dangers

By Commodore Philip Thicknesse
March 10, 2015
Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok

Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

The most important man in Europe you’ve never heard of

By John Lloyd
March 9, 2015
Guardia di Finanza troops stand before the Quirinale palace in Rome, April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Guardia di Finanza troops stand before the Quirinale palace in Rome, April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Germany finally seeing Vladimir Putin for who he really is

By Lucian Kim
March 9, 2015
Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire machine gun during military drill near Zhytomyr

Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire a machine gun during a military drill near Zhytomyr, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Remains of a biblically brutal regime turned to dust by modern-day monsters

By Dan Carlin
March 9, 2015
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An undated image of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. REUTERS TV/Files

What are the benefits of cruelty? This question occurred to me after forcing myself to watch some of the slickly produced propaganda videos of the group that calls itself the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). The now-infamous productions often show the cruel killing of helpless captives in the most horrifying ways imaginable. It’s hard not to wonder about the intent of the filmmakers. It’s also hard not to wonder who the target audience is.

Apple Watch seems to be banking an awful lot on its name

By Jason Fields
March 7, 2015
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Composite image of the Apple Watch (L), and a 1970s-era Timex digital watch. REUTERS/Stephen Lam, and Wikimedia Commons

from Breakingviews:

Apple entry into DJIA is polish for an antique

March 6, 2015

By Robert Cyran and Richard Beales

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015
Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

The real lesson from the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio

By Suzanne Garment
March 6, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/pool

Is Russia’s conflict with Ukraine really about trade? If so, this might help.

By Christian Friis Bach
March 6, 2015
Ukraine's President Poroshenko is seen on a tv monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live videoconference between Kiev and Strasbourg

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on TV monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live video conference between Kiev and Strasbourg, before a vote on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Four reasons to raise women’s pay that should make men happy

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
March 5, 2015
To match feature USA-IMMIGRATION/AMERICANAPPAREL

Martha from Mexico works at a sewing machine at the American Apparel factory in downtown Los Angeles, California, October 17, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson