The Great Debate

How Xi Jinping can rebrand China for the West

September 24, 2015
Chinese President Xi is introduced by former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Kissinger at a policy speech to Chinese and U.S. CEOs during a dinner reception in Seattle, Washington

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) is introduced by former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a policy speech to Chinese and United States CEOs during a dinner reception in Seattle, Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Podcast: The AK-47, a weapon so simple, even a child can use it – and they do

By Jason Fields
September 23, 2015

During World War II, the Soviet Union was looking for alternatives to the Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle, first developed for the czar’s armies in 1891.

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.
REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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