The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Tianjin deserves to be a Cuyahoga moment

August 20, 2015

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

Ashley Madison impact: Is the Internet responsible for more marriages or divorces?

By Helen Coster
August 20, 2015
Homepage of Ashley Madison website displayed on iPad, in photo illustration taken in Ottawa

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad, in this photo illustration taken in Ottawa, Canada July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

from War College:

Weird weapons of Vietnam: Combat tree houses, a nuclear rifle and more

By Jason Fields
August 19, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matt Gault, Joe Trevithick

The army that went into the Vietnam War didn't look that different from the force that fought in Korea, or even World War Two. But defense contractors and military leaders were intent on making sure it didn't stay that way.

Ukraine shifts closer to open war with recent attacks

By James Miller
August 19, 2015
An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant

An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant, Ukraine, Aug. 14, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

One party system: What total Republican control of a state really means

By Herman Schwartz
August 19, 2015
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Credit: MATT MAHURIN

The U.S. Constitution gives the states almost total control over how Americans live and vote. Republicans appear to have grasped the importance of this, but most Democrats have not. Since losing the White House and Congress in 2008, the GOP has focused time, money and talent on gaining control of state governments.

China’s stock market is like a casino, and that’s what attracts some investors

By Wade Shepard
August 19, 2015
A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau

A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau, China, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Want the truth of World War Two? Don’t ask Japan.

By Peter Van Buren
August 18, 2015
Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo

Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War Two. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A yearlong trip around the world — using only bitcoin

By Tania Karas
August 18, 2015
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Felix Weis paragliding in Turkey while holding a coin engraved with the bitcoin symbol. Weis paid for the outing in bitcoin. (Photo courtesy Felix Weis)

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

By Richard L. Hasen
August 18, 2015
Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

Executions come swiftly and often in Iran’s ‘justice’ system

By Hamid Yazdan Panah
August 17, 2015
People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague

People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares