The Great Debate

Paris attack is Europe’s security nightmare

November 14, 2015
French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday evening, killing dozens of people in what a shaken French President described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann   - RTS6WWE

French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The state of play in the Syria talks (round 58692)

November 13, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry said on Friday he hoped progress could be made at international talks in Vienna aimed at finding a political solution to Syria's four-year-old civil war but it would be very difficult. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool - RTX1U17Z

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Worst-case scenarios that are more likely than you think

November 13, 2015
A military investigator from Russia stands near the debris of a Russian airliner at its crash site at the Hassana area in Arish city, north Egypt, November 1, 2015. Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1U8L7

A military investigator from Russia near the debris of a Russian airliner at its crash site at the Hassana area in Arish city, north Egypt, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Your college kid may be an anonymous part of the race problem on campus

November 12, 2015
Tufts University students march across the campus in Medford, Massachusetts December 2, 2014 during the first of a series of planned demonstrations against police violence in the United States. The demonstrations, in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, are planned 28 hours apart until December 10 to mark the rate at which a black person is killed by police in the U.S., according to the organizers.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR4GFP0

Tufts University students march across the campus in Medford, Massachusetts December 2, 2014 during the first of a series of planned demonstrations against police violence in the United States. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The real secret to Bernie Sanders’ success

November 12, 2015
Democrati presidential candidates U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton debate duringthe first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS4CQD

Senator Bernie Sanders (L) , REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson; Henry A. Wallace, REUTERS/Library of Congress/Harris & Ewing Collection

One possible weapon to ward off super PACs

November 12, 2015
Campaign buttons for Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are displayed prior to Bush formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Miami, Florida June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  - RTX1GM9F

Campaign buttons for presidential candidate Jeb Bush, displayed before Bush formally launches his campaign, in Miami, Florida, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Podcast: The true horrors of life under Islamic State

November 11, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Kevin Sullivan

Many in the West think of the Islamic State as a loose collection of fighters — rabble who kill, loot and burn. But the truth is more complex, though no less terrifying. Islamic State actually governs the territory it takes and it’s not terrible at it. The group levies taxes, teaches children and organizes garbage pickup.

Cybersecurity treaties may be nice, but it’s really every country for itself

November 11, 2015
U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. Cyberspace was a hobby for Kidd before he joined the Marines in 2003, but he hopes to make it his new battlefield after suffering debilitating injuries in Iraq. At the naval air station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 26-year-old from Williamsburg is retraining to fight cyber threats, one of a number of wounded warriors transitioning to non-traditional combat fields in order to continue serving the United States' defense needs. Picture taken February 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY EDUCATION) - RTR2XOOE

U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Allen Toussaint and me

November 10, 2015
Musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lee Celano Musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lee Celano

You know Allen Toussaint. You may not know it. But you do.

Who’s in charge of the migrants arriving in Greece? The answer will surprise you.

November 10, 2015
A volunteer signals to a raft carrying refugees and migrants as they approach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, November 9, 2015. Since the start of the year, over 590,000 people have crossed into Greece, the frontline of a massive westward population shift from war-ravaged Syria and beyond. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTS63YV

A volunteer signals to a raft carrying refugees and migrants as they approach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, November 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis