The Great Debate

Eyewitness Views: From hope to horror in Tiananmen Square

By Alan Chin
May 29, 2014


Eyewitness View: From hope to horror in Tiananmen Square On Changan Avenue, a small crowd confronts the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Tiananmen Square after the army stormed the square and the surrounding area the night before. This is near the location a day later where "Tank Man" confronted and momentarily halted a column of the army's tanks leaving the square. (Alan Chin)June 4, 1989. In Chinese the reference is usually made with just the numbers “Six Four,” like in English, “9/11.” As the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen ...

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Why Egyptians voted for Sisi

By Sarah Eltantawi
May 28, 2014

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Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to win the presidential elections in Egypt this week, almost a year after Egypt’s military reasserted formal control following widespread revolts against Mohamed Mursi.

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The problem with the Piketty problem

By Edward Hadas
May 28, 2014

If a man is suspected of murder, arson and speeding, any prosecutor who focuses only on the last charge risks ridicule. That imagined situation has some bearing on recent criticism of Thomas Piketty, the best-selling French anti-inequality economist. The accusations are largely restricted to ways in which he has exceeded the limits of his data.

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How corporate jets fly under shareholder radar

By Bethany McLean
May 28, 2014

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Men’s apparel retailer Jos. A. Bank may be best known for its incessant advertisements of all the merchandise it has on sale. “Could they advertise more? Could they sell less?” quipped Jerry Seinfeld. “We’ll give you three suits for $8! Just take it! Get it out of here!”

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A follow-up on Dasani, fitting Credit Suisse punishments, when Hollywood meets Beijing

By Steven Brill
May 28, 2014

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1. What happened to Dasani?

Remember Dasani Coates?

She’s the homeless Brooklyn girl whose plight the New York Times’ Andrea Elliott chronicled in a moving series of Times features last December. The last we heard about Dasani in the Times was this February 21 follow-up by Elliott and Rebecca R. Ruiz. They reported that New York City officials had decided to move 400 families, including Dasani’s, out of the squalid shelter where she had been living and into rent-supported apartments.

Meet the Tea Party — European edition

By Bill Schneider
May 27, 2014

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Europe finally has its own Tea Party. Or something like it.

Last weekend, citizens of 21 nations elected members of a new European parliament. The result? An outpouring of rage.

Russia’s Navy: More rust than ready

By David Axe
May 27, 2014

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On May 8, the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon sailed from the naval base at Portsmouth on an urgent mission — to find and follow the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov and six accompanying vessels steaming through the English Channel.

To help injured veterans, bring in private sector help

May 23, 2014

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In all the brouhaha about the Veterans Administration — the alleged misconduct and malpractice in Arizona, and the ensuing calls for the head of Secretary Eric Shinseki — it is crucial that the issue not be treated solely as a referendum on Shinseki, and on the Obama administration generally.

Poland’s example may offer Ukraine a way out

By Andrew Nagorski
May 23, 2014

FORMER POLISH PRESIDENT AND SOLIDARITY FOUNDING LEADER LECH WALESA SHOWS V-SIGN IN 1989.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Ukraine has tried — and repeatedly failed — to transform itself into a stable, prosperous democracy. The presidential elections on Sunday, May 25 offers another opportunity to make that happen, for Ukraine to come out from Russia’s shadow and the shadow of its own corrupt post-Soviet limping economy.

Secrecy’s out, so here’s what Swiss banks can still offer

By Peter Gumbel
May 22, 2014

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If Swiss banks were to cast off their usual discretion and make a marketing pitch these days, it might start off something like this: