The Great Debate

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

VA BACKLOG

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:

Europe is under siege from both the left and right

By Matt Browne
May 22, 2014

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Elections will begin on Thursday across the 28 European Union member states to elect national representatives to the European Parliament, which regulates trade, borders and some elements of foreign policy. Though this is a continent-wide election, voters historically use it to send a message to their own nation’s governing party. With the meteoric rise of anti-European populism on the political left and right, however, things promise to buck that trend this time.

from Breakingviews:

Russia puts gas-hungry China in a bear hug

May 21, 2014

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

How far right can Republicans go?

By Bill Schneider
May 21, 2014

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Lexington Airport in Lexington, Kentucky

The line between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party has blurred.  That spells trouble for the GOP in the long run.  Possibly this year, more likely in 2016.

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: ITT’s ghost hangs over Silicon Valley

May 20, 2014

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

How Supreme Court rulings encourage racial discrimination

By William Yeomans
May 20, 2014

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Recent events have driven home two stark truths: racism continues to percolate throughout our society and conservative Supreme Court justices appear determined to prevent us from doing anything about it.

from Breakingviews:

Alibaba tries out role of the noble monopolist

May 20, 2014

By Ethan Bilby

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