The Great Debate

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

By Sarah Chayes
February 3, 2015
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

What does Vladimir Putin really want in Ukraine?

By Nina Khrushcheva
February 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Iran’s leaders wonder who’s really in charge in U.S. They may be surprised.

By Trita Parsi
February 1, 2015
Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions

Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

An Oscar Russia really doesn’t want to win

By David Gillespie
February 1, 2015
Aleksey Serebryakov as Kolya in Leviathan. REUTERS/Sony Pictures Classics

Aleksey Serebryakov as Kolya in Leviathan. REUTERS/Sony Pictures Classics

“Leviathan” is due to become one of the most celebrated Russian films in the West in decades, yet it may be banned in Russia. The film, which was the first from the country to win a Golden Globe since “War and Peace” in 1968, has also been nominated for an Oscar. But in Russia, the film has provoked a host of polarized reactions.

What precision medicine is, and how it might save your life some day

By Carlos Moreno
January 30, 2015
Graduate student Katie Bates studies a slice of rodent Parkinsonian brain tissue slices in the Nanomedicine Lab at UCL's School of Pharmacy in London

A researcher examines a slide. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The term “precision medicine’’ is one that most Americans had likely never heard before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but it is an area of exciting promise in biomedical research that will eventually improve health outcomes and potentially reduce healthcare costs.

American corruption is exceptional, too

By Terry Golway
January 30, 2015
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves federal court in New York

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves the federal court in New York January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Podemos can improve Spanish capitalism

January 29, 2015

By Rob Cox

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

Mystery in Argentina finds fertile ground for conspiracy theories

By Federico Finchelstein
January 29, 2015
A woman holds a sign that reads "Justice" and an image of prosecutor Alberto Nisman during a demonstration to demand justice over Nisman's death in front of the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

A woman holds a sign that reads “Justice” and an image of prosecutor Alberto Nisman during a demonstration to demand justice over Nisman’s death in front of the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

On Ukraine battlefield, one act of mercy becomes an Internet meme

By Lucian Kim
January 29, 2015
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Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

A uniquely French recipe for unrest

By Alan Chin
January 29, 2015
French riot policemen fire rubber bullets behind a burning car during clashes in Villiers le Bel

French riot policemen fire rubber bullets behind a burning car during clashes one day after two youths died in a motorbike accident with a police car in Villiers le Bel in the northern suburb of Paris, Nov. 26, 2007. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol