The Great Debate

Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

October 5, 2015
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Sailors aboard the USS “Seawolf” remove ice from the hull after surfacing at the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean, July 30, 2015. U.S. NAVY/Handout

Germany: Reunited for 25 years and it doesn’t always feel so good

October 2, 2015
East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced

East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced early November 9, 1989. REUTERS/Herbert Knosowski

Little daylight between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Europe’s far-right

October 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea near Sevastopol

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea as he takes part in an expedition near Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Why ‘science’ alone isn’t enough for setting environmental policy

October 2, 2015
Century City and downtown Los Angeles are seen through the smog

Century City and downtown Los Angeles are seen through the smog December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

It’s time for the U.S. to embrace a talent-based immigration system

October 1, 2015
Candidates take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become new U.S. Citizens at Convention Center in Los Angeles

Close to 4,500 candidates from more than 100 countries take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The war in Afghanistan has so far cost $33,000 per citizen. And will not end well.

October 1, 2015
Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan

Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Podcast: How war changed everything on American supermarket shelves

October 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

A military can only project power as far as it can ship food to feed its hungry soldiers. The need for armies, both ancient and modern, to travel long distances to thwart enemies and take territory has made militaries one of the driving factors behind food science.

The best reason for Iran deal? The West will learn where to drop bombs.

September 30, 2015
Ministers and officials pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L to R) pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool

What do hackers want with fingerprints in a retina-scan world?

September 30, 2015
Fingerprints of a migrant are taken during registration at the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center in Heidelberg

Fingerprints of a migrant are taken during registration at the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center, a former U.S. military facility in Heidelberg, Germany, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk

September 30, 2015
Lopez Leon of Spain takes breakfast tray to resident's room at SenVital elderly home in Kleinmachnow

Raquel Lopez Leon (R) from the Spanish city of Cordoba takes a tray with breakfast to a resident’s room at the SenVital elderly home in Kleinmachnow outside Berlin May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter