The Great Debate

Time to end the authorization for endless war

By Steve Vladeck
February 11, 2015
U.S. President Obama thanks members of  the U.S. military for their service after meetings with military senior leadership for an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington

President Barack Obama thanks members of the U.S. military for their service after meeting with military senior leadership to hear an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Why Islamic State’s brand of horror works so well

By Arie W. Kruglanski
February 10, 2015
People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

People walk past television screens displaying a news program about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo Jan. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Soros: Big money can’t buy elections – influence is something else

By Jonathan Soros
February 10, 2015
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator holds a sign as others gather during a national day of action "Occupy the Courts" in New York

A demonstrator holds a sign as others gather in Foley Square during a national day of action “Occupy the Courts” in New York, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Signs of desperation in West’s latest moves to halt Ukraine crisis

By Lucian Kim
February 9, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine Feb. 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Chernyshev

Life is harsh under Islamic State. But what’s the alternative?

By Aki Peritz
February 9, 2015
Man walks down a street filled with abandoned vehicles and debris from damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani

A man walks down a street in the northern Syrian town of Kobani, January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

What Islamic State got out of burning a man alive

By Peter Van Buren
February 9, 2015
Female protesters, with pictures of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, chant slogans during a rally in Amman

Female protesters, with pictures of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, chant slogans during a rally in Amman Feb. 7, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Will Brian Williams keep his job? One key factor that will help decide.

By Neal Gabler
February 7, 2015
Williams from "NBC Nightly News" answers a question during the panel for NBC News at the NBC Universal sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena

Brian Williams from “NBC Nightly News” on a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, January 10, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

from Compass:

Arming Ukraine will put the West in danger

By Nader Mousavizadeh
February 6, 2015

A member of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic looks on near a building destroyed during battles with the Ukrainian armed forces in Vuhlehirsk

A member of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic stands near a building destroyed during battles with the Ukrainian armed forces in Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk region, Feb. 4, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

‘The Communist Manifesto’ (2015 edition)

By John Lloyd
February 6, 2015
Head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras speaks after winning elections in Athens,

The head of the radical leftist Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, speaks to supporters after winning elections in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Grisly Guantanamo stories refuse to go away

By Alka Pradhan
February 6, 2015
The U.S. flag flies over Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Bob Strong

The U.S. flag flies over Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Bob Strong