The Great Debate

Empty American promises and the lives they can cost

March 25, 2016
Stacks of unidentified corpses line the walls of an underground shelter at a Bosnian morgue in Tuzla March 28, 1997. The body bags contain victims found in mass graves and in wooded areas after the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. REUTERS

Stacks of unidentified corpses line the walls of an underground shelter at a Bosnian morgue in Tuzla March 28, 1997. The body bags contain victims found in mass graves and in wooded areas after the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. REUTERS

If secrecy is the whole point, how do you make intelligence agencies share?

March 25, 2016
A general view shows the U.S. embassy in a thermal image taken with an infrared camera in Berlin October 27, 2013. A German newspaper said on Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) denied that Obama had been informed about the operation by the NSA chief in 2010, as reported by the German newspaper. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)

The U.S. embassy in Berlin in a thermal image taken with an infrared camera in Berlin, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

from Breakingviews:

Cox: The social costs of financial returns

By Rob Cox
March 24, 2016

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

The world’s spies agree Belgian intelligence is broken

March 24, 2016
Police stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSBPPV

Police stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Europe declared peace while the world was still at war

March 24, 2016
Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Brussels bombings are a sign of Islamic State’s panic

March 23, 2016
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A soldier at Zaventem airport after a blast occurred, in Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jef Versele

Brussels attack is another nail in the European Union’s coffin

March 23, 2016
A police helicopter hovers over Brussels' rooftops following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSBQZ6

A police helicopter hovers over Brussels’ rooftops following bomb attacks in the Belgian city, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

How the Brussels attacks could destabilize Europe

March 22, 2016
A soldier stands near broken windows after explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.    REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - RTSBM7B

A soldier stands near broken windows after explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A contested convention is no panacea for those against Trump

March 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump leads reporters on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Deciphering Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

March 22, 2016
U.S.  Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland (centre L) is greeted by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland (centre L) is greeted by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque