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Review: The lucrative and controversial Blair Inc

March 20, 2015

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

An investor’s view of why Putin’s days may be numbered

By Reuters
March 20, 2015

Investor Bill Browder, author of “Red Notice,” explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin gained total control over Russia, including its oligarchs, in what he calls a “Sopranos moment.”

Punishment’s purpose: How humans became hardwired for justice

By Morris B. Hoffman
March 20, 2015
Australian Supreme Court judges take part in traditional Red Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney

Australian Supreme Court judges. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

One of the positive things about the media frenzy over cases like the Boston Marathon bombing and the Aurora Theater shooting is that these types of cases remind us there are profound mysteries of the human condition that we usually tune out during our everyday lives. What is the nature of good and evil? When are we responsible for our actions and when should we be excused? Why do we blame and punish, and when do we forgive?

Breaking a decades-long trend, the world gets more violent

March 20, 2015
Masked Shi'ite fighters hold their weapons in Al Hadidiya, south of Tikrit, en route to the Islamic State-controlled al-Alam

Masked Shi’ite fighters hold their weapons in Al Hadidiya, Iraq on March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Lessons for U.S. police from an unexpected place – Northern Ireland

By Terry Golway
March 20, 2015
Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson

Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Why Bibi won: Israel unwilling to pay the price of hope

By Amy Wilentz
March 19, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu attends cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is treading water in a sea of red ink

By William E. Pomeranz
March 19, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive in the Baltic Sea

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Islamic militant threat in China is real, not just propaganda

By William Johnson
March 18, 2015
Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan

Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in “the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities” in Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

As tensions with Russia spiral, where is NATO?

By Robert Newton
March 18, 2015
German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), attend a memorial ceremony for slain soldiers, in the German Army's Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif

German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), attend a memorial ceremony for slain soldiers, in the German Army’s Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Russia’s air corps is a powerful but fading force

By Robert Beckhusen
March 18, 2015
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A Russian air force SU-30SM at the MAKS airshow at the Ramenskoye Airport near Moscow, Aug. 29, 2013. Vitaly V. Kuzmin/Wikimedia photo