The Great Debate

Why oil collapse is forcing Saudi Arabia to cut back on its checkbook diplomacy

March 16, 2016
Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, hold their weapons as they wear uniforms provided by the Gulf states in Marib, Yemen October 15, 2015. Marib is a city that is heavily armed even by the standards of Yemen, where the ready availability of weapons helped start civil war and is now preventing anyone coming out on top. Yemenis often say there are three guns for every person, a boast that has become an urgent concern in a country where the United Nations says the humanitarian situation is "critical". Picture taken October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Angus McDowall - RTS4ZMB

Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, hold their weapons as they wear uniforms provided by the Gulf states in Marib, Yemen October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Angus McDowall

Russia drops the mic: Syria pullout comes at perfect moment

March 15, 2016
Russian Su-34 bombers, Su-27 fighters and MiG-29 fighters fly in formation above Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX1C7WP

Russian Su-34 bombers, Su-27 fighters and MiG-29 fighters fly in formation above Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Why — and how — Russia won in Syria

March 15, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX294ZD

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin

German election bruises Merkel, but isn’t a knockout blow

March 14, 2016
A combination picture shows German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel as she addresses a news conference at CDU party headquarters in Berlin, Germany March 14, 2016.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch - RTX293BZ

A combination picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

States vie with feds to punish company moves abroad. But does it work?

March 14, 2016
A woman passes by the Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 23, 2015.  Pfizer Inc  on Monday said it would buy Botox maker Allergan Plc  in a record-breaking deal worth $160 billion to cut its U.S. tax bill by moving its headquarters to Ireland.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1VI00

The Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Why a hope in the world since Biblical times is officially over

March 11, 2016
Migrants stand next to the Greek-Macedonian border fence, near the Greek village of Idomenii March 1, 2016. Macedonian police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of migrants who stormed the border from Greece on Monday as a deeply divided Europe traded barbs over the biggest humanitarian crisis in decades. As frustrations boiled over at restrictions imposed on people moving through the Balkans, migrants trapped on the Greece-Macedonia border tore down a metal gate in the barbed wire fence. REUTERS/Marko Djurica - RTS8QIB

Migrants stand next to the Greek-Macedonian border fence, near the Greek village of Idomenii March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The sniper’s evolution from villain to hero

March 11, 2016

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Listen on SoundCloud Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Ian McCollum Snipers play a key role in the world’s armies. They target commanders on the opposing side and other targets with an outsize impact. Working by themselves, they can pin down a group, creating fear and confusion.

And now they’re covered in glory. Hollywood cast Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. Kyle killed at least 160 people with his rifle.

North Korea is a nuclear power. Here’s why the world just has to live with it.

March 10, 2016
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) reacts as he watches a long range rocket launch in North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 7, 2016. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbors and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.  Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. - RTX25T51

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) reacts as he watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kyodo

A one-party state without the rancor

March 10, 2016
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015, to announce a $1 billion emergency legislative package to deal with the state's devastating, multiyear drought. The state is entering a fourth year of record-breaking drought that has prompted officials to sharply reduce water supplies to farmers and impose strict conservation measures statewide. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

California Governor Jerry Brown at a news conference with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (L) and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff at the State Capitol in Sacramento, March 19, 2015, REUTERS/Max Whittaker