The Great Debate

More than measles: The threat to America’s ‘herd immunity’

By Howard Markel
February 24, 2015
Jodi Krawitt holds her son Rhett in their home in Corte Madera, California

Jodi Krawitt holds her son Rhett, 6, in their home in Corte Madera, California, Jan. 28, 2015. Rhett is recovering from leukemia and his father is concerned his child could succumb to an outbreak of measles at his Northern California school. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Whips, chains and capitalism: What ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is really about

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
February 24, 2015
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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

US wants to hack your phone because it doesn’t have real spies it needs

By Patrick G. Eddington
February 23, 2015

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in Paris

As Google’s Android smartphone operating system was coming under attack in fall 2012 from malware with the colorful names of “Loozfon” and “FinFisher,” the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued an alert to help defend against the threat. “Depending on the type of phone,” the FBI said, “the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user’s personal data.”

Militants will always get through for one reason: Money

By David Wise
February 22, 2015
Gunmen gesture as they return to their car after the attack outside the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo

French authorities had removed Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the gunmen who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris (seen at rear), from the intelligence watch list. Still from video in Paris, January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV

from Breakingviews:

Time for Greece’s Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve in debt battle

By Hugo Dixon
February 21, 2015

Greek PM Tsipras attends a cabinet meeting at the parliament building in Athens

Greek PM Tsipras attends a cabinet meeting at the parliament building in Athens, Feb 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Greece blinked in loan battle, Putin’s gaze remains steely

By John Lloyd
February 20, 2015
Varoufakis holds a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis holds a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Feb. 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The cracks in Islamic State’s business plan are starting to show

By Ora Szekely
February 20, 2015
File photo of displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walking towards the Syrian border

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk toward the Syrian border, Aug 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said/Files

‘Boyhood’ vs. ‘Birdman’: Inside Hollywood’s hive mind

By Neal Gabler
February 20, 2015
An Oscar statue stands in a parking lot near the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood

An Oscar statue stands near the Dolby Theater during preparations for the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Debaltseve debacle puts Ukraine’s leader in jeopardy. That suits Vladimir Putin just fine.

By Lucian Kim
February 19, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen who fought in Debaltseve are seen in a bus before leaving for home, near Artemivsk

Ukrainian servicemen who fought in Debaltseve are seen in a bus before leaving for home, near Artemivsk, Feb. 19, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Iraqis may fear Shi’ite militias more than Islamic State

By Mohamad Bazzi
February 19, 2015
A fighter from the Shi'ite Kata'ib Imam Ali (Imam Ali Brigades) militia runs as they search a house after taking control of a village from Islamist State militants, on the outskirts of Dhuluiya

A fighter from the Shi’ite Imam Ali Brigades militia runs after taking control of a village from Islamist State militants, on the outskirts of Dhuluiya, north of Baghdad, Dec. 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer