The Great Debate

Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

By Josh Cohen
May 26, 2015
A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in Fokino

A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in the town of Fokino in Russia’s far-eastern Primorsky region March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

By Paula Newberg
May 26, 2015
India's PM Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Sharif as Nepal's PM Koirala and Afghanistan's President Ghani watch during the closing session of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front L) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (front C) as Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (back 2nd L) and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani (front R) look on at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Kathmandu, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Niranjan Shrestha/Pool

The coming jobs massacre and a more violent world

By John Lloyd
May 25, 2015
A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics reacts as the controller commands it via a mobile phone to make a facial expression during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong

A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics is shown at the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

When Palmyra rivaled the Roman Empire

By Mike Duncan
May 25, 2015
Tourists take pictures at the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra

Tourists take pictures at the ancient theater in the historical city of Palmyra, April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Why Poland’s presidential election may shake up the European Union

By Ola Cichowlas
May 22, 2015
Polish President Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to media after casting votes in presidential election at polling station in Warsaw

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to the media after voting in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski / Agencja Gazeta

Why Imperator Furiosa, not Mad Max, is the hero for our age

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
May 22, 2015
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Charlize Theron in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ Courtesy of Warner Bros.

When the world succumbs to forces of darkness, you want a strong, ethical woman on your side. At least that’s what it increasingly looks like at the movies.

If you don’t want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar
May 22, 2015
A scientist shows "Golden Rice" and ordinary rice at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos

A scientist shows “Golden Rice” (R) and ordinary rice at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna, south of Manila, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Why a forceful U.S. response to China’s artificial island-building won’t float

By William Johnson
May 21, 2015
An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

The Bush boys: No sibling rivalry, but maybe something deeper

By Peter Wolson
May 21, 2015
US President Bush bids farewell to his brother in Tampa

President George W. Bush (R) bids farewell to his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as they step off Marine One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, May 9, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

By Fizan Abdullah
May 21, 2015
A nurse at Malindi district hospital attends to a woman, injured when their community members were attacked in Tana River district in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region

A nurse at Malindi district hospital attends to a woman, injured when their community members were attacked in Kenya’s coastal Tana Delta region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga