The Great Debate

Einstein, insanity and the war on drugs

By Bernd Debusmann
December 3, 2008

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Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. His definition fits America’s war on drugs, a multi-billion dollar, four-decade exercise in futility.

The business case for high-seas piracy

By Bernd Debusmann
November 26, 2008

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As far as illicit businesses with low risk and high rewards go, it doesn’t get much better than piracy on the high seas. The profit margins can easily surpass those of the cocaine trade. The risks?

Nuclear planning to the year 1,002,008

By Bernd Debusmann
November 19, 2008

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Barack Obama and The Ugly American

By Bernd Debusmann
November 12, 2008

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years ago, a pair of American writers published a novel that trained a critical spotlight on U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. The book, by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick, became a bestseller and its title, “The Ugly American,” turned into an enduring label.

After Obama win, goodbye to Cuban embargo?

By Bernd Debusmann
November 5, 2008

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If votes in the United Nations serve as a gauge of global opinion, 98.9 percent of the world opposes the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, a measure imposed 46 years ago to isolate the communist-ruled island and bring down its leaders.

Real vs unreal Americans

By Bernd Debusmann
October 29, 2008
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