The Great Debate

America’s nonintervention is a vote for Syria’s Assad

By Wendy Pearlman
June 3, 2014

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Many Syrians who voted for Bashar al-Assad in today’s presidential elections did so in the belief that the alternative to the current regime is a takeover by Islamist radicals.

from Breakingviews:

Modi’s big win gives India way out of policy limbo

May 16, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee 

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

Exorcising the voter fraud ghost

By Richard L. Hasen
April 30, 2014

A poll worker looks at voter authorization forms and provisional ballots after the polls closed at the Covenant Presbyterian Church during the U.S. presidential election in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

When it comes to the fight about voter fraud and voter suppression, how do you prove a negative?

Democracy emerges in sub-Saharan Africa

By Andrew Novak and Kevin Lees
August 21, 2013

The recent re-election of Zimbabwe’s 89-year old president Robert Mugabe, in office for 33 years, resembled a period not long ago when sham elections were the norm in sub-Saharan Africa. Peaceful transitions of power were almost unheard of.

Maduro pressed to drop ‘magic’ focus on ‘realism’

By Gary Regenstreif
April 15, 2013

Nicolas Maduro’s election campaign was rich in magical realism, designed to bedazzle voters.

Obama, Moses and exaggerated expectations

By Bernd Debusmann
October 25, 2010

-Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

President Barack Obama is close to the half-way mark of his presidential mandate, a good time for a brief look at health care, unemployment, war, the level of the oceans, the health of the planet, and America’s image. They all featured in a 2008 Obama speech whose rhetoric soared to stratospheric heights.

from Commentaries:

Japan takes a kinder approach to growth

August 31, 2009

The victorious Democratic Party of Japan did not put economic growth at the heart of its electoral sales pitch. The party's manifesto mentions "growth" only once. The word "support", by contrast, appears 19 times.

from The Great Debate UK:

Japan: The election that might change everything

August 25, 2009

debito- Arudou Debito, is a columnist for the Japan Times, activist, blogger at debito.org, and Chair of the NPO Foreign Residents and Naturalized Citizens Association. The opinions expressed are his own -

The Obama challenge

November 5, 2008

obamaAmerica wakes up today to a new era in its political history. And as Barack Obama prepares to take office, he will have to wrestle with these facts of life: the economy is either in recession or teetering on the brink of one, and the U.S. is embroiled in two wars.

Real vs unreal Americans

By Bernd Debusmann
October 29, 2008
– Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. —

By Bernd Debusmann