from The Great Debate:

Alexander Litvinenko and Karl Marx’s stepchildren

By John Lloyd
January 27, 2016

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, attends a demonstration in support of Boris Nemtsov, former deputy prime minister of Russia and prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, outside the Russian Embassy in London March 01, 2015. Nemstov was murdered two days ago as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4RN56

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. REUTERS/Neil Hall

from The Great Debate:

Quest to tear down statues over racism is intellectually vapid

By John Lloyd
January 21, 2016

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town (UCT), April 9, 2015. UCT's Council voted on Wednesday to remove of the statue of the former Cape Colony governor, after protests by students. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTR4WMJ3

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town, April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

from The Great Debate:

Russia can only use the United States as an excuse for so long

By John Lloyd
December 29, 2015

Russian Matryoshka dolls decorated with images of U.S. President Barack Obama (R), his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev (C) and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are seen on display at a market in Moscow July 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

This 2009 photo shows Russian matryoshka dolls decorated with images of President Barack Obama (R), then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) and Russia's then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

from The Great Debate:

Fallout for Europe may be greater if Britain stays in the EU

By John Lloyd
December 24, 2015

Union flags and the Big Ben clocktower cover notebooks are seen on sale in London, Britain, Thursday  December 17, 2015. European Union leaders could clinch a deal with British Prime Minister David Cameron in February to prevent the bloc's second largest economy leaving, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday. Cameron is seeking to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the bloc it joined in 1973 ahead of a referendum on membership to be held by the end of 2017. Some EU leaders are wary of agreeing to all of his demands, however, particularly on cutting benefits for EU migrants to Britain. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor   - RTX1Z564

Union flags and the Big Ben clocktower cover notebooks are seen on sale in London, Britain, Thursday December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

from The Great Debate:

Europe’s got its own Donald Trumps

By John Lloyd
December 10, 2015

Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 1/8/15 US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump as he views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic - RTX1MNC1

Presidential candidate Donald Trump views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry.
Action Images via Reuters/Russell Cheyne

from The Great Debate:

The end of the post-World War Two order

By John Lloyd
December 5, 2015

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Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for the National Front in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, addresses French farmers as she campaigns for the upcoming regional elections, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

from The Great Debate:

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

By John Lloyd
December 1, 2015

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

from The Great Debate:

Islamic State has become an existential threat to the West

By John Lloyd
November 18, 2015

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKNM

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

What does Europe truly want to be when it grows up?

By John Lloyd
November 4, 2015

Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift train station in the village of Sentilj

Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift station close to the Austrian border town of Spielfeld in the village of Sentilj, Slovenia, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

from The Great Debate:

Has the United States lost its best friend to its biggest rival?

By John Lloyd
October 26, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to Britain

Chinese President Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of his state visit to Britain, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool