from The Great Debate:

Slowing economy won’t alter Xi’s ‘China Dream’

By John Lloyd
April 16, 2015

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi Jinping seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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Britain prepares for a campaign into political turbulence

By John Lloyd
April 10, 2015

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron stands alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband the leader of the opposition Labour Party as they attend the Commemoration Service for Afghanistan at St Paul's Cathedral in London

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) stands alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband the leader of the opposition Labour Party at St Paul's Cathedral in London, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Pool/John Stillwell

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An Islamic Reformation is the world’s best chance for peace

By John Lloyd
April 2, 2015

The Ottoman era Suleymaniye mosque is covered by fog as the sun sets in Istanbul

The Ottoman era Suleymaniye mosque is covered by fog as the sun sets in Istanbul. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

By John Lloyd
March 23, 2015

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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When is pornography a sign of women’s progress?

By John Lloyd
March 17, 2015

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new British laws on pornography outside parliament in central London, Dec. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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The most important man in Europe you’ve never heard of

By John Lloyd
March 9, 2015

Guardia di Finanza troops stand before the Quirinale palace in Rome, April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Guardia di Finanza troops stand before the Quirinale palace in Rome, April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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Lessons from the death of Russia’s Boris Nemtsov, a Putin foe

By John Lloyd
February 28, 2015

A woman reacts as she visits the site where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered, in central Moscow

A woman reacts as she visits the site where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered, in central Moscow, Feb. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

from The Great Debate:

Meet the four autocrats of the apocalypse

By John Lloyd
January 16, 2015

Russian President Putin attends a meeting with his counterpart from Venezuela Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his counterpart from Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Jan. 15, 2015. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Russian, Chinese ‘news’ coming to a TV near you

By John Lloyd
December 29, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on the screen of a television camera during his visit to the new studio complex of television channel 'Russia Today' in Moscow

Earlier this month, the British Broadcasting Corporation, which sees itself as still the best broadcaster in the world, gave a well-bred expression of fear. Peter Horrocks, who has just stepped down as head of the BBC World Service, said “we are being financially outgunned by Russia and the Chinese (broadcasters) … the role we need to play is an even handed one. We shouldn’t be pro one side or the other, we need to provide something people can trust.”

The problem(s) with Israel

By John Lloyd
November 20, 2014

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry the body of Rabbi Mosheh Twersky onto a vehicle during his funeral in Jerusalem

Israel had grown accustomed to an absence of terrorist attacks in its cities: so the bloody murder of four worshippers and wounding of eight more at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday was a shock. It illuminates the fragile, fractious state of the country, including the fact that the cabinet is riven, and may collapse soon.