Big money is starting to push marijuana legalization in the US, raising alarms that corporate profiteers may promote pot use among teens. A few states are wising up to the large commercial interests peddling a drug with high costs in public safety.
The integrity of the Internet will soon be maintained by a nongovernmental body (ICANN) set up to represent the web’s many stakeholders. The model of governance reflects the values of the web itself: equality and a mutual regard among users.
A roundup of global commentary for the March 7, 2016 weekly magazine.
With Obama going to Cuba, a tighter economic embargo on North Korea, and a partial lifting of sanctions on an improved Iran, now is the time to examine why sanctions often succeed. They rely on a hopeful view of people.
Letters to the editor for the March 7, 2016 weekly magazine.
In a first, a jihadist is charged with a war crime for destroying ancient cultural sites. The case before the International Criminal Court reflects a legal pushback against such destruction and a moral reinforcement to preserve humanity’s most timeless heritage.
A temporary truce, brokered by Russia and the US, has brought the first lull in violence in Syria’s five-year conflict. As it brings some stability and hope, it is also a test of sincerity for coming peace talks.
Despite a rigged list of candidates, voters in Iran’s Feb. 26 election found a way to elect relative moderates who seek a less threatening country more open to the world. The vote was a humiliating blow to Iran’s clerical rule.
Looking critically at the past is important. Remembering that the people of the past are people like us is also important.
The US presidential campaign is raising voter fears about the future more than focusing on what Warren Buffett calls America’s ‘secret sauce” – its long history of sustained gains in economic productivity.
Letters to the editor for the Feb. 29, 2016 weekly magazine.
A roundup of global commentary for the Feb. 29, 2016 weekly magazine.