For all the debate since Edward Snowden's NSA disclosures a year ago, the only thing more striking than the changes that have resulted is how much has stayed the same. Unfortunately, a lack of evidence of cold war-style abuses has dampened the public push for reform.
As an opposition member of parliament, I can happily say that Modi appears to have realized that he will have to lead the nation from the center and not from the extreme right, where he built his base. But if he backslides, we will resist him robustly. India's democracy deserves no less.
A surge of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the US demands a humanitarian response
Human trafficking is a complicated problem that can be difficult to discuss appropriately and sensitively. But as we've seen after the Somaly Mam case, the discourse of human trafficking has real impacts on anti-trafficking efforts and on trafficking victims and survivors.
Remembering D-Day, World War I, the Polish elections, Tiananmen Square. What do they have in common? A love of freedom.
If we are serious as a culture about preventing future atrocities, we need to change the way we socialize boys and men like Elliot Rodger. And we will need to dismantle a culture that routinely treats women and girls as sexual objects and targets of real and virtual violence.
Innovative approaches could result in happier, more productive workers
Letters to the Editor for the June 2, 2014 weekly magazine:President Obama’s past and contemplated use of executive power to waive deportations makes clear to me that he has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution.After reading Ruth Walker’s May 5 Verbal Energy column, 'Big ideas in small talk,' I had a chance to practice what I had learned on conversation starters.
Defense leaders in East Asia, including those from the US, meet as the region roils over China's aggressive acts over islands and watery resources. A few nations, however, take legal action to show how disputes can be resolved peacefully.
The millions of tweets about the abducted Nigerian girls and now a killing rampage against women in California show the progress in global efforts to confront the issue of violence against women. Exposure of the problem is halfway to ending it.
In his West Point speech, President Obama firmly plants a vision of US leadership as a 'hub of alliances' with the task of 'empowering partners' – not as a global cop. The US can refocus itself as a world coach mainly because humanity has made progress in shared ideals that promote peace.
I worry that in an era of stressed resources for schools and increased emphasis on uniform academic testing, field trips might fall victim to slashed budgets and school reform. As I saw, they can spark critical thinking better than conventional classroom instruction.
India and China now have top leaders with vigorous campaigns against official corruption. Which country will succeed? Look to the one that can hold its leaders accountable for transparency and honesty.
Letters to the Editor for the May 26, 2014 weekly magazine:I don’t doubt that the people at Fox News all are beautiful human beings. I just don’t care for the way they seem to slant the truth to push an agenda or be controversial.I don’t think the differences in people’s political views should be characterized as Republican versus Democrat. I see the difference as being constitutionalists versus anarchists.
Tunisia has many advantages that set it up well for progress. But the country's future will not be assured without international support. It must fortify a weak economy, combat crime and terrorism, and continue government reforms.
After winning Ukraine's presidential election, Petro Poroshenko sets his first priority: reaching out to separatists. Nations in civil conflict need a healer who can calm the fears of those in rebellion.
The Army coup in Thailand shows how much the Thais, especially the elite, must absorb basic concepts of citizenship, extending political power even to the poorest.
The electoral victory of Narendra Modi and the BJP marks a major shift for India – inspiring great hope for many and worry for others. However, both the euphoria and the fears will calm down when Modi gets down to the hard business of governing a large, diverse, chaotic India.