The world's largest private employer plans a raise for its lowest-paid workers, a sign of a drive in many countries to hike wages to stimulate economies. Firms need to look beyond the bottom line in how they treat employees.
This week's round-up of global commentary includes the characteristics of Pakistan's nationalism, how the US help fan the Islamic State, the careful response terrorism requires, how democracy can save Ethiopia, and how much farther equality in South Africa needs to go.
Letters to the editor for the Feb. 23 weekly magazine
A trend in US courts and elsewhere to use analytical 'risk assessment' tools in determining a person's future dangerousness undercuts the notion of individual agency in choosing a moral and lawful life.
Letters to the editor for the Feb. 16, 2015 weekly magazine
Extremism is a shallow concept, an easy answer in a complicated world. One part of fighting extremism is encouraging deeper thinking.
Huge protests in Turkey, on the streets and Twitter following a woman's murder, are aimed at violence against women. Yet they are also the biggest sign yet of Muslim women waging a struggle against ancient Islamic views.
This week's gathering of some 60 nations in Washington looks at ways to counter Islamic State's lure of more recruits. The best way is to shine a light on the dark emptiness of such groups.
Society is developing smarter, more compassionate, more effective ways of reforming juvenile offenders.
At the US military academies, students report a decline in unwanted sexual contact. One possible reason is new training in 'bystander intervention,' or preventing an assault when a person nearby speaks up or takes action. A Pentagon report adds legitimacy to 'good Samaritan' training at educational institutions.
This week's round-up of global commentary includes strengthening ties between China and India, Taiwan's opportunity in the 'Asia pivot,' how South Korea balances China and the US, a call to invest in young farmers in Japan, and addressing concerns about GMOs in China.
The latest attempt at a Ukraine ceasefire was mediated by the EU's top leaders. The first one was mediated by the 57-nation OSCE. These supranational bodies are a good answer to Russia's super-nationalism
As productivity slows, experts ask if an era of innovation is over. Has the digital revolution lost its juice? Optimists say invention only drives more invention.