This week's round-up of commentaries covers the impact of student loans on Japan's economy, why Australians should stand against a ban on wearing burqas, the problems of being a surrogate mother in India, why Britain must stand against Internet trolls, and why Canada must join the fight against Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 20, 2014 weekly magazine:Berlet: Renewable energy won't solve the world's energy problems. Soule: Low minimum wages and a growing income gap are putting pressure on the economy.
New Jersey tries to lure young people hooked on digital video games of skill to wager on those games. Other states should ignore this desperate pursuit to tap games of merit as a way to revive an industry built on notions of chance.
Oil-abundant nations that invest their wealth wisely for future generations may not mind the big drop in oil prices. Countries with corrupt, authoritarian rulers may be exposed by the drop in revenue.
While many Middle East countries splinter into war, Indonesia marks a democratic triumph Oct. 20. Its second popularly elected president, Joko Widodo, takes power.
The late 20th-century shift away from whale hunting to whale saving didn't just help those endangered creatures. It was an historic human leap in the direction of environmentalism.
This year’s Nobel Prize for economics hints at the need for fresh ideas to spur growth. The winner, Jean Tirole, brings a deeper look at what motivates people to invest in their future.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers protests in Hong Kong, the digital gap in Argentina's education, dangers witnesses face in Pakistan, and Liberia's reaction to US aiding in the fight against Ebola.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 13, 2014 weekly magazine:Weeden: Just because people retire doesn't mean they can't contribute to societyMcintire: Political finance is an issue we should all be worried about
The World Bank and IMF lead the way in helping African nations hit by Ebola to plan for an inevitable rebound. Such planning may help dispel current perceptions of Ebola as yet another drag on Africa that has grown more resilient.
In a first, a North Korean official confesses that the regime runs 'reeducation' labor camps. The admission hints at change and a possible rejection of Marxist notions about truth being subject only to the power relations of economic and social conditions.
Despite an armed conflict, economic stagnation, and elections, Ukraine starts to erode endemic corruption, first by forcing officials to divulge personal assets. Honesty in governance may be a main defense against Russia.
The less-well-off in America are giving more of their income than the wealthy, perhaps because it is easier to give through digital networks. But ordinary folks may also be bonding through charity as trust in government and business declines.
From music to comedy, literature to reality TV, country culture has long amused, fascinated , and even educated Americans.
Compassion toward Ebola patients starts to kick in as more people, especially health-care workers, put fear and prejudice in their place. The crisis demands a humanitarian response as much as isolation of Ebola.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers Syrian refugees, Rwandan President Paul Kagame's example of great leadership, the feeling of isolation among Muslim youth in Europe, Korea's struggling start-up culture, and why Turkey must help fight Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for September 29, 2014 weekly magazine:Crawford: Everyone has a duty to help end domestic violence.
In Hong Kong’s demonstrations, a 17-year-old leads others in the demand for full democracy from China. Like many student activists, he seeks proof of theories learned in class – and assurance of a better life ahead.
The Hong Kong protests are a plea for China to live up to a promised ideal of universal rights, and not ‘rob the common man of his purpose.'
In his visit to the US, India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes an impression on his plans for the poor, especially in expanding solar power. His record so far suggests India could be a global solar champion.