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.
The Islamic State's brutality toward women deserves both criticism and counterexamples. When the new president of Afghanistan thanks his wife in public, Muslims notice.
With stunning political consensus, Mexico has passed 11 major reforms in 20 months, indicating a new civility, openness, and service to others.
Hydrocarbons play a crucial role in today's economy. They are also crucial in fueling the transition away from hydrocarbons.
This week's round-up of commentary covers why denying a visa to Dalai Lama is submitting to China's demands, the horrific conditions of Afghan prisons, why vote for Sweden's feminist party, Chile's fight against domestic terrorists, and winning the hearts and minds of Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for September 29, 2014 weekly magazine:Keller: If we don't control wildfires, it will eradicate our forests.Frank: With new airstrikes in Iraq, the United States may be setting itself up for another costly and lengthy battle.
Before starting war on Islamic State, President Obama pushed a freedom agenda on Iraq: It must have a sustainable democracy. But the war is also in Syria. Might he also be forced to push democracy there?
President Obama knows war alone will not defeat the Islamic State group. In his UN speech, he asked Muslims to offer a different vision from the IS approach of imposing a self-defined cultural purity by force.
At the UN climate summit, President Obama announced US plans to help other countries prepare for climate change. The US effort on global resilience may help fight the fatalism on efforts to curb carbon emissions.
An American-brokered deal to resolve the presidential election in Afghanistan aims to create a unity government, one that may bridge ethnic divides and tackle corruption.
You don’t have to believe in the detrimental effects of human industry on the environment to be green today. Reducing dependence -- on big government, big utilities, and big energy -- appeals to rugged individualists as much as to tree-huggers.
This week's round-up of commentary covers South Korean laws that ban kids from playing video games, why hacking isn't a good form of protest, how contraceptives are helping fight poverty, why Yemen must work to keep its educated youth, and how a US–Russian alliance can beat the Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for September 22, 2014 weekly magazine:Green: Spiritual leaders should call for peace not war.Price: Clicking on sensational pictures shapes our consciousness and our world.