A Sept. 18 referendum on independence raises questions about diversity and democracy.
Late summer has rewarded sky-watchers with visual wonders. But there’s even more out there to ponder.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the tragedy of unaccompanied immigrant children, the lack of solutions in Gaza, the problems for democracy in Thailand, the isolation of Britain, and why the US didn't invite Zimbabwe to the Africa Summit.
Letters to the Editor for August 11, 2014 weekly magazine:Kovach: In 1988, Iran Air Flight 655, a civiian plane, was shot down by the USS Vincennes.Uberuaga: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will return to active duty only until it is determined if he will be court-martialed.Geist: Congress might be divided, but the American people aren't.
We can hover and worry about the economy or our finances, about the weather or our tomatoes. We can also just do our due diligence and then trust what takes place.
To keep ahead of an aging society, Britain now has an 'older workers' champion.' The big task, as more people in advanced nations put off retirement, is to shift attitudes about what is 'old.'
Global progress in seeking justice after mass atrocities gained a step with the first verdict against senior Khmer Rouge leaders.
By encroaching on others' territories, China, Russia, and Islamic terrorist armies challenge the norms of state sovereignty. How should the world respond?
The third war between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza reveals how much each side has little empathy for each other even as they seek empathy from the world for their civilian suffering.
President Obama's summit with African leaders mainly focuses on business ties. Yet the continent's outsized youth population may really determine Africa's future.
This week's round-up of commentary covers Malala Yousafzai's visit to Nigeria, how the plane shot down over Ukraine changed the way the world sees Vladimir Putin, suicide attacks show Afghanistan still needs the US, civilian deaths in Gaza, and America's move towards isolationist policy.
Letters to the Editor for August 4, 2014 weekly magazine:Ore: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl shouldn't be returned to active duty. He has paid his dues.Frank: Freedom of speech protects all speech, not just the speech we agree with.
The 21st century may be the moment humans leave the 'use it up and throw it away' mentality behind.
Health officials say they must act as much to calm fears of Ebola as to contain the outbreak. Media-driven hysteria about Ebola doesn't help.
Letters to the Editor for July 28, 2014 weekly magazine:Willis: There is nothing like the feeling of receiving a hand written letterLozer: Santa Barbara shoots showed problems of society's oversexualiztion Gibel: Good parenting skills can be taught
For this Israel-Gaza war, Hamas relied on better rockets and tunnels. Now Israel won't settle for a truce without a plan to disarm Gaza. Are there precedents for this idea to work?
By charging a former head of internal security, China's Communist Party suggests that no top leader is immune from the law. Will it now also accept that the party itself should be held accountable?
Even as reports show a global rise in restrictions on religion, those of faith are defending those of other faiths. This helps confirm why freedom of religion is a universal right.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the effects of the Gaza conflict on Jerusalem, John Kerry's deft behind-the-scenes diplomacy during the Afghan elections, Asia's anticipation of rising conflict between US and China, a modern threat to London's historic cabs, and the foreboding future of German-American policy interaction.