This week's round-up of commentaries covers questioning the CIA’s flawed torture report, Russia needs a strategic policy to pull up the ruble, US-Togo’s partnership could aid the fight against Ebola and other threats, Canada’s correctional facilities emulate America’s system, and Pakistan needs a comprehensive approach to fighting terror.
College football teams have become valuable brand names that promote their universities. But do they offer players a real education in return?
Letters to the Editor for Dec. 29, 2014 and Jan. 05, 2015 weekly magazine:Beckett: US should not tell people in another country on what strategies to adopt, what laws to make, and more over sensitive issues. Lesnjak: NATO/US actions provoke the Russians and President Vladimir Putin
A largely peaceful and honest vote provides a basis for further progress and keeps the high hopes of the Arab Spring alive.
Humans -- and humanity -- are more than the disasters that sometimes befall them. They recover. They rebuild. They live and laugh again.
Since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, it has placed a law-enforcement burden on neighboring states in coping with pot tourists. Now two border states want help from the Supreme Court. They deserve it.
After the mass killing of children in Pakistan, students in India hold vigils or say prayers for the victims. Such cross-border empathy by children should not only change leaders in Pakistan and India but help global efforts against terrorism.
In opening official ties with Cuba, President Obama made sure to focus on the Cuban people more than the Castro regime. Globalization, such as the Internet, has empowered individuals, making governments less important to the forces of change.
Saudi Arabia's oil wealth gives it enormous influence in the world. Decisions made in Riyadh are felt from Moscow to North Dakota, Venezuela to Iran.
The Taliban massacre of school children, meant to avenge a military offensive, has stirred political leaders to unite. Perhaps this will lead to firm civilian control of the military and put an end to leniency toward all types of armed groups outside state authority.
Despite its many woes, the region of 350 million people has enough potent possibilities to call for an overarching vision. Any prophets, however, may not arise among current leaders, but rather among the people.
For the first time, all nations agree to take some action on global warming. While the deeds may be minimal and voluntary, the collective nature of the Lima Accord can help alleviate fears and lead to a treaty in 2015.