More than by military attacks, the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, can be defeated if more Muslims counter its message that faith can come through coerced acts of presumed piety rather than freely chosen spiritual understanding.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the risk African-American men face, activism through social media in Indonesia, battling militancy through language diversity in Pakistan, pressuring politicians in Nigeria, and Mexico's immigration problem.
Letters to the Editor for September 1, 2014 weekly magazine:Waddell: Michael Brown was denied due process when shot by police. Christian: California doesn’t just need to rethink its water management practices, it needs to rethink its growth.
A cease-fire in the latest war between Israel and Hamas must lead to reconstruction of Gaza, controlled by moderate Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel should support an active peace, not merely a long 'quiet' in hostilities.
NATO's plan for long-term rotation of troops in its eastern states is well tailored as a deterrence and not a provocation to Russia. The alliance's strategic patience with Putin reflects not a desire for victory but hopes for a nonaggressive Russia.
Most nations help people be free of tobacco addiction. Now the WHO wants a ban on indoor use of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems,' or e-cigarettes, as well as their sale to children. A global meeting in October should endorse such steps.
Africa's frontline health workers against Ebola are nurses. Some have died while many have been ostracized by family or friends. They may find comfort in a new digital archive of Florence Nightingale's writings, freely accessible on the Web.
Last week's gathering of top central bankers reflects how much governments have learned to work together since the Great Recession to prevent 'spillovers' of their economic and financial actions.
Iraq has tapped a new leader who represents a possible inclusive leadership that can heal religious and ethnic divisions, based on unity around constitutional rights.
Letters to the Editor for August 18 and 25, 2014 weekly magazine:Tyrrell: Gangbangers, children, innocent, and guilty are all caught up in violence in Chicago.Herzog: We shouldn't allow Americans who fight in Syria to return to our country.
This week's round-up of commentary covers America's gun culture, the high rate of suicides among China's senior citizens, learning from WWI, the new era in US-Indian relations, and the shifting balance of global power.
By moving on Ukraine, Vladimir Putin looks to the past when he should be envisioning a fresh future for Russia.
The most diverse group of students ever will enter public schools this fall. With help from adults, they will shine.
Building trust can help prevent another Ferguson, Mo.
Experts are divided, but humans can still decide what will happen
... and that’s the problem
Maryam Mirzakhani has won the ‘Nobel Prize’ of mathematics to crack another glass ceiling. And she’s not alone.