A fragile truce in a brutal war was driven in large part by humanitarian concerns. That aim must remain, amid other motives, to help heal a broken Syria.
Median income in the US rose at its fastest rate last year while inequality shrank. Yet incomes outside metro areas fell. Rural Americans must be included in the ‘communities of thinkers’ that are the nation’s cities
Racial integration in the United States remains unfinished business -- both in society and in the hearts of many Americans.
After welcoming 1 million fleeing people, Germans now struggle to integrate them. They are being forced to look deep at what binds their country.
Letters to the editor for the Sept. 12, 2016 weekly magazine.
A roundup of global commentary for the Sept. 12, 2016 weekly magazine.
Reform of the world financial system since 2008 has made it stronger, yet a massive scandal at Wells Fargo highlights the ongoing need to build ethical resilience into the industry.
A Connecticut judge orders reform of the state’s public schools to help poor students. But unlike similar court rulings, he focuses less on money and more on how to achieve student success. Other states should take notice.
In Colorado, the first state to start selling legal marijuana, an anti-pot rebellion has begun in Pueblo County. Other states that will vote on legalization in November should take notice.
Nearly half of Americans see no hope of a better future, a mood that politicians easily prey on. Yet new books by scholars comb history to show why progress in ideas marches on.
An election in Hong Kong shows how much Beijing must improve on being a power known for attractive ideals, not its coercion of others.
Many factors can be involved in suicide. Both pro- and anti-gun people increasingly understand that a firearm in a house doesn't help.