In a surprise, China and the US sign four agreements – on climate, trade, military, and visas – that signal a breakthrough in embracing common values. For China, this is a huge change from not accepting the universality of values.
The gang killings of 43 students sparks outrage over local organized crime and President Peña Nieto’s security policies. Yet at least three cities have set models for how to curb gang violence and increase respect for rule of law.
Many private and public institutions had to come together in a shared vision for the city to allow it to emerge so quickly and well from America's largest municipal bankruptcy.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers Canada's hope after a string of violent attacks, why Turkey should work with its neighbors to combat extremism, what Zambia gains from working with its diasporas, Japan's push to increase renewable energy production, and why Jerusalem is a center for conflict.
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3, 2014 weekly magazine:Martin: It takes years of students testing themselves in the very competitive “real world” before the lure of progressivism is forged into pragmatism.Cutler: The need for action is urgent. We have only a few years to get effective controls over greenhouse-gas emissions.
No matter what they face on the battlefield, warriors often find that their toughest fight comes afterwards.
Waging war on Islamic State ('ISIS') must include reaching those Muslims under its thumb with a message that Islam grants equality among individuals under God, not under a religious leader who uses violence to rule daily life.
After this midterm election, a new Republican-led Congress can start to build trust with President Obama by striking a deal on proposed trade pacts with Asia and Europe. The US needs such bipartisanship to spur growth and shape global values.
In a mark of progress and unity, the African Union finally sent its first-ever humanitarian mission to help curb Ebola. Then it reacted swiftly to a military takeover in Burkina Faso. The continent must create more cohesion in order to assist itself.
The recent recession may still be changing politics in Europe and the US, not only on specific issues but on qualities of governance, such as accountability, transparency, and wider participation.
In Japan, Europe and the US, central banks have tried to alter consumer pessimism – that might lead to deflation – by flooding financial markets with money. Can a behavior of hope be 'nudged' in this way?
Transparency is crucial in a healthy democracy. But the relentless, 24/7 spotlight we now shine on elected representatives has compromised their ability to compromise.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Apple and Facebook paying for female employees to freeze their eggs, why an education doesn't give youth a successful future in Latin America, China's economic slowdown, and India's battle against tobacco companies.
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3, 2014 weekly magazine:Greene: As a child I was disciplined in the same way that Adrian Peterson disciplined his son, and though I am not for child abuse, there is nothing wrong with physical discipline. McPherson: Corporal punishment is never necessary. Elmasian: Conservatives trust three news outlets while the left trusts nine sources.
A new 'lustration' law may be too harsh and sweeping in fingering workers in past regimes for alleged wrongdoing. Curbing corruption and potential tyranny may require some leniency toward past officials who repent.
A common theme that can help resolve Ebola disputes – such as issues over medical protocols and quarantines – is the desire to support healing professionals in West Africa.
After a divisive campaign and President Rousseff's squeaker reelection victory, Brazil must follow Mexico's model and unite major parties behind a pact for reform.
Three pro-European parties gained a majority in Sunday's election for parliament. Now those parties must learn what the European Union still struggles with: unity in diversity.
Some walls are necessary, but before building any wall it is important to understand what is being walled in and what is being walled out.