The NPR video sting makes it easier to repeat the talking point that public radio doesn’t deserve public support. But research of public media in other democracies shows the opposite is true.
The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accidents that rocked Japan raise concerns -- and touch hearts -- around the world.
In his trip to Moscow, Vice President Biden emphasized trade and commerce as the next stage in the 'reset' of relations between the United States and Russia. He's on the right track.
The crisis in US education isn't just overall poor national performance. Even our best students are less competitive. If we really want to 'win the future,' we have to target our brightest students, not ignore them in the fight to bring all students up to 'proficiency.'
Immigrants would rather not be called aliens, either. Terms like 'illegal immigrant' foster a hateful climate for all immigrants and Hispanics. The term isn't just derogatory and damaging, it's imprecise and often inaccurate. Changing it isn't about political correctness, but political necessity.
The 1923 earthquake that devastated Tokyo spawned a nationwide effort to prepare for future quakes. Here's a Monitor story that shows how the survivors of the Tokyo disaster helped that cause.
From Twitter to WikiLeaks, we must balance openness and safety.
The House hearings chaired by Rep. King focused almost solely on Muslim Americans. Such religious stereotyping by any government body is dangerous.
The controversial hearings on homegrown terrorism within American Muslim communities are more than shameful bigotry; they're counterproductive. They don't address root causes of radical Islam and alienate rather than engage key allies in the fight against extremism: American Muslims.
America’s freedoms aren't in danger from Islamists. But we can't ignore Islamist influences on Muslim-American organizations. It is not enough for Muslims here simply to assert their rights but also to address questions whose continued neglect fuels understandable anxieties.
Muslims, in the minds of many Christians, have become America's great spiritual enemy. But attitudes can change. Americans once regularly burned the effigy of the pope.
An attack in a liberated Egypt on a march for women's rights shows the challenge in carrying out complete revolutions in the region.
Long before the NPR scandal underscored liberal condescension toward conservatives, Lionel Trilling saw the hidden hope of power that lies in the heart of those who seek to improve society. President Obama has renewed this progressive impulse, limiting our freedom and prosperity.
Charlie Sheen's history of drug abuse is a source of fascination (and profits) for the media. Would he be as popular with reporters if he were often drunk in public?
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa discusses political and social change in Ecuador, the possibilities for Peru under new leadership, and US arrogance and dominance toward Latin America.