Since the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, the West has naively thought that economic prosperity would inevitably lead to democracy in China. The case of Liu Xiaobo, who just won the Nobel Peace Prize, shows it hasn't. Human rights are the prerequisite for the 'fraternity between nations.'
The powerful and beautiful attract our attention -- and that can be good to focus concern on disasters and other problems. But the world is also full of unsung individuals trying to make a difference.
Americans were once known for constantly being on the move. Recent trends indicate they are putting down roots whether they want to or not.
In a world where everyone has access instantly to what is said on the other side of the planet, free speech has to reckon with millions of new 'free listeners'
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses diplomacy in Iran, Iraq's unstable government, and China's military buildup.
Conservative punditry paints issues of social justice as Obama-led, communist agendas. But America's Founding Fathers made wise provisions for "the common good" and "general welfare." We need to abandon partisan battles and start working more as the United States.
The timing was perfect for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Communist Party meets next week and Obama will be in Asia next month. The prize gives oomph to talk of political reform.
The current campaign system puts the interests of the American people in the hands of wealthy special interests. Both parties should rally behind the Fair Elections Now Act, returning public elections to public ownership.
Reining in irresponsible defense spending will combat the most significant threat to our national security: the debt.
Laptops in college classrooms are no longer just educational tools – they're distracting our future workers. During class, students tumble down these rabbit holes of diversion – losing their focus and undermining human connections so crucial to learning.
The US Department of Education proposes stiff rules on the for-profit schools of higher education while largely ignoring similar problems in traditional colleges and universities. An equal hand is needed.
The Karzai government is talking to the Taliban in hopes of ending the war. But the outlook for these talks is as cold as an Afghanistan winter.
Shifting attitudes towards employees may make this recovery the weakest in 30 years for job creation.
Cuba's regime recently acknowledged the failures of its centralized system – eyeing the growing list of communist countries shifting successfully toward free-market economies. As capitalism makes inroads, will political freedoms follow?
The suicide of college freshman Tyler Clementi painfully spotlights the dire consequences of homophobic bullying on gay men. But a homophobic culture that condemns male affection and emotion as "gay" hurts all men – and our culture at large.
The decade-long survey of ocean species by more than 2,700 scientists revealed new forms of life and an amazing connection of sea creatures in Earth's largest habitat. But on an island near one of the deepest seas, Banda, I had my own close encounter with deep-water fish.