From India to Indonesia, more leaders are reducing fuel subsidies, and not only for economic reasons. Doing so also helps reduce inequality, curb carbon pollution, and free up money to directly aid the poor.
Coexistence is more than a bumper sticker. It is a vital need in a world with 7.1 billion different ways of seeing things.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers immigration policy in Britain, the Houthi movement in Yemen, restarting relations between the US and North Korea, the Indian government censoring content, and the need for an oil pipeline in Canada.
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 24, 2014 weekly magazine:Hauer: It would be easy to be discouraged by ideological extremes, but many polls have shown that a considerable majority of Americans favor balanced, independent thinking.Connolly: The comments were insightful, logical, and nonpolitical.
President Obama's move to shield many illegal immigrants from deportation came just before Thanksgiving. There is a lesson in that first close encounter between English settlers and native Americans.
Measures of globalization show a rebound of connectedness since the 2008 economic crisis. Tracking what unites people is more critical than identifying what splinters them.
The crisis over Ukraine has escalated to Russia making power plays in many parts of Europe. The German leader wisely says the issue is one of international law and values, not a clash over spheres of influence.
The parents of Peter Kassig, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, ask people to remember his 'work.' That work – bringing health and aid to those suffering in a conflict zone – is a humanitarian principle that cannot be killed.
Making the world more accessible for the disabled has brought them into the mainstream -- and improved everyone's lives.
The NBA commissioner wants Congress to allow sports gambling. The NHL commissioner does not. In this contest, merit-based sports must win, not the belief in luck.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, why Burkina Faso points to a new democracy in Africa, banning non-Muslims to say Allah, China's investment in Afghanistan's future, and why shopping malls don't constitute economic development.
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17, 2014 weekly magazine:Barnshaw: Increasing the amount of renewable energy will push down the price.Aeschbach: We must work toward creating a secular Israel where all religious and nonreligious people have equal rights.
Europe's landing of the Philae probe on a comet from the Rosetta orbiter reflects not only a remarkable feat, it also shows why nations use space exploration to spur Earth-bound inspiration and innovation.
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.