This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses President Obama's speech at West Point, the controversial remarks made by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Singapore, and Washington's 'hypocritical' complaints that Canada lacks a strategy to address environmental issues.
This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses the rising price of higher education in the United States, the possibility of renewed US-India relations, how Washington should take steps on carbon emissions, and the need for the US to work with the Palestinian Authority.
In its ruling on cellphone privacy, the Supreme Court points out that such digital devices are now a pervasive part of daily life, extending our identities into new realms. Ensuring privacy is a way to protect new notions of identity.
A new report recommends practical, achievable steps to help government work better.
What passes for news can be trivial or shocking. Careful news consumers think about what they’re taking in.
Letters to the Editor for the June 23, 2014 weekly magazine:SEDAN: The May 12 cover story, 'The Nordic way,' reminded me of Sweden’s program to tackle its post-World War II housing shortages – which could be a model for the US.JOHNSON: There are those who understand and honor the promise and vision of the Constitution and those who can’t seem to see beyond a simplistic, self-serving interpretation of its letter.
As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent
A court decision takes away trademark protection for an NFL team with a disparaging name. But that’s not enough.
The US already destroyed the political, economic, and social infrastructure of Iraq. There is no way it should attempt to re-enter this agony. This is not some jihadi apocalypse. In fact, ISIS is establishing the groundwork for what is emerging as a likely federalist structure of Sunni Arab, Shiite Arab, and Kurdish regions – the only way Iraq can survive for the foreseeable future.
Decades of dam building had decimated migratory fish populations that had long sustained local wildlife and people on the Penobscot River. After years of contentious battles, local stakeholders struck a deal. Today, for the first time in 200 years, river life is rebounding. And the power company has not lost any hydropower generation.
Scientific studies and cautionary reports have their role. But getting out into nature makes us love it.
We take issue with Svante E. Cornell’s characterization of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artaskh in Armenian) conflict in his June 10 op-ed “Why America must step up its role in resolving Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.”
By provoking US allies, Beijing is forcing Washington to choose between abandoning its friends or going to war with China. Both believe the other will back down. But there is a high chance that they are both wrong. America’s best move then is to change the game in Asia, by offering to share power if China behaves responsibly.
The US Supreme Court tells Argentina that its sovereignty as a state is not above the principle of treating creditors equally in a bankruptcy. The decision helps set a moral norm that can boost the global financial system.
Elections in Colombia and Afghanistan put a democratic stamp on talks with rebels, or a listening to their political views while rejecting their violence.
The epidemic of military sexual assault requires continued pursuit of reform. With that in mind, we recently introduced the FAIR Military Act, which is aimed at eliminating bias in the military justice system and increasing accountability among all levels of the military.