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.
On Sunday, Europe's central bank released results of stress tests done on the largest banks, hoping to clear up their hidden debts and restore lending to entrepreneurs. More transparent banking will help keep the world's largest economy from stagnation.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers Malala winning the Nobel Peace Prize, why the annexation of Crimea is hurting the Russian economy, the rise in government cyber surveillance in South Korea, African Union's new response force, and why Muslims shouldn't have to apologize for extremists.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 27, 2014 weekly magazine:Brown: The First Amendment gives all US citizens the right to “freedom of speech," which includes political donations.Hughes: Protecting animals is a common cause.Frank: Malala Yousafzai in an inspiration because of her unrelenting advocating for girls’ right to education.
The attack on Parliament by a Canadian convert to Islam brings a call to avoid this response: hatred. Islamic State thrives on hatred, either in the West or among Muslims.
Even as more voters become hard ideologues, the middle grows for those who want candidates who can make compromises. The politics of trench warfare needs to change.
The leader of Hong Kong admits that allowing open choice for election candidates would give too much power to the city's large population of poor people. The protests are aimed at challenging such paternalistic governance, a model China promotes to the world.
Apple's launch of its mobile payment system for stores could crack open a new market, but also show how to retain and expand customer respect for the finance industry.
Kids constantly test parents -- and often just to get a reaction. Whatever that reaction is, experts say, parental patience is essential.
US pressure on the new Shiite-led Iraqi government results in a Sunni lawmaker becoming defense minister. Such democratic unity will help Iraqi troops defeat the Islamic State.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers the impact of student loans on Japan's economy, why Australians should stand against a ban on wearing burqas, the problems of being a surrogate mother in India, why Britain must stand against Internet trolls, and why Canada must join the fight against Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 20, 2014 weekly magazine:Berlet: Renewable energy won't solve the world's energy problems. Soule: Low minimum wages and a growing income gap are putting pressure on the economy.
New Jersey tries to lure young people hooked on digital video games of skill to wager on those games. Other states should ignore this desperate pursuit to tap games of merit as a way to revive an industry built on notions of chance.
Oil-abundant nations that invest their wealth wisely for future generations may not mind the big drop in oil prices. Countries with corrupt, authoritarian rulers may be exposed by the drop in revenue.
While many Middle East countries splinter into war, Indonesia marks a democratic triumph Oct. 20. Its second popularly elected president, Joko Widodo, takes power.
The late 20th-century shift away from whale hunting to whale saving didn't just help those endangered creatures. It was an historic human leap in the direction of environmentalism.
This year’s Nobel Prize for economics hints at the need for fresh ideas to spur growth. The winner, Jean Tirole, brings a deeper look at what motivates people to invest in their future.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers protests in Hong Kong, the digital gap in Argentina's education, dangers witnesses face in Pakistan, and Liberia's reaction to US aiding in the fight against Ebola.