In his speech to Congress, Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko asked for arms to defend 'civilization' against Russian 'barbarity.' Yet Putin speaks of defending 'Russian civilization.' Why this conflict on 'civilizations'?
President Obama would welcome the backing of lawmakers for his war on Islamic State group, or ISIS. But Congress must first debate in full view the moral underpinnings of the war.
The American military's efforts against the Ebola outbreak and other examples of foreign aid must first bolster the confidence of West Africans, in dealing with fear, distrust, isolation.
New and popular politicians in the developing world's largest democracies come from humble origins. This trend reflects an 'equality of conditions,' or free societies that come to see dignity in each individual.
The Ray Rice video of domestic abuse should stir both fans and the NFL to rethink football violence, not just off the field but on.
This week's round-up of commentary covers rampant homeless attack on homeless in Japan, Cuba's sustainable farming boom, Putin's popularity will make finding a replacement hard, and fighting Ebola through education.
Letters to the Editor for September 15, 2014 weekly magazine:Krashen: Common core doesn't fix the real problem of education– poverty.Budd: Though the number of women in the United Kingdom's parliament doubled, the percentage of women is still too small.
From saving Iraq from the Islamic State to saving Ukraine from Russia, President Obama tries to preserve communities bound together as nation-states or in other ways. One lesson lies in Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum on whether to split with England.
Even as New Jersey opens up sports betting, Singapore offers a law to suppress online gambling to help end the country's reputation as home to match-fixing worldwide, especially on European soccer games.
Hundreds of jihadists with Islamic State come the US and Europe. Most are not driven by a love of Islam but by a desire for a strong social identity. The West can prevent more IS recruits by providing that identity.
Arabs need a hopeful model of progress if they are to rally behind the US in 'destroying' the Islamic State group. Such a democratic model is coming along well in Tunisia, the original home to the Arab Spring.
Letters to the Editor for September 8, 2014 weekly magazine:Freidenrich: Gov. Rick Perry in trouble for political bullying.Bloustein: Americans shrug off faulty intelligence in attempt to rescue James Foley.Pape: To fix education, schools should students should learn subjects for longer.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the environmental problems caused by celebrating holidays in Taiwan, the problems of Scottish independence, the need of the Islamic world to isolate extremists, the economic disparity in Australia, and the need to make Delhi a livable city.
A Unicef report, the largest survey ever on violence against children, reveals unexpected attitudes that justify such abuse. Exposing these perceptions is half way to ending – and changing – them.
As the West's main negotiator with Russia, the German leader has tried to redefine power in Europe. Yet her patience, restraint, and step-by-step diplomacy are being tested by Putin. Germany must be able to show how the Continent can live in peace.
Recent videos of Americans being beheaded and stolen images of nude celebrities call for Internet user to have better discernment on the easy choices in viewing such visuals.
Long known for its freedoms, Hong Kong faces a plan by China to restrict democracy by limiting candidates in the territory's elections. At the same time, China plans more freedom for its consumers and investors. The Communist Party sits on a contradiction.
More than by military attacks, the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, can be defeated if more Muslims counter its message that faith can come through coerced acts of presumed piety rather than freely chosen spiritual understanding.