The Hong Kong protests are a plea for China to live up to a promised ideal of universal rights, and not ‘rob the common man of his purpose.'
In his visit to the US, India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes an impression on his plans for the poor, especially in expanding solar power. His record so far suggests India could be a global solar champion.
The Islamic State's brutality toward women deserves both criticism and counterexamples. When the new president of Afghanistan thanks his wife in public, Muslims notice.
With stunning political consensus, Mexico has passed 11 major reforms in 20 months, indicating a new civility, openness, and service to others.
This week's round-up of commentary covers why denying a visa to Dalai Lama is submitting to China's demands, the horrific conditions of Afghan prisons, why vote for Sweden's feminist party, Chile's fight against domestic terrorists, and winning the hearts and minds of Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for September 29, 2014 weekly magazine:Keller: If we don't control wildfires, it will eradicate our forests.Frank: With new airstrikes in Iraq, the United States may be setting itself up for another costly and lengthy battle.
Before starting war on Islamic State, President Obama pushed a freedom agenda on Iraq: It must have a sustainable democracy. But the war is also in Syria. Might he also be forced to push democracy there?
President Obama knows war alone will not defeat the Islamic State group. In his UN speech, he asked Muslims to offer a different vision from the IS approach of imposing a self-defined cultural purity by force.
At the UN climate summit, President Obama announced US plans to help other countries prepare for climate change. The US effort on global resilience may help fight the fatalism on efforts to curb carbon emissions.
An American-brokered deal to resolve the presidential election in Afghanistan aims to create a unity government, one that may bridge ethnic divides and tackle corruption.
This week's round-up of commentary covers South Korean laws that ban kids from playing video games, why hacking isn't a good form of protest, how contraceptives are helping fight poverty, why Yemen must work to keep its educated youth, and how a US–Russian alliance can beat the Islamic State.
Letters to the Editor for September 22, 2014 weekly magazine:Green: Spiritual leaders should call for peace not war.Price: Clicking on sensational pictures shapes our consciousness and our world.
The 'no' vote against independence by Scotland helps bring the United Kingdom together in redefining UK identity through more power to local communities. New political contours will reshape the shared ethical life and create ties that bind beyond culture.
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.