For this Israel-Gaza war, Hamas relied on better rockets and tunnels. Now Israel won't settle for a truce without a plan to disarm Gaza. Are there precedents for this idea to work?
By charging a former head of internal security, China's Communist Party suggests that no top leader is immune from the law. Will it now also accept that the party itself should be held accountable?
Even as reports show a global rise in restrictions on religion, those of faith are defending those of other faiths. This helps confirm why freedom of religion is a universal right.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the effects of the Gaza conflict on Jerusalem, John Kerry's deft behind-the-scenes diplomacy during the Afghan elections, Asia's anticipation of rising conflict between US and China, a modern threat to London's historic cabs, and the foreboding future of German-American policy interaction.
More farmers seem more open to new practices, leading to to higher crop yields, or doing more with less. The limits in agriculture are fading as farmers show greater willingness for today's innovation.
Despair during this third Hamas-Israel war is so high on both sides that despair itself needs to be addressed. Recognizing it as a shared problem helps not only as a point of empathy but can dispel the notion of despair as destiny.
Three prominent leaders – two Shiite ayatollahs and a Palestinian scholar – defy religious intolerance with bold acts of understanding toward the 'enemy.'
The surge of child migrants over the US border may only continue if Americans don't open their hearts to the countries of origin – Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
The Indonesian presidential election brings a fresh leader with a record of clean governance, something this young Asian democracy has been struggling for.
Three states jumped into online gaming last year with high hopes. But so far their take is very low. The inherent problems in this addictive form of gambling should give pause to other states and to Congress if they are tempted to follow suit.
Letters to the Editor for July 21, 2014 weekly magazine:Gann: Actions taken by Israel in rounding up people suspected of complicity in the kidnapping were entirely legitimate. Horacek: High levels of student loans amongst recent graduates mean they won't be able to save for their future children's college
Letters to the Editor for July 7, 2014 weekly magazine:BYRD: Since the primary goal of college is education, it's time to start paying NCAA football coaches less than the faculty.EMERSON: Grammar changes that make punctuation and spelling easier should be welcomed and encouraged.
This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses immigration of unaccompanied children, a protocol that gives immunity to African heads of state, how Iran can bring peace to Iraq, Russia's expensive middle class, and fraternity hazing in the Philippines.
The Ukraine conflict finally touched the world with the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Now the world can honor the victims of MH17 by seeing such conflicts in a new light – as ones that need leaders with the humility to know they cannot always control the violence they unleash.
California plans to impose $500 fines – daily – for anyone violating water bans, such as overwatering lawns. Such threats run against new thinking about water as abundantly renewable.
The third major conflict between Hamas and Israel reveals the heightened moral concern for protecting innocent civilians in war.
For all its faults as a democracy, the US was able to persuade the two candidates in Afghanistan's third democratic presidential election that they must compromise on a vote recount and power sharing after the result. The world has invested too much in Afghanistan to let it fall to the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
The advance of the Islamic State in Iraq opens an opportunity for Kurds to seek an independent state. But they must be cautious and ensure such a move does not trigger violence. The Middle East needs examples of peaceful means of change.