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  • Mercy for the corrupt who come clean?

    The US and Tunisia are each testing whether leniency toward individuals or businesses that are open about their corruption might lead to less corruption. Confession can be a shorter path to reconciliation.

  • The rush to curb a heroin/opioid crisis

    Congress, in rare bipartisanship, passes a law that will help support the many local efforts to end a heroin ‘epidemic’ and a prescription opioid crisis. Still left undone: a consensus on whether addiction is a ‘disease.’

  • Rio Games as test of Olympics' purpose

    Brazil is experiencing turmoil even as it prepares to host the 2016 Summer Games. Will it be able to fulfill one of the goals of the modern Olympics: promoting peace?

  • A ruling tells China why no country is an island

    For the first time, an international tribunal rules against China and its claim on the territory of another country. The decision is the basis for other countries to question China’s denial of universal values, especially those needed for world order.

  • Can Britain’s new leader be a mender?

    After the country’s vote to leave the EU, and a leadership battle within the Conservative party, Theresa May might bring the right talents to heal Britain’s big divisions.

  • The vigilance needed after Dallas

    One of Dallas's first official actions after the shooting of police was a prayer vigil in the city’s Thanks-Giving Square. Such prayer is not an evasion of solutions but a solvent for healing and community renewal.

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