Commentary The Monitor's View

  • Has Brazil begun a moral reckoning?

    A corruption scandal has rolled over Brazilian society, claiming a president and putting many in jail. Now one big culprit, a construction firm, appears to be contrite. Will its ‘sincere’ apology trigger a moral catharsis?

  • The court’s restraint in church-contraceptive case

    The Supreme Court wisely avoids ruling directly in an apparent clash of religious liberty and access to contraceptives, citing a path for compromise.

  • A tale of how to open one’s arms to refugees

    When Alberta’s huge wildfire forced 80,000 to flee, one nearby town did not let fear of strangers hinder their compassion for the refugees. It is a lesson for a world dealing with mass migration.

  • The inner dimensions of global corruption

    As more money from corruption flows across borders – raising popular anger – global solutions are needed. But which solutions will strike at the heart of corruption?

  • Who should prevent violent extremism?

    More world leaders, weary of military efforts against terrorism, turn to preventing violent extremism. They’re seeking help from private groups and everyday folk in thwarting radicalization of young people.

  • A year after Charleston shooting, an ongoing need of forgiveness

    Prosecutors seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, even though many families of the victims forgave him – with President Obama praising their amazing grace. 

  • An opening for peace in Afghanistan?

    After a US drone killed the Taliban leader, a new leader emerges whose background suggests he might not oppose peace talks with the Afghan government. All countries involved in possible negotiations must pursue this possibility – especially Pakistan.

May 31, 2016

Photos of the day 05/31

Students learn to perform a dragon dance under the instruction of a local artist at a playground in Chongqing, China, on Monday.

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  • Pot legalization’s sobriety test

    Vermont wisely votes down pot legalization. One big reason: the record of highway risks from drugged drivers in Colorado and Washington State. Legalization should not create a problem while trying to solve one.

  • Obama’s visits to Hiroshima and Vietnam

    The history that hangs over the US president’s visits must be transformed into a moral sense and a forward-looking purpose.

  • Obama’s best legacy on race

    In what may be his parting speech as president on race relations, President Obama focused on a theme common in his previous talks: the need to acknowledge racial progress already made in America.

  • London’s bridge to European Muslims

    The election of a Muslim as London’s mayor, along with other examples of respect for religious differences, helps counter an anti-Islam narrative in Europe.

  • Why US must help kids be free of vaping

    The new FDA regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is only a step toward raising a generation free of nicotine addiction.

  • The unconventional 2016 presidential race

    Despite all its hand-wringing surprises, the contest has shown how democracy breeds innovation in ideas and people.  

  • A model to stem mass migration?

    In just a few weeks, an EU-Turkey pact has led to a big decline in the flow of migrants into Greece. Its mix of compassion and legality could be a model for similar agreements.

  • Why prayer appeals to Americans

    In time for National Prayer Day, a study finds not only widespread reliance on prayer for healing but also the main predictor of prayer. (Hint: It has something to do with God’s love.)

  • The real war against Islamic State

    The political turmoil in Iraq’s government reflects the struggle to counter Islamic State’s notion of clerical rule with democratic ideals of equality between all individuals.

  • Identity and the new ‘global citizen’

    As more people identify as ‘global citizens,’ the term needs an anchor in individual identity. 


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