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  • The year of living more honestly

    A global ranking of countries on corruption finds more are improving. Are people more demanding of honest governance? If so, they are taking different paths.

  • Hong Kong’s lessons in coping with China

    A Feb. 8 riot and police crackdown in Hong Kong reveals the harsher hand of China but also a dilemma for the territory on how to deal with Beijing’s fear of dissent. The world must watch how Hong Kong decides.

  • Mercy for Myanmar's military?

    As she and her winning party prepare to run Parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi faces pressure from the military’s millions of victims for revenge. She wisely argues to allow the Army to reform.

  • Fixing both Flint and its water pipes

    The water-pollution tragedy in Flint deserves quick solutions but the city’s citizens, led by a new mayor, are also rightly looking at rebuilding the trust necessary to improve democratic governance.

  • Lessons for Syria from Colombia

    As it nears a historic peace deal to end a long civil war, Colombia’s leaders say the key was giving the victims of the conflict a seat at the table. It created a tender mutuality and compassion that eased the peace process.

  • Winning peace for minorities in Muslim lands

    Ending terrorist attacks on religious minorities will require more than weapons. Since 9/11, more scholars are challenging Muslims and others to embrace ideas that prevent religious violence.

  • Iowa’s eye-opener on what America’s youth seek

    Three of the four winners in the Iowa caucuses are anti-establishment politicians who drew strongly on under-35 voters. Will America’s future be defined by the youth vote in this presidential contest?

  • US role in ending a Central American war

    Gangs are so big in El Salvador that the region is in a virtual war that has spillover effects in the US. The solution lies in keeping young people out of the gangs.

February 10, 2016

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London cab drivers protest against Uber in central London Wednesday.

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