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  • China’s voice in the global opera

    As Chinese leader Xi Jinping holds a summit with President Obama and takes command of the G20, he must also define what values China offers as it tries to reshape the international system.

  • Heroin addiction as a US campaign issue

    A heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, which will hold the first presidential primary, has forced both Democratic and Republican candidates to address this nationwide problem. The surprising consensus is on the need for treatment versus jail time.

  • Ignoring wrongs in Syria to battle Islamic State

    The US cannot hope the Assad regime will contain Islamic State because the regime’s atrocities are a prime recruiting tool for IS.

  • Loving the migrant but perhaps not migration policy

    As immigration politics now dominate in Europe, attacks on refugees have led to grass-roots efforts to meet the basic needs of migrants. Compassion over politics is a needed step to resolve social tensions.

  • New ways to protect the innocent in war

    As the nature of war changes, the International Committee of the Red Cross is struggling to ensure compliance with the humanitarian principles of the Geneva Conventions. Even the most extreme militants must be convinced of the need to protect civilians.

  • Seeing Ukraine as an opportunity

    A renewed cease-fire, debt restructuring, and more reforms are helping transform Ukraine from a crisis into an opportunity for Europe.

  • The global call for more border walls

    Donald Trump’s promise of a secure wall on the US-Mexican border reflects a trend in many nations to fortify their boundaries. A better course lies in more cooperation between countries and tackling root causes of perceived border threats.

  • Saying ‘rubbish’ in Lebanon to politics by faith

    A garbage-pickup crisis has sparked protests aimed at fixing a government stalemated for too long by the attempt to balance religious rivalry. Lebanon may set an example in the Mideast for government based on individual equality regardless of faith. 

  • North Korea’s old ruse falters

    North Korea’s latest violent provocation of South Korea ended with an agreement that appears to break an old pattern. The South may have learned how to deal with the North’s attempts to intimidate.

  • Africa’s democratic road to economic unity

    With the launch of an ambitious project to form a free-trade zone, Africa must also realize that trade is best enhanced when states are democratic.

  • New Orleans’ thanks for post-Katrina volunteers

    To mark the 10th anniversary of its devastating hurricane, New Orleans called on citizens to volunteer in service projects, a celebration of the generosity shown the city by private givers over the past decade.

September 3, 2015

Photos of the Day 09/03

Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film 'Star Wars' are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Thursday. New 'Star Wars' toys and other merchandise were released in stores across Japan just after midnight local time during a global rollout of the popular products.

More The Monitor's View
  • Loving the migrant but perhaps not migration policy

    As immigration politics now dominate in Europe, attacks on refugees have led to grass-roots efforts to meet the basic needs of migrants. Compassion over politics is a needed step to resolve social tensions.

  • After another China disaster, giving again in spotlight

    The big blasts in Tianjin saw a charitable response by private groups, raising again the question of how to encourage generosity in countries like China.

  • The right use of history in Asia’s future

    As China plans a major event Sept. 3 to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II, it reveals much about differing paths for Asia. To prevent conflict, Asia must think less of power relationships and more of ideals that unite.

  • Focus on Internet's potential more than its problems

    In a coming global summit and in trade talks, leaders must not be gripped by fear of the Internet’s issues. Its benefits are still playing out, especially for the world’s poor.

  • The Arab-Israeli courtship

    Hints are growing of Israel and the Gulf kingdoms finding common ground, if only to oppose Iran and Islamic State. These initial ties should be the basis for a lasting peace.

  • In a smaller world, giants must tread with care

    With China’s surprise move on its exchange rate and the US due to raise interest rates, the time is ripe to reset global financial rules that soften the effects of economic nationalism.

  • Iraqi leaders on the hot seat

    A heat wave pushes Iraqis to demand the kind of honest government that can keep the power on and air conditioners running. Such demands are key to building an Iraqi identity and ending incursions by Islamic State and Iran.

  • Haiti’s graduation to self-governance

    The first of three elections may end Haiti’s political dysfunction and cycle of dependency if enough Haitians embrace democracy as the path to stable institutions.

  • The gain in Spain goes mainly against the grain

    With Europe’s highest growth so far this year, Spain’s economy has defied predictions that it would remain a eurozone laggard. Its turnaround is a lesson for Greece and others.

  • Pulling Venezuela back from the brink

    After making deals with Cuba and Iran, Obama may now be trying to negotiate a deal with Venezuela. With the country in dire crisis, this longtime US adversary needs the help.

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