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  • 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.

  • Taproot for Europe's migrant crisis

    The largest share of refugees streaming into Europe is from Syria. Solving the war there is as important as dealing with the symptom of Syrians crossing the Mediterranean to find peace.

  • As China’s economy cools, a hot debate on graft

    Critics contend that China’s anti-corruption campaign has helped to slow the economy. But the evidence points to honest governance as better for growth, if integrity in officials can be promoted.

  • 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.

August 31, 2015

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Miley Cyrus performs 'Do It' at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, Sunday.

More The Monitor's View
  • 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.

  • Transparency in sports anti-doping efforts

    An investigation of doping tests for many Olympic athletes suggests the need for further reform in curbing performance-boosting drugs.

  • The honey vs. vinegar dilemma for China, Russia

    As their militaries expand their spheres of influence, China and Russia find resistance from groupings of nations designed on the power of attraction, not coercion.

  • A universal answer to religious violence

    In rallies and protests Saturday, Israelis and Palestinian decried an attack on an innocent family in the West Bank. This rare case of unity reflects the effort by many theologians of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to define a common Abrahamic doctrine that ensures peace.

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