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  • From Timbuktu, a timeless lesson

    In a first, a jihadist is charged with a war crime for destroying ancient cultural sites. The case before the International Criminal Court reflects a legal pushback against such destruction and a moral reinforcement to preserve humanity’s most timeless heritage.

  • Syria’s calm before the peace

    A temporary truce, brokered by Russia and the US, has brought the first lull in violence in Syria’s five-year conflict. As it brings some stability and hope, it is also a test of sincerity for coming peace talks.

  • Peace message in Iran’s election

    Despite a rigged list of candidates, voters in Iran’s Feb. 26 election found a way to elect relative moderates who seek a less threatening country more open to the world. The vote was a humiliating blow to Iran’s clerical rule. 

  • Advice for a world in search of innovation

    The US presidential campaign is raising voter fears about the future more than focusing on what Warren Buffett calls America’s ‘secret sauce” – its long history of sustained gains in economic productivity.

  • Psst! ‘Plastics’ needs to be reformed

    One of the world’s most successful and versatile materials is also a potential environmental disaster.

  • Turning politics outside in

    Money still corrupts politics but maybe not in the way we think.

  • Exit the EU? What Britain should be asking.

    A June referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union has focused mainly on the economic impact. A great power with immense ‘soft power’ needs to also look at its global contributions.

  • Endgame for an opiate epidemic

    When US governors met in Washington, their focus was on novel ways to deal with a rise in nonmedical use of prescription opiates. Vermont’s governor had some answers. 

  • Apple court case takes a bite on liberty

    A court’s order for Apple to assist the FBI in hacking a terrorist’s iPhone is about more than security or privacy. It also raises questions about coercing individuals or companies to act on behalf of government.

  • For the Mideast, an anniversary to remember

    The 25th anniversary of the Gulf War liberated Kuwait from Iraqi rule – and it helped leave Kuwait as a relatively good counterpoint to the region’s extremism.

  • A morality tale in Argentina’s debt epiphany

    A newly elected president is near a deal to end Argentina’s long debt woes. The country’s 15-year saga provides a lesson for a world awash in red ink. 

  • Oil’s fall may be democracy’s rise

    The biggest oil producers, which are trying to prop up global prices, are also among the last countries to make reforms that will lift them from a ‘resource curse.’

  • Reclaim civility for the 2016 elections

    As presidential candidates slip toward slurs and shouting, other leaders as well as citizens must preserve the power of civility in public discourse.

  • Unsung heroes who rescue Syria’s refugees

    As peace talks falter and the war in Syria escalates, one good constant has been the compassionate welcome and rescue of refugees by common residents in neighboring states. Good examples can be found on Greek islands.

  • Making the world safe for anti-corruption whistle-blowers

    A Ukrainian official’s resignation over corruption prompts an unusually strong response from world bodies. The global campaign against official wrongdoing has made it easier for many people to stand up for honest governance.

  • 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.

 
 
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