All The Monitor's View

  • Time to reset the reset in US-Russia ties

    Human rights and democracy abuses have worsened in Russia. Despite a smoother relationship from the diplomatic 'reset' between Washington and Moscow, the US should more forcefully pressure Russia for progress on rights, especially as elections loom.

  • British budget cuts: two big lessons for America

    Only time will show whether severe budget cuts in Britain are too deep for that fragile economy to sustain. Even so, the political will to cut spending and the readiness to sacrifice sacred cows stand out as examples for America.

  • The cold war in clean energy

    The Obama administration challenged China's support of its solar, wind, battery, and electric-car industries. Such disputes can be avoided with clear global rules on government aid to these necessary energy technologies.

  • Merkel on failed German multiculturalism: Other countries should listen up

    German leader Angela Merkel bluntly says the 40-year experiment to integrate Turks and Germans has failed. But she's not abandoning the idea of assimilating immigrants in Germany. And neither should other countries, including the United States.

  • Budget goblins needlessly scare off infrastructure spending

    Tight state budgets prompt some politicians, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to cancel or put off infrastructure investments in tunnels, roads, and rail. That's shortsighted.

  • California voters should reject legalizing marijuana

    Proposition 19 would make California the first state to fully legalize marijuana. Supporters sound persuasive with talk about weakening Mexican drug cartels and helping state revenues with taxes on pot. But their arguments don't hold up.

  • Chile rescue of miners recalls 'better angels'

    From the resilience and courage of the miners to the remarkable rescue effort 2,000 feet above them, the miner rescue proves that ingenuity and determination can triumph over a huge challenge.

  • French strikes over pension reform hold lesson for the US and other countries

    French strikes in 1995 caused Paris to back off of pension reform. Now the French government is trying again, and it is again being met by massive strikes. Delay, however, only makes pension reform more costly.

  • Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo: a boost for democratic ideals in China

    The timing was perfect for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Communist Party meets next week and Obama will be in Asia next month. The prize gives oomph to talk of political reform.

  • Obama's biased bashing of career schools

    The US Department of Education proposes stiff rules on the for-profit schools of higher education while largely ignoring similar problems in traditional colleges and universities. An equal hand is needed.

  • Talking to the Taliban: rough road ahead

    The Karzai government is talking to the Taliban in hopes of ending the war. But the outlook for these talks is as cold as an Afghanistan winter.

  • Taxing drivers by the mile and not by the gallon

    A tax on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was shot down last year by President Obama. But a new study by respected transportation experts – and a successful pilot program in Oregon – should revive the idea.

  • Campaign financing machine cranks up for midterm elections

    Special interest groups are spending five times as much on this year's midterm elections as compared to 2006. Many of their donors can't be traced. Congress must require disclosure.

  • Is Obama ready for a stare-down with China?

    China's provocation of Japan over the Senkaku Islands shows a need for Obama to be ready for a crisis in Asia. He must buck up Japan and send a clear signal to Bejing.

  • NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan adds to tensions with US

    The NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan on Thursday is worse than the controversy over drone attacks. One hopes that Washington and Islamabad can move past this by talking specifics as well as common interests.

  • Perils of clashes with China over currency and rare-earth exports

    Using trade as a tool for market advantage or as a substitute for war has its limits. China went too far in cutting exports of rare-earth minerals to Japan. Will the US go too far in punishing China on currency manipulation?

  • At White House summit on community colleges, all hands on deck

    Next week, the White House hosts a summit on community colleges. The schools, so vital to training and job skills, need support from all sectors of society.

  • North Korea and the perils of a third Kim regime

    The ruling elite of North Korea meet this week and may anoint a successor to Kim Jong-il -- possibly his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who was made a military general. This leadership transition, however, won't go easily. China needs to stop propping up a weak, violent regime.

  • Obama and his audacity of hope for Middle East peace talks

    At the UN, Obama put his presidency on the line with his hopeful statements about the fragile Middle East peace talks. But now is exactly the time for risk taking. Above all, by Abbas and Netanyahu.

  • Obama's new tack on global poverty

    President Obama's speeches at the UN and his new policy for US aid show a strong pitch for leadership in lifting up the world's poor. Fortunately, his recent experience with job creation at home is helping him to look to the private sector for sustainable global growth.