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  • What Obama should ask of Saudi Arabia

    President Obama's trip to Saudi Arabia comes as a Middle East struggle over 'political Islam' reaches a boiling point. The president can ask his royal hosts what is the best form of government for the world's Muslims.

  • The Obama challenge to Putin's lawlessness

    From Crimea to China to Egypt, authoritarian regimes are defying international norms. In a speech in Europe, President Obama wisely stands up for rule of law derived through democratic procedures, citing Putin's Crimea grab as Exhibit A for what not to do.

  • All bets are off in NCAA Tournament 2014

    Betting on the brackets during March Madness has turned an amateur college sport based on talent and teamwork into an idol of luck. Gambling on the NCAA Tournament may also turn out to be a fun-killer and an illusion of self-control.

  • A rush to restore global order after Crimea

    Russia's taking of Crimea has spurred a drive to save international norms, reflected in its expulsion from the G-8. This shows the deep desire to maintain a world order, not only to avoid conflicts but for further progress.

  • To safeguard Asia, Obama must first deal with a test of penitence

    Obama wisely brings together the leaders of South Korea and Japan, a necessary step to reconcile them over their history and allow them to cooperate in defending Asia's security.

  • Can Russia still act responsibly? In Libya vote, yes.

    Despite its Crimea crime, Russia votes at the UN to honor Libya's sovereignty against rebel attempts to steal the country's oil. The world order still needs that kind of Russia.

  • Saving Ukraine from another Russian heist

    Even as the EU and US weigh more sanctions against Moscow, they must unite behind a plan to lift Ukraine into a stable democracy with a West-oriented economy. That would be the best deterrent to further Russian designs.

  • Tie GM apology to action

    After news that it delayed a recall of cars with potentially lethal defect, GM apologies and puts remorse into action with reforms. Words of contrition these days must come with deeds.

  • The real West-Russia contest over Ukraine

    Putin uses force for the Crimea secession and the West retaliates with sanctions. As power plays escalate over Ukraine's future, everyone should remember that  power and influence are not really at stake.

  • What else was missing about Malaysia flight MH370

    Malaysian officials learned quickly that openness during a crisis can help resolve it. Even China criticized the slow or misleading reports about the missing plane. Transparency should be any government's first instinct.

  • Why Germany demands so much of Russia on Ukraine

    In an emotional speech Wednesday, Germany's Angela Merkel rebuked Russia's Vladimir Putin for his violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. Her country's incredible progress since World War II gives her credibility to demand the same of Russia.

  • Why Turkey's protests persist

    Turkey's growing middle class took to the streets again on news of the death of a boy injured by police during last year's mass protests. The demonstrations represent a spontaneous uprising for individual freedoms and honest government.

  • The health antidote to a heroin surge

    Attorney General Eric Holder calls a rise in heroin use a 'health crisis.' He's right to focus on the health aspect – intervention, prevention, treatment. Addiction itself is not a crime but a cause for cure.

  • An energy lesson from Crimea crisis

    Playing the petroleum card in world politics has a long history. But Russia's latest threat of gas cuts against Ukraine may finally push nations to embrace energy security and abundance as a peacemaking strategy.

  • Ukraine crisis needs a balm of gratitude

    Instead of ramping up threats over Ukraine and its Crimean Peninsula, all sides need to appreciate past achievements that drew them closer as peaceful nations.

  • Each new SAT: a window on ideas of intelligence

    The College Board unveiled a new SAT Wednesday aimed at better assessing critical thinking in college applicants. Its changes reflect evolving notions among higher ed, computer labs, and brain-research institutes about human intelligence.

  • Rescuing Nigeria from Islamic violence

    Recent horrific killings by the radical group Boko Haram call for Nigerian leaders to learn lessons on how to curb armed conflict.

  • How Ukraine crisis can revive EU ideals

    Russia's aggression in Ukraine has shocked the European Union's idealistic experiment in using mutual dependency as a means of peace. Now the EU must reaffirm those ideals by challenging Putin.

  • A path to end Russia-Ukraine crisis

    Putin justified a military action in Ukraine's Crimea as necessary to 'protect' Russian 'compatriots.' Such aggression based on an ethnic card can be easily challenged by the US and Europe.

  • Binge drinking vs. critical thinking

    Penn State's method of paying local bars to close is not a panacea for alcohol abuse by students. But it shows how schools are trying new ways to end binge drinking. They must renew their focus on clear, critical thinking.