All The Monitor's View

  • Spotting the inviolate in oil price volatility

    As oil prices fall and OPEC tries to influence markets, the world again faces uncertainty in energy costs. Yet after decades of price fluctuations, this may have an upside.

  • A pulpit rebuke of Nigeria's terrorists

    After a horrific suicide bombing at a Nigerian mosque Friday, the country's second-leading Islamic figure offered prayers at the site and denounced Boko Haram for its pretense of being Islamic. Such a public rebuke should set an example for other Muslim leaders.

  • Why rage lingers after Ferguson jury decision

    Protests over a grand jury clearing a white policeman in the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., may reflect a nationwide mood that the 'system is stacked against me.' President Obama can address this popular alienation, as he has in the past.

  • In Iran-West nuclear talks, a new deadline is a lifeline

    By not walking away from their talks after the Nov. 24 deadline, Iran and the US-led big powers indicate progress has been made amid a rising level of trust. That trust must be further built up to persuade each side's hardline critics that a deal is viable.

  • In praise of a global sacrifice

    From India to Indonesia, more leaders are reducing fuel subsidies, and not only for economic reasons. Doing so also helps reduce inequality, curb carbon pollution, and free up money to directly aid the poor.

  • A Thanksgiving lesson for Obama's immigration move

    President Obama's move to shield many illegal immigrants from deportation came just before Thanksgiving. There is a lesson in that first close encounter between English settlers and native Americans.

  • Post-crisis, the world reconnects its dots

    Measures of globalization show a rebound of connectedness since the 2008 economic crisis. Tracking what unites people is more critical than identifying what splinters them.

  • Merkel challenges Putin's worldview

    The crisis over Ukraine has escalated to Russia making power plays in many parts of Europe. The German leader wisely says the issue is one of international law and values, not a clash over spheres of influence.

  • A beheading that fails to intimidate

    The parents of Peter Kassig, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, ask people to remember his 'work.' That work – bringing health and aid to those suffering in a conflict zone – is a humanitarian principle that cannot be killed.

  • The air ball in NBA's call for sports gambling

    The NBA commissioner wants Congress to allow sports gambling. The NHL commissioner does not. In this contest, merit-based sports must win, not the belief in luck.

  • Catch a comet, catch some inspiration

    Europe's landing of the Philae probe on a comet from the Rosetta orbiter reflects not only a remarkable feat, it also shows why nations use space exploration to spur Earth-bound inspiration and innovation.

  • US-China pacts: a leap for universal values

    In a surprise, China and the US sign four agreements – on climate, trade, military, and visas – that signal a breakthrough in embracing common values. For China, this is a huge change from not accepting the universality of values.

  • How to direct Mexican fury over gang killings

    The gang killings of 43 students sparks outrage over local organized crime and President Peña Nieto’s security policies. Yet at least three cities have set models for how to curb gang violence and increase respect for rule of law.

  • A model in Detroit's post-bankruptcy plan

    Many private and public institutions had to come together in a shared vision for the city to allow it to emerge so quickly and well from America's largest municipal bankruptcy.

  • The best weapon in Obama's war on Islamic State

    Waging war on Islamic State ('ISIS') must include reaching those Muslims under its thumb with a message that Islam grants equality among individuals under God, not under a religious leader who uses violence to rule daily life.

  • Obama, GOP can now partner on one project: trade pacts

    After this midterm election, a new Republican-led Congress can start to build trust with President Obama by striking a deal on proposed trade pacts with Asia and Europe. The US needs such bipartisanship to spur growth and shape global values.

  • Africa's test of unity over Ebola crisis

    In a mark of progress and unity, the African Union finally sent its first-ever humanitarian mission to help curb Ebola. Then it reacted swiftly to a military takeover in Burkina Faso. The continent must create more cohesion in order to assist itself.

  • Shake, rattle, and voter rolls: The new politics in Europe, US

    The recent recession may still be changing politics in Europe and the US, not only on specific issues but on qualities of governance, such as accountability, transparency, and wider participation.

  • When central banks try to create optimism

    In Japan, Europe and the US, central banks have tried to alter consumer pessimism – that might lead to deflation – by flooding financial markets with money. Can a behavior of hope be 'nudged' in this way?

  • Ukraine can cleanse its past, heal its future

    A new 'lustration' law may be too harsh and sweeping in fingering workers in past regimes for alleged wrongdoing. Curbing corruption and potential tyranny may require some leniency toward past officials who repent.