All The Monitor's View

  • 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.

  • Putin's chance not to be a Russian bully

    Russia's reaction to the Ukraine crisis could fulfill a stereotype of a Russia fearful of losing a buffer state. Or it can lead to a Russian identity befitting the modern world.

  • Warning signs on Colorado's marijuana legalization

    Speaking to other governors, Gov. John Hickenlooper urges caution in states following Colorado's example. He's gearing up to pay high costs for increased pot use by children.

  • Why a repentant Ukraine deserves support

    Difficult challenges face Ukraine as its new leaders try not to repeat the mistakes made after the 2004 'Orange Revolution.' Regret is a powerful motive for genuine reform.

  • Keep the peace in Venezuela's protests

    As in Ukraine, Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro is losing the moral high ground as his forces shoot innocent protesters. He must adopt the nonviolent tactics of his political opponents.

  • The real triumph of Ukraine's protests

    The values-based protests in Kiev's Maidan square helped bring down a regime built on corruption and violence. Now those values can help build a democracy modeled on those in Europe.

  • Raise the minimum wage? An alternative approach.

    Apparel giant Gap follows other companies like Costco in seeing the business wisdom of boosting wages without a government mandate.

  • Answering Ukraine's bullets

    After Ukraine police killed protesters Tuesday, the regime has lost legitimacy. Both the West and Ukrainian people must now find a peaceful way to create a legitimate government.

  • Out of Florence, Europe's economic renaissance?

    The young mayor of Florence who is tapped to be Italy's next prime minister brings hope to young people that they might start a business with less fear of failure. For the eurozone's third-largest economy, this may be a big spark for recovery.

  • North Korea in the docket after UN report

    A UN inquiry provides evidence of 'crimes against humanity' in North Korea. By exposing the truth of a dictatorship that tries hard to suppress the truth, the report can help bring down the Kim regime.

  • A Christian-Muslim crisis of faith in Africa

    With Christians and Muslims killing each other in the Central African Republic, the country needs more than foreign troops. A group of interfaith religious leaders are banding together to make peace real.

  • A call to let ex-cons vote

    US Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. asked 11 states that now restrict voting for ex-inmates to lift their bans. The reasons are both practical – less recidivism – and an affirmation of the potential for redemption.

  • A bit of harmony in a China-Taiwan conclave

    In a historic first meeting of official representatives, China and Taiwan appear to warm up ties despite the mainland's claim to the island nation. Is this a new Beijing seeking a peaceful rise?