A new book by dissident writer Liao Yiwu chronicles the rise of Christianity in China, where even the Communist Party wants to adopt Christian values.
Soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Monitor ran an editorial from the perspective of 2011 on how America had changed. Were those predictions spot on?
Wednesday's debate between Republican presidential candidates revealed big differences on US military intervention abroad. Yet history shows a candidate's words may not predict his actions as president.
Optimism by a president can be a force multiplier in the economy as much as government action. Obama's speech to Congress is a chance to restore his credibility as an inspiring orator and economic leader, able to persuade Americans to invest and spend.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney breaks from the GOP's free-trade past with a plan to curb China's predatory trade practices with threats of retaliation. He's playing with fire.
A one-time 'supercommittee' tasked to find a deficit-cutting compromise must resist the siren call of special-interest lobbies. The online gambling industry, for one, is already pouncing on this panel of 12 lawmakers.
Obama's ideas to create jobs should be based on proven success, and no country is a better model than Germany. With recent reforms, it has made productive investments in a job-creating, flexible export machine.
The civil war's final battle may come this weekend in Sirte unless the new anti-Qaddafi rulers can quickly set a course for national reconciliation.
In an agreement with the Justice Department, Google admits it knowingly allowed ads for prescription drugs from Canada to be targeted at US consumers. This slip of integrity – costing it $500 million in fines – raises questions about Google's culture.
From Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. to Egypt's peaceful revolution, civil resistance has been proven successful. Syrians especially need to stick to nonviolent tactics now after Libya's war.
After hurricane Katrina in 2005, officials are on their toes in responding to natural disasters. Yet they also deserve praise when they prepare well for the effects of storms or floods.
The pandemic-thriller film 'Contagion' opens Sept. 9, and along with it come a couple books that question whether fear of all invasive species is always justified.
NATO airstrikes were critical to Qaddafi's fall, but behind the scenes, the weakness of Europe's militaries and its leadership revealed problems for the US in its prime alliance – and in coming defense cuts.
A moral imperative to protect civilians led President Obama to seek support for NATO air support of Libyan rebels. In post-Qaddafi Libya, a similar 'responsibility to protect" may be required.
With Qaddafi no longer in control after a six-month civil war, Libyans can finally begin to create an identity based on the ideals of democratic citizenship.
Calls for Obama to be a strong leader sound a bit like Russians who prefer Putin's strong-arm rule, 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet empire began. But expressions of democratic values do not lie in one person. They must be more universal.
Prime Minister David Cameron wants a plan by October to cure inner-city 'gang culture.' But models already exist in many US cities to reach gang members – in their heart.
Corruption, along with a strong public reaction to it, is driving the leaders of the world's two biggest countries to shape up. The moral awakening to the need for honesty in governance cannot be reversed.
Conflicts around the world are both changing and, in some measure, declining. One big reason: The art of conflict resolution and the numbers of people practicing it have risen.
A federal appeals court ruled Friday against the mandate that forces individuals to buy private health-care insurance. This will help push the high court to take the case soon. And it should help better define freedom in personal health choices.