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  • Anchors for rule of law on the high seas

    Two actions in October may push Beijing to accept universal rules in maritime law: a UN court’s decision favoring the Philippines’ claim to islets taken by China and the transit of a US warship near a reef built up by the Chinese.

  • Ryan expressed: the new US Speaker's healing words

    In his inaugural speech as Speaker of the US House, Rep. Paul Ryan reminds legislators and all Americans what it takes to bring about ‘boundless ... good.’

  • In Turkey vote, a window on common identity

    A Nov. 1 election may confirm a trend seen in a June vote that Turkey may be joining those democracies finding unity on civic values. Will membership in the European Union follow?

  • An exemplary way to defeat Islamic State

    The war on Islamic State may not be won with military might or theological arguments but by providing role models for young Muslims seeking purpose and belonging. This would dry up the group’s recruitment stream.

  • Indonesia’s promised ‘mental revolution’ for honest governance

    One year into Joko Widodo’s presidency, his campaign hope for Indonesians to think differently about corruption needs help – from the people.

  • China’s reach for sage advice

    As the Communist Party launches its next five-year economic plan, it also seeks ancient Chinese virtues to restore morality in the party and society. In a new book, a leading ethicist explains what the party should do.

  • Of democracy saviors and the people

    A critical Nov. 8 election in Myanmar will provide a lesson for the world: that hopes for democracy should not be tied to one person (Aung San Suu Kyi) but should be embedded in the people and their demands for basic rights.

  • California’s useful model in water thrift

    As global talks heat up on a climate-change pact, models are needed on collective action to deal with environmental problems. California’s response to a record drought may be one.

  • Welcome the ‘gift economy’

    The sharing economy, driven by commercial platforms such as Uber, has also spurred new forms of charitable giving and free giveaways. A new mix of charity, consumption, and community defines its own economy.

  • How Canada can help save democracy

    The Liberals under Justin Trudeau won the Oct. 19 election by promising inclusive, respectful politics. With many democracies engaging in fear-mongering campaigns, Canada could set a model for a return to deliberative governance.

  • Why one Arab nation acts as peacemaker

    The way Algeria ended its violent civil war helps it act as a broker today in other conflicts, teaching that political solutions can quell terrorism.

  • Why the US will stay in an ‘endless war’

    For President Obama, supporting US interests in Afghanistan trumped keeping a campaign promise to leave.

  • Who killed the electric car? No one.

    Despite low gas prices, world automakers from Toyota to VW are moving ahead on nonpolluting vehicles.

  • The difficulty with drones

    Targeted killings are already an ethical tangle. And “swarming,” laser, and “vampire” drones are on the way.

  • Outlook brightens for a new generation of women at work

    A worldwide poll finds challenges from wage inequality to harassment. But it sees changes, too.

  • The Peace Prize’s lesson for civil society

    The Nobel Peace Prize went to four groups in Tunisia that prevented violence by mediating a political crisis with a message about individual dignity and equality.

  • Europe’s test of tolerance over Muslim influx

    Russia’s bombing of Syria may push millions more Muslims to flee toward Europe, forcing the Continent to quell anti-Muslim bigotry and reinforce the concept of citizenship based on inclusivity.

  • The outrageous fortune of fantasy sports

    The rising popularity of ‘daily fantasy sports,’ driven mainly by those gambling on imaginary teams, is now under scrutiny. Government officials must avoid the tired debate over whether such games are ones of skill or ‘luck.’

  • How Europe, US can solve Internet privacy

    Europe’s highest court ends an agreement that allows data to flow freely between the EU and the US. Both sides must now find ways to build trust into data collection and lower fears of a loss of privacy.

  • The value, and values, of a Pacific trade pact

    Nearly a decade in the making, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will shape up-to-date rules for 40 percent of the world economy. Its benefits are mainly in tying the US, Japan, and others to set the highest values for global commerce. 

 
 
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