Iraq's elected leaders are moving toward clerical rule while in Iran a leading Shiite cleric, who advocates secular rule, suffers in prison.
Juries are essential to catch lies. Justice relies foremost on honesty. Only then can law enforcement catch rapists and murderers.
With the threat of Islamic groups possibly winning power and then hijacking democracy, Egypt needs a bill of rights and other democratic guarantees before an election.
As China's Communist Party celebrates its founding, it is stuck in an internal debate on whether to admit that values such as human rights are universal or merely Western. Aren't all good ideas universal?
A bill in Congress to allow betting for online poker is based on the notion that poker is mainly a game of skill. Fat chance.
The 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam spelled the end for Johnson and the US role in that war. Will Obama fail to see a similar Taliban 'psych ops,' aimed at American opinion to hasten the US exit from Afghanistan?
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi reveals in a BBC lecture the source of her spiritual strength in surviving as an isolated dissident and as a champion of democracy.
A division of opinions on the Supreme Court leaves open a door for states to regulate such games.
His top generals reveal an internal debate over the risks of a premature troop pullout in Afghanistan. Like modern-war commanders, Obama is mainly a risk assessor.
What do Greece, Washington, and potential mortgage-skippers have in common? They're on the verge of debt default. Why the ethical disregard about the effects of default on others?
No matter what President Obama does after his speech on a partial troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, it is Afghans themselves who must rise up against the brutal tactics of the Taliban.
The dissenting opinion in the Wal-Mart sex-discrimination ruling presumes male managers are guilty of bias. And in the health care law, an assumption of guilt about people not paying medical bills lies behind the mandate to buy insurance.
From Syria to Morocco, repressive leaders at least now admit the woes their regimes cause. That admission can lead to success for pro-democracy protests.
Despite a big leap in the use of prayer for health among Americans, the government has decided not to study it as a complement or alternative to medicine.
Turkey, after seeing atrocities in Syria, joins a club of other regional, democratic powers like Brazil and Indonesia helping their neighbors.
Obama will decide soon on an initial troop withdrawal. Afghan women fear a big drawdown will signal US willingness to negotiate a weak peace deal on rights with the Taliban.
New test scores on history and civics reveal how little American students know their nation's past. Yet such knowledge is essential for active citizens.
When soldiers refused to shoot protesters in Egypt and Tunisia, the revolution began. Now reports of mutiny in Syria suggest the Assad regime's crackdown has gone too far.
Countries that back the NATO campaign in Libya and the Libyan rebels themselves are only starting to plan what's next, even while confidence grows that Qaddafi will be gone.
Overcoming fear is half the battle in the Arab Spring. As Syria's violence worsens, the West gets over its fears.