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.
The worst drought in 60 years has brought 12 million people to the brink of starvation. Time is running out to avoid a large-scale disaster.
Hydraulic fracturing to release underground natural gas could be a 'game changer' for US energy supplies. But not if it comes with too high an environmental cost.
The Lone Start State is breaking heat and drought records this summer, with no end in sight. But it's record on conserving water is so-so at best.
Britain's urban riots represent both frustration with economic hard times and common criminality. And they once again demonstrate that social media can be used for good or ill purposes.
The failure of the debt-ceiling agreement that was arrived at last week opens up a new opportunity for Washington to get it right.
The latest job numbers, as well as woes in the stock market and the global economy, call for a focus on ways to measure new ideas in business that can create jobs.
Blacks and Latinos were hit hard by the Great Recession, and governments are cutting social programs. Can private giving step in? Two billionaires are showing how.
The Assad regime in Damascus has gone on a killing spree against pro-democracy protesters, especially in the city of Hama, bringing moral outrage by world leaders. What can be done to stop it?
Both the debt deal and the raucous caucus way it came into being calls for a new modesty about the US role in the world.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began this week -- at a time of upheaval for Arab Muslim societies. What can Islam offer during this holiday to those seeking freedom?
The Texas trial of Warren Jeffs should shine a spotlight on the global problem of child marriages, and efforts to prevent them.
Mice with human-language DNA? Goats with human-like organs? They already exist. A British report raises anew the dilemma of creating animals with human characteristics for the sake of medical science.
Like the youth revolutions of the Middle East, renewed talks between India and Pakistan have the wind of youthful hopes for peace pushing these long-time, nuclear rivals. Obama's exit plans from the Afghanistan war rest on it.
His request to call lawmakers in support of a debt-ceiling solution requires a great faith that Americans know how to handle their own debt or can reconcile competing impulses about taxes and spending.
Friday's political massacre of Norway's youth could easily focus attention on Europe's immigration debate. But it should first lead to a renewal of basic civic values, such as reverence for life.