All The Monitor's View

  • Inklings of a deal on Iran's nuclear program

    Substantial talks between Iran and six world powers began with signs of hope for rapid progress. Even though the sides are far apart, the world must support these war-averting negotiations.

  • The Senate deal's promise to Americans

    The best part of the Senate deal, devised to break Washington's logjam, is the promise of a joint congressional panel to make difficult budget compromises for fiscal sustainability. That may allay public fears of a debt tsunami.

  • Praise for those who cross shale's fault lines

    The quality of the debate over whether or how to tap shale gas and oil may have turned a corner this year as more groups and states find consensus-seeking ways to deal with the hard issues.

  • This Nobel Peace Prize was only half right

    The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was wisely given to the body trying to rid the world of chemical weapons. But who will divert the scientists who know how to make such weapons into peaceful pursuits?

  • An African lens on breaking sovereignty

    Foreign intervention in Africa has become almost a norm, with the Central African Republic as the latest example. The world must ask how much it should honor individual rights over national sovereignty.

  • What Janet Yellen must do at Federal Reserve

    President Obama's nominee for Fed chief, Janet Yellen, needs to look beyond financial data to create jobs and avoid inflation. The Great Recession showed that economists must also deal with giant lapses in character, even at the Fed.

  • To end Egypt's violence, a truce on Islamic fatwas

    Both sides in Egypt's violent struggle to restart democracy have evoked Islamic edicts. Yet a democracy based on liberty of conscience requires a separation of mosque and state.

  • Britain's battle against online porn

    Prime Minister David Cameron steps up his plan to guard children from the effects of Internet pornography. Even credit-card firms that deal with porn sites may be enlisted. Britain could be a model in how to fight the sexualization of children.

  • Supreme Court, campaign finance, and civic literacy

    As the Supreme Court weighs the latest challenge to a campaign finance law, reformers must also challenge the view that voters are 'civic slackers.'

  • Obama's pressing 'pivot' to Asia

    Despite the government shutdown, Obama wisely plans to attend the Asian summits and show the US has staying power in shifting its foreign focus toward Asia – and balancing a rising China.

  • Lifting the 'oil curse' for resource-rich nations

    Venezuela's squandering of its oil wealth has left its economy in tatters while leaders merely blame the US. As more resource-rich nations learn to dodge the 'oil curse,' Venezuela can do the same.

  • Tips from George Washington for a government shutdown

    Just before the federal government shutdown, a new library opened at George Washington's estate with a wing devoted to leadership training. His actions, even his silence at times, have relevance for today's political showdowns.

  • Are voters responsible for a government shutdown?

    A federal government shutdown isn't only a function of leaders who are unable to balance principles and interests. Voters also add to gridlocked government rather than Goldilocks cooperation with a winner-take-all view and by being politically disengaged.

  • A global campaign to hit terrorists – in their message

    In a contest for values, Turkey and the US are leading a $200 million effort to prevent the radicalization of young Muslims. It can build on successes in the deradicalizing of captured terrorists.

  • As college-prep test scores falter, how the US can respond

    Despite President Obama's challenge in 2009 for students to go into higher ed, test scores for the SAT and Act are not showing progress. The problem may be one of low expectations, despite the new Common Core standards and changes in state-level testing.

  • As more states back casinos, inequality rises

    A new study on gambling points to the expansion of casinos as a contributor to social and income inequality. They also perpetuate the notion of chance as a guiding force in life.

  • Church bombing in Pakistan: Why it still ricochets

    The public reaction to a terrorist attack on Christians in Pakistan reflects a similar pushback by moderate Muslims in Egypt and Tunisia. Civic values such as religious tolerance are at stake in this latest struggle for Islam.

  • Drop in child labor points to progress for all children

    A stunning drop in child labor worldwide is one of several reports of progress that suggest a global shift in how children are viewed.

  • Is nuclear power really the core of Iran's identity?

    Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, woos the US with a plea to acknowledge Iran's alleged core identity in its nuclear program. President Obama can point to Iran's conflicting identities as the country's source of weakness.

  • Ending the hypersexualization of girls

    France's move to ban beauty pageants for underage girls won't stop a trend toward Miley Cyrus-style sexual exhibitionism. Girls need to learn values that reinforce their worth beyond beauty and sex.