All The Monitor's View

  • Post-crisis, the world reconnects its dots

    Measures of globalization show a rebound of connectedness since the 2008 economic crisis. Tracking what unites people is more critical than identifying what splinters them.

  • Merkel challenges Putin's worldview

    The crisis over Ukraine has escalated to Russia making power plays in many parts of Europe. The German leader wisely says the issue is one of international law and values, not a clash over spheres of influence.

  • A beheading that fails to intimidate

    The parents of Peter Kassig, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, ask people to remember his 'work.' That work – bringing health and aid to those suffering in a conflict zone – is a humanitarian principle that cannot be killed.

  • The air ball in NBA's call for sports gambling

    The NBA commissioner wants Congress to allow sports gambling. The NHL commissioner does not. In this contest, merit-based sports must win, not the belief in luck.

  • Catch a comet, catch some inspiration

    Europe's landing of the Philae probe on a comet from the Rosetta orbiter reflects not only a remarkable feat, it also shows why nations use space exploration to spur Earth-bound inspiration and innovation.

  • US-China pacts: a leap for universal values

    In a surprise, China and the US sign four agreements – on climate, trade, military, and visas – that signal a breakthrough in embracing common values. For China, this is a huge change from not accepting the universality of values.

  • How to direct Mexican fury over gang killings

    The gang killings of 43 students sparks outrage over local organized crime and President Peña Nieto’s security policies. Yet at least three cities have set models for how to curb gang violence and increase respect for rule of law.

  • A model in Detroit's post-bankruptcy plan

    Many private and public institutions had to come together in a shared vision for the city to allow it to emerge so quickly and well from America's largest municipal bankruptcy.

  • The best weapon in Obama's war on Islamic State

    Waging war on Islamic State ('ISIS') must include reaching those Muslims under its thumb with a message that Islam grants equality among individuals under God, not under a religious leader who uses violence to rule daily life.

  • Obama, GOP can now partner on one project: trade pacts

    After this midterm election, a new Republican-led Congress can start to build trust with President Obama by striking a deal on proposed trade pacts with Asia and Europe. The US needs such bipartisanship to spur growth and shape global values.

  • Africa's test of unity over Ebola crisis

    In a mark of progress and unity, the African Union finally sent its first-ever humanitarian mission to help curb Ebola. Then it reacted swiftly to a military takeover in Burkina Faso. The continent must create more cohesion in order to assist itself.

  • Shake, rattle, and voter rolls: The new politics in Europe, US

    The recent recession may still be changing politics in Europe and the US, not only on specific issues but on qualities of governance, such as accountability, transparency, and wider participation.

  • When central banks try to create optimism

    In Japan, Europe and the US, central banks have tried to alter consumer pessimism – that might lead to deflation – by flooding financial markets with money. Can a behavior of hope be 'nudged' in this way?

  • Ukraine can cleanse its past, heal its future

    A new 'lustration' law may be too harsh and sweeping in fingering workers in past regimes for alleged wrongdoing. Curbing corruption and potential tyranny may require some leniency toward past officials who repent.

  • In Ebola disputes, keep focus on health workers

    A common theme that can help resolve Ebola disputes – such as issues over medical protocols and quarantines – is the desire to support healing professionals in West Africa.

  • Best path for post-election Brazil

    After a divisive campaign and President Rousseff's squeaker reelection victory, Brazil must follow Mexico's model and unite major parties behind a pact for reform.

  • Election helps Ukraine be 'European'

    Three pro-European parties gained a majority in Sunday's election for parliament. Now those parties must learn what the European Union still struggles with: unity in diversity.

  • Europe's leap toward honest, healthy banks

    On Sunday, Europe's central bank released results of stress tests done on the largest banks, hoping to clear up their hidden debts and restore lending to entrepreneurs. More transparent banking will help keep the world's largest economy from stagnation.

  • Learning from Canada after Ottawa attack

    The attack on Parliament by a Canadian convert to Islam brings a call to avoid this response: hatred. Islamic State thrives on hatred, either in the West or among Muslims.

  • For 2014 election, the candidates to endorse

    Even as more voters become hard ideologues, the middle grows for those who want candidates who can make compromises. The politics of trench warfare needs to change.