All The Monitor's View

  • When sensational images are a click away

    Recent videos of Americans being beheaded and stolen images of nude celebrities call for Internet user to have better discernment on the easy choices in viewing such visuals.

  • Hong Kong's pearl of great price

    Long known for its freedoms, Hong Kong faces a plan by China to restrict democracy by limiting candidates in the territory's elections. At the same time, China plans more freedom for its consumers and investors. The Communist Party sits on a contradiction.

  • The answer to Islamic State: by sword – or word?

    More than by military attacks, the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, can be defeated if more Muslims counter its message that faith can come through coerced acts of presumed piety rather than freely chosen spiritual understanding.

  • A real peace for Israel, Gaza

    A cease-fire in the latest war between Israel and Hamas must lead to reconstruction of Gaza, controlled by moderate Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel should support an active peace, not merely a long 'quiet' in hostilities.

  • NATO on Russia's border: a check, not a threat

    NATO's plan for long-term rotation of troops in its eastern states is well tailored as a deterrence and not a provocation to Russia. The alliance's strategic patience with Putin reflects not a desire for victory but hopes for a nonaggressive Russia.

  • A global nix on nicotine's new delivery system

    Most nations help people be free of tobacco addiction. Now the WHO wants a ban on indoor use of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems,' or e-cigarettes, as well as their sale to children. A global meeting in October should endorse such steps.

  • In Ebola crisis, time to honor the nurses

    Africa's frontline health workers against Ebola are nurses. Some have died while many have been ostracized by family or friends. They may find comfort in a new digital archive of Florence Nightingale's writings, freely accessible on the Web.

  • Job creation and global economic rapport

    Last week's gathering of top central bankers reflects how much governments have learned to work together since the Great Recession to prevent 'spillovers' of their economic and financial actions.

  • Amid war and beheadings, Iraq's fresh start

    Iraq has tapped a new leader who represents a possible inclusive leadership that can heal religious and ethnic divisions, based on unity around constitutional rights.

  • Putin’s backward gaze

    By moving on Ukraine, Vladimir Putin looks to the past when he should be envisioning a fresh future for Russia.

  • America’s rainbow schools

    The most diverse group of students ever will enter public schools this fall. With help from adults, they will shine.

  • Smarter police work

    Building trust can help prevent another Ferguson, Mo.

  • Will a robot take your job?

    Experts are divided, but humans can still decide what will happen

  • There’s gold in college sports ...

    ... and that’s the problem

  • Women’s breakthroughs

    Maryam Mirzakhani has won the ‘Nobel Prize’ of mathematics to crack another glass ceiling. And she’s not alone.

  • Scotland’s big decision

    A Sept. 18 referendum on independence raises questions about diversity and democracy.

  • Supermoons and beyond

    Late summer has rewarded sky-watchers with visual wonders. But there’s even more out there to ponder.

  • Redefining age in aging societies

    To keep ahead of an aging society, Britain now has an 'older workers' champion.' The big task, as more people in advanced nations put off retirement, is to shift attitudes about what is 'old.'

  • The world stake in Khmer Rouge convictions

    Global progress in seeking justice after mass atrocities gained a step with the first verdict against senior Khmer Rouge leaders.

  • State sovereignty, up for grabs

    By encroaching on others' territories, China, Russia, and Islamic terrorist armies challenge the norms of state sovereignty. How should the world respond?