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  • For the Mideast, an anniversary to remember

    The 25th anniversary of the Gulf War liberated Kuwait from Iraqi rule – and it helped leave Kuwait as a relatively good counterpoint to the region’s extremism.

  • A morality tale in Argentina’s debt epiphany

    A newly elected president is near a deal to end Argentina’s long debt woes. The country’s 15-year saga provides a lesson for a world awash in red ink. 

  • Oil’s fall may be democracy’s rise

    The biggest oil producers, which are trying to prop up global prices, are also among the last countries to make reforms that will lift them from a ‘resource curse.’

  • Reclaim civility for the 2016 elections

    As presidential candidates slip toward slurs and shouting, other leaders as well as citizens must preserve the power of civility in public discourse.

  • Unsung heroes who rescue Syria’s refugees

    As peace talks falter and the war in Syria escalates, one good constant has been the compassionate welcome and rescue of refugees by common residents in neighboring states. Good examples can be found on Greek islands.

  • Making the world safe for anti-corruption whistle-blowers

    A Ukrainian official’s resignation over corruption prompts an unusually strong response from world bodies. The global campaign against official wrongdoing has made it easier for many people to stand up for honest governance.

  • Hong Kong’s lessons in coping with China

    A Feb. 8 riot and police crackdown in Hong Kong reveals the harsher hand of China but also a dilemma for the territory on how to deal with Beijing’s fear of dissent. The world must watch how Hong Kong decides.

  • Mercy for Myanmar's military?

    As she and her winning party prepare to run Parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi faces pressure from the military’s millions of victims for revenge. She wisely argues to allow the Army to reform.

  • Fixing both Flint and its water pipes

    The water-pollution tragedy in Flint deserves quick solutions but the city’s citizens, led by a new mayor, are also rightly looking at rebuilding the trust necessary to improve democratic governance.

  • Lessons for Syria from Colombia

    As it nears a historic peace deal to end a long civil war, Colombia’s leaders say the key was giving the victims of the conflict a seat at the table. It created a tender mutuality and compassion that eased the peace process.

  • Winning peace for minorities in Muslim lands

    Ending terrorist attacks on religious minorities will require more than weapons. Since 9/11, more scholars are challenging Muslims and others to embrace ideas that prevent religious violence.

  • Iowa’s eye-opener on what America’s youth seek

    Three of the four winners in the Iowa caucuses are anti-establishment politicians who drew strongly on under-35 voters. Will America’s future be defined by the youth vote in this presidential contest?

  • US role in ending a Central American war

    Gangs are so big in El Salvador that the region is in a virtual war that has spillover effects in the US. The solution lies in keeping young people out of the gangs.

  • Why US can’t ignore Colorado’s pot ‘experiment’

    Evidence keeps rolling in that the Rocky Mountain state’s marijuana legalization, in clear violation of federal drug laws, has negative spillovers. If federal officials won’t act, other states should take heed of legal weed.

  • The year of living more honestly

    A global ranking of countries on corruption finds more are improving. Are people more demanding of honest governance? If so, they are taking different paths.

  • A calm lesson for the Zika scare from the Ebola crisis

    The 2014-15 Ebola outbreak taught health workers some lessons that can be used to stem Zika. First lesson: Fear of an epidemic should not be allowed to create an epidemic of fear.

  • Another model of Christian-Muslim harmony?

    Talks to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are looking up, perhaps adding a new voice to others in the region that Muslim-Christian coexistence is possible. That’s a key tool against Islamic State.

  • Why even the Super Bowl needs a gambling shield

    As online gambling rises, UN and Olympic officials rush to prevent match-fixing by betting syndicates. Athletes who are clean deserve better protection from the corruption of gamblers.

  • The right campaign debate on how to fix ‘Wall Street’

    Presidential candidates rail against the financial industry, but the best reform may be happening with moves by big firms toward ‘patient capitalism.’

  • For a world in gloom, a new torchbearer

    At a gathering of hand-wringing world leaders in Switzerland, Canada’s new prime minister was all palms up, offering advice on how openness and fearlessness can help solve global challenges.

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