All The Monitor's View

  • China's tech innovators must 'breathe free'

    In his visit to China, Vice President Joe Biden spoke of a need for people to 'breathe free' to achieve innovation in science and technology. China's hopes for 'independent' innovation rest on allowing such freedom.

  • How Ukraine can someday join the EU

    Peaceful protests by Ukrainians in favor of a pact with the European Union reveal the brutal Soviet-style tactics of the regime. The EU must stand firm for democratic values.

  • Before the shopping drone arrives

    Buying things is becoming faster and easier thanks to the Internet. But wise shopping is still a human art.

  • Here's a conversation starter for Thanksgiving

    A campaign called Giving Tuesday rolls into its second successful year to curb the commercialism of the Thanksgiving holiday season with a day of generosity. It would make Ben Franklin smile.

  • China reforms can't stop at water's edge

    The Chinese military's provocative moves on Japan-controlled islands do not match the spirit of reform in the Communist Party's recent plenum. Wiser heads in China need to ensure the country's peaceful rise as a power.

  • The Iran nuclear deal's test of motives

    The temporary agreement on Iran's nuclear program is merely an initial test of good intentions on both sides. For Iran, it will ultimately be a test of whether it wants to be a player for peace.

  • US-Afghanistan alliance will be more than shared interests

    As Afghan leaders debate a draft security agreement with the United States, the two nations must recognize they are balancing more than each one's interests. After 12 years of war and joint efforts, the two are now bound up in common purpose.

  • New Jersey's dicey launch of Internet gambling

    On Nov. 26, New Jersey will become the third – and by far the most populous – state to allow online gambling for money within its borders. Before more states follow suit, the US must rethink this dubious race to make gambling so easy.

  • Help teens erase their web indiscretions

    Many teens may come to regret a photo on social media or other internet postings. But a new California law, which requires websites to let teens 'erase' their digital past, may be catching on in other states.

  • At Iran nuclear talks, put trust on the table

    Talks resume Wednesday over the Iranian nuclear program, with the US and Iran still highly mistrustful of the other. Even if a pact is signed, implementing it will require some degree of trust. Better to start with some trust now.

  • Philippines can 'build back better'

    Mega-disasters like super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines can be an opportunity for devastated communities to re-envision a different future, one built on resiliency to disaster and stronger community ties.

  • How rating colleges can challenge students

    As the Obama administration crafts a rating system for colleges, a study reveals how little students feel challenged by their professors. Ratings may help raise expectations in higher education.

  • Why US must help Afghanistan kick the heroin-trade habit

    Just as President Obama prepares to reduce the US role there, Afghanistan sees a big rise in opium cultivation. The US cannot leave the nation it invaded as a narco-state.

  • Black Friday's creep into Thanksgiving Day

    As more American stores open on Thanksgiving Day, or open earlier on that sacred holiday, they break a key limit on the commercialism of Christmas. If Thanksgiving is lost, Christmas might be, too.

  • A Philippines at the ready for typhoons

    As the toll mounts in the Philippines after super-typhoon Haiyan, the country can start to adapt better resiliency in preparation for its many natural disasters.

  • Congo and Colombia thread a peace needle

    Rebels groups in Congo and Colombia each declared this week they would lay down their arms. But the hard part now is deciding what punishment – or mercy – they deserve.

  • China's need for golden-rule economic reforms

    When China's Communist Party leaders meet Nov. 9-12, they are expected to adopt major economic reforms. One reason for hope: China is more dependent on the world. Economic nationalism must fade.

  • India's giant-leap mission to Mars

    India's launch on Tuesday of its first spacecraft to Mars might seem like a waste for a country so poor. Yet the mission speaks well of India's earthly concerns and universal dreams.

  • Supreme Court takes up public prayer

    In a case to be heard Wednesday, the Supreme Court will decide if judges can decide the types of prayers that can be spoken in a government setting. Given the private nature of prayer, and its powerful influence on individuals, the justices will likely bar courts from such government interference.

  • Red Cross lessons for Obamacare disputes

    As arguments revive over Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), the 150th anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross is a time to learn from a group that first championed nonpartisan, neutral respect for a universal right to health.