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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The leader of Hong Kong admits that allowing open choice for election candidates would give too much power to the city's large population of poor people. The protests are aimed at challenging such paternalistic governance, a model China promotes to the world.
New Jersey tries to lure young people hooked on digital video games of skill to wager on those games. Other states should ignore this desperate pursuit to tap games of merit as a way to revive an industry built on notions of chance.