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  • College football: Don’t pander to bettors

    ESPN’s ‘cover alerts’ tie college sports ever closer to gambling.

  • Getting personal with corporate crime

    The US Justice Department plans to favor prosecution of individual wrongdoers over the levying of corporate fines.

  • Europe’s migrant challenge

    Not all countries may be able to benefit from the influx of newcomers; but all of Europe must share the load.

  • A still relevant monarch

    As Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch her reign seems to be enjoying a renaissance.

  • Fearless Guatemala's lessons for Latin America

    Peaceful protests that helped oust the Guatemalan president set a template for rejecting the fears that keep corruption in place.  Seven months of a popular rising also showed the power of shared ideals in demanding honest governance.

  • China’s voice in the global opera

    As Chinese leader Xi Jinping holds a summit with President Obama and takes command of the G20, he must also define what values China offers as it tries to reshape the international system.

  • New ways to protect the innocent in war

    As the nature of war changes, the International Committee of the Red Cross is struggling to ensure compliance with the humanitarian principles of the Geneva Conventions. Even the most extreme militants must be convinced of the need to protect civilians.

  • Seeing Ukraine as an opportunity

    A renewed cease-fire, debt restructuring, and more reforms are helping transform Ukraine from a crisis into an opportunity for Europe.

  • The global call for more border walls

    Donald Trump’s promise of a secure wall on the US-Mexican border reflects a trend in many nations to fortify their boundaries. A better course lies in more cooperation between countries and tackling root causes of perceived border threats.

  • Saying ‘rubbish’ in Lebanon to politics by faith

    A garbage-pickup crisis has sparked protests aimed at fixing a government stalemated for too long by the attempt to balance religious rivalry. Lebanon may set an example in the Mideast for government based on individual equality regardless of faith. 

  • North Korea’s old ruse falters

    North Korea’s latest violent provocation of South Korea ended with an agreement that appears to break an old pattern. The South may have learned how to deal with the North’s attempts to intimidate.

  • Africa’s democratic road to economic unity

    With the launch of an ambitious project to form a free-trade zone, Africa must also realize that trade is best enhanced when states are democratic.

  • New Orleans’ thanks for post-Katrina volunteers

    To mark the 10th anniversary of its devastating hurricane, New Orleans called on citizens to volunteer in service projects, a celebration of the generosity shown the city by private givers over the past decade.

  • Taproot for Europe's migrant crisis

    The largest share of refugees streaming into Europe is from Syria. Solving the war there is as important as dealing with the symptom of Syrians crossing the Mediterranean to find peace.

  • As China’s economy cools, a hot debate on graft

    Critics contend that China’s anti-corruption campaign has helped to slow the economy. But the evidence points to honest governance as better for growth, if integrity in officials can be promoted.

  • Heroin addiction as a US campaign issue

    A heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, which will hold the first presidential primary, has forced both Democratic and Republican candidates to address this nationwide problem. The surprising consensus is on the need for treatment versus jail time.

  • Ignoring wrongs in Syria to battle Islamic State

    The US cannot hope the Assad regime will contain Islamic State because the regime’s atrocities are a prime recruiting tool for IS.

  • Loving the migrant but perhaps not migration policy

    As immigration politics now dominate in Europe, attacks on refugees have led to grass-roots efforts to meet the basic needs of migrants. Compassion over politics is a needed step to resolve social tensions.

  • After another China disaster, giving again in spotlight

    The big blasts in Tianjin saw a charitable response by private groups, raising again the question of how to encourage generosity in countries like China.

  • The right use of history in Asia’s future

    As China plans a major event Sept. 3 to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II, it reveals much about differing paths for Asia. To prevent conflict, Asia must think less of power relationships and more of ideals that unite.

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