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  • Does Islamic State have a heart? Red Cross hopes so.

    The international Red Cross is trying to persuade Islamic State to let in neutral aid workers to treat millions of civilians. The effort is part of a broader and needed effort to get all states and nonstate actors to comply with humanitarian law.

  • In Venezuela, a need for magnanimity in victory

    An election provides a stunning win for pro-democracy forces over a domineering ruler. Now Venezuela, with the world’s worst-performing economy, needs handshakes across a big political divide to make reforms.

  • Obama’s call for Muslims to stand up

    Among the president’s anti-Islamic State tactics is an appeal to Muslim leaders to assert an Islam based on universal values such as dignity, respect, and tolerance. Yet the US and Europe also must embrace these values to defeat all types of terrorism.

  • A cool consensus emerges on global warming

    Many nations, rich and poor, find it hard to end fuel subsidies. Several poor nations have made moves to do so while Europe plans to temporarily keep fossil fuel power plants in reserve. The Paris talks on climate change must build on this consensus.

  • Protest, not numbness, in response to mass shootings

    A rapid rise in mass shootings like the latest in San Bernardino should not lead Americans to resignation. Rather their search for a motive, the care for victims, and a debate over solutions instead reveal a protest for the power of good over evil.

  • Diplomatic oil on Middle East's trouble waters

    The region is in unprecedented turmoil, from Islamic State to Libya’s civil war, but almost as unprecedented are the attempts to negotiate the many conflicts.

  • When nations step up for the global commons

    From climate talks to the war on Islamic State, a few nations have lately shown greater global leadership. This wider embrace of humanity deserves notice.

  • False promises in fantasy sports gambling

     New York’s lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel forces the companies to admit how few people win in wagering on fantasy sports – contradicting their previous claims of winning.

  • A test for motives in banking: ending bonuses

    The new head of Germany’s largest bank challenges the financial industry by questioning the use of bonuses as a worthy incentive for providing service to customers. High finance needs more such ethical reflection.

  • Italy's artful arsenal against Islamic State

    The prime minister plans to spend $1 billion in shaping the ‘cultural identity’ of refugees from Syria and Iraq as a creative riposte to Islamic State’s destruction of art.

  • Where Muslims are a learning experience

    ith their strong diversity of faiths, college campuses are essential training grounds to teach tomorrow’s leaders about interfaith cooperation, including engagement with Muslims.

  • Argentina’s pivot from Peronism

    Sunday’s election of a president with a reconciliatory style may upend the populist ruling style created by Juan and Eva Perón.

  • The other front against Islamic State: self-defeating fear

    President Obama pleads not to let fear of Islamic State or Syrian refugees play into IS hands. He’s right but must do more in this critical homefront against the purveyors of fear. 

  • Honesty’s force in a global drive against corruption

    Attempts to measure the effects of corruption on an economy are welcome. But as people in more countries demand accountable government, a focus should also be put on measuring levels of honesty – to uphold models.

  • Thanksgiving lessons for the Syrian refugee debate

    After the Paris attacks, Americans are divided on Obama’s plan to let in 10,000 Syrian refugees. The timing is good: Thanksgiving can shed light on how much the nation’s tradition of hospitality should influence this decision.

  • EU’s preemptive move on African migration

    While debate rages in Europe over Syrian refugees, the EU starts to build consensus on immigration by offering aid to Africa to prevent migration. All the better to tackle root causes than symptoms.

  • After Paris, a global resolve to dispel Islamic State’s darkness

    The Islamic State attacks in Paris bring sorrow and prayers, yet also a chance for sustained global unity in supplanting the false allure of a violent caliphate with hope for troubled Muslim youth and nations.

  • DraftKings vs. the joy of athletics

    New York’s crackdown on fantasy-sports gambling sites like DraftKings reflects a desire to retain the purity and joy of athletics. Too many nonsport interests, from betting to drugs, infringe on the virtues of sports.

  • Why the world’s most generous country may yet be democratic

    Myanmar was declared the most generous country just two days after an election moved it closer to democracy. A spirit of egalitarian giving lies behind its steady progress toward freedom.

  • Russia’s sports doping scandal: Why this one may be different

    A report on Russia’s drug-fueled cheating in sports comes as the International Olympic Committee realizes it must put an emphasis on ‘clean athletes,’ not just trying to catch the minority of athletes who cheat.

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