All The Monitor's View

  • In Hobby Lobby ruling, a defense of religious dignity (+video)

    In its Hobby Lobby ruling against the Obamacare mandate on contraceptive coverage, the Supreme Court centers its decision on the right of religious people, including owners of privately held corporations, not to be told by government that their beliefs are 'flawed.'

  • A Yosemite moment for nations in conflict

    The 150th anniversary of Lincoln's act to preserve Yosemite valley during the Civil War serves as a reminder of how the shared experience of landscape can help unite a people.

  • Germany's power of attraction in Ukraine crisis

    With Ukraine now signing up for membership in the European Union, Germany's soft but firm approach to Russia's aggression sets a global standard in how to wield influence in the 21st century.

  • Why the high court protects cellphone privacy

    In its ruling on cellphone privacy, the Supreme Court points out that such digital devices are now a pervasive part of daily life, extending our identities into new realms. Ensuring privacy is a way to protect new notions of identity.

  • To end partisan gridlock

    A new report recommends practical, achievable steps to help government work better.

  • A nutritious news diet

    What passes for news can be trivial or shocking. Careful news consumers think about what they’re taking in.

  • Droning on

    As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent

  • Removing the R-word

    A court decision takes away trademark protection for an NFL team with a disparaging name. But that’s not enough.

  • Worried about climate? Take a hike.

    Scientific studies and cautionary reports have their role. But getting out into nature makes us love it.

  • A ruling to reshape the world economy

    The US Supreme Court tells Argentina that its sovereignty as a state is not above the principle of treating creditors equally in a bankruptcy. The decision helps set a moral norm that can boost the global financial system.

  • In Colombia and Afghanistan, elections that pacify

    Elections in Colombia and Afghanistan put a democratic stamp on talks with rebels, or a listening to their political views while rejecting their violence.

  • Rally Iraq's Muslims against ISIS beheadings

    The ISIS rebels in Iraq advanced quickly in part because they use beheadings to instill fear. The world, as well Muslims, must condemn this tactic. Even Al Qaeda rejects it.

  • In Cantor defeat, a lesson on how to treat voters

    A stunning primary loss for the well-funded House leader Eric Cantor to a relatively unknown candidate may show voters in the Internet Age refuse to be treated as naive targets of expensive campaign tactics.

  • Can an Islamic caliphate survive in today's Mideast?

    As the Muslim militant group ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, its chances of establishing a strict Islamic theocracy will be weakened by its inherent flaws.

  • Rape in wartime: A plan to end it

    Angelina Jolie and Britain's top diplomat, William Hague, are dashing myths about the use of rape as a war tool. The world can work to end this crime, as seen in a summit in London this week.

  • The origin of peace for Israelis, Palestinians

    As other attempts for Middle East peace fail, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority joined with the heads of two Christian churches in prayers for peace. The event Sunday at the Vatican serves as reminder about the universal source of a desire for peace.

  • One message from Normandy

    If the US truly honors its veterans, reforms at the VA must move swiftly.

  • The real marijuana story

    The common assumption that it’s a harmless drug is challenged in a prominent medical journal.

  • Children on the doorstep

    A surge of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the US demands a humanitarian response

  • Freedom days

    Remembering D-Day, World War I, the Polish elections, Tiananmen Square. What do they have in common? A love of freedom.