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  • Germany after the market attack: ‘free, together, and open’

    Ordinary people in Germany and elsewhere are rejecting the temptation of hate and fear.

  • Finding alternatives to solitary confinement

    Both the federal government and states are looking at ways to reduce the practice, which a UN agency has called a form of torture.

  • Syrian-Americans: model immigrants?

    A study of earlier immigrants from Syria finds them ‘doing very well’ and should ease concerns about recent refugees.

  • A Japan-Russia step toward reconciliation

    The two countries agreed on a move toward resolving a territorial dispute by first focusing on a common goal : joint development. If it works, the agreement may be a model for similar disputes in Asia.

  • How Obama can respond to Russian hacking

    As more details emerge about Russian hacking during the 2016 election, the US must be careful about resorting to retaliation. The world needs agreements that lessen the fear of cyberwarfare.

  • A lesson dawns in Philippine drug war

    President Duterte’s support of vigilante killings of anyone suspected of drugs has not only brought demands for due process of law but more attention to the best solution: more concern for the healing of addicts.

  • A new light on a dark problem: North Korea

    As North Korea becomes more dangerous, a fresh approach is needed to end this nuclear threat. Sanctions and threats have yet to work. Perhaps the US can reach the North Korean people with a message of hope. 

  • Tweet less, talk more

    Real conversations – in person – are still needed for understanding, especially for world leaders. Donald Trump’s tweets, such as those about China, are no substitute for meaningful dialogue.

  • How to let Christmas be Christmas

    Now nearly a global event, Christmas has become contentious and commercial. Its meaning can be obscured if people feel pressure to give gifts. Yet in its popularity remains a hint of its purpose: an appreciation for a spiritual dawn.

  • When an apology need not be demanded

    With Japan’s leader set to make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, the US is not asking for an apology, just as Japan did not ask Obama for one in his visit to Hiroshima.  Friends are like that.

  • The real battle in Aleppo and Mosul

    Iraq’s war on Islamic State in Mosul has one big difference from Syria’s war on Aleppo. It tries to protect civilians while Syria either attacks them or basic facilities. Iraq is on the side of history for humanitarian law. 

  • Germany’s shift toward a burqa ban

    German leader Angela Merkel, once opposed to a ban on face veils, now favors them in certain public places. As much of Europe moves toward such bans, it must debate them with both practicality and compassion.

  • Why the EU can’t let a crisis go to waste

    The shared values of the European Union will not only help it survive each new challenge, such as the current one in Italy, but reshape how it lives up to its promise of continentwide peace and prosperity.

  • Goodbye peak oil, hello peak demand

    Instead of running out of oil, the world may be able to leave some of it in the ground as transportation alternatives improve.

  • Seeking truth, 21st-century style

    The growing popularity of 'fake news' offers an opportunity for everyone to stop, take a deep breath, and weigh the veracity of what they read online.

  • A counternarrative for Boko Haram’s victims

    As Nigeria pushes back the violent jihadist group, the millions of victims of that war are in desperate need. Yet one need – resiliency – is being mirrored back to them by one woman’s images of hope.

  • The youthful path to ending Middle East wars

    On the sixth anniversary of the Arab Spring, the region’s youth are even more embracing openness and freedom. They might help bring peace from below.

  • Why quality jobs are ahead, not behind

    Automation, more than globalization, has changed the job market. If Donald Trump and others seek to ‘bring back’ good jobs, they must first deal with people’s fears of automation – and learn from those who have adapted.

  • Fidel Castro’s unusual gift to history

    His personal rule over decades was the longest in modern times, which has become an oddity in a time when more people embrace liberty and accountability.

  • Can the US really disengage from the world?

    So many nations have come to expect a global order based on shared values, often under US leadership, that President-elect Trump may be indicating flexibility on his ‘America First’ stance. Just look at two of his top foreign-policy appointments.

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