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  • Who should prevent violent extremism?

    More world leaders, weary of military efforts against terrorism, turn to preventing violent extremism. They’re seeking help from private groups and everyday folk in thwarting radicalization of young people.

  • Has Brazil begun a moral reckoning?

    A corruption scandal has rolled over Brazilian society, claiming a president and putting many in jail. Now one big culprit, a construction firm, appears to be contrite. Will its ‘sincere’ apology trigger a moral catharsis?

  • The court’s restraint in church-contraceptive case

    The Supreme Court wisely avoids ruling directly in an apparent clash of religious liberty and access to contraceptives, citing a path for compromise.

  • A tale of how to open one’s arms to refugees

    When Alberta’s huge wildfire forced 80,000 to flee, one nearby town did not let fear of strangers hinder their compassion for the refugees. It is a lesson for a world dealing with mass migration.

  • The inner dimensions of global corruption

    As more money from corruption flows across borders – raising popular anger – global solutions are needed. But which solutions will strike at the heart of corruption?

  • Pot legalization’s sobriety test

    Vermont wisely votes down pot legalization. One big reason: the record of highway risks from drugged drivers in Colorado and Washington State. Legalization should not create a problem while trying to solve one.

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