Commentary The Monitor's View

  • Why students need teacher home visits

    Educational inequality can be reduced if more public schools help teachers better engage with the families of students. Congress must assist by funding its own educational mandate.

  • The global impact of the battle of Fallujah

    Iraq’s retaking of the Islamic State stronghold hints at progress by the country’s majority Shiites in treating the minority Sunni as equal citizens, especially in the treatment of Fallujah’s fleeing Sunnis.

  • Colombia creates peace before ending a war

    To end its long conflict, Colombia’s government and rebel leaders first had to strike agreements on what peace would look like. Only now have they agreed on a cease-fire. It is a novel approach to end other wars.

  • Let mayors rule the world?

    With many democracies polarized in their national politics, the recent elections of reformist and nontraditional mayors reflect a trend toward cities as the best model of governance. The key: Local communities can better build trust. 

  • How real is job insecurity?

    Presidential candidates play to the perception of job insecurity, but new data analysis shows the US has ‘the most secure job market in the past 20 years.’

  • Olympics’ anti-doping leap

    Who was really behind a decision to ban Russian track-and-field athletes from the Summer Games over doping? Clean athletes who want sports to reflect a fair test of transcending human limits.

  • Caring for Islamic State’s victims

    Helping the victims of Islamic State, from the Yazidis to the families in Orlando, is a life-affirming way to counter the militant group’s notion of violence as a path to salvation.

  • An ounce of prevention in Venezuela

    The UN’s new focus on preventive diplomacy is sorely needed in a country facing an acute political crisis, a fallen economy, and too many armed groups that could trigger violence.

June 25, 2016

Photos of the weekend

Members of the NHS Choir entertain themselves in the mud at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, Saturday.

More The Monitor's View
  • Wind sweeping down the plain? Use it.

    In Iowa, wind turbines generate nearly one-third of the state’s electricity, the highest proportion in the US.

  • Muhammad Ali: ‘I am America’

    Controversial in the 1960s today Ali's contribution is recognized.

  • The bridges for peace in Asia

    An international court’s ruling is expected to challenge China’s claims to islands far from its shore. The ruling will be an opportunity for Asia to assert rule of law and a code of conduct for the many island disputes.

  • Acts of neighborly diplomacy

    An African court for the first time convicts a former African despot. Latin America tries to mediate in Venezuela. Southeast Asia seeks a code of conduct in its disputed waters. Regions, and their neighborliness, still matter in this globalized era.

  • Europe’s best hope to curb migrants from Africa

    As more Africans take to the sea to reach Europe, the EU ramps up aid to improve governance and prosperity in key African nations. The EU is simply trying to speed up the progress Africa is already making.

  • Taiwan shines a light on a dark past

    A new president starts a truth and reconciliation commission about the island’s past repression with the hope of improving democracy and ties with China.

  • 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.

  • A year after Charleston shooting, an ongoing need of forgiveness

    Prosecutors seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, even though many families of the victims forgave him – with President Obama praising their amazing grace. 

  • An opening for peace in Afghanistan?

    After a US drone killed the Taliban leader, a new leader emerges whose background suggests he might not oppose peace talks with the Afghan government. All countries involved in possible negotiations must pursue this possibility – especially Pakistan.

  • An Islamist party finds a path between extremes

    The largest party in Tunisia’s parliament, Ennahda, declares that it is now a civil party, leaving its Islamic work behind as democracy takes hold under a new Constitution.


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