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  • When a famine points to a deeper need

    The UN issued its first famine alert in six years, citing starvation in war-torn South Sudan. While food aid is needed, this new African nation needs the reconciliation skills of its church leaders to end a long conflict.

  • The West’s challenge: an ‘axis of fear’

    Trump’s foreign affairs officials meet with other Western leaders for the first time this week. The big theme: the rise of voter fear in the US and Europe, reflected in nationalist politics. Germany’s leader has an answer for that.

  • The call for citizens to ‘go local’

    In both the US and EU, a populist backlash against centralized power has revived interest in local activism, which often comes with an ethical imperative for neighborliness.

  • A simple truth about countering fake news

    As the US and Europe try new efforts against Russian disinformation, they can learn how citizens in Ukraine have been equipped to embrace the truth.

  • A model to mend Europe’s nationalist cracks?

    Even as nationalist parties rise in Europe, the island of Cyprus is trying to end 43 years of division between ethnic Greeks and ethnic Turks. If a split Cyprus can unify, might it set an example?

February 27, 2017

Photos of the day 02/27

A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

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  • Just rewards of Brazil’s anti-corruption triumphs

    The prosecution of a huge scandal and popular demands for honest government have finally brought enough reforms to help revive Latin America’s largest economy.

  • Trump's moment to push hard work over 'luck'

    Despite his record as a casino builder, the president faces choices on whether to end federal bans on online gambling, possibly even sports betting. The economy needs policies that promote hard work and talent over a belief in ‘chance.’

  • Denmark’s envoy to the global ‘other’

    In appointing a special ambassador to tech giants like Apple and Facebook, Denmark fits a pattern of engaging with global issues and forces, not self-isolating in fear.

  • A shout-out for honesty in Europe

    Hundreds of thousands of Romanians protested over a government move to quell investigations of corruption. Having made so much progress against graft, they took a stand for clean governance.

  • How Trump can keep peace in cyberspace

    As he prepares to revamp US cybersecurity, he must prevent other nations from fearing the US capability and creating a cyber arms race.

  • Canada’s response to a mosque massacre

    The killing of six Muslims in Quebec brought vigils, prayers, and other moments of solidarity between mosques and churches. This reaction often plays out worldwide because houses of worship find common purpose against acts of hate.

  • An Arab model for a US debate

    As Americans fight over Trump’s travel bans on Muslim countries, Tunisia shows an inclusive debate over keeping terrorists in check.

  • The way to debate Trump’s orders on migrants

    Immigrant bans and new walls need not be contentious if each side recognizes they both seek to solve the root cause of mass migration.

  • Not only people are being liberated from Islamic State

    As Iraq retakes its second-largest city, it made a point of raising a flag at Mosul University, which the militants had all but destroyed. Such schools teach the virtues for running modern societies in the Mideast.

  • Path of patience toward North Korea

    Trump will be the fourth US president to deal with a nuclearized North Korea. More sanctions might help, but a regime defector points to the use of patience as more North Koreans are dissenting.

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