Commentary The Monitor's View

  • North Korea’s old ruse falters

    North Korea’s latest violent provocation of South Korea ended with an agreement that appears to break an old pattern. The South may have learned how to deal with the North’s attempts to intimidate.

  • The right use of history in Asia’s future

    As China plans a major event Sept. 3 to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II, it reveals much about differing paths for Asia. To prevent conflict, Asia must think less of power relationships and more of ideals that unite.

  • Focus on Internet's potential more than its problems

    In a coming global summit and in trade talks, leaders must not be gripped by fear of the Internet’s issues. Its benefits are still playing out, especially for the world’s poor.

  • The Arab-Israeli courtship

    Hints are growing of Israel and the Gulf kingdoms finding common ground, if only to oppose Iran and Islamic State. These initial ties should be the basis for a lasting peace.

  • In a smaller world, giants must tread with care

    With China’s surprise move on its exchange rate and the US due to raise interest rates, the time is ripe to reset global financial rules that soften the effects of economic nationalism.

  • As China’s economy cools, a hot debate on graft

    Critics contend that China’s anti-corruption campaign has helped to slow the economy. But the evidence points to honest governance as better for growth, if integrity in officials can be promoted.

  • Heroin addiction as a US campaign issue

    A heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, which will hold the first presidential primary, has forced both Democratic and Republican candidates to address this nationwide problem. The surprising consensus is on the need for treatment versus jail time.

  • Ignoring wrongs in Syria to battle Islamic State

    The US cannot hope the Assad regime will contain Islamic State because the regime’s atrocities are a prime recruiting tool for IS.

  • Loving the migrant but perhaps not migration policy

    As immigration politics now dominate in Europe, attacks on refugees have led to grass-roots efforts to meet the basic needs of migrants. Compassion over politics is a needed step to resolve social tensions.

August 29, 2015

Photos of the weekend

A sumo wrestler faces off two boys in a mock competition, during a presentation by professional sumo stables promoting the sport, at a department store in Tokyo, Saturday.

More The Monitor's View
  • In a smaller world, giants must tread with care

    With China’s surprise move on its exchange rate and the US due to raise interest rates, the time is ripe to reset global financial rules that soften the effects of economic nationalism.

  • Iraqi leaders on the hot seat

    A heat wave pushes Iraqis to demand the kind of honest government that can keep the power on and air conditioners running. Such demands are key to building an Iraqi identity and ending incursions by Islamic State and Iran.

  • Haiti’s graduation to self-governance

    The first of three elections may end Haiti’s political dysfunction and cycle of dependency if enough Haitians embrace democracy as the path to stable institutions.

  • The gain in Spain goes mainly against the grain

    With Europe’s highest growth so far this year, Spain’s economy has defied predictions that it would remain a eurozone laggard. Its turnaround is a lesson for Greece and others.

  • Pulling Venezuela back from the brink

    After making deals with Cuba and Iran, Obama may now be trying to negotiate a deal with Venezuela. With the country in dire crisis, this longtime US adversary needs the help.

  • Transparency in sports anti-doping efforts

    An investigation of doping tests for many Olympic athletes suggests the need for further reform in curbing performance-boosting drugs.

  • The honey vs. vinegar dilemma for China, Russia

    As their militaries expand their spheres of influence, China and Russia find resistance from groupings of nations designed on the power of attraction, not coercion.

  • A universal answer to religious violence

    In rallies and protests Saturday, Israelis and Palestinian decried an attack on an innocent family in the West Bank. This rare case of unity reflects the effort by many theologians of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to define a common Abrahamic doctrine that ensures peace.

  • In a financial crisis, credibility counts

    The three largest economies have faced financial crises since 2008. The US and Europe are recovering while China’s leaders must regain credibility after a stock-market snafu.

  • Debt relief for Greece? Rules first.

    After five years of temporary fixes to Greek debt, some debt relief for the country is now a live topic. As new talks begin for a bailout loan, both lenders and Greece must keep emotions at bay.


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