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  • Outlasting terror's waves

    Every generation deals with the desperation of terrorism. Every generation of terrorists learns how futile their cruelty is.

  • Why progress endures

    The rise and fall of civilizations is the drama of history. But quiet progress -- century by century, civilization by civilization -- is the real story to watch.

  • The promise, and pitfalls, of boundaries

    Privacy has always been an essential need for humans. Do the conveniences and dangers of the digital age change that?

  • The freedom to decide

    China's command economy has pulled 500 million people out of poverty. Many Chinese are now searching for something deeper than material prosperity.

  • Learning to expect surprises

    For nations as for people, flexibility, adaptability, and tolerance for a degree of messiness is the best approach for dealing with the unexpected.

  • The many jobs a job can do

    The recovering American economy isn't just good for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. It is important in the global war of ideas.

  • Finding knowledge that's unclouded

    Extremism is a shallow concept, an easy answer in a complicated world. One part of fighting extremism is encouraging deeper thinking.

  • Finding better paths to justice

    Society is developing smarter, more compassionate, more effective ways of reforming juvenile offenders. 

  • Feeding a cycle of virtue

    Smart, sensitive policing is crucial in fighting crime and building healthy communities. And healthy communities build healthier ones.

March 30, 2015

Photos of the day 03/30

A boy feeds his sister in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday.

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