Commentary Upfront Blog

  • The value of striving for truth

    Journalism can upset and disappoint. But there's no alternative to people who dedicate themselves to seeking truth and establishing facts.

  • What defines a leader most

    From Russia to the Philippines and beyond, strong leaders have become popular. But that sort of strength can be ephemeral.

  • A powerful incentive to integrate

    Continued progress toward school desegregation works best when it is not just a social good but a practical good for students.

  • What decides a claim on land?

    As solid and grounded as the Israeli settlements on the West Bank look, Israelis have never been the land's only inhabitants.

  • A different way of doing journalism

    What the world would most miss if the Monitor were to vanish, we believe, is its completely different way of seeing the news.

  • Sagebrush renaissance

    All sides are discovering that federal lands, run well, are neither a fiefdom of Washington nor a bulwark against wrongheaded cowherds. They are the vehicle by which important but competing claims can find balance. 

  • Who is ‘us’?

    By some important measures, the boundaries around whom we accept as part of “us” are particularly rigid at the moment. 

Gallery Photos of the week 05/30

Herb Colie (l.), who served with the 4th Battalion 60th artillery, and Jim Benning, who served as a second class machinist's mate on the USS Oak Hill during the Vietnam War, cover their ears as John Marsigliano, back left, and Chris Moeller, both of the Sons of the American Legion, do a gun salute during a Memorial Day observ...

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  • Adaptation, and loving care

    A little more care of our constantly changing planet would make adapting to those changes less difficult.

  • The power of peer to peer

    By choice or necessity, lay members of many Protestant denominations are stepping into roles traditionally reserved for clergy.

  • Learning to leave no one behind

    Long may may local color and regional diversity wave. But when it comes to education, local must never mean less than the best.

  • After populism's bold promise

    The politicians who have ridden today's wave of populist discontent to power now enter the next, more difficult chapter: governing

  • What makes humanity thrive

    As the besieged Christian communities of the Middle East shrink, the Middle East becomes the poorer.

  • Movies that mirror, and unite

    The best part of moviegoing is gasping, laughing, or choking back tears with strangers in a darkened theater.

  • Stories from the march of years

    Amid 2016's news of conflict and disruption, the steady decrease of such drags on humanity as poverty, hunger, and child mortality continues.

  • Creating a virtuous cycle

    "Creative destruction" is normal in a capitalist economy, but it is rarely easy on the individuals, families, and communities affected by it.

  • Winning the war of ideas

    Bad ideas can -- and will -- be beaten by better ideas. But the victory is rarely a quick one. Idea wars are won person by person.

  • Ancient and modern politics

    Preserving antiquities is important not just for culture and tourism. The ancient world is a reminder of the fleeting nature of human events.