Commentary Upfront Blog

  • 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 29, 2015

Photos of the weekend

Hooded penitents from "La Borriquita" brotherhood take part during a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Sunday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

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