Commentary Upfront Blog

  • Cities worth rebuilding

    New Orleans and all cities arise because people join together. When they are knocked down, that same spirit helps them rise again.

  • Making social media more social

    The Internet allows everyone to be a publisher. But just beyond your first "Hello, world" you'll encounter a world of reaction -- sometimes fun, often cruel.

  • What motivates barrier breakers?

    The young men and women who go through the US military's Ranger School aren't motivated by fame or fortune. They are motivated by values and causes that can't be publicized or monetized.

  • Behind a changing equation

    The US-Saudi relationship epitomizes the old maxim that nations don’t have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. 

  • Finding a shared humanity

    Travel with refugees on the underground railroad from Syria to Germany. You'll feel their courage, resourcefulness, and humanity. 

  • Why we need a summer read

    A summer read can be fun, compelling, intriguing, heartwarming. Every once in a while, a summer read can be life-changing.

  • Rebuilding the trust

    The unprecedented scrutiny police are under must lead to better law enforcement and better community relations.

  • A resource for prosperity and peace

    In the perennially parched Middle East, Israel's expertise at water management has potential far beyond Israel's borders.

August 27, 2015

Photos of the day 08/27

A Thai veterinarian takes a picture of a 2-year-old orangutan during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Center in Ratchaburi, Thailand, Thursday. Vets from the Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation conducted a health check of 14 orangutans to prepare them for repatriation to their count...

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