With a new board, government broadcasters like Voice of America could thrive again.
Readers write in about women in the Olympics and in Iran, Christians in Iraq, children coping with failure, and right-wing rhetoric.
News from the Middle East isn't all bleak.
Indonesia has shown it can develop democracy and confront extremists on its own. Pakistan clearly needs sharp reminders.
Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is looking less and less like a shiny trophy for his mantel and more like a political lead anchor.