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  • 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.

  • Nations that tap female empowerment

    On his visit to India, President Obama can take note of a new reform aimed at boosting the value of girls and women in the economy. Many countries now see female empowerment as necessary for growth.

  • Shaping Europe's reaction to terror

    German leaders and protesters counter anti-Islam hate groups with an embrace of tolerance. One Berlin project even plans a joint house of prayer for Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

  • Obama as Cuba's Internet provider

    Formal talks on US-Cuba ties started Wednesday, with President Obama insisting on Cubans being given access to the Internet. He is right to see the Internet as the people's searchlight for freedom – despite his doubts about 'democracy promotion.'

  • 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?

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