Iran and Saudi Arabia now have reformist leaders bent on granting certain liberties that appeal to young people. That sort of contest of ideas is far better than their violent rivalry in regional conflicts.
By some important measures, the boundaries around whom we accept as part of “us” are particularly rigid at the moment.
A roundup of global commentary for the April 24, 2017, weekly magazine.
Letters to the editor for the April 24, 2017 weekly magazine.
Natural disasters like the current drought in Somalia need not evoke a frantic global reaction. By pooling their risks in regionwide insurance schemes, more countries are better prepared to quickly respond to disaster.
A survey of refugees reveals a large underground economy in North Korea that runs on US dollars – and rising corruption. Perhaps the US needs patience as the regime rots from within.
More countries now allow outside influence in battling corruption. Latest example: Ukraine agrees to set up an anti-corruption court as a condition of aid. A bill in the US Senate would greatly expand this global drive against graft.
A referendum result will likely give strong powers to a president who founded the governing Islamist party. As long as its democracy is preserved, Turkey may find a new balance between Islam and secular rule.
People who had almost no interest in global warming became involuntary pioneers of a green revolution, moved not by soaring rhetoric, but by common sense.
From South Korea to Colombia, many performers and other artists play a unique role in creating a receptivity toward peace and in healing the trauma of conflict. Their works can open a dialogue for trust, even amid war.
A roundup of global commentary for the April 17, 2017, weekly magazine.
Letters to the editor for the April 17, 2017 weekly magazine.
Large protests against corruption could help force President Zuma to resign. South Africa, like many large emerging economies, faces a rising demand for honesty and accountability.