The state in Pakistan has yet to execute someone for blasphemy. But that hasn't prevented killings related to this archaic law, such as the murder of a Christian cabinet minister for his effort to reform the law.
China's fierce crackdown of sporadic protests in recent weeks shows that Communist leaders there are watching the Arab uprisings with great anxiety. China would be wise to stay ahead of events by rolling out political reforms.
The West is guilty of wishful thinking when it excitedly imagines people-powered revolt in the Arab world spreading to China. There is dissatisfaction in China. But Tiananmen Square is not poised to become a Tahrir Square anytime soon. Here's why.
The US is weighing a no-fly zone in Libya that might prevent Qaddafi from more attacks on rebel forces. Obama must weigh key lessons from history before acting.
Education courses don’t challenge students’ intellects as much as others do, research shows in the new book "Academically Adrift." That's a problem not just for these students, but the students they will teach. It's time to reclaim education as serious intellectual endeavor.
The Raymond Davis case in Pakistan might have been quietly handled in the past. But public opinion and populist rancour are now factors.
The tea party freshmen in the House have shown their muscle in the skirmish over spending cuts for this year's budget. They should redirect their zeal to a much more important battle – reforming Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
China's currency manipulation aggravates US politicians, but it could also upend its own economic gains. By keeping the yuan artificially low, China increases inflation to dire levels. Instead of whining about the policy, the US must emphasize this dangerous tradeoff to China.
Progress based solely on a hasty transition would be an illusion – which might undercut the efforts of millions of Egyptian who took to the streets for change. Instead, Egypt’s opposition groups must take steps to ensure meaningful reforms within a reasonable timetable.
Returning Gaza to Egypt would remove a sticking point in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and bring stability to the region. A post-Mubarak Egypt could have a moderating influence on Hamas, while giving the Gazan people a voice and ensuring greater security for Israel.
"The King's Speech" wasn't flashy or filled with Hollywood glamor. It was the quiet story of overcoming fear. From the Middle East to the American job market, that message rang powerfully.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously set sanctions on Libya Saturday, with China deciding to join in and punish a country for its human-rights violations. Such a move could set a new direction for China, as well as help the UN cope with other crises in the Middle East.
Jeremy Bernard is the new White House social secretary – the first male to ever hold the position, and a signpost in the fight for gender equality. We need to tackle not just the stereotypes restricting women, but men as well. Excluding men from nurturing roles in our society is bad for all of us.
The last surviving American soldier from World War I pointed to the problem all veterans face: Wars are too quickly forgotten
When armies sees familiar faces protesting on the street, they are less likely to shoot. Will Qaddafi's private military be as sympathetic?
To protect citizens from future autocrats, Egypt, Tunisia, and other Arab nations working toward democratic reforms should adopt a single, regional bill of rights among other agreements. The US helped Europe adopt such pacts after World War II, and it should help Arabs do the same now.