In announcing the closure of fake pages designed to amplify discord in the US, Facebook has started to notify users who visit such sites. This is a step toward a whole-of-society effort against foreign meddling.
As it has done before, the tiny sultanate of Oman may act as a neutral party for Iran and the US to negotiate a stand-down. It brings special mediating skills rooted in a commandment found in the three Abrahamic faiths.
In preparing to take office Dec. 1, the president-elect is on a listening tour, soliciting and offering ideas on ways to stem rising violence. The boldest idea would balance mercy and justice for criminals, with a special focus on victims and truth-telling.
When Nicaragua’s regime cracked down on church leaders, Latin American Catholics responded with prayer. With more assaults on religious liberty worldwide, the faithful need to react in ways that affirm their beliefs.
In many villages, women voted for the first time as the July 25 election came with new rules and a rigorous registration campaign of female voters. Pakistan may have seen a big shift toward democratic equality.
Afghanistan has lately seen many countries seeking a role in starting a peace process. With the US now open to talks with the Taliban, such negotiations will need a third party well versed in the skills of conflict resolution.
Accused of allowing its platforms to spread rumors that led to violence, the social media giant now struggles to find local community standards with which to ban danger-inciting words and images. The solution may lie in balancing universal rights with ‘ordinary virtues.’