Commentary The Monitor's View

  • Aid to North Koreans? The idea has roots.

    South Korea’s offer of humanitarian aid to North Korean children and pregnant women, despite the North’s military threats, fits a trend to protect the innocent even in the midst of a conflict.

  • How one hurricane left a lesson in gratitude

    As the East Coast hunkers down for Irma, Vermont’s post-hurricane experience in 2011 provides an opportunity to learn the power of appreciation for a community’s spirit and its resiliency.

  • When combatants turn democrats

    This month, Colombia’s former guerrilla group called FARC transformed itself into a peaceful political party, perhaps setting a model of reconciliation for other countries in armed conflict.

  • A Kenyan court lifts a lamp of integrity for Africa

    Never before has a court in Africa annulled the election of a sitting president, yet Kenya’s justices did just that last week, adding to other successes on the continent in adopting democratic ideals.

  • What helps a city like Houston recover after a disaster

    Disaster experts point to a community’s devotion to qualities such as trust, patience, listening, and equality as essential to planning and achieving a recovery. Houston’s success in its rescue efforts gives it a head start. 


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A Rohingya refugee girl collects rain water at a makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 17.

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  • A clear signal to help the problem gambler

    Britain imposes a record fine on a gambling site that failed to screen customers who had gambled despite signaling they wanted to be self-excluded. Both the gambling industry and its regulators worldwide must be more diligent. 

  • No relapse allowed for Guatemala’s anti-corruption wins

    The Central American country, after a decade of progress against graft, defies a president’s backsliding and again sets a model for the hemisphere.

  • Harvey’s lesson in weather forecasting

    The accuracy in forecasting the hurricane helped Texas better prepare and shows the ongoing desire to live in rapport with nature by improving the intelligence of meteorology.

  • Heading off preemptive violence

    The world is less violent today because of restraint by people or nations in justifying the use of violence to prevent violence against them. That trend should not be easily reversed as the US ponders attacking North Korea or as groups in the US justify violence at public protests. Humanity has grown in its understanding and use of empathy as a tool for peace.

  • Why the world better manages water crises like Harvey

    As floods hit Texas, world water experts met at a global conference. One theme: How water crises drive cooperation more than conflict.

  • Trust and politics

    Politicians are trying to address voter concerns about corruption in every which way. But the best answer might be to look inward.  

  • The promise of a new school year

    A new school year is full of possibility. In some cases, that can mean overcoming pernicious stereotypes about students' limitations. 

  • Afghanistan's deeper challenge

    President Trump is taking aim at the terrorist threat to Afghanistan. But the threat of corruption is in many ways more corrosive and will take just as much courage to root out. Yet there are positive glimmers. 

  • Safe protests and uncomfortable conversations

    Last weekend's protests in Boston showed the growing tendency to invalidate those on the other side instead of engaging in tough – but needed – conversations.

  • Teachable monuments?

    America's debate over Confederate statues comes down to a question of context: What do those statues mean? In the past, some have been used for reconciliation and understanding.