All The Monitor's View

  • Why the ground shifts under Venezuela's regime

    The country’s political crisis is coming to a head as the poor embrace democratic rights and reject the Maduro regime.

  • A toehold for peace in Syria

    The truce in Syria’s southwest, brokered by Russia and the US, hints at war fatigue and some hope for ending a six-year war now largely driven by foreign interests.

  • Creating a virtuous circle with North Korea

    South Korea’s offer of talks with Pyongyang on minor issues aims to create enough trust and goodwill to tackle the tougher issues. The alternative is more of a vicious circle in military escalation.

  • Best lesson yet in Brazil's anti-graft drive

    A prison sentence on corruption for a once-popular president helps illustrate how deeply Brazilians now uphold equality before the law.

  • The Trump-Macron partnership

    In speeches if not in tweets, these two new presidents find common purpose in defending Western civilization and revitalizing Europe.

  • Amid the rubble of Mosul, Iraqi reconciliation

    In contrast to ISIS’s rule over the city, Iraq’s government has already shown a path to reconcile Iraqis, especially its minority Sunnis.

  • How Germany forced a rethink of Africa

    At last week’s G20 summit, Germany won a major boost of private investment in Africa as a way to stem mass migration. But first Germany itself had to look at its own neglect of the continent.

  • In G20 protests, a different view of extremism

    Violent protests in Hamburg revealed the rise in left-wing extremism in Germany. But the challenge of the extremist mind-set – either left- or right-wing – is in many ways the same worldwide.   

  • Turning down the temperature on town halls

    Town halls are a crucial tool in creating connections between citizens and their lawmakers. But how do you mix civility with passion? There are ways.

  • Angela Merkel and overcoming division

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen her country overcome deep skepticism to become unified and integrated into Europe. The next step, as she sees it, is for Germany to become a more unifying force globally. 

  • The tiny cracks inside North Korea

    North Korea's missile tests present a picture of a threat to the world. But the world is pushing back in small ways that matter, too. 

  • Hong Kong’s uneasy deal with China

    ‘One country, two systems’ has allowed the island to keep its independent democratic system. But after 20 years the agreement shows signs of eroding.

  • Canada at 150

    Its separation from Britain wasn’t as sudden or violent as that of the American colonies. But Canada has its own history to celebrate – and ponder – as it marks 150 years as a nation.

  • A ‘secret sauce’ for youths?

    The ‘success sequence’ – finish high school, find a job, don’t have children before marriage – may give young people a path to a good life.

  • Famine must receive more of the world’s attention

    Americans shouldn’t be distracted from addressing one of the world’s great crises: starvation affecting millions.

  • A cold shoulder to Cuba

    President Trump’s dramatic announcement of a new policy looks more like another tweak in a long line of efforts to get the Castro regime to reform or step down.

  • Renewable energy at a ‘tipping point’

    Washington may be showing less interest in alternative fuels, but the worldwide picture is dramatically different.

  • A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic

    Health experts drawing lessons from recent disease outbreaks say the world can do more to prevent ‘fear contagion.’ Doing so will improve the care and comfort needed during a crisis.

  • The law that has a soldier’s back

    As the US military hits out at new targets – Iran, Syria, and various terrorist groups – Congress must renew the legal authority for such actions. Soldiers must know that Americans support an agreed strategy. And foes must know of US resolve. 

  • France’s drive for ethical politics

    A new president and his young party have already shaken the traditional (and often corrupt) political order. Now Emmanuel Macron aims to set tough rules on ethics for French lawmakers. How will his reform differ from that in other countries?