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  • Pot legalization’s sobriety test

    Vermont wisely votes down pot legalization. One big reason: the record of highway risks from drugged drivers in Colorado and Washington State. Legalization should not create a problem while trying to solve one.

  • Obama’s visits to Hiroshima and Vietnam

    The history that hangs over the US president’s visits must be transformed into a moral sense and a forward-looking purpose.

  • Obama’s best legacy on race

    In what may be his parting speech as president on race relations, President Obama focused on a theme common in his previous talks: the need to acknowledge racial progress already made in America.

  • London’s bridge to European Muslims

    The election of a Muslim as London’s mayor, along with other examples of respect for religious differences, helps counter an anti-Islam narrative in Europe.

  • Why US must help kids be free of vaping

    The new FDA regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is only a step toward raising a generation free of nicotine addiction.

  • The unconventional 2016 presidential race

    Despite all its hand-wringing surprises, the contest has shown how democracy breeds innovation in ideas and people.  

  • A model to stem mass migration?

    In just a few weeks, an EU-Turkey pact has led to a big decline in the flow of migrants into Greece. Its mix of compassion and legality could be a model for similar agreements.

  • Why prayer appeals to Americans

    In time for National Prayer Day, a study finds not only widespread reliance on prayer for healing but also the main predictor of prayer. (Hint: It has something to do with God’s love.)

  • The real war against Islamic State

    The political turmoil in Iraq’s government reflects the struggle to counter Islamic State’s notion of clerical rule with democratic ideals of equality between all individuals.

  • Identity and the new ‘global citizen’

    As more people identify as ‘global citizens,’ the term needs an anchor in individual identity. 

  • Where Trump, Clinton overlap on Syria

    Trump’s foreign-policy speech finds some common ground with Clinton in the concern for protecting the innocent in Syria’s brutal war.

  • The audacity of a Saudi vision

    Rather than simply attack the country’s many domestic problems directly, a Saudi plan instead creates opportunities for a post-oil economy. It might help shift the global debate on climate change. 

  • The uses of gratitude in diplomacy

    President Obama’s message on a European tour was that the Continent can help overcome its many woes by remembering the progress it has made – and the example it still sets for the world.

  • Long road to trust for the car industry

    More scandals have hit the global car industry since revelations about VW’s diesel emissions. Transparency will help carmakers rebuild badly shaken trust.

  • An odd up-and-down in the presidential race

    Distrust of government is at a record high but turnout in many primaries is higher than normal.  Why voters say one thing to pollsters and do another.

  • What lies behind turmoil in Brazil, Ukraine

    A president faces impeachment, a prime minister resigns – these are signs of voters fed up with corruption and looking for blame. The ultimate answer, however, lies in choosing and voting for moral candidates.

  • What Obama must see in Saudi Arabia

    US-Saudi ties are not in the best shape, but President Obama should look to the emerging civic identity of Saudi youth, found in their digital life and demand for rights.

  • A world free of drug abuse? The UN must keep trying.

     A UN special assembly on drugs will try to rebuild a global consensus on drug policies. New treatments offer hope for abusers in being addiction-free. But anti-drug enforcement, while in need of reform, should not be reduced.

  • The payoff in not paying off an official

    A survey of global firms finds a trend in honesty: More corporations are experiencing fewer losses to corrupt competitors who are still willing to pay a bribe. It seems running a business with integrity in a corrupt environment can be profitable. 

  • Germany’s humane rush to integrate refugees

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has helped stem the flow of migrants into Europe and now has a plan to integrate many in Germany. The plan offers both carrots and sticks to ensure ‘cohesion’ in German society.

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