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  • Israeli president’s advice on Holocaust remembrance

    President Reuven Rivlin used this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day to reflect on how Israeli society can apply the Shoah’s lessons for peace.

  • A Mideast rivalry worth watching

    Iran and Saudi Arabia now have reformist leaders bent on granting certain liberties that appeal to young people. That sort of contest of ideas is far better than their violent rivalry in regional conflicts.

  • How to make natural calamities ‘dull’

    Natural disasters like the current drought in Somalia need not evoke a frantic global reaction. By pooling their risks in regionwide insurance schemes, more countries are better prepared to quickly respond to disaster.

  • Why North Korea may be a threat to itself

    A survey of refugees reveals a large underground economy in North Korea that runs on US dollars – and rising corruption. Perhaps the US needs patience as the regime rots from within.

  • A borderless world in curbing corruption

    More countries now allow outside influence in battling corruption. Latest example: Ukraine agrees to set up an anti-corruption court as a condition of aid. A bill in the US Senate would greatly expand this global drive against graft.

  • Turkey’s potential shift on mosque and state

    A referendum result will likely give strong powers to a president who founded the governing Islamist party. As long as its democracy is preserved, Turkey may find a new balance between Islam and secular rule.

  • When artists are on the frontlines – of peace

    From South Korea to Colombia, many performers and other artists play a unique role in creating a receptivity toward peace and in healing the trauma of conflict. Their works can open a dialogue for trust, even amid war.

  • Next up in curbing corruption: South Africa

    Large protests against corruption could help force President Zuma to resign. South Africa, like many large emerging economies, faces a rising demand for honesty and accountability.

  • What Americans mean by ‘health’

    The concept of health has expanded rapidly beyond physical well-being, a survey discovers. More people expect health to be mental, even spiritual. Many industries, such as hotels and hospitals, are responding. 

  • Egypt’s example of cross-faith goodwill

    The latest ISIS attack on Christians pushes Egyptians to confront their religious tensions. Yet the country’s faith leaders are already ahead in grass-roots reconciliation.

  • Wells Fargo’s recovery from a costly scandal

    The bank’s board releases an internal probe on the causes for the fake-accounts scandal and concludes that senior executives failed in their ethical management. Solution: Manage with incentives and examples that inspire employees to act rightly.

  • Trump’s epiphany on Syria

    Once apparently indifferent to the slaughter in Syria, Trump as president saw more closely the killing of the innocent and knew of his power to prevent it. In a globalized world, such feelings of moral responsibility are new to many, not only an American leader.

  • If Trump visits China, here’s what he should see

    The US-China summit in Florida is only the start for redefining a difficult relationship. If President Trump now returns the visit, he should see the future of China – a place that leads in innovation and freedom.

  • Syria is not a black hole for international law

    Even though the conflict in Syria violates so many humanitarian norms, such as the use of chemical weapons, the world can keep supporting the hospitality of nearby countries in hosting Syrian refugees.

  • The quality that may sway France’s election

    The leading presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, is admired for his listening skills, a trait that young French voters cite as the most important leadership quality.

  • When disaster brings reconciliation

    A massive flood in Colombia brought an offer of aid from a rebel group, another example of how disasters can bring people together and alter the course of history.

  • Tools to reshape digital etiquette

    A survey of tech experts predicts that the future in online behavior could lead to less hate and misinformation with the right incentives and artificial intelligence. Individuals must be empowered to conduct civil public discourse.

  • A ring of care for Mosul’s civilians

    In a precedent for urban warfare, Iraq’s battle to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS includes a chain of care facilities for civilians wounded in the intense fighting. This marks a triumph for humanitarian law.

  • A neighborly rebuke to a wayward Venezuela

    The country’s biggest neighbors in Latin America insist on talks between President Maduro and the opposition to end a political and humanitarian crisis. Neighbors like that are now more common in the world. 

  • A good defense against terrorist hate

    As Islamic State loses ground, it seeks a base in Egypt. A branch there has lately killed dozens of Christians in an attempt to rally Muslims to its side. But the tactic has failed. Muslims instead are coming to the aid of Christians.