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  • 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?

  • When prayer helps end conflicts

    Religious leaders have achieved a truce between rebel groups in the Central African Republic through a ‘spiritually inspired’ method.

  • What refugees might say of World Refugee Day

    This year’s event on June 20 comes as aid groups rethink the approach to refugees – less as victims and more as participants in restoring their dignity.

  • When Muslims march for peace

    With Islamic State instigating more attacks on the West, Muslim groups in Germany hope a march for peace will show that such terrorism is not part of Islam.

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Women pose for photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England, on June 20.

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  • One antidote to the use of female jihadists

    The role of a woman in the terrorist attacks in Iran should help highlight the effort of several Muslim countries to train women as spiritual guides. The main purpose: to prevent recruitment of young people by jihadists.

  • France takes a turn neither left nor right

    A new president, Emmanuel Macron, has so far set a model for democracies in shaking up the old political order – if he can win a majority in coming legislative elections.

  • What can bind the Middle East

    As a rift opens between Arab states, adding to the region’s conflicts, Oman can possibly serve as neutral party. The small Gulf country relies on a brand of Islam that teaches unity and tolerance.

  • The other target in London Bridge attacks

    Terrorists aim not only to kill but to destroy social order. Britain’s response to the June 3 attack shows how societies must bond – like a bridge – against this threat. 

  • Why the US must honor corruption fighters

    Bipartisan support of anti-corruption efforts, reflected in a June 7 ceremony on Capitol Hill, helps promote democracy and prevent violence.

  • Why the world is more at peace

    The latest measurement of global peace finds violence was down last year, a sign that more people understand what makes peace – and that it can be inevitable.

  • Europe and its attractive power win a key battle

    Ukraine’s bid to eventually join the European Union wins a critical vote, a victory in its war against Russia and for democratic values.

  • Does free, basic income build character?

    Social experiments in Ontario and Finland test the idea that a minimal guaranteed paycheck can uplift and sustain people’s livelihood. Such tests may provide insight on the source of ‘self-efficacious’ attributes of character.

  • A day for Africans to rise

    This year’s Africa Day was marked by a new movement that seeks to define liberation as starting within each African.

  • How Trump and Europe rebonded

    President Trump’s first official visit with EU and NATO leaders shows why the two alliances should be based on values more than interests.