Commentary Upfront Blog

  • Giving action to empathy

    The gravitation of trends in communication, culture, and transportation – all drawing us closer together – is irreversible. This calls for heaping bushels of empathy. 

  • America’s special sauce

    What if you could collect all the best of every country, shake it up, and see what comes out? That, essentially, is the idea of America. 

  • Delivering our very best

    Consider this a mailbag of some of the other questions we’ve been hearing, questions you might be asking as well, about the Monitor’s newest publication.

  • The courage of cause, the ease of effect

    The Western world is undergoing a fundamental change in its economic structure. The jobs that once sustained the Western working class are disappearing and evolving into new forms, and too many Western workers are not keeping up.

  • Surviving a mission of self-worth

    What happens when the value of an individual or a group is not acknowledged? What happens when the yearning to be understood is not met?

  • Space math

    For the scientists of the Cassini mission, math has unrelentingly transformed Saturn from a curious jewel in the night sky into something we have vicariously touched and tasted.

  • Refusing to honor fear

    The knowledge of Kim Jong-un’s ultimate impotence is an important armament of a different sort. It helps weaponize how we think about evil worldwide.

  • Lessons from ‘the enemy’

    When so much information is being flung at us daily, fitting the world into easily canned preconceptions may seem to be the only way to cope – to make sense of it all. But then you read Michael Holtz’s cover story on China’s dramatic plans for a new national park system, and the need for something more becomes apparent.

  • Being brave about the new world

    I struggle to see how posting a video of the latest Gylfi Sigurðsson goal to my Twitter feed, complete with emojis and hashtags, will significantly enrich the world at large. This is why I am terrified of my children. 

  • Ethos of rugged independence in Appalachia spurs neighbors to turn to neighbors

    Local residents in Gatlinburg, Tenn. have been buoyed by the legions of volunteers who have descended on the place with their good intentions and growling circular saws.

  • Staving off starvation

    We sent in three staff writers and a staff photographer to find out what lessons have been learned from past droughts and famines. Aid groups and others are taking steps that are saving individual lives and, in some cases, entire villages.

  • The question that truly matters

    The real question is, Who is thinking about this in new ways? Who is trying new approaches? Who is not being bound by limitations about what is possible?

 

Photos of the Week Photos of the week 09/18

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

More Upfront Blog
  • Keeping abreast of the times

    One major question we’ve been hearing from readers is, what is the relationship between the Weekly and the Daily?

  • A hands-on view of education

    When education becomes one-size-fits-all, it risks overlooking a nation’s diversity of gifts.

  • A different way of doing journalism

    What the world would most miss if the Monitor were to vanish, we believe, is its completely different way of seeing the news.

  • Sagebrush renaissance

    All sides are discovering that federal lands, run well, are neither a fiefdom of Washington nor a bulwark against wrongheaded cowherds. They are the vehicle by which important but competing claims can find balance. 

  • Who is ‘us’?

    By some important measures, the boundaries around whom we accept as part of “us” are particularly rigid at the moment. 

  • Climate change, and common-sense politics

    People who had almost no interest in global warming became involuntary pioneers of a green revolution, moved not by soaring rhetoric, but by common sense.

  • America’s other refugees

    Regardless of Trump’s policies, it is important to understand why his words resonate – and to acknowledge that, in many cases, the problems they are bringing to the surface point to people who feel left behind.

  • Not settling for ‘good enough’

    How often, as a society, do we settle for imperfect solutions?

  • The persistence of progress

    Amid war and terror, famine and plague, The Monitor's confident hope in telling the world's story endures.

  • The pure spirit of science

    Science isn't about putting any nation first. It is about putting humanity's quest for knowledge first.