Commentary Upfront Blog

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Getting your hands around science

    A new weekly science page seeks to sweep away the line between science and the average reader.

  • 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.


Photos of the Week Photos of the week 08/21

A rare white moose is seen in Gunnarskog, Varmland, Sweden.

More Upfront Blog
  • 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.

  • The value of striving for truth

    Journalism can upset and disappoint. But there's no alternative to people who dedicate themselves to seeking truth and establishing facts.

  • What defines a leader most

    From Russia to the Philippines and beyond, strong leaders have become popular. But that sort of strength can be ephemeral.

  • A powerful incentive to integrate

    Continued progress toward school desegregation works best when it is not just a social good but a practical good for students.