Commentary Upfront Blog

  • Embracing what’s next

    'Security' is a big word. Often, we think about it just in terms of physical safety, secure from crime or war. But there’s more.

  • 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. 

  • Why we must be global

    Knowing about what is going on in Japan or Mexico makes us better global citizens, but it can show us the universality of the human spirit. It can offer potent evidence that “the family of man” is not a shallow aphorism but something much deeper and more resonant for human progress. 

  • On the train, a moment of grace

    Between two people who in all likelihood had wildly different views of what is good for America, there was a moment of grace and humility. 

  • Sacrificing self in service to the world

    Nadia Murad’s story is one of sacrifice in its purest and most powerful form – an immolation of self for the good of others. In telling her story, she is not only saving the Yazidis she loves, but also a world that must hear what she says and be broken of any sense of indolence about evil. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.


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Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, cleans 'Irma' with a toothbrush on Oct. 11 in Marathon, Fla. Irma, a baby loggerhead sea turtle, was found on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway on Sept. 11, the day after hurricane Irma hit. Ms. Zirkelbach hopes that Irma can be released with other hatchling...

More Upfront Blog
  • 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?

  • 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.