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US prisoners create scholarships for students, trying to keep them out of jail
Prisoners in Pennsylvania have taken matters into their own hands.
Obama’s anti-IS strategy challenged by military and intelligence leaders
Commentary: Better to commit troops now to help ensure victory than continue a half-hearted, low-cost gamble.
The US is jailing immigrant women and children under appalling conditions
Most asylum seekers are law-abiding but are detained in spite of international law.
Investigating hate crimes is a top FBI priority, but local police often ignore them
Commentary: A look at hate and its relationship with terror.
With no cure in sight, living with Ebola becomes a community effort
Mobilizing for education, sanitation, local engagement can help halt spread of disease.
‘Women2Women’ is empowering young female leaders to help build global peace
Commentary: Empower Peace brings girls from the Middle East and Arab World to Boston for dialogue and mentorship.
Lessons from FDR can help regain public trust during Ebola crisis
How Roosevelt led US out of Depression is a model for countries confronting Ebola.
El Salvador’s ‘hidden war’ being waged against women’s rights
Commentary: Harsh laws criminalizing abortion result in imprisonment, death and disability.
How long will Western nations bankroll President Kagame’s brutality in Rwanda?
Commentary: Is this a Faustian bargain of winking at killings in exchange for economic growth?
In Latin America, democracy's still no guarantee of press freedom
Journalists in Central and South America face harassment, threats and death from both gangs and government.
At the People’s Climate March, youth took the lead
Commentary: The energy and determination of students gave the protest meaning.
US withdrawal from Afghanistan opens Central Asia to terrorism
Anti-terrorism measures are inadequate, but oppressive laws may limit opportunities for terrorists.
Defeating ISIS requires a comprehensive strategy beyond drones and air strikes
Commentary: Winning on the battlefield is essential along with cutting resources and debunking ideology.
Retailers and consumers can chart a course away from slavery at sea
Commentary: The dark side of cheap shrimp is human slavery on fishing boats in international waters.
As oil and terror intertwine, Somalis want more from their government
Oil dispute could inflame a new conflict in fragmented Somalia.
Saudi recognition of Shia minority’s grievances requires adjustment in government
Commentary: Gradual reform vis-à-vis women can provide roadmap for greater integration of Shia into Saudi society.
'Humanure' may be an answer to Haiti’s tragic cholera epidemic
Commentary: Converting human waste into fertilizer would be a low cost source to boost farming.
Ebola’s spread can be stopped by using well-known infection control methods
Commentary: Strong leadership among governments, NGOs, and the UN is needed to build effective teamwork.
Arming the Kurds is the first step in establishing Kurdistan as an independent nation
Commentary: Kurds are among the most reliable US allies in the Middle East region.
Afghanistan’s endorsement of UN pact can get it off the child soldier ‘List of Shame’
Commentary: Children in Afghan military are prey to sexual violence as well as the dangers of combat.
‘Kids want to work’ is a poor justification for laws that legalize work by 10-year-olds
Commentary: Bolivia’s new law sets a bad example, even though child labor has declined by 30 percent since 2000.
Cuba's Yoani Sanchez: A dissident and a patriot
Commentary: My conversation with the Cuban blogger on the revolution, technology, and the island's "exported myths."
A child without a country is a common dilemma facing countries as UNHCR seeks to help
Commentary: UN campaign trying to erase statelessness for 10 million around the world.
Detained Washington Post reporter in Iran is being used as political pawn
Commentary: In Iran’s current political struggle, it is not just Jason Rezaian and wife Yeganeh Salehi but also the Iranian people who are victims.
Confessions of a 'pro-Palestinian' Israeli diplomat
Commentary: In war with Hamas, Palestinians and Israelis share similar aspirations for peace and normalcy.
James Foley’s murder and the strategy of making terrorism personal
Commentary: Al Qaeda executed a violent campaign in Saudi Arabia in 2003 and 2004 reminiscent of the present-day Islamic State, which shows no signs of letting up.
How can the US better protect girls from violence?
Recent international meetings gave status to policies eliminating female genital mutilation.
Muslim majority must stand up against Islamic extremists
Arab intellectuals and moderate Muslims need to condemn Muslims who kill other Muslims.
James Foley's death creates a moment of clarity
Commentary: Political innuendo becomes so confusing it sometimes feels as if we are living in a dark, dense fog. Foley’s death draws open a heavy curtain revealing a world in disarray and gives us a chance to see.
A Democratic opportunity for both the US and Africa
Commentary: As Washington hosts the first US-Africa Leaders Summit, it’s worth comparing America and Chinese engagement in Africa.
For US and African leaders at summit, a time to invest in next generation of girls
Commentary: Education, ending child marriages are key to unlocking potential of African girls.