A world of ideas. Commentary and comment on the day's biggest news and most important trends.
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.
In Bethlehem, no one is in the mood to celebrate Eid
Commentary: Death and body counts coming out of Gaza have become a part of the daily rhythm in the West Bank. It’s as if Eid is intruding upon this catastrophe, not the other way around.
Turkey may have problems. But it also has plenty to teach the rest of a very troubled neighborhood
Commentary: The view from Istanbul.
A constitutional monarchy may be a realistic option for stability in Libya
Commentary: The US ideal of democracy is fading as rival warlords and rogue militias wreak havoc across the Libya.
Too many humanitarian crises, not enough global resources
Commentary: An overwhelming number of crises means the international community cannot respond well.
Ignorance and denial are prolonging the AIDS crisis in tiny Lesotho, Africa
Commentary: Country has world’s second-highest rate of HIV infection, in spite of hundreds of million in international aid.
The Obamas have a duty to visit migrant children detained at US-Mexico border
Commentary: What happens when children who have been taught to believe that the United States is a safe haven journey north, only to learn it actually isn't?
World Cup demonstrates why international games leave millions behind economically
Commentary: Money drives the games while global focus on racism, poverty, exclusion suffers.
UN Security Council dawdles while Syrians die far from the front lines
Commentary: Barrel bombs are a new signature of government’s military campaign against Aleppo.
Some states work toward betterment, others toward destruction
Commentary: US-Israeli partnerships benefit many while Iran and Hamas seek to bring harm and death.
Turkey must get off the sidelines and respond to ISIS threat
Commentary: Turkey can play key role as champion for Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish communities.
It's time for Iraqis to look at the failures of our own government
Commentary: No one will admit the mistakes they’ve made — they just keep on making them. Airing the dirty laundry would mean admitting to and exposing the wrong and asking for help to clean up the mess.
Few common interests undermine thoughts of US-Iran cooperation in Iraq
Commentary: The United States seeks democracy and inclusive government while Iran looks for Shi’as to dominate Iraq.
Questioning ethics: From Dhaka factory floors to Himalayan base camps
Commentary: Whether the victims of exploitation are garment workers, mountain guides, or domestic workers – of Bangladesh, Philippines or the Sherpa community – they should have the resources to push for change.
Santos’ second term brings continued economic growth for Colombia
Commentary: Lower murder rates and the prospect of peace agreements are influencing a rise in tourism.