A world of ideas. Commentary and comment on the day's biggest news and most important trends.
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.
Responding to Buddhist nationalists, Myanmar looks to restrict inter-faith marriage
Commentary: As anti-Muslim boycotts take on Qatar-based telecommunications service, the government drafts legislation that would also restrict religious conversion, polygamy and family planning.
Ecuador’s hydroelectric energy growth conflicts with international law
Commentary: Socio-economic needs have priority over efforts to address climate change.
Bahrain's people are a casualty of Washington's political compromises
Commentary: Three years after protests erupted, democracy in Bahrain remains elusive and it's clear the US could have done more.
Halting the rise of obesity rates means behavior patterns must change
Commentary: Exercise and healthy eating are essential for the 2.1 billion people who are overweight or obese.
Hope and disillusionment in Iran as internet censorship persists and bloggers jailed
Commentary: As tech and gadget site bloggers are sentenced to ambiguous prison terms, Iranian netizens wonder if president Rouhani is unwilling to affect change, or simply unable.
Ukraine should Decentralize, Not Federalize
Commentary: Federalization is Moscow's preferred solution and the Poroshenko government should be wary.
For displaced Syrian youth, art draws the mind out of war and into the future
Commentary: Syrian refugee children have been out of school for over three years and are losing hope, but making charcoal sketches illustrating their desired futures is a welcome distraction from the realities of war and displacement.
Indian prime minister's nationalism may bring economic focus to foreign policy
Commentary: He sees economy as the key to regaining competitive strength with China.
Kyrgyzstan moves to criminalize 'homosexual propaganda' and the world seems not to care
Commentary: When an identical bill was passed in Russia the whole world exploded with indignation, but when this country somewhere in the middle of Eurasia this week did the same, there was little solidarity.
Taliban commander in Bergdahl swap should be prosecuted for war crimes
Commentary: There is strong evidence of Mullah Fazil’s role in a 2001 massacre of civilians in Afghanistan.
The collapse of Iraq would open a new front in the Sunni-Shia war
Commentary: In a twist of irony, Iraq may invite Iranian troops to fill the role of the US before its withdrawal.
As World Cup play begins, South Africa must investigative charges of fraud in 2010 Cup
Commentary: Applying rule of law would insure integrity of world’s most popular support.
Sending deepest thanks to 18 strangers whose blood saved my life
Commentary: World Blood Donor Day is June 14. Just 8 percent of Americans eligible to give blood do so each year.
Yemen’s traffickers run torture camps often with cooperation of government officials
Commentary: Migrants trying to reach Saudi border are held for money and face unimaginable horrors.
Colombia's presidential candidates must put rescue of child soldiers first
Commentary: As the country heads into the June 15 run-off election, the rescue and reintegration of thousands of child soldiers, pressed into combat by illegal militant groups, must be the central focus for both presidential candidates.
For college grads in the DRC, sky-high unemployment rates make life hard
Commentary: Congolese youth await concrete commitments from government to put an end to the poverty that has affected the country for decades, despite having exceptionally rich soil and geological resources.
Weak authoritarian regimes suggest the post-cold war era is over
Commentary: China, Russia, Iran are weaker than the West and distrust one another.