A world of ideas. Commentary and comment on the day's biggest news and most important trends.
The Spanish government must let Catalans vote
Commentary: The Spanish government should see the Catalan government's referendum proposal as part of a methodical, transparent and democratic roadmap for effective political conflict resolution.
Despite Asian pivot, the US eventually must share Pacific power with China
Commentary: Obama’s setbacks on Far Eastern trip foreshadow changes in the region that will diminish US role.
In westernmost Russia, a tactical nuclear base emerges as a threat to NATO countries
Commentary: Placement of the Iskander missile at Kalingrad may send message to the West about Russia’s expansionist plans.
Journalist's death in Myanmar unites Western democracies pushing for growth of local free press
Commentary: The death of Rangoon journalist Win Tin highlights a worrisome trend: few of Myanmar's local journalists are covering conflicts.
US foreign policy mistakes helped shape the crisis in Ukraine
Commentary: Putin wants influence in eastern Ukraine but does not want to own it.
Why Afghan media spun election day
There was actually more violence this time, but you didn't hear it from the press. Journalists are now admitting to a blackout.
An open letter to President Obama on inequality in our justice system
Commentary: Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" may be gaining some trust from young black men, but the president is simultaneously creating a generation of youth who'll never trust law enforcement.
Ugandan anti-gay law boosts standing of a president in power since 1986
Commentary: The roots of the country’s anti-gay culture go back to 19th century British colonial rule, but the new law has boosted the president's standing, with clergy lining up behind him for the 2016 elections.
Afghanistan's 'coming out' for LGBT rights can pave the road to peace
Commentary: The country's national election is heading for a runoff amidst recent commotion over the 'outing' of pious politicians, and the growing LGBT movement wonders who will do more for their rights.
Demystifying Turkey’s Vote: How Erdoğan took the election
Commentary: In the wake of the March 30 election, many have called the results corrupt. But could it be that Erdoğan is just the lesser of two evils?
Weak governance must be overcome to halt rise in Latin American homicides
Commentary: Drug economy is also to blame, according to new UN global study.
Ukraine needs a new and honest narrative of its complex history
Commentary: Many foreign countries have occupied Ukraine, changing its borders and murdering its citizens.
Turkey’s role as refugee host under pressure as requests for asylum increase
Commentary: UN and Western nations are pressed to collaborate in relocating refugees from Syria and other countries.
Ukraine is Putin’s starting place in destroying NATO and rebuilding Russian empire
Commentary: Energy exports are a temporary lever in waging economic war against opposition from the West.
Root of the CAR conflict is a legacy of poverty, not religious warfare
Commentary: The UN peacekeeping force is seen as the best hope for ending killing and providing aid to the Central African Republic, but even they have been complicit in exacerbating the problem.
Finding relief in the hip-hop underground of Tunisia's poorest neighborhoods
Four years after the Tunisian uprising, poor youth still live in the shadow of unemployment, poverty and police violence, using political rap as a means to be heard.
Russia-Ukraine crisis replaces Mideast talks as Kerry’s primary mission
Commentary: US needs to outline the solution the world expects of Israel and Palestinians, then leave them to work it out.
As Obama prepares to visit Asia, we must all move beyond nationalism, race
Commentary: What do recent headline events in Malaysia, China and Russia all have in common? Government attitudes and actions that are still defined by the dividing politics of race and ethnicity.
President Obama’s Asia-Pacific “pivot” appears to be losing steam in 2014
Commentary: While the administration reassures US allies that it remains committed, domestic pressures, competing crises outside of Asia and a reassessment of commitments in Europe clearly threaten efforts.
Lebanon's Syrian refugees: 'An entire generation is growing up with PTSD'
Commentary: The region cannot sustain an endless war in Syria.
By invading Crimea, Putin united Ukraine instead of Russia
Commentary: Putin has brought out an unparalleled strength against corruption within the Ukrainian nation. Ironically, the very same national strength he desperately seeks to foster within Russia.
As Israel-Palestine peace talks grind on, young West Bank entrepreneurs aren't waiting around
Commentary: Large parts of West Bank and Gaza remain poor and undeveloped, but young techies are building futures.
New US global AIDS coordinator has a roadmap to eliminating the disease
Commentary: US commitment is largest a nation has ever made to combating a single disease.
Key to understanding Ukraine is what governments do, not what they say
Commentary: With NATO’s lack of military readiness, few reasons for Putin not to push into Ukraine.
Boston and Mastung, Pakistan: Two cities where love is stronger than terror
Commentary: Courage and resilience are found among survivors of attacks in Pakistan and the Marathon.
Media narrative that Syria is a hopeless debacle ignores helpful non-violent steps US can take
Commentary: Education, humanitarian aid can lay the groundwork for a peaceful Syria once Assad falls.
Asylum seekers by the numbers only tell part of the story
Commentary: Changes will come only when the 44 rich nations begin to see them as human beings rather than as numbers.
Putin has Russian support for use of force to regain national stature
Commentary: International community should use sanctions to hold Russians accountable for enabling Putin.
Why religious freedom can strengthen security and stability in Bahrain
Commentary: Discrimination against the Shi’a is in stark contrast to the kingdom as a model for modernization.
John Kerry shows up whenever there is a chance that talking will dampen a crisis
Commentary: It is time for Obama to make public his own, detailed peace plan as a step toward getting movement in the Middle East.
In 2014, privacy is dead in an increasingly Orwellian world
Commentary: There is one surveillance camera for every 14 people in Britain. In the US, 68 percent of Americans believe current laws don't protect their online privacy. This is 2014, not 1984, right?