A world of ideas. Commentary and comment on the day's biggest news and most important trends.
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?
On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan massacre, a clear understanding of the facts
Commentary: A plan for power sharing drove angry conspirators to shoot down the Rwandan president’s plan, starting the three-month genocide.
Civil society interests are deserted by democratic states at UN
Commentary: Repressive regimes vie for seats on committee that regulates civil society issues.
On Formula 1 race day, a teacher’s letter from inside Bahrain’s Jau Prison
Commentary: As the focus of international media falls on Bahrain for the Grand Prix, it should not ignore the government's continuing crackdown on civil society.
Japanese investments are driving human rights abuses in Myanmar
Commentary: Villagers forced to relocate to cramped resettlements while dams, pipelines are built on their former homes.
Amnesty report finds disturbing increase in executions in Mid-East and North Africa
Commentary: Iran and Iraq show worrisome increases in using death penalty.
Why does US tolerate unjust imprisonment of an American citizen in the United Arab Emirates?
Commentary: A more forceful intervention would not upset the US's critical strategic relationship with Dubai. It is time for the US to call for the release of political prisoner Zack Shahin.
A talk with Yuk-shan Wong on China's education reform, Chinese Dream
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology president weighs in on Beijing's most recent work report.
Kremlin narrative of ethnic struggle between Russians and Ukrainians does not hold up
Commentary: The reality is a conflict between a fledgling democracy and a calcified autocracy.
In Peru, mega-disasters of the past must serve as a warning of future climate risks
Commentary: Major nations should respond to UN report on how climate change affects poorest communities.
Venezuela's new security agency is watching the web with no judicial oversight
Commentary: And the recent creation of the National Strategic Security and Protection Center brings yet another turn of the key to lock down the flow of information on Venezuela’s Internet.
Devastating UN human rights report on North Korea gives Obama reason to act
Commentary: Commission finds that gravity and scale of rights violations is unparalleled in modern world.
With the Big Bang confirmed, what will become of Christianity?
Commentary: The question remains, what was there before the Big Bang?
A talk with Ian Fok Chun-wan on China's second free trade zone
The wealthy tycoon comments on a proposed free trade zone covering Hong Kong, Macau and part of Guangdong province.