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Why Assad has to stay
Commentary: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Not in a three-way civil war. Syria's leader must remain in power — and the US must support that position.
A solution for the East China Sea
Opinion: The disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have become too much of a potential flashpoint.
Don't fear the global economic jargon. We've got you covered
Here’s the latest need-to-know from Wall Street, from tapering to the Volcker Rule and beyond. In plain English.
Azerbaijan’s leading dailies pay steep price for criticism of the regime
Commentary: Financial pressure threatens loss of critical voices on important public issues.
Biden time in Asia
Commentary: China is the looming superpower, but with a tradition of taking the long view.
Dizzying matrix of global anti-corruption laws raises risks for business
Commentary: New laws reflect the realization that corruption is unsustainable in the long run. But a 'zero tolerance' posture also magnifies risks for companies reliant on global supply chains.
ICC is a good deal for the money — and for international justice
Commentary: Hampered by limited jurisdiction and insufficient funding, the International Criminal Court is making progress.
Rohingya activist: Americans, say 'yes' to House Resolution 418
Commentary: We are not permitted to access health care because we are Rohingya. We are banned from civil servant jobs. We are not allowed to marry without permission. Here's what you can do.
Global trend to end death penalty is accelerating dramatically
Commentary: China, Iran, North Korea and the US are among the world’s most prolific executioners. Which nation will be the last, lonely outpost of state killing?
With two nuclear options, Obama can push back against friends, foes alike
Commentary: New filibuster rules strengthen the president’s capacity to govern effectively, while a deal with Iran could lead to the most fundamental change in US foreign policy in decades.
100 days before Paralympics in Sochi, barriers remain for disabled athletes
Commentary: Despite promises, the Russian government has much to do to make the city accessible.
Middle East needs WMD experts to push the cause of arms control
Commentary: Training network focuses on building wide regional understanding of need for arms control and nonproliferation.
Israeli and Palestinian talks may seem hopeless, but they must continue
Commentary: There could be dire consequences if negotiations end with no deal.
Bibi must know something Obama doesn't
Commentary: Can Obama withstand Netanyahu’s hard-line opposition to a deal with Iran?
Here's a plan to end the conflict in Syria: support Assad
Commentary: The US should back Assad now, end the fighting, and set conditions for his departure and a democratic transition.
The EU is right about Western Sahara — which means it is wrong about Israel
Commentary: The European Union makes up its own rules for engaging with occupied territories.
Returning refugees from Kenya will destabilize Somalia
Commentary: International community must support Somalia’s efforts to provide physical safety and basic services.
It's time for Obama to show some backbone on Iran nuclear deal
Commentary: Kerry made a shrewd diplomatic move designed to win back French support at the negotiating table. Now Obama needs to make his case.
For a brief moment on Nov. 22, the White House became a backwater
Commentary: A young reporter found the president’s staff arguing over whether to order the American flag lowered.
Authorities in Hungary leave victims of domestic violence on their own
Commentary: European countries have adopted a landmark convention on preventing and combating domestic violence. But Hungary hasn't signed on.
Court ruling discriminates against Dominicans of Haitian descent
Commentary: A call for outrage from the global human rights community against racial discrimination in the Dominican Republic.
Attention shifts from Gaza, but silence won’t make this disaster disappear
Commentary: As aid is diverted to Syria, Gaza is known for little more than terrorists and tunnels.
5 things Rouhani can do to show Iran is serious about rapprochement
Commentary: Despite a show of courtesy, President Hassan Rouhani gives no sign of moderating Iran’s ideology.
Improving nature’s 'living infrastructure' can limit the impact of big storms
Commentary: The increasing threat of catastrophic storms coincides with an era of global austerity. But investment in coastal ecosystems will reduce risks.
Recalling monsters of the past, Germans find US spying repugnant
Commentary: Germans speak vehemently of disappointment with President Barack Obama.
With a limited commitment, Colombia begins removing buried land mines
Commentary: International support is essential for clearing millions of mines that continue to kill and maim.
What is journalism? Reports on a US spy agency run amok meet the test
Commentary: New, accurate, reliable information the public has a need to know and a right to know.
US diplomacy: How come everyone's mad at us?
Commentary: From a worldwide spying scandal to spurns by the Saudis, Washington is facing an onslaught of diplomatic challenges.
Tongue in cheek, here is how Ted Cruz became a Democratic mole
Commentary: Theories abound after Tea Party Republican Cruz helped lift Obama’s standing in so many ways.
20 percent women, 100 percent effective
Commentary: We can stop the cross-aisle squabbling by electing more women.
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.