social and political issues
Is there a way to execute humanely?
Nothing can guarantee that an execution will not be cruel and unusual.
The punishment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Reasons not to execute the Boston Marathon bomber.
Secrets from an everyday hero’s playbook
Kevin Vickers is a man of peace, but he saved lives by shooting a gunman in Canada's Parliament.
Death penalty derails Indonesia’s legal reform efforts
It has become one of the biggest obstacles in applying international human rights principles.
Indonesia’s drug executions make no sense
Killing eight people is not 'shock therapy' but an inversion of justice.
Armenian genocide denial poisons Turkey’s relations with the world
Turkey is furious after the Pope lamented the first genocide of the 20th century.
The Middle Eastern balance of power matures
The US is taking a back seat and allowing regional powers to slug it out.
China’s fragile political evolution
An anti-corruption campaign signals a struggle between competing models of the future.
Lee Kuan Yew, pragmatist
Singaporeans have paid a high price for economic success.
Great men make great mistakes
Lee Kwan Yew was a visionary stateman. But his vision for Singapore's population may have doomed the prosperous city-state.
God, reason, and our civilizational crisis
The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours.
What Pius XII learned from the other holocaust
In his work as a diplomat during World War I, he saw that protests to vengeful Turks made the plight of persecuted Armenians even worse.
There’s one obvious remedy for China’s market in stolen babies
The government should abandon its one-child policy. Completely.
The paradox of America’s electoral reform
The ferment of constant change, reform and renewal is both a virtue and vice of the US system.
The real issue is the reconfiguration of a region the United States cannot subdue and cannot leave.
Michele Ferrero: The legacy of a sweet legend
The late confectionery entrepreneur was the model of corporate social responsibility
The intersection of three crises
Greece, Ukraine and Iran bring the United States back to Eurasia.
Despite ceasefire, Ukraine could be going the way of Yugoslavia
The worst case scenario is a descent into a vicious ethnic war.
It’s time to look at how we value home care work
Care is an act of love, but it is also work, deserving of fair compensation.
Mind the gap: some cultures have an advantage in the modern world
Those left behind include youths susceptible to the appeal of extremist rhetoric.
The new drivers of Europe’s geopolitics
The question about Europe now is not whether it can retain its current form, but how radically that form will change.
Winston Churchill and his ‘black dog’ of greatness
Was Britain's greatest prime minister a manic depressive?
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