Protectionist forces seem everywhere to be on the rise.
The British government needs to take more effective measures to deal with anonymous shell companies and to control tax havens.
Freedom of speech and of the press, a key democratic right, is increasingly under threat around the world.
When dealing with Iran and Saudi Arabia, Western governments should be mindful of their appalling human rights records.
Efforts must be made to stem the rise of populist politicians, who are exacerbating anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-globalization sentiments.
The case for Britain remaining in the EU is overwhelming. If Britain were to make the mistake of voting for "Brexit" there would be rejoicing in the Kremlin and among right-wing anti-EU parties across Europe.
Widespread disillusionment with the political establishment in the U.S. and Europe is paving the way for more extreme forces to take power.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be better off working on real-life problems like the stagnant economy than worrying about changing the Constitution, which has served Japan so well.
The old days aren't as good as people remember, while the future won't be as bad as people fear.
A British exit from the European Union would have dire consequences.