Oct 21, 2015

Terrorism and tragedy in Turkey

President Recep Erdogan's increasingly obvious attempts to manipulate politics and electoral outcomes could provide the military the excuse it needs to directly intervene in Turkish politics.

Oct 20, 2015

The never-ending war

The U.S. cannot want a safe and stable Afghanistan more than the government in Kabul does. That is a recipe for a truly never-ending war.

Oct 19, 2015

Weapons development and exports

Japan is well on its way to become a weapons developer and exporter following a decision last year by the Abe administration to discard a long-standing arms export ban.

Oct 18, 2015

Leaving jobs for nursing care

The Abe administration needs to take concrete steps to stem the flow of people who quit their jobs because they must care for ailing relatives.

Oct 14, 2015

GOP on verge of self-destruction

A Republican Party that can only act to oppose the president is a recipe for gridlock or worse. The U.S. and the world cannot afford this spectacle.

Oct 13, 2015

Volkswagen cheats

The Volkswagen scandal has also exposed an uncomfortable truth that has long been known but rarely discussed — virtually all automakers "cheat" on the emissions tests.

Oct 11, 2015

Smog returns to Southeast Asia

Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Oct 10, 2015

Raise nursery school salaries

Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could work.

Oct 10, 2015

Sex education or propaganda?

The government distributed inaccurate sex education material to high school teachers in a misguided attempt to raise the national birthrate.