Too often children in conflict areas are merely portrayed as victims, who have others speak for them. But this call to hear them speak for themselves, uniting them through modern technology, turned out to be incredibly powerful. Even though video calling is brand new to the kids in Gaza, they sure have plenty to say.
What is the intellectually defensible position for where to draw the line between free speech and religious satire? How far is too far in an open society? Is it possible for tact replace hate, to make the point with a stiletto rather than a cleaver? Often when I face such dilemmas I turn to an unlikely wisdom tradition: The Simpsons.
Investment in innovation is urgently needed. With aging populations, a rise in productivity is required to maintain growth and guarantee the sustainability of pensions, health care and other public services. Furthermore, innovation requires investment in human capital -- also crucial yet hard to measure.
An increasing number of legal experts around the world have come to believe that the lack of government action to prevent dangerous climate change represents a gross violation of the rights of those who will suffer the consequences. These arguments are at the core of the Dutch lawsuit and will undoubtedly be put to the test in other countries before too long.