This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)
In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost's "Following Francis" columnist, Sebastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues. In the interview, he acknowledges the limits of Europe's ability to absorb refugees while focusing on the larger picture of why there are so many migrants. (continued)
Political power across the Middle East has fragmented, like a sheet of glass that shattered into a thousand pieces. Bringing back the "state" is the most urgent task facing the region. As any Palestinian -- or, nowadays, any Iraqi or Syrian -- will tell you, there is absolutely nothing worse than not having a state.
LONDON -- Humanity is everybody's business, and an education is everybody's right. So it shouldn't fall only to governments and international agencies to provide aid during a crisis. Inside the humanitarian tent we need charities, philanthropists, businesses and social enterprises all working together.