Yo-Yo Ma's remarkable sounds emerge from a collaboration between him and his cello. We choose to view his contributions as more important. We don't view Yo-Yo Ma as mere facilitator of sounds produced by the cello. There's nothing that prevents us from granting the same kind of recognition to humans whose jobs require them to collaborate with computers.
HONG KONG -- The time has come to call a halt to demands for further apologies from Japan. It is not apologies that the world needs, even if they are fully contrite, sincere, voluntary and heartfelt. What the world needs is a truthful account of what happened, a true history that has not been whitewashed, so that hopefully it would help to prevent a repetition of the history in the future.
We need to recognize that it's already too late to stop all of the impacts of hotter temperatures. Even if the world discovered a cheap, clean energy source next week, it would take time to kick our fossil fuel-powered habits and shift to a carbon-free future. That's why it's critical for the world to invest in efforts to help the poorest adapt.
JOHANNESBURG -- Recent violence against immigrants threatens to upset South Africa's international image as a success story. A new apartheid is now being enforced -- one in which foreign nationals instead of black South Africans are treated as second-class citizens.
DONETSK -- I don't know how the landscape around Zenit looked back when the military position was first established, but these days it surely resembles the set of an apocalypse movie. Only this is real, not cardboard-made. The few standing buildings look like a poorly played Tetris game, with huge holes between their bricks. The fields like an old junkyard with rusty damaged armored vehicles and car skeletons. The ground appears like it came down with a bad case of chickenpox, all littered with craters from Grad missiles and mortar rounds. The trees have no branches, their arms amputated by shrapnel.
Women comprise the majority of food producers, particularly in low-income countries where families rely on smallholder farms for food and income. The sheer amount of human labor involved in this kind of farming is daunting. And as women do much of this work, in addition to their household and care work, their workdays are typically up to 50 percent longer than men's. And yet women and girls tend to receive a smaller portion of the food produced.
MUNICH -- Sometimes, I just want to wake up from this nightmare. Is this really the country in which I want to raise my child? It is a country that I haven't known until now?
The global goals world leaders are agreeing to this month are not only for children living in poverty. The results they are trying to achieve will not only benefit people in need. They are universal goals -- reflecting universal rights, shared values and global challenges that affect every one of us.
BRUSSELS -- While the world is focused on ISIS, the reality is that Assad's barrel bombs are the leading killer of Syrian civilians. Even the mere threat of a no-fly zone could be enough to move the Syrian crisis towards a political solution. A no-fly zone would also suffocate a central ISIS recruitment narrative by demonstrating that the West is interested in protecting Syrians.
According to the defense minister, Australia will somehow be able to bomb ISIS targets in eastern Syria without becoming involved in the broader Syrian conflict.
BEIJING -- Western indifference to the Chinese commemoration is a policy blunder that should have been avoided. This can even be considered as a foolish mistake. Let's make this clear: The truth behind those countries' attitudes toward China's victory day parade is that the United States wants to contain China, Europe sits on the fence and some countries in South East Asia fear or are suspicious of China's rise.
SEOUL -- Any future war in Asia will not be about conflicting interests, but "a cultural war for mutual recognition."
We need to make sure those who do the people's work in Washington are actually doing it -- not worrying about former or future bosses at the public's expense.
I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient.
LONDON -- It is often said that we live in a culture of instant gratification -- and this is especially true of financial markets. The debt crisis was a spectacular example. Upfront profits blinded over-confident investors to long-term risk -- with disastrous consequences. Since the crash, lack of confidence has given rise to a different type of short-termism.
Markets do fluctuate, but the crash of Shanghai means China will soon need a new development model. And there seems to be no secret Chinese institutional or developmental sauce. China will -- unfortunately -- likely become another corrupt middle-income country in the middle-income relative development trap.
LONDON -- We live in a period in which we no longer have a unipolar or bipolar world, we don't even have a multipolar world; it's kind of a chaotic world where power relations have become unclear. When power relations are unclear, impunity and unpredictability tend to prosper. That, I believe, is the reality behind the high levels of displacement that are taking place in today's world.
LONDON -- Malaysian authorities must ensure that this weekend's protest is not a repeat of the one in 2012 that resulted in protesters tear-gassed and arrested. The government has a duty to respect people's right to freedom of expression and to peacefully protest. A heavy-handed response by the authorities could sow the seeds of further resentment.
Daesh ("ISIS") recently destroyed an ancient monastery and a church. This, after abducting several Christians, in what has become the group's long scourge on humanity. Contrary to ISIS's ignorance and propaganda, Prophet Muhammad sought to protect the rights of Christians. Christians had unquestioned religious freedom under Muhammad's rule.