As cultures evolve and societies develop, people’s change the way they think about good and evil. from shutterstock.com

Changing morals: we’re more compassionate than 100 years ago, but more judgmental too

An analysis of billions of words in the Google Books database shows the way society has valued moral principles such as compassion, respect for authority, community values and fairness over time.
U.S. President Donald Trump with China’s President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting in December 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A U.S.-China trade deal does not slow China’s rise

America may have missed a window of opportunity to curb China’s rise when it pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Three British teenagers, including Shamima Begum, center, left the U.K. to join the Islamic State in 2015. Begum wants to return home now. AP/Metropolitan Police

Is it more dangerous to let Islamic State foreign fighters from the West return or prevent them from coming back?

Many of the men and women who left homes in the West to join ISIS or similar terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq as fighters or supporters now want to come home. Should they be allowed back?
The Algerian population has taken to the streets in a peaceful and nonviolent manner to protest against President Bouteflika’s running for a fifth term of office. Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Protesters in Algeria use nonviolence to seek real political change

Demonstrations against Abdelaziz Bouteflika have opened up a rare space for debate and self-expression – and could signal a change to a more free and involved civil society in Algeria.
The aftermath of a 2018 attack by the Taliban in Ghazni city, Afghanistan. Will terrorist attacks like this one be as common in 2019? Reuters/Mustafa Andaleb

Will terrorism continue to decline in 2019?

Terrorist attacks and fatalities peaked in 2014, and have been on the decline since then.

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