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December 2016

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For Syria, a ray of light

While political differences are likely to persist, a new peace plan for Syria could bring relief for long-suffering civilians.

The best of 2016

Top-10 lists are everywhere. Each of us has a list of highlights that endures far more than the news of the day.

A stock rally

A post-election rally could nudge more companies to issue shares.

The settlement problem

As Israeli settlements have expanded across East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a peace settlement has become more difficult.

Sunday's sunrise

No matter our hopes and fears, Christmas morning carries a message of hope that we can experience every morning.

The futility of terrorism

Terrorism is cruel and destructive. It grabs attention with vivid violence. But terrorism is ultimately ineffective.

Indirect democracy

Partisanship puts a block on reforming the Electoral College.

Syria's discontent

The Alawite minority has ruled the Sunni majority since the mid-1960s. Without addressing that problem, Syria's unrest likely will persist.

The power of a single punch

Last week, the white man who punched a black man at a Donald Trump rally offered a heartfelt apology. It's a lesson in what really makes the nation great.

The final chapter

On Monday, the Electoral College convenes in statehouses across the US. Barring an unlikely surprise, that will be the final act in election 2016.