After nearly two decades of violent conflict, the leaders of a pair of African nations met in July for the first time since 2000. Newly elected Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) flew to Eritrea, where he embraced that country's president, Isaias Afwerki, on the tarmac. The meeting led to celebrations in the streets of Asmara. Both countries have poor human rights records, and the hope is that making peace will move them closer to liberalization.
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?