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Finding Humanity Behind The Headlines
Monitor correspondent Scott Peterson covers conflict zones in Afghanistan. But he's learned to look past bombings and see the human element instead.
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Points Of Progress: Atlanta Tackles Gentrification, And More
In good news this week: A new community-owned real estate model is working against gentrification in southwest Atlanta – plus more positive headlines.
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As Beijing’s Power Grows, Can It Shift Meaning Of ‘Human Rights’?
Debates over whether to boycott Beijing’s 2022 Olympics highlight a deeper trend: China’s growing leverage in reshaping the human rights agenda.
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Biden’s Big COVID-19 Aid Package: What’s In The Bill?
The U.S. coronavirus relief bill is massive and moving through Congress on party-line votes. Stimulus payments and public health are just the start.
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Think You’ve Got Winter Woes? I've Got A Slumpy Frog.
Her boxwood salamander is 12 feet long, but few notice it. Still, she fusses over it when it snows.
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10 Years After Tsunami: A Japanese Town Rebuilds Its Homes And Heart
A Japanese fishing village, destroyed by a wall of water after an earthquake 10 years ago, is a study in resilience.
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Finding The Universal Human Story
Why does the effort to rebuild a tiny Japanese fishing village, 10 years after a tsunami, matter to someone living in Australia or Canada or the U.S.?
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Why Japan Still Plugs Into Nuclear
Ten years after the Fukushima disaster, the country needs the energy source to bridge to a greener future.
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‘Masterpiece’ At 50: How Has The PBS Staple Influenced US Culture?
As PBS’s “Masterpiece” celebrates its golden anniversary, we ask an author and aficionado about its appeal and influence.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min readInternational Relations
Shaping A New Syria, One Verdict At A Time
Syrian refugees carried the ideals of the Arab Spring into a German courtroom that convicted one of the regime’s torturers.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min readForeign Language Studies
What To Call The Locals In New Zealand And Indiana
Sometimes there are rough rules for forming demonyms, terms that denote the inhabitants of a particular place. But in irregular cases, there are none.
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From Russia With Love
Russia should be too big and too diverse to exist as a single country. But its post-Soviet saga contains lessons for any nation in search of cohesion.
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Fair Or Not, The Race Of Biden’s EPA Nominee Raises Expectations
EPA administrator nominee Michael Regan has a mixed record: genuine interest in citizens’ concerns alongside decisions that ignore those concerns.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min readInternational Relations
The Only Path For India, Pakistan
A truce in Kashmir and an agreement to discuss “core” issues between the two rivals makes sense in light of bigger concerns and opportunities.
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Third Acts: Some Older Adults Are Rejecting Lives Of Leisure – on Purpose
Older adults are rejecting society’s limiting views of aging by starting businesses, entering new occupations, or pursuing philanthropic work.
The Christian Science Monitor5 min readInternet & Web
The Internet Breaks Too Easily. Can That Be Fixed?
As the internet has become dominated by a handful of tech giants, outages have become routine. Some people seek a less-centralized model.
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A New Stage In The Pandemic: Cautious Optimism
COVID-19 spikes have been followed by plummets only to spike again. But the current decline could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Urban Transit Took A Pandemic Wallop. Can It Bounce Back?
After a harrowing plunge in revenue and ridership at transit systems, an urban revival requires new investment – not just an end to the pandemic.
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MLK, Malcolm X, And James Baldwin Were Shaped By Their Mothers
“The Three Mothers” asserts the pivotal role these women played in the formation of their sons’ religious, political, and literary achievements.
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The Enlightenment Stressed Not Only Reason, But Also Empathy
Some historians have emphasized the intellectual part of the Enlightenment, while downplaying the other attributes that made it such a fruitful era.
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Be Like Fauci? Pandemic Inspires Surge In Med School Applications.
Inspired by the selflessness of medical personnel during the pandemic, young people are applying to medical school in droves.
The Christian Science Monitor5 min readPolitics
Disruption From The Inside: Using Privilege To Fight Injustice
The Capitol rioters stand in stark contrast to the Catonsville Nine. Both broke the law in similar ways, but their views of justice differ greatly.
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Why Did Capitol Security Fail On Jan. 6?
Top security officials engaged in finger-pointing at the first congressional hearing on the U.S. Capitol attack. But at least senators agreed on who caused it, with one notable exception.
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How Might Pro Sports Bounce Back?
During the pandemic, the alter​ed​​ ​scheduling generally has led to dips in viewership. But the comeback for sports could bring surprises.
The Christian Science Monitor5 min readCrime & Violence
Can Germany Police An Extremist Party Without Playing Politics?
The far-right Alternative for Germany is expected to be declared unconstitutional, which would mean state surveillance, just months before elections.
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From Savior To Bully: Is Cuomo’s Hardball Style Falling Out Of Favor?
Do the controversies surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signal a changing landscape in the old-fashioned politics of intimidation and humiliation?
The Christian Science Monitor7 min readPolitical Ideologies
Voters Look At Both Major Parties And Ask, Is This All There Is?
In many states voters are fleeing the Democratic and Republican parties, both of which are straining to hold together disparate factions.
The Christian Science Monitor3 min readSecurity
Q&A with Nicole Perlroth, author of ‘This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends’
Cyberattacks are increasingly disruptive to everyday life. New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth explains the future of digital war.
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Why China's Homeowners Prefer Universal Rights
Despite the ruling party’s dismissal of “universal values,” resident associations are demanding free elections of their leaders based on ideas such as equality and liberty.
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Biden To Allies: Enduring Values Stand Up In A Changed World
The Munich Security Conference raised doubts over bedrock U.S. assumptions about its alliances, its leadership, and the lure of democracy itself.
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