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  • Egyptian revolution anniversary: 4 activists explain the work left

    On the anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that swept former President Hosni Mubarak from power, many of those who protested are not celebrating. Four activists tell the Monitor why.

  • 16 Oscar-nominated films that came from books

    Sixteen of this year's Oscar nominees are movies that began as books.

  • Tim Thomas: Six other athletes who snubbed the White House

    Not that many Americans have the opportunity to be on the White House guest list. Here's a list of athletes who have snubbed US presidents.

  • 5 countries with the longest ongoing US sanctions

    Sanctions are once again leading the news with trade embargoes tightening around Iran and debates over whether to loosen US restrictions on Cuba and Myanmar. 

  • Bestselling books the week of 1/26/12, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • Virginia Woolf: 10 quintessential quotes on her birthday

    Some of Virginia Woolf's best bon mots on her 130th birthday.

  • Opinion Five reasons to attack Iran

    Sanctions against Iran are tightening, including Europe’s ban on oil imports. Tehran is highly unlikely to reach a negotiated agreement over its nuclear program, says Matthew Kroenig, a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations believes. In the choice between Iran having nuclear weapons and a US military strike to prevent that, a strike is the least bad option. Here Mr. Kroenig gives five reasons the US should attack Iran.

  • Opinion 3 reasons why China isn't overtaking the US

    Most Americans fear that China will soon surpass the United States in global power and economic clout. But this widespread view is wrong, based on sloppy analysis and outdated conceptions of national power, says Michael Beckley of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. People who believe that China is overtaking the US make at least one of the following three mistakes.

  • Oscar nominations 2012: the Academy's picks for best films

    The Oscar nominations are announced, with a few surprises.

  • The International Criminal Court's docket in Africa

    With the confirmation of charges against four senior Kenyan leaders, there are now seven different countries where the International Criminal Court has filed charges of crimes against humanity. All of those cases emanate from Africa.

  • Edith Wharton: 10 best quotes on her birthday

    On Edith Wharton's birthday, 10 quotes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

  • Roe v. Wade anniversary: Study says 'unsafe' abortions on rise

    Roe v. Wade, the landmark legislation legalizing abortion in the United States, marks its 39th year this week. As Americans debate abortion rights in the midst of an election year, a new study indicates abortion rates are steadying worldwide, though the frequency of dangerous abortions is rising. Here are the answers to five questions related to abortion laws globally, and their effects on women.

  • Top 12 best cars for the money

    Consumer confidence may be rising, but it still makes sense to watch every penny – especially with big purchases, like a new car. Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game. U.S. News Best Cars spent months analyzing thousands of professional reviews, as well as reliability and safety data, to create the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. Here are the 12 most highly praised low-cost, low-maintenance models for 2012:

  • Stephen King's 10 favorite books

    Stephen King, author of 'Carrie' and 'The Shining,' reveals what he likes to read. 

  • What can be done to create jobs? Six leading ideas.

    The job market has shown some very welcome signs of improvement lately, but it still has a long way to go before approaching something Americans would call normal. Here’s a look at some of the proposed solutions out there. 

  • 10 things I learned about Harry Carson

    Here are 10 things I learned about Harry Carson from his autobiography, 'Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker.'

  • Opinion 5 reasons US must avoid war with Iran

    Do the drumbeaters calling for ‘war with Iran’ never learn from history? It is tempting to dismiss their hot air as an attempt to score political points, but its sheer volume is worrying. Two former US hostages in Iran, L. Bruce Laingen and John Limbert, say Obama must ignore the war talk, and offer five key points for Washington to keep in mind.

  • Sue Monk Kidd's 10 favorite books

    Sue Monk Kidd, author of "The Secret Life of Bees," shares her favorite reads. 

  • National Mentoring Month: 10 life-changing stories from celebrities

    In the new book "The Person Who Changed My Life," 10 celebrities share stories of their mentors.

  • Europe's debt crisis: 5 ways it's been put to good use

    Europe’s debt crisis has roiled financial markets and populations. But beyond nationwide strikes and gyrating markets, Europe has put its crisis to good use. Here Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics points out five trends that will ultimately strengthen the European Union and the euro currency.

  • Opinion After Costa Concordia disaster: 8 safety tips for cruise ship passengers

    The recent cruise ship disaster in Italy has prompted travel industry experts to advise the public about safety steps they can take, not only aboard ships but also in hotels. When the Costa Concordia ran aground off the shore of Tuscany on Jan. 13, roughly 160 yards from the shore of Giglio Island, many of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board the ship were reportedly unprepared for the crisis and the evacuation that followed.Nancy Dunnan, publisher of TravelSmart Newsletter, urges cruise ship passengers to take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. She suggests the following:

  • Costa Concordia: Did the captain break any law in abandoning ship?

    Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino has been widely criticized for leaving the ship before ensuring the safety of his passengers. Here are four questions about how a captain should act in a crisis.

  • Five major SOPA supporters

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links “committing or facilitating online piracy.”  Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with violators.However, payment and advertising networks, search engines or service providers that take voluntary action to redress detected violations – by terminating businesses with transgressor sites or comply with the law – will be granted immunity from liability charges.On Sept. 22, 2011, more than 350 trade associations, professional and labor organizations, and businesses signed a letter urging Congress to enact legislation to stop “rogue sites” from copyright infringement.Here are five key SOPA and PIPA supporters:

  • 'The Real Romney': 10 facts about the presidential hopeful

    From the biography that aims to show America the 'real' politician, here are 10 facts about Mitt Romney, the candidate some voters still feel they don't know

  • Costa Concordia: Top 4 'deceptions' by ship's captain

    From the moment that Capt. Francesco Schettino made his fateful decision to steer the Costa Concordia cruise ship close to shore, to his description of whether he stayed with the ship to help evacuate its 4,000 passengers, there has been a pattern of untruths and attempted coverup. Here are four examples, running the gamut from 'technical' to incredulous.

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