A 2013 roundup of Monitor reporters' backstories on the big stories. 'What I did on my way to a headline' can be as interesting as the big story itself. Here are some tales – from dirty laundry to drone attacks – that you’d hear if you sat down at a dinner party with a Monitor correspondent.
From Iraq to Syria to Egypt, Christians are under siege. How their faith – including at a Bethlehem church – sustains them and how their decline is altering the region.
How a possible thaw with the West is viewed in Iran – on the factory floor, at Friday prayers, and in government suites.
Teen suicide in the US continues at high rates, but the stories of lives saved often don't make headlines – and prevention experts are encouraged about progress in that direction.
Places such as Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia attract record numbers of American seniors as they look for good – and affordable – places to live.
As bombs fell on a Sudanese village, an anonymous hand reached out of the chaos and saved 3-year-old Peter Ter. The odyssey that followed – wandering the globe along with thousands of other Sudanese 'Lost Boys' – would be as remarkable for the kindness of strangers as it would be for the boy's resilience.
Revelations of US spying on European allies have hurt America's image abroad but won't irreparably damage transatlantic cooperation on intelligence gathering. Here's why.
Nearly 40 years after the war, American vets who live in Vietnam are working to foster reconciliation between the two countries, while other former US soldiers are traveling there to find 'closure.'
Pope Francis 'gets' the vast Roman Catholic middle – and that, alone, may be revolutionary for a pontiff. He may delight the world by veering from Vatican script on such issues as gay marriage, abortion and contraception, but will he change the ancient church?
While everyone focuses on 'Obamacare's' controversial public exchanges, big changes are coming to the place where most people get their coverage – at work. Here's how they might affect you.
The first generation to use digital technology almost from birth are now toddlers. Parenting the 'app generation' involves handling new developmental challenges; experts say there are ways to strike a healthy balance when kids use touch screens.
A contentious dig in Israel delves into the kingdoms of David and Solomon, stirring a debate over the veracity of the biblical record.
Energy efficiency – revolutionized by cyber networks – may carry the same impact as a new oil boom. Electricity users are seeing power in their 'negawattage' as they cut their bills by 90 percent.
Weary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?
How the German chancellor – a cautious, understated former physicist – has become the most powerful woman in the world.
The Pentagon – and a growing cyber industrial complex – gears up for the new front line: cyberspace. Cyber defense is necessary. But it could cost us.
Five years after the worst crisis since the 1930s, America has devised safeguards and changed the rules of Wall Street. But could the country really avoid another financial collapse?
From teach-to-test straitjacket to school disparity, chronic school problems that American schools face are being solved in different ways around the world.
Fifty years after King's March on Washington, young civil rights activists push dreams of their own.
'Big Data' impacts how we work, elect our presidents, and play tennis. It also affects the way we're watched.
Mass shootings by mentally unstable people have focused attention on the inadequacies of the US mental health care system, in which less than half of the seriously ill can get treatment.
Voices from the 'other Egypt' show why the country is so riven – and what its next leaders face.
After the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, food and clothing labels have become a point of debate. A look at the faraway lives where opportunity and exploitation blur.
Immigration reform, making its way through Congress, and the Boston Marathon bombings – allegedly committed by two Chechen immigrants – has raised heated debate about how we measure the assimilation of newcomers civically, culturally, economically, and even patriotically.
Americans are using bicycles for transportation and recreation in record numbers as the fitness and green movements, as well as high energy costs, spur a two-wheel revolution.