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  • The Monitor's View Slaughter in Libya's Misurata: Is this Obama's 'Rwanda'?

    NATO admits it can't help keep Qaddafi forces from slaughtering civilians in Libya's third-largest city, Misurata, which is keey to the rebels' aims. Obama faces a humanitarian choice, as he did with Benghazi.

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • "Running the Books": Avi Steinberg talks about life as a prison librarian

    Chapter & Verse "Running the Books": Avi Steinberg talks about life as a prison librarian

    Memoirist Avi Steinberg reflects on the humor, sadness, scariness, and "just utter strangeness" of working in a prison.

  • "Overheard in a Bookshop"

    Chapter & Verse "Overheard in a Bookshop"

    Bookstore customers say the darndest things. Here are a few of them.

  • Why Anne Frank's tree stood for so much

    Global News Blog Why Anne Frank's tree stood for so much

    Hans Westra, executive director of the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, says the dreams of the world-famous Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust came to be tied up in the 150-year-old chestnut, which came down in stormy weather.

  • Anne Frank tree knocked down by storm

    Anne Frank tree knocked down by storm

    Anne Frank was cheered by the monumental chestnut tree while she was hiding from the Nazis. Frank's recollection of the tree can be found in the Feb. 23, 1944 entry in 'The Diary of Anne Frank.'

  • What to read about the Khmer Rouge

    Chapter & Verse What to read about the Khmer Rouge

    Chief Khmer Rouge executioner "Duch" faces a jail sentence. Which books best dissect the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime?

  • One Book, One Twitter: the world's largest book club?

    Chapter & Verse One Book, One Twitter: the world's largest book club?

    'What if a zillion people read and talked about a single book?'

  • Anne Frank's diary – complete, original – is on display for the first time

    Chapter & Verse Anne Frank's diary – complete, original – is on display for the first time

    The various pieces of Anne Frank's diary are finally being exhibited together in the Amsterdam building where she wrote them.

  • Bestselling books the week of 2/4/10, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 2/4/10, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling most in independent bookstores across the US.