Canada's recent election brought a crop of young lawmakers – including college students – to Parliament as members of the opposition New Democratic Party.
Thousands of Jews found refuge in Europe's only Muslim state, where an ancient honor code saw all as guests.
Leaders of developed economies now come from a professional ruling class whose survival depends on delivering the fantasy that we can live beyond our means.
A Monitor sports writer who covered five Olympics shares a blizzard of impressions as he watches from his couch.
Olympia, Greece: Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou (l.) plays the role of High Priestess and transfers the Olympic Flame to Vassilis Dimitriadis, the first torchbearer of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games on Oct. 22. The flame will travel across Canada through over 1,000 communities for 106 days before arriving in Vancouver on Feb. 12.
In both countries, home to large Tamil communities, a new focus on using democratic means to address grievances.