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  • The world in 2011: Trends and events to watch in every region

    Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.
    12/28/2010 02:17 pm

  • 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.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

  • Mexico buys corn futures to ensure tortilla prices remain flat

    Mexico is taking action to halt a rise in corn prices and prevent a repeat of the so-called 'tortilla riots' of 2007, when tortillas became difficult to afford for many Mexicans.
    12/24/2010 01:01 pm

  • Mexico activists vow to press ahead after mother seeking justice is murdered

    Human rights activists in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico's most violent city, say their cause will not be silenced by the death of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who was shot dead last week while demanding justice in her daughter's unsolved killing.
    12/22/2010 12:41 pm

  • Prominent politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos freed in Mexico

    The release of Diego Fernández de Cevallos, a former presidential candidate who was kidnapped in May, is good news. But Mexicans are deeply concerned about kidnappings, which are up dramatically.
    12/20/2010 05:06 pm

  • The Christmas gift that makes a killing – by preventing one

    Miguel Caballero, the designer and owner of an eponymous line of bulletproof fashion apparel, offered to shoot the reporter to prove his point.
    12/20/2010 03:39 pm

  • Mexico touts progress in drug war, but death toll rises to 30,197

    A Mexican mother protesting for justice in her daughter's unsolved death was killed last night, adding to what was already the deadliest year in Mexico's drug war.
    12/17/2010 03:49 pm

  • The Monitor's View Obama's small step to slow the flow of assault weapons to Mexico

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms wants gun dealers on the southern border to report bulk sales of assault weapons for six months. These semiautomatic rifles are popular with Mexican drug cartels. More than the AFT's temporary measure is needed.
    12/17/2010 03:40 pm

  • Deadly Chile prison fire puts heat on Latin America's crowded jails

    The Chile fire, started by rioting prisoners, has drawn fresh attention to the poor conditions, lack of guards, and gang violence rampant in Latin American jails.
    12/17/2010 01:48 pm

  • Madonna tastes Mexican bureaucracy in opening Hard Candy Fitness gym

    The hurdles that Madonna overcame to open Hard Candy Fitness are emblematic of the long ride of permits, stamps, and waits faced by business owners in Mexico.
    12/02/2010 09:56 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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