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  • A push to farm smarter – not bigger – to feed the world's hungry

    A push to farm smarter – not bigger – to feed the world's hungry

    With famine in Africa and food prices at record highs, governments and agencies around the globe are looking to educate small farmers about more efficient, sustainable agriculture practices.

  • Pakistan's Islamic preachers: Gateway to radicalization?

    Pakistan's Islamic preachers: Gateway to radicalization?

    Since 9/11, Pakistan's Islamic preachers have gotten far less international scrutiny than in militant groups. But the social and religious conservatism they preach could be an even more radicalizing force.

  • Looking back: The Monitor's coverage of 9/11

    Looking back: The Monitor's coverage of 9/11

    Ten years ago, The Monitor had recently moved into a renovated newsroom on the second floor of the venerable Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston. It featured new, modular desks, carpeting instead of linoleum, and many large TV monitors hung from the ceiling. They were tuned to various network and cable channels, but with the sound turned off, normally. So the first indication of a crisis on 9/11 was a chilling silent image of smoke billowing from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, an image that spread from screen to screen across the newsroom. When the second plane hit, 17 minutes after the first, it was clear that the United States was under attack. We had four hours till deadline that day. Four hours in which to try to make sense of what had just happened. Reporters, editors, photographers, editorial writers, columnists, feature writers, even editors and writers of the religious article that appears in the Monitor daily, sprang into action. It was the beginning of days, weeks, and months of reporting and analysis of that incident and its aftermath that would follow. The list below represents some of the most significant reporting and writing we did that day and on subsequent days. The 9/11 stories and images are The Monitor's first draft of the history of that moment. Like most first drafts, some could do with some revising now. But give credit to the swiftness with which they had to be written -- especially those produced that first day and week -- and the decades (if not centuries) of accumulated wisdom, knowledge, and expertise they represent on the part of a staff that worked around the clock to bring them to you.

  • Execution freeze leaves Pakistan's hangmen idle

    A moratorium in Pakistan against the death penalty has been welcomed by human rights activists who say that Pakistan’s police and prosecution system lacks the competency to produce reliable convictions.

  • In Pictures India landmarks

    The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum in Agra dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, who was grief-stricken when she died during the birth of their 14th child in 1631. The Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, combining elements from Persian, Turkish, and Indian architectural styles.

  • Walter Rodgers US should cut aid to Pakistan for its 'War of Terror' on women

    To push Pakistan's improved cooperation in fighting terrorists, the US has suspended millions in military aid. Will it also have the spine to cut aid over Pakistan’s abhorrent treatment of women?

  • Designing for dignity

    Designing for dignity

    Moshe Safdie's success doesn't distract from his desire to create habitats that fit cities – and honor the individual.

  • In Pictures Moshe Safdie: Architecture designed for dignity

    World-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, designed the United States Institute of Peace headquarters, opening this fall in Washington D.C. The building has an atrium view directed toward the Lincoln Memorial. The roofline, sheathed with curvilinear shapes, billows upward like the fluttering wings of a dove. Safdie has been honored with the moniker 'global citizen' for creating humane spaces around the world.

  • Defining 'middle class'

    Is it a flush toilet? A cell phone? A shiny car in the garage? Experts use different factors to define the middle class.

  • Rape victim and women's rights advocate Mukhtara Mai faces new threat in Pakistan

    Rape victim and women's rights advocate Mukhtara Mai faces new threat in Pakistan

    A horrible crime led Mukhtara Mai to establish a women's welfare organization, a women's shelter, and three top schools in rural Pakistan. She faces death threats for her work.