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  • Opinion Syria protests: Is there a peaceful path to democracy?

    Can Syria make a transition to democracy without facing the deadly battles now seen in Libya, or the repression in Bahrain? Yes, if enough leaders within Syria show vision and restraint, and if they are open to some outside mediation from South Africa, Turkey, and the US.
    04/22/2011 11:00 am

  • 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.
    04/20/2011 02:14 pm

  • Editorial Board Blog Are these crazy suits Iran's answer to pro-democracy protests in Syria?

    This picture of Iranian soldiers in camouflage suits during Monday's military parade should not go unnoticed as the history of the Middle East is being rewritten.
    04/19/2011 01:58 pm

  • Editor's Blog The constants behind the news

    From Wikileaks to "60 Minutes," exposes provide new ways of seeing the world. But the underlying facts often remain unchanged.
    04/19/2011 08:46 am

  • Terrorism & Security Cables reveal covert US support for Syria's opposition

    Newly released WikiLeaks cables show that the US had been funneling money to Syria's opposition for several years, even as it tried to reengage with President Assad's government.
    04/18/2011 09:37 am

  • Terrorism & Security Syrian Army deploys in port city after a violent weekend

    Syria admitted for the first time that it is using force to put down protests after nine soldiers were killed in an ambush in the port city of Banias.
    04/11/2011 09:54 am

  • The Monitor's View Time running out for Israel and peace talks

    With the push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and with the Middle East in turmoil, time is no longer on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
    04/08/2011 04:43 pm

  • On Facebook and Twitter, spreading revolution in Syria

    Social networks are playing a central role in fueling protests in Syria, where demonstrations Friday were the largest since anti-Assad activists took to the street last month.
    04/08/2011 02:29 pm

  • Glenn Beck leaving Fox: his 10 most controversial statements (so far)

    With the news of Glenn Beck leaving Fox officially announced, it's time to reflect. The host has packed a lot of wallop in just two-plus years at Fox News. Conspiracy theories, apocalyptic predictions, and just plain eyebrow-raising statements have kept the folks at Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, busy. They track his show (along with many others) and take notes. Now that the show “Glenn Beck” is ending later this year, Media Matters has opened its files and shared some of the most noteworthy moments. We’ve whittled the list down to the 10 most controversial things Mr. Beck has said on Fox – so far, at least. It bears noting that Beck has a lot of followers, who admire his populist conservative critique of the Obama era. His Facebook page has more than 1.8 million fans -- coincidentally, the same number of viewers he had as of January (down from 2.9 million in January 2010). Whether those fans believe his every word is hard to tell. But, like any good showman, he knows how to draw a crowd.
    04/07/2011 03:41 pm

  • September deadlines loom for Israel as Peres and Obama will meet

    Obama had set a September goal for some kind of Middle East agreement. With Palestinians now weighing the declaration of a state, Israel's Shimon Peres has much to discuss at the White House.
    04/05/2011 10:10 am

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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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