Rethink the News

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  • Defiant Kurds stage symbolic vote on independence

    The Kurds have been a century-long Mideast asterisk – a people without a country. Today's independence referendum is a symbolic step to address that. It's nonbinding and just in Iraq. But it's a reminder that the hope of self-government survives time and tyrants. 

  • An Alabama race tests GOP establishment

    Surely, President Trump is backing the brash, flame-throwing outsider in Tuesday's Alabama Republican Senate primary, right? No. Which, in a way, pits Mr. Trump against the spirit of his own political revolution.

  • German election’s jolt may deliver a positive: deeper debate

    In recent years, Germany's two major parties have run the country with extraordinary civility and common purpose. But growing unease cracked that "grand coalition" in Sunday's election. The question now: How much populism is the right amount?

  • As waters recede, Bangladesh turns toward adaptation

    Bangladesh has long been synonymous with suffering and disaster. Flooding invariably meant thousands dead. But this year's death toll amid the worst floods in 40 years? 145 people. Economic development, it turns out, has dramatically changed the calculus of human life.

  • When gardens give petri-dish views of climate change

    Can a planting of onions in a university greenhouse take the anger and tears out of our climate change debates? Behold the power of botanical gardens! 

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We think it is time to rethink the news.

News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.

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We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

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We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.

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