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  • Should Feds be able to seize property, without conviction?

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be adding to his hard-liner credentials with his push on civil asset forfeiture. But that’s contributing to a broader rift in the GOP over law and order. Patrik Jonsson and Henry Gass report.

  • How UN reform could speed humanitarian progress

    What happens to global relief work if the United States eases off its financing and leadership? Not much, if the United Nations can succeed in its effort to become more nimble, and then accelerates toward its goals. 

  • Into an epicenter of drought, famine, and fortitude

    In her 32 years at the Monitor, Melanie Stetson Freeman has worked on assignment in more than 70 countries. She covered 9/11, and ventured into Afghanistan a few years after that. This work was different. Shooting images and video for our forthcoming series on famine was not only challenging logistically but also, in her words, “one of the hardest trips, emotionally, I’ve ever taken.” In Ethiopia she battled a closed-door bureaucracy for access. In Madagascar, an island that much of the world associates with lemurs, she was confronted with widespread child malnutrition. Mel – and the Monitor reporters alongside her – also found hope. Our series begins Monday. This video offers a preview.

  • Point of Progress

    Scout troop for homeless girls to expand its embrace

    A local movement that started small early this year is now positioned to ramp up over the next few years – and to answer a question that nags at many of those living in shelters: "Where do I belong?"

  • Saving trees: the ethics of paying clear-cutters to stop

    Eoin O’Carroll looked into a well-intentioned effort in Uganda to help preserve forest cover and found a complex case of economic and social justice. 

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About Monitor Journalism

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.

When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.

The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:

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?”

We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.

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.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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