Rethink the News

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  • ‘America First’ at one year: what the rest of the world thinks now

    A trade war with China? Just threats so far. A retreat into isolationism? The US military presence in Afghanistan has grown. The world is still trying to sort the new US president’s words and intent – and deciding whether and how to adjust.

  • DACA and beyond: What makes immigration deals so hard?

    The very human stories of young “Dreamers” are understandably attention-getting. This piece looks more closely at the preconditions for their plight, including American society’s often contradictory feelings about immigration. 

  • Battle over legal marijuana tests US commitment to states' rights

    What happens when a party’s bedrock philosophy runs into a values conflict? The rise of legal marijuana in California and elsewhere keeps provoking a regulatory reach by Washington and providing a reminder that paradigms abhor a patchwork.

  • A year after the March, women are sprinting forward

    A movement with its roots in resistance is becoming more about claiming a share of direction-setting and leadership. 

  • Books

    Seven reads to start 2018

    Perhaps you’ve resolved to read more books this year. We’d like to suggest some starting points. Want to be delighted? Yvonne Zipp reviews Rachel Joyce’s novel “The Music Shop,” about a man with a legendary ear and a gift for music therapy that’s almost preternatural. Want to be moved? Marjorie Kehe reviews “Tears of Salt,” a memoir by physician Pietro Bartolo, whose work on Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, has put him on the front line of the refugee crisis. Finally, see Steve Donoghue’s picks for five other titles to start 2018, including “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous collection of stories by National Book Award-winning author Denis Jonson – and a book that one Monitor staffer calls “a very big deal.”

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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.

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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