Rethink the News

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  • Spy suspect’s arrest: What motivates turncoats?

    No one factor leaps out in an individual's decision to spy on his country. But a major Chinese case that broke this week reminded of the need to focus on human factors as much as a country's high-profile cyber capabilities.

  • Outreach, retreat: Why Red Cross adjusts in Afghanistan

    In Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross is facing a sharp challenge to what it sees as the foundation of its security: the visibility of its helping hand. But while it is dialing back for now, it remains committed to ensuring that those who need help, get it.

  • Reaching for equity

    Where gender quotas help ‘fast track’ women into office

    Can a critical mass of women's voices change how we prioritize action? A number of countries have decided it can produce a notable shift in thought. This story is the second in a series. 

  • Briefing

    Libya crisis as opportunity: Who are the Madkhalis?

    Libya's post-Qaddafi collapse has been a tragic case study on the consequences of instability: the haven it provides militants, the surge of desperate migrants it drives toward Europe, the cautionary tale it offers North Korea's Kim Jong-un. That's why the world is watching as one group in particular finds its footing amid the chaos.

  • In Cambodia, a single push to protect both land and people

    The interests of animals and humans have often been at odds when it comes to preservation efforts. But in Cambodia, one effort is finding a way to bolster the prosperity of both.

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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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