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  • The unity we don’t see

    Progress would demand we find some path to unity beyond fear or sorrow. And from one perspective, you could say that is exactly the problem the world is struggling to work through right now.

  • Why this week’s cover story is about you

    If we’re doing our job, you’re not really reading a story about Africa – or Australia or America. You’re reading a story about you, wherever you are.

  • Another rights movement with ’60s roots

    Newton’s first law can apply to thought, too. It often doesn’t want to move until it gets a strong push.

  • The trap of  ‘either/or’

    When presented with two possibilities, we often make it binary, assuming the two choices are mutually exclusive. But the fact is, the best choices are often “both/and.”

  • A headline worth a thousand words

    Distilling the essence of a story down to two or three words in 80-point type can be a challenge under any circumstance. When it comes to politics, it takes even more deftness. 

  • One final ‘Top 10’: best of Monitor journalism

    We looked through all our work last year and found 10 stories that most embodied the Monitor’s desire to uplift, enlighten, and improve through journalism. And we thought, why not share?

  • The Russian town that might save the world

    Torzhok is experiencing a resurgence because of one woman’s activism.

  • A different kind of news bias

    We would never accept news that is disproportionately positive. Why are we so willing to accept the reverse?

  • Why desegregation matters

    Separateness can be beautiful, expressed in distinct cultures, traditions, and nations. But when the Supreme Court declared in 1954 that “Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” it touched on a truth.

  • Refuge is not a point on a map

    What obligation do more prosperous nations have to help those in disarray or distress?

  • The aggressive (and subtle) faces of coercion

    No matter the injustices heaped upon them, liberty and freedom percolate beneath the surface.

  • Do borders have to divide?

    What are borders, really? In an evolving world, what should they do?

  • Horse sense for politics

    Only by not resorting to violence can you develop a relationship built on trust and respect.

  • Colonialism in reverse

    The story of Juba Arabic is one of colonization. The language is a mixture of different tongues imposed upon the South Sudanese by outsiders. That makes the story of Juba Arabic an allegory of sorts. 

  • What democracy actually does

    Opinions about the best way forward can fracture a country in countless ways. Democracy, at its most fundamental level, is about creating a structure that can absorb those disagreements without violence or tyranny.

  • What money can’t buy in politics

    Money does other things that are subtler yet in some ways just as concerning as outright corruption. And, in a bit of a shock, new research suggests that money doesn’t do something that many think it does. 

  • Demanding more from politics

    What the Kavanaugh hearings showed is the tendency to be satisfied with the 'politics of personal destruction.'

  • The triumph of gray

    Perhaps the answer to growing concerns about capitalism is not in black or white – it is in the perpetual reconsideration and recalibration that reveals the symphony within the gray.

  • How to create a world full of winners

    When politics appeals to our zero-sum fears just to get us to the ballot box, it is a small step back toward the Stone Age.

  • Searching for a balance

    Is saving the Amazon really just about protecting some trees here and some species there? Behind each of these efforts is a larger question that begins to show that the partisan 'us vs. them' narrative is full of false choices. The question is whether we can learn to live in balance with nature.