Meanwhile in ... Victoria, Seychelles, stray dogs are being paired with prison inmates

And in Mexico City, traffic is notoriously frustrating, but a theater company is trying to lighten the mood.

Emilio Espejel/AP
Ballerinas dance in Mexico City.

Mexico City, traffic is notoriously frustrating. But a theater company is trying to lighten the mood. With a series of choreographed dances (to music ranging from “Swan Lake” to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With Me”), performers leap into the street as the streetlight changes and dance for exactly 58 seconds (the duration of the red light). The dances have become extremely popular and draw crowds. “We never thought this was going to have this kind of impact,” one of the dancers, Manuela Ospina Castro, told The Associated Press. “Not only are people accepting it, but they need it.”  

Victoria, Seychelles, stray dogs are being paired with prison inmates. The stray dogs need homes but are often unadoptable until they are trained. The inmates need meaningful work and relationships. To bring these needs together, Montagne Posée, the main prison on the African island nation, will house a kennel to be run by 30 inmates. Inmates will “need to attend to the emotional needs of the dogs by being attentive and caring,” prison superintendent Raymond St. Ange told the Seychelles News Agency, “and we expect the animals to attend to the emotional needs of the inmate by showing love.” Any dog who fails to find a home will stay on as a prison pet.

Mogadishu, somalia, deaf soccer players have formed their own league. Barred from playing in Somalia’s Football Federation, the deaf players have been playing informally since 2010 but have now decided to make a more formal arrangement. “We were not given equal chance with others, so we decided to form our own league. We are 30 players now,” one of the players told the BBC. “We have got huge support from the city residents who come to watch us and give us support.”

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to Meanwhile in ... Victoria, Seychelles, stray dogs are being paired with prison inmates
Read this article in
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/0816/Meanwhile-in-Victoria-Seychelles-stray-dogs-are-being-paired-with-prison-inmates
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today
https://www.csmonitor.com/subscribe