When peace prize laureates falter

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For two prominent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10 was not an easy day. Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 winner for her pro-democracy efforts in Myanmar, was at the United Nations’ highest tribunal, defending her country’s military for the mass killing of Rohingya Muslims. The International

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A nation’s remarkable recovery of trust

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Take it from a country that knows – it is possible to restore lost trust. On Dec. 9, a day designated as International Anti-Corruption Day, a new Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, hailed his country’s latest step in battling corruption. For the first time, Greece will have a single,

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Iraq protesters to government: Listen to us (not to Iran)

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Like hundreds of thousands of protesting Iraqis, disenfranchised by corruption that has failed to convert vast oil wealth into wider prosperity, Rasoul Adel knows what he wants, even if he can’t articulate how to get there. The recent resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was a first

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Interstellar visitors open new window to the cosmos

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Comet Borisov is hurtling toward our sun, on track for its nearest approach on Dec. 8. But this isn’t an ordinary comet. Borisov hails from another star system. And it’s only the second time scientists have observed such an interstellar visitor.  The first was a peculiar asteroid dubbed

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Tiger’s tale out of the rough

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For Tiger Woods, the golf megastar who fell from grace a decade ago after admitting marital infidelity, the American belief in second chances seems to be working. His recovery, both morally and physically, could result in 2019 being his breakthrough year. In April he claimed his fifth Masters

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Why NATO at 70 is as young as ever

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Ever since losing its original purpose in 1991 – the collective defense of the West against Soviet aggression – NATO has somehow survived as a military alliance. At a 70th anniversary summit this week, this club of democracies showed why. Despite serious squabbles and huffy encounters, its

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A city’s ambitions, measured in skyscrapers

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For Johannesburg, a scrappy gold mining camp that grew into a metropolis of millions, skyscrapers have long been a way of announcing that it too belongs among the world’s powers. It is no coincidence then, that Africa’s tallest tower – and a new one vying for that title – both took

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NYC team helps immigrant runners realize US race dreams

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New York A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon – literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib –Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world. A week later, the Ethiopian

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A Monitor Thanksgiving

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As I was reading this week’s cover story – not able to put it down, more like – I came to the part I liked most of all. The gratitude. The article is about the people who save Thanksgiving – the plumbers who unstick pipes, the hotline helpers who answer our panicked cooking questions. And […]

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Readers write: The view from Russia, and wildfire series

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The view from Russia Regarding “Who is Putin? Even to Russians, a mystery (audio)” in the Oct. 23 Monitor Daily: To begin with, no Kremlin ruler is a mystery to us, as in our daily affairs we go by a Russian proverb: “God is high above, and the czar is far away.” Even when our […]

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Impeachment scorecard: A House, and nation, still divided

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Two weeks of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry were an attempt to present a coherent story about a complicated situation: irregularities in the conduct of American foreign relations with Ukraine, a nation still struggling with the effects of domination as part of the former

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