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André 3000 Trades Hip-hop For The Flute – and Still Resonates With Listeners
I was 15 years old when I received my first hip-hop album as a gift – a radio-edited version of “Aquemini,” by Outkast. I was drawn in by an infectious, bass-thumping single that shared the name of a Civil Rights Movement icon, Rosa Parks. Maybe it w
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Japan Is Becoming More Diverse. Will Its Government?
A former swimming instructor from Egypt is helping revive the sleepy mountain town of Shonai, Japan. About 200 miles away, a Canadian polyglot is singing the praises of Tsukuba city. And Orzugul Babakhodjaeva is standing onstage at a food festival ou
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How America Lost Trust In Elections – And Why That Matters
As the United States plunges toward the 2024 presidential vote, it is clear that millions of citizens no longer trust an essential element of American democracy: elections. Electoral trust has been gradually declining in the U.S. for over two decades
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Two States Warn That Biden May Be Kept Off Their Ballots
The Republican secretaries of state in Ohio and Alabama sent letters to local Democratic party chairs this past week with a warning: President Joe Biden, as the law stands now, won’t appear on their states’ ballots in November. Both secretaries say t
The Christian Science Monitor3 min readInternational Relations
Hidden Restraints On A Mideast Firestorm
Since Oct. 7, the day that Hamas attacked Israel and triggered a war in Gaza, the world has worried that the conflict might spread and become even more violent. Other proxy militias of Iran, such as the Houthis in Yemen, have launched their own attac
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Terrorists Attacked Moscow. Now Russia’s Migrants Are Feeling The Backlash.
Life in Russia has never been easy, says Gazali Kukanshoyev. But life in his native Tajikistan is much more difficult. That’s why he came to Russia as a student 30 years ago, and after working in various jobs, he eventually acquired citizenship. Now
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Anne Lamott Preaches To Her Choir In ‘Somehow: Thoughts On Love’
Anne Lamott, a self-declared “spiritual ATM,” has long been on a mission to uplift people’s spirits. Her warm personal essays dispense insights into grace, mercy, hope, and faith by combining the profound with the profane, depth with deprecation, and
The Christian Science Monitor5 min readSocial History
In Arizona And Beyond, An Abortion Uproar Has Republicans Scrambling
When Donald Trump stated early this week that abortion policy should be left to the states – addressing a long-standing question about his stance – the once and possibly future president may have thought the issue was behind him. But it wasn’t to be.
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Bryan Stevenson Q&A: Alabama Park Confronts Difficult History In Sculpture
How should the story of slavery in the United States be told? In Montgomery, Alabama – once a major trafficking port for enslaved people – a new 17-acre park with a focus on art is attracting thousands of visitors. Freedom Monument Sculpture Park, op
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Ukraine Aid Deadlock Could Threaten Peace In Europe. Does Congress Care?
These are desperate, potentially decisive, days in Ukraine’s battle against Vladimir Putin’s invasion forces. Decisive days on Capitol Hill, too, where House Speaker Mike Johnson this week has been deciding how – and whether – to finesse opposition f
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Europe’s Model On Migration
At a moment when a majority of Americans say illegal immigration is their country’s top problem, Europe has shown them a way forward. On Wednesday, the European Parliament passed major reforms on migration policy that, according to one negotiator, ar
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‘Women Behind The Wheel’ Punctures The Idea That Driving Meant Freedom
Cars loomed large in Nancy Nichols’ childhood. She grew up in the 1960s and ’70s in Waukegan, Illinois, the daughter of a used-car salesman who apparently fit the worst stereotypes associated with his profession. “My father lied about everything, con
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Could MAGA Candidates In Key Swing States Drag Down Trump?
President Joe Biden may have some useful foils in November besides his presumptive opponent, former President Donald Trump: down-ballot “Make America Great Again” Republicans.  With the top of the ticket featuring a rematch between two highly familia
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Biden And Japan’s Kishida Bolster Defense Ties To Counter China
The United States and Japan are dramatically beefing up their military cooperation and intelligence sharing, President Joe Biden said Wednesday, in an announcement widely seen as an effort to check an increasingly aggressive China. Standing beside Ja
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One In 5 Young Americans Deny The Holocaust. Exhibit With 700 Artifacts Aims To Change That.
In a crowded 1996 British courtroom, Robert Jan van Pelt was called on as a witness in a lawsuit to confirm this fact: Jews were systematically murdered at Auschwitz, over 1 million of them.  Historian Deborah Lipstadt had been sued for calling Briti
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Snapshots From Gaza: By Sheer Will, Palestinian Women Eke Out A Life
Wafaa Abu Irjilia never dreamed she would become a single mother. Six months ago, she was a housewife, happy to nurture her growing family with her husband, Ahmed – her rock and “strength” – by her side. Now she is a widow raising four children betwe
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How Portugal Has Largely Avoided Racism And Islamophobia Amid A Migration Boom
Among the warehouses of one of Portugal’s oldest ports, conversations are flowing among the men sorting their fishing nets. But not without the help of Google Translate. The fishers at work include not just Portuguese people but also Indonesians. Tha
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Good News Around The Globe: How Trash Becomes Treasure, And Disrespect Turns To Grace
Coined by now-prominent sociologist Judy Singer in her undergraduate thesis, neurodiversity is not a diagnosis but the idea that conditions such as autism and dyslexia are natural variations in brain function. In Peru, such conditions remain stigmati
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How Resilient Care Can Temper A War
Most of the world’s violent conflicts end with either a military victory or a negotiated settlement. That may yet be the case in Sudan, a largely Arab country in Africa where a yearlong civil war between two warring factions has left tens of thousand
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Do Immigrants Help Or Hurt The US Economy? The Answer Might Surprise You.
Are immigrants a boon to the U.S. economy or a drag on it? For urban centers that have experienced a surge of immigrants, the costs are staggering. For instance, the office of the mayor of New York predicted that the city will spend north of $12 bill
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A Welcome For German Leadership
On April 8, or just shy of 79 years after Nazi forces surrendered in World War II, Germany began its first permanent stationing of combat troops outside its borders. The first of 4,800 German soldiers arrived in Lithuania – which borders Russia – to
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Why Bollywood Is Cranking Out Pro-government Films Ahead Of India’s Election
A burqa-clad woman walks through a bleak version of Srinagar in India-administered Kashmir. She’s an undercover agent hot on the trail of a young separatist militant. Over the next 2 1/2 hours of the recent Bollywood production, titled “Article 370,”
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Poet Natasha Trethewey Delves Into Memory In ‘The House Of Being’
Natasha Trethewey, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2012 to 2014, deepens her exploration of the memories and landscapes that have shaped her writing in “The House of Being.” The book is a slim yet stunning collection of essays p
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Some Things Are Worth Missing School For. An Eclipse Road Trip, And A Search For Wonder.
“I can’t wait for it to go dark,” says Sylvester. He wiggles in his camp chair, and I look over at my son. His dark hair flops over a pair of protective eclipse glasses as he angles his head toward the waning afternoon sun.  We’re minutes away from a
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The Roots Of Forest Preservation
A few years ago, world leaders pledged to “halt and reverse” global tree loss by 2030 in response to climate change. Brazil and Colombia show how that might be done. The two South American countries slowed deforestation in the Amazon River basin betw
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Can Bitcoin, Despite Risks, Make Leap From Trendy To Trusted?
It’s hotter than the hottest Big Tech companies. It’s more volatile than the stock market.  The world’s best-known digital currency – bitcoin – could either permanently eclipse all of today’s government-issued money or sink into oblivion. Amid great
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Free Trade Or Flooding The Market? US Warns China Against Surplus Exports.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned on Monday that the Biden administration “will not accept” a flood of “artificially cheap” Chinese products to the United States. Over four days of talks with China’s economic leadership, Dr. Yellen lobbied
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South Carolina, Caitlin Clark, And The Ongoing Rise Of Women’s Sports
Before South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley won her third national title on Sunday afternoon, and before Iowa’s Caitlin Clark took women’s college basketball by storm, there was a cultural shift in how the world viewed female athletes. The best w
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Howling At The Moon On A Monday Afternoon. Eclipse Brings Thousands To Vermont.
As the shadow passed over Lake Champlain, daytime paused as the world turned to darkness. From the shoreline, thousands of people began cheering – howling at the moon on a Monday afternoon. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It totally exceede
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Readers Write: Finding Balance, From Migration To Personal Lives
The article “Are jobs the solution to New York’s migrant crisis?” in the Jan. 22 Weekly was both informative and troubling.  It does a good job of summarizing the hurdles that asylum-seekers and immigrants face to pay the bills. (Though I do wish tha
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