Christian Science Monitor

Readers write: “Mars or bust” comic

Readers write: “Mars or bust” comic

Readers discussed our science comic “Mars or bust,” which laid out scientists’ methods for making the red planet a second home for humanity.
How rugby became a marker for inclusion in South Africa

How rugby became a marker for inclusion in South Africa

For many, South Africa’s World Cup win was made all the more sweet by the role of the Springboks’ black captain. But why is he such an exception?
'Same stage as the Louvre': Google digitizes Puerto Rican art

'Same stage as the Louvre': Google digitizes Puerto Rican art

This is the first time Google used its high-tech "art camera" to preserve and showcase work from Puerto Rico, where museums are struggling to survive.
'Imteachment': Educators bring Congress into the classroom

'Imteachment': Educators bring Congress into the classroom

How do you teach impeachment without students becoming partisan? Teachers say it takes a commitment to civility and sticking close to the facts.
A journalist’s bumpy ride through four decades of global events

A journalist’s bumpy ride through four decades of global events

Whether eluding Haiti gunmen, being set up by Hugo Chávez, or spending time with a grateful couple who were part of the French Resistance, the Monitor’s diplomacy writer, Howard LaFranchi, is himself
‘Remember the sabbath’: How one family lives the Fourth Commandment

‘Remember the sabbath’: How one family lives the Fourth Commandment

For Laura Nash, spending time together as a family on the Sabbath has been important. Part of a series on the Decalogue in modern life.
The uniting politics of second-chance justice

The uniting politics of second-chance justice

Oklahoma’s mass commutation reflects a bipartisan spirit of forgiveness that could find a place in American politics.
Points of Progress: All-women spacewalk, new land for bison, and more

Points of Progress: All-women spacewalk, new land for bison, and more

In good news this week: Bison roam across land they haven't touched in more than 100 years, an all-women spacewalk happens on the ISS, and more.
Giuliani, Ukraine, and back-channel diplomacy. Three precedents.

Giuliani, Ukraine, and back-channel diplomacy. Three precedents.

Presidents have used close aides or friends to handle international assignments, particularly at times of national stress. What’s different this time?
Democrats are winning in suburbs. In rural America, it’s another story.

Democrats are winning in suburbs. In rural America, it’s another story.

In Minnesota, two suburban pickups for Democrats in 2018 were counterbalanced by two rural districts that flipped in favor of Republicans.
The Berlin Wall is long gone. Its notorious prison still stands.

The Berlin Wall is long gone. Its notorious prison still stands.

The Rolling Stones, considered subversive, were rumored to be performing near the Berlin Wall in 1969. Hundreds of fans who showed up were jailed.
For US veterans, what does it mean to heal a moral injury?

For US veterans, what does it mean to heal a moral injury?

Moral injury, sometimes described as a “wound to the soul,” remains a little-recognized phenomenon a quarter-century after it was first diagnosed.
The motives behind two postwar protests

The motives behind two postwar protests

In Iraq and Colombia, demonstrators expected more of a “peace dividend” after the end to recent wars. They know peace is more than an absence of conflict.
Success after war: Challenging the ‘broken vet’ myth (audio)

Success after war: Challenging the ‘broken vet’ myth (audio)

Less than 1% of Americans serve in the military. One result: War is often misunderstood. We focus on one overlooked element of the veteran experience: growth.
Top Picks: ‘Fever Breaks,’ ‘There Is No Other,’ and more

Top Picks: ‘Fever Breaks,’ ‘There Is No Other,’ and more

Check out recommendations for new, standout folk and Americana albums from bluegrass to jazz.
The 25th Amendment: Three questions about a tool to oust presidents

The 25th Amendment: Three questions about a tool to oust presidents

Some Donald Trump critics are calling for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove a president who is “unable to discharge [his] powers and duties.”
Beyond vegans: Plant-based ‘meat’ goes mainstream from KFC to Dunkin’

Beyond vegans: Plant-based ‘meat’ goes mainstream from KFC to Dunkin’

Dunkin’ takes its Beyond Sausage Sandwich national this week, and other chains are also seeing surprising mainstream appeal for plant-based ‘meats.’
In global protests, a common thread: Community

In global protests, a common thread: Community

The political context of each protest is different. But in seeking to discern a pattern, commentators have rightly focused on striking similarities.
Let freedom ring: How music helped fell the Berlin Wall

Let freedom ring: How music helped fell the Berlin Wall

Long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, rock music provided a focal point for the dissatisfaction of younger East Germans.
Triumph over trolls: Somali American woman wins Maine election

Triumph over trolls: Somali American woman wins Maine election

Safiya Khalid faced threats and harassment during her campaign for city council in Lewiston, Maine, but won Tuesday with nearly 70% of the vote.
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