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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.

Low on gas, many Mexicans still back leader’s war on fuel thieves

Politicians’ vows to fight corruption, crime, and impunity are usually crowd-pleasers. But when the campaign runs into real-life complications, what price is the public prepared to pay?

Readers write: Valuable college experience and tech opportunities

Letters to the editor for the Jan. 21, 2019 weekly magazine.

Farmers have a beef with plant- or lab-grown ‘meat.’ Should you care?

How we speak can say a lot about how we think ​– and it can influence how we spend. Consider a rancher-led battle over food labels, where ‘plant-based meat’ is either an oxymoron or cutting-edge

Low on gas, high on hope, many Mexicans back leader’s war on fuel thieves

Politicians’ vows to fight corruption, crime, and impunity are usually crowd-pleasers. But when the campaign runs into real-life complications, what price is the public prepared to pay?

Employees ‘taken hostage’: the ethics of the US government shutdown

Compelling people to work without pay is fast becoming more than a legal issue for the federal government. Viewed as a social compact, it raises serious ethical questions, too.

Freedom for all – a universal right and a universal truth

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, today’s contributor reflects on the role of reformers in the world and how their efforts, in order to be truly effective, must be based on the

From our archives: ‘Desegregation: Economic Weapons’

This Monitor editorial from March 24, 1956, about the Montgomery bus boycott opposed it on the grounds that boycotts are damaging to “both races and to the South as a whole.” The editorial goes on to

A bolt of integrity in a big African election

In a surprise, the African Union intervenes in Congo to ensure a transparent vote count. The bloc could not ignore a rigged election – or the demand of young Africans for accountable governance.

From our archives: ‘Which path for civil rights? Nonviolence was Dr. King’s Plea’

After the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Monitor considered what might happen to the civil rights movement that had, for many around the world, become synonymous with him. This

From our archives: 'Harboring hate'

This editorial from April 10, 1968, ties “the bitterness” in American policies during the war in Vietnam to the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those “twin trials,” the editorial

From our archives: ‘Drive to end slums’

In 1966, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. extended his mission beyond the South – pushing for progress in the North starting in Chicago. Dr. King penned this piece for the Monitor on March 14,

In ticking of ‘The Clock,’ a parallel to Brexit's relentless grind

Whether you're observing it from afar, reporting on it, or living it, Brexit can seem endless. And the Monitor's Brexit correspondent finds echoes of the Brexit experience in an exhibit not far from

‘Stan & Ollie’ pays tribute to classic comedy team

A fine cast creates a rueful and affectionate portrait.

Top Picks: 'The Bookshop,' the Procreate app, and more

The podcast 'Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda' is focused on the idea of connection, Julian Baumgartner of Chicago’s Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration recently posted a YouTube video showing the methods he

Mary Oliver looked 'past reason, past the provable'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist wrote lyrically about nature, but there's more to her work than meets the eye.

What really happens behind bars? Insiders make videos to show you.

Part of a wider media initiative at California’s San Quentin State Prison, FirstWatch gives participants the opportunity to tell their stories – and be held accountable – through the lens of a camera.

What are you watching? Readers recommend 'Waking Ned Devine,' 'Star Wars'

Monitor TV and movie fans share what they've been watching lately.

Macron’s turn at G7 helm: Can he offer Trump anything to keep him in?

Nationalist versus internationalist. The philosophical clash hangs heavy over those trying to maintain multilateral institutions. As Macron works to keep Trump in the G7, the same forces buffet him at