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A Mideast rivalry worth watching

Iran and Saudi Arabia now have reformist leaders bent on granting certain liberties that appeal to young people. That sort of contest of ideas is far better than their violent rivalry in regional conflicts.

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Who is ‘us’?

By some important measures, the boundaries around whom we accept as part of “us” are particularly rigid at the moment. 

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Readers write: Power of science, regional change, enjoying and learning

Letters to the editor for the April 24, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Changing course

A Christian Science perspective: Hope to help heal the destruction and corruption of today can be gained through an inspired change of direction.

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How to make natural calamities ‘dull’

Natural disasters like the current drought in Somalia need not evoke a frantic global reaction. By pooling their risks in regionwide insurance schemes, more countries are better prepared to quickly respond to disaster.

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Standing on ‘holy ground’ this Earth Day

A Christian Science perspective: On shedding materialistic views to bring healing to the environment.

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Why North Korea may be a threat to itself

A survey of refugees reveals a large underground economy in North Korea that runs on US dollars – and rising corruption. Perhaps the US needs patience as the regime rots from within.

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Finding spirituality right where you are

A Christian Science perspective: A discovery of spirituality that cures, guides, and transforms.

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A borderless world in curbing corruption

More countries now allow outside influence in battling corruption. Latest example: Ukraine agrees to set up an anti-corruption court as a condition of aid. A bill in the US Senate would greatly expand this global drive against graft.

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Turkey’s potential shift on mosque and state

A referendum result will likely give strong powers to a president who founded the governing Islamist party. As long as its democracy is preserved, Turkey may find a new balance between Islam and secular rule.

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God’s help is near

A Christian Science perspective: Stranded on a remote road, the author turns to God.

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Famine and prayer-inspired activism

A Christian Science perspective: Finding humanitarian and spiritual relief now.

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Climate change, and common-sense politics

People who had almost no interest in global warming became involuntary pioneers of a green revolution, moved not by soaring rhetoric, but by common sense.

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When artists are on the frontlines – of peace

From South Korea to Colombia, many performers and other artists play a unique role in creating a receptivity toward peace and in healing the trauma of conflict. Their works can open a dialogue for trust, even amid war.

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Readers write: Trump and journalism, terms for land

Letters to the editor for the April 17, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Forgiveness and individual resurrection

A Christian Science perspective: Learning from Jesus’ example.

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Next up in curbing corruption: South Africa

Large protests against corruption could help force President Zuma to resign. South Africa, like many large emerging economies, faces a rising demand for honesty and accountability.

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Be filled

A Christian Science perspective: God’s thoughts lift us up. 

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