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A change at the Monitor Breakfast table

On Nov. 30, David Cook hosted his final breakfast. It was a milestone for the Monitor and for the Breakfast. 

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When ‘culture clash’ gets in the way

A quarter century after the notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ became a popular view of the world, the exceptions point a different way.

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Christmas kindness, every day

A Christian Science perspective: Everyone in the world can feel and be moved by God’s love throughout the Christmas season and beyond.

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Hope for US-North Korea talks?

Hints and events are lining up for possible negotiations and a lessening of fear of war in Northeast Asia.

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A meaningful response to violence

A Christian Science perspective: Prayer grounded in divine Love is the very foundation of the right kind of action.

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People once at odds don’t try to even the score

Countries from Iraq to Colombia are now seeking reconciliation after war or dictatorship. One country, Rwanda, shows what can be done. 

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Surprise – I was judging them!

A Christian Science perspective: Catching a glimpse of the way God sees everyone is healing.

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An Arctic pact shows what’s possible

Dozens of countries eager to fish in the warming Arctic have wisely decided to hold off for 16 years. This caution – and cooperation – provide a precedent for further agreements on the far north.

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Grass-roots view of Trump’s security strategy

In coming days, the White House will issue a strategy on dealing with foreign threats. But most Americans are already on the front lines of such work. They need thoughtful help from presidents.

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Prayer for Southern California

A Christian Science perspective: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

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Helping students live their full potential

A Christian Science perspective: Affirming everyone’s unlimited potential as the child of God, our loving Father-Mother, can support others.

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Darkness and light on the net

In the cyberworld, knowledge itself is power and is countered by knowledge. Technology is the accessory. In the case of hacking elections, the internet provides a vast and dark new space for countries to carry out the age-old design of tampering with rivals.

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Taiwan lets go a symbol of ancient days

A new law calls for removing landmarks honoring a former dictator, Chiang Kai-shek, whose Confucian-style rule on the island nation finds renewed favor within China’s ruling party.

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The power of spiritual unity

A Christian Science perspective: Whatever our race, religion, or nationality, the desire to see and express harmony and unity is native to who we are as children of God.

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If not the US, then who as Mideast mediator?

President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is seen as ending the US role as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians. Now may be the time for another power to be a third-party facilitator that can bring fresh thinking to both sides.

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Can great men (and women) be good?

A Christian Science perspective: “Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

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Olympic-class athletes find their voice of integrity

 

The ban on Russia at the next Olympics was driven in part by demands of athletes who want to stay clean, play fairly, and not again be cheated of medals.

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