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Love: The basis for a renewed democracy

But how can you love in the face of hate – or in the face of the fear of hate’s power to destroy unity and cohesion in society? Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, writes, “Christian Science classifies thought thus: Right thoughts are reality and power; wrong thoughts are unreality and powerless, possessing the nature of dreams. Good thoughts are potent; evil thoughts are impotent, and they should appear thus” (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 252)” (“Manual of The Mother Church,” p. 41).

By Lyle Young, November 8, 2022

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In Philippines, a push to preserve accounts of life under martial law

Now in office, Mr. Marcos continues to harness social media to spread misinformation about his family’s legacy and ongoing court battles. But the family’s success has also been a wake-up call for many Filipinos, who are rushing to protect and promote firsthand accounts of the martial law period. Some have started digitizing 1970s archives, while others search for ways to bring honest accounts of martial law to new audiences. 

By Mark Saludes Contributor, MANILA, November 10, 2022

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India’s new champion of civic equality

India will soon become the world’s most populous country, yet it is already one of its most diverse – by religion, ethnicity, and caste. Civic equality may be enshrined in the constitution, but that has not stopped Prime Minister Narendra Modi from pushing a kind of Hindu nationalism over eight years that has led to widespread discrimination, which includes women and civil society.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board, November 8 2022

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For Israel’s hard-right alliance, how high a priority is democracy?

Until recently, Mr. Ben-Gvir and his Jewish Power faction were viewed as fringe players in national politics. Successive efforts to win a seat in parliament failed, until Netanyahu began brokering far-right alliances to maximize their vote share and bolster his own electoral prospects.

By Neri Zilber Correspondent, TEL AVIV, November 10, 2022

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Cooperative rivals: Biden seeks novel relationship with China

Since the earliest days of his presidency, Mr. Biden has made clear the political understanding on which he wants to build future ties with Beijing: that while the U.S. sees China as a competitor and rival, the countries should still be able to communicate and, where possible, cooperate on areas of mutual interest.

By Ned Temko Columnist, LONDON November 9, 2022

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Kherson retreat: Russia reports troop withdrawal, Ukraine wary

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was also guarded Thursday, insisting the West needed to wait and see “how the situation on the ground develops in the coming days.”

By Sam Mednick and Yuras Karmanau Associated Press, KYIV, UKRAINE, November 10, 2022

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