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Readers write: Seeing Russia’s view, the power of film, and more

Seeing Russia’s view

I really appreciated the articles on Russia by Fred Weir in the June 22 Monitor Weekly: “Trust deficit: The roots of Russia’s standoff with the West” and “Nuclear arms control is ending. What’s next?” The former gave a view of how both the Russian government and Russian citizens view the United States – a very different view than how Americans tend to see Russia. And the fact that Mr. Weir lives in Russia gives added value to his articles.

Nick Royal
Santa Cruz, California

The power of film

I am a longtime, cover-to-cover reader of The Christian Science Monitor. It is always filled with fascinating, interesting stories and information by journalists and writers who truly know their subjects. I share articles often with family and friends.

As a film af...

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بهترین دستگاه فر کننده موی پرومکس چیست؟

بهترین دستگاه فر کننده موی پرومکس چیست؟

خرید و قیمت دستگاه فر کننده موی پرومکس

دستگاه فر کننده موی پرومکس یکی دیگر از محصولات این مارک است که با یک صفحه سرامیکی دارای درجه یکنواختی بر روی سطح فرفشانی می باشد و باعث می شود موهای خود را بهتر و به طور یکنواخت تر مو کنید. طراحی دستگیره های مونتاژ در کار با آن حتی از اهمیت بالایی برخوردار است. پرومکس همچنین از دسته ارگونومیک و وزن کلی کم در محصول استفاده می کند تا بتوانید با هر دو دست با همه مدل ها کار کنید...

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Japan’s economic recovery met with challenge as Abe resigns


Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave many of his goals unfinished.

Concerns about his health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups for a condition he has managed since he was a teenager. While there is some improvement, there is no guarantee that it will cure his condition and so he decided to step down after treatment Monday, he said.

“It is gut wrenching to have to leave my job before accomplishing my goals,” Mr...

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Steven Cohen in Exclusive Talks to Buy Majority Stake in New York Mets

Steven A. Cohen’s previous bid for the team collapsed earlier this year.

Photo: lucy nicholson/Reuters

For the second time in the past year, billionaire Steven A. Cohen is in the driver’s seat to acquire a majority stake in the New York Mets.

Mr. Cohen—who saw a previous bid for the team collapse earlier this year—has entered exclusive negotiations with the Wilpon family to purchase the club, a person familiar with the matter said. A Mets spokesman said, “We won’t be giving updates on the timeline or process until we are prepared to make a public announcement.”


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Six pillars of the invisible bridge

We all have read the news of a collapsed bridge or a crumbled flyover. It is not rocket science to understand the reasons behind such accidents. More often than not, it is because of the low quality of construction. Sometimes, it may also be due to the overload of traffic. Somewhere, some rules have been compromised. Either during the construction of the bridge or at the time of usage.

I bring your attention to one more bridge which exists in the human mind. The one which connects a person from his/her current reality to the cherished dreams. The ability to walk through this bridge until the dream milestone is also coined as success.

Well, in most of the cases people spend their entire life navigating on this path...

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NBA players wrestle with how best to effect social change

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Miami

An unprecedented NBA walkout over racial injustice postponed a second day of the playoffs Thursday, although players pledged to finish the postseason even as they wrestled with their emotions about wanting to bring change in their communities.

For now, the basketball courts in the NBA’s virus-free bubble at Disney World remained empty. And other athletes across the sports world also said they weren’t ready to resume playing.

They are still angry and emotional after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NBA players considered not playing again the rest of the postseason and going home to their communities, but decided Thursday they wanted to continue, according to a person with knowledge of the details...

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Karbala the slap on tyranny

The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic new year. Its historical and religious significance is defined by the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain who was killed in a battle at Karbala, in modern-day Iraq. This morning was the anniversary of the day when he and his 72 companions acquired martyrdom. The procession is a remembrance of this sacrifice and the moral victory of Hussain.

Mahatma Gandhi quoted “If I had 72 companions like Husain, I would have freed India in 24 hours, from British.” Gandhi, the champion of non-violence himself, further added. “The progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword, but on the supreme sacrifice of Imam Hussein, I learnt from Hussein, how to achieve victory whilst being oppressed.

“I am not a Shia, I am not ...

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Commentary: The day the sports world’s bubbles burst

When the National Basketball Association began planning to return from its pandemic-related hiatus, its hopes centered around a $170 million bubble. It would protect the players, and it would even amplify their voices. “Black Lives Matter” was printed on the floor, and the backs of players’ jerseys had social justice messages.

It appeared to be almost perfect. But it wasn’t bulletproof.

The shooting of Jacob Blake, an African American, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, led to a strike by players of the NBA and Women’s NBA Wednesday. Other major sports teams and leagues followed suit.

In a country of deepening divisions – from Facebook bubbles to partisan bubbles – the NBA experiment was a poignant irony. No bubble can keep out the world...

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Ustad Vilayat Khan: The maestro who lived like a king

Sixteen years have passed since the demise of Ustad Vilayat Khan in the spring of 2004. Yet, his music continues to reverberate. So do stories of him living life in regal splendor. On his 92nd birth anniversary on August 28, here is a note on the interests of the man beyond his music.

Fast cars

A gentleman of very refined taste, the maestro has a passion for cars and used to himself tune their engines. By listening to the sound of a car engine, Khan saab could say if it was tuned properly. He didn’t care much about the concept of drivers and would himself take off on cross-country drives. According to son Shujaat, “He used to do this even during his childhood.” Going out on drives from Kolkata to Mumbai, Kolkata to Delhi and Mumbai to Dehradun was common...

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One of the Brains Behind Tesla Found a New Way to Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Almost every day old iPhones and other used personal electronics arrive by the truckload at a warehouse in Carson City, Nev., where workers crack them open, pull out their batteries and strip them for raw materials.

To JB Straubel, one of the brains behind Tesla Inc., TSLA -1.13% that refuse holds the key to driving the electric car revolution forward—and making the vehicles affordable enough for everyone to own one.

Mr. Straubel, Tesla’s longtime chief technology officer, pioneered the lithium-ion battery powertrain design that helped propel the Silicon Valley company to what is now the highest valuation in the car industry...

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