Category Archive: Christian Science Monitor

Lessons in the Slum Take Her to the World Stage

Phiona Mutesi, whose life and chess prowess are to be a Disney film, remembers at first, ‘I was very dirty. They didn’t accept me even to touch the pieces.’ (Christian Science Monitor)

Traditional Tanzanian Music Falls in Popularity, but Demands Preservation

Muziki wa dansi music was inspired by Tanzanian national pride after its independence in the 1960s. Today, a heritage project is trying to archive the unique music for future generations (Christian Science Monitor)

Restoring Cemeteries, Polish Convicts Find Jewish Community Past and Present

In Poland, which was once home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, prisoners are refurbishing abandoned Jewish cemeteries (Christian Science Monitor)

Your Ché Guevara T-shirt Can Land You in Jail

Poland’s revised criminal code includes a ban on communist symbols, such as the red star or hammer and sickle, though one artist says “they are no longer meaningful” (Christian Science Monitor)

Starbucks Conquers Again

In contrast to the United States, where Starbucks is no longer a novelty, the signature green logo has been met with an enthusiastic welcome in Warsaw (Christian Science Monitor)

Poles Find Solidarity in Milk Bars

In gleaming Warsaw, the lure of a pungent cabbage soup and communal seating still draws crowds to Soviet-era canteens (Christian Science Monitor)

Artists Try to Save Gdansk Shipyards – In Images

Over the past seven years an entire colony of artists has come to live and work among the towering cranes of Gdansk’s iconic shipyards. (Christian Science Monitor)

A Senegalese Beggar Unmasked

Kara had a broad, somewhat goofy smile, a spindly frame, and a chronic cough. He’s 16, but looked about 12. One of Dakar’s legion of child beggars, he followed me home one autumn night – just kept walking along with me even though I’d assured him that I wasn’t giving him any money and that I lived a good 10 minutes up the road. (Christian Science Monitor)