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December 23, 2019

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2 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | DECEMBER 23, 2019 29 THE MONITOR'S VIEW 30 READERS WRITE INKLINGS 31 GLOBAL NEWSSTAND HOME FORUM ESSAY I'm blatted into Christmas past by tubas By Murr Brewster 33 IN A WORD A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE 34 CROSSWORD PUZZLE SUDOKU 39 MUSIC Nick Cave's new album offers compassion By Stephen Humphries 40 BOOKS Designer Eileen Gray blazed a trail By Peter Tonguette IN PICTURES Escalators move the masses By Lindsey McGinnis HUMANITY BEHIND THE HEADLINES Record-setting flood pulls community together By Eva Botkin-Kowacki Modern-day guardians protect ancient art By Taylor Luck What's behind Iraq's violent protests By Scott Peterson How one city fights back against online Russian trolls By Patrik Jonsson and Christa Case Bryant 14 OVERHEARD 15 THE EXPLAINER PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE Pinky Mashiane fights for rights for an invisible workforce By Ryan Lenora Brown 18 SCIENCE AND NATURE Why the Netherlands aims to leave $80 billion in the ground By Simon Montlake 20 POINTS OF PROGRESS ® "The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." – MARY BAKER EDDY DECEMBER 23, 2019 | VOLUME 112 – ISSUE 5 C O N T E N T S P E R S P E C T I V E S A R T S & C U L T U R E 22 C O V E R S T O R Y By Sara Miller Llana Millennial families, seeking a more "authentic" Christmas, cut their own trees, boosting tree farms across North America. Cover photo: Riley Robinson/The Christian Science Monitor For subscriptions or change of address: within U.S.: 800-456-2220, outside U.S.: 1-515-362-7462, email: or post: The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, P.O. Box 6074, Harlan, IA 51593-1574 Monitor Weekly digital edition: Reader comments/questions: 617-450-2300 | Permission to reprint: PARS International, 253 West 35th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Phone: 212-221-9595, fax: 212-221-9195 | CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement nr. 1435922. © 2019 The Christian Science Publishing Society (ISSN 2166-3262 PRINT, ISSN 2688-044X ONLINE) Published weekly, except when combined issues counting as two issues are published, by The Christian Science Publishing Society, 210 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA, USA, 02115-3195. An activity of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, MA. The Christian Science Monitor is a trademark registered in the U.S.P.T.O. and in other countries. Registered as a periodical with the U.S. Postal Service. Periodicals postage paid at Boston, MA, and at additional mailing offices. Canada Revenue Agency G.S.T. Registration Number 126916436. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to The Christian Science Monitor, P.O. Box 6074, Harlan, IA 51593-1574 N E W S 32 6 16 36 42 2019 The 10 best films of

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