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® "The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind" – MARY BAKER EDDY Clayton Collins Weekly Edition Editor Owen Thomas Deputy Editor John Kehe Design Director Alfredo Sosa Director of Photography Scott Armstrong, Clara Germani, Greg Lamb Senior Editors Amelia Newcomb, Cheryl Sullivan World and US News Editors IN THIS ISSUE VOL.106 Antarctica and the Arctic; Athens; Beijing; Berlin; Bucharest, Romania; Damascus, Syria; Juba, South Sudan; London; Moscow; Nairobi, Kenya; and the US 26 COVER STORY The new 'great game' Once isolated from the rest of the world, the North and South Poles are the object of increasing global focus. At stake are massive untapped energy sources, abundant fshing, and precious metals as a wide variety of countries hover to claim territory or resources. index UPFRONT, by JOHN YEMMA GOOD READS ONE WEEK IN THE NEWS US & WORLD FOCUS IN PICTURES COVER STORY COMMENTARY THE MIX: MOVIES, MUSIC, TV BOOKS MONEY DIFFERENCE-MAKERS THE HOME FORUM A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE © 2013 The Christian Science Publishing Society (ISSN 2166-3262 PRINT) Published weekly, except when combined issues counting as two issues are published, by The Christian Science Publishing Society, 210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, 02115-3195. An activity of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 US Post Ofce. Periodicals postage paid at Boston, MA, and at additional mailing ofces. Canada Revenue Agency G.S.T. Registration Number 126916436. By Douglas Fox Cover photo (an aquatiC robot beneath antarCtiC sea iCe) by the australian antarCtiC Division/reuters 18 Focus: SYRIA Why Assad's rule may endure Disorganized opposition factions, outside military support, and a regime that has survived three years of Syria's civil war are all factors pointing toward the previously unthinkable: President Bashar al-Assad could actually win. By Nicholas Blanford 21 Focus: INCOME DISPARITY A tarnished American dream? A growing chorus of economists is raising caution fags about widening gaps in income and wealth. Is the capitalist system overall heading for a breaking point? By Harry Bruinius 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. For subscriptions or change of address: call 800-456-2220 in the US or 1-515-362-7462 outside the US, email:, or post: The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, P.O. Box 6074, Harlan, IA 51593-1574. 1/13/2014 Covered in this issue: Kendra Nordin Staff Editor Heather Ehmke, Casey Fedde Copy Editors Joanne Ciccarello Assistant Photo Editor Lily Mui Operations Manager Rich Clabaugh, Julie Fallon, Patti Carter Graphics and layout Bob Hanna Advertising Director 5 8 10 18 24 26 33 38 40 43 44 46 47 ISSUE 8 44 DIFFERENCE-MAKERS Subscription rates for 1 year: Domestic $139(US); Canadian $139(CAN) including GST; outside US and Canada $170(US). She helps Roma children Advertising inquiries: call: 617-450-2644 Reader comments: call: 617-450-2300, Leslie Hawke, mother of actor Ethan Hawke, founded a nongovernmental organization to help impoverished and outcast Roma children succeed in school. By Kit Gillet PERMISSION TO REPRINT: Copyright Administrator, 210 Massachusetts Avenue, P02-15, Boston, MA 02115-3195 USA, email:, phone: 617-450-3744, or fax: 617-450-2031. CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement nr. 1435922. Online at: THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | January 13, 2014 3

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