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Past articles by Peter:

‘God Save the Queen’: A Monitor editor looks back on a memorable anthem

The moment arrived. The first notes of “God Save the Queen” rang out. Automatically, I jumped to my feet. → Read More

With Biden’s victory, the world looks to US with hope for change

Will the presidential victory of Joe Biden bring the changes to U.S. international relations that the world hopes and expects? → Read More

No longer sidelined, women’s soccer attracts players and fans in France

This year’s Women’s World Cup seems to be a breakthrough moment for host France, amid record TV viewership and public interest. → Read More

The EU stuck together on Brexit. Can it remain united on future issues?

The European Union stood together in Brexit negotiations. Can that unity help it find a way through future internal arguments? → Read More

Notre Dame fire: Other cities offer Paris lessons for recovery

The Notre Dame fire is a major cultural loss for Paris. But communities around the world, from Warsaw to New York, show that recovery is possible. → Read More

After Christchurch, Muslims ask: Are we safe in the West?

The Christchurch attack has shaken Muslims around the world. It was preceded by increasingly Islamophobic rhetoric and hate crimes. → Read More

A China-controlled internet? Why tech giant Huawei roils Western fears.

The next generation of wireless networks will help power the 'internet of things,' with links to everything from home thermostats to critical national infrastructure. That sets up a tussle over who should be trusted to build it. → Read More

Migration roils global politics, even as it ebbs

Never before have so many people – 70 million – been forcibly displaced from their homes. Millions more have chosen to leave in search of a better life. And traditional politics have been thrown into disarray. Part 1 of On the Move: the faces, places, and politics of migration. → Read More

With summer's end, France's annual 'fresh start' truly arrives

French life does not match the calendar year. The annual cycle begins with the rentrée: literally “the return,” but colloquially the end of the summer holidays and nothing less than a national fresh start. → Read More

As China detains Muslim Uyghurs, its economic clout mutes world criticism

Has China simply become too powerful for the world to protest its human rights abuses? A vast surveillance and detention campaign against a Muslim minority is putting that to the test. → Read More

How a mosque gained a foothold in a resistant British town

In a country where immigrant newcomers often complain they do not feel welcome, and where many indigenous Britons say they no longer feel at home, the town of Lincoln’s example suggests that home-making does not have to be a zero-sum game. Part of an occasional series on Finding 'Home.' → Read More

Polar power play: Who will prevail at the rooftop of the world?

The world’s superpowers rush to exploit the Arctic as the sea ice melts. → Read More

World sees US paying high diplomatic price for Trump's Iran deal withdrawal

President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran sends a signal to the rest of the world about whether the US remains a trustworthy diplomatic partner. → Read More

As Trump mulls withdrawal from Iran deal, Europe braces for fallout

The deal to crimp Iran’s nuclear program, one of President Trump’s top bugbears, came under attack this week from another direction – Israel. What can the agreement’s strongest defenders, European nations, do about it? → Read More

In back-to-back visits, Macron and Merkel look for manageable middle with Trump

The French president and German chancellor each made visits to the White House this week to meet with President Trump, despite significant disagreements over transatlantic relations. But Macron and Merkel may be finding a way to coexist with Trumpism. → Read More

DIY do-gooders direct Caribbean disaster relief efforts

Want to help Puerto Rico recover? Amateur analysts of satellite imagery around the world are pointing relief workers to where they are needed most. Anyone can do it! → Read More

Not mad, just adventurous: Cyclist completes trip around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont set a world record, cycling 16 hours every day on his 79-day trip through 16 countries. The hardest part of the challenge, he said, was sleep deprivation. → Read More

Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

The number of migrant arrivals in August was down more than 80 percent from last year, thanks to Rome's partnership with Libyan authorities. But those sent back to Libya face torture and rape in the detention centers where they are held. → Read More

How a 20-million-person crisis goes unseen

Shining a spotlight on far-away problems is always a challenge for aid groups – even amid drought and famine in Africa, which is being called the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. But when they succeed, public awareness often translates into action. Part 5 of our series on famine resilience. → Read More

Madagascar fights the subtler side of hunger: chronic malnutrition

Droughts and famines tend to afflict countries in cyclical fashion. But where chronic malnutrition is endemic, such as in Madagascar, they strike harder. Health education is a start, aid groups say – but adjusting priorities is important, too. Part 3 of our series on famine resilience. → Read More