Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor

Mark Sappenfield

The Christian Science Monitor

Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

A voice for Afghanistan’s ‘voiceless sisters’

The Afghanistan women’s soccer team was a model of women’s rights. Then Kabul fell. One woman helped them get out and find new purpose as refugees. → Read More

How to counter pessimism? Listen to Gandhi.

The British had taken the subcontinent by force. Was it not right, many Indians asked, to retake it by force? → Read More

Monitor correspondent arrested in Kashmir

Kashmir police arrested Fahad Shah, editor of the Kashmir Walla, for 'uploading anti-nationalist content' to the website. → Read More

Finding what more we can all do

Veronica Quiroga of the Bronx COVID-19 Oral History talks with the Monitor about how a spark to help brought individual and communal healing. → Read More

The ‘spiritual economy’ of a unique auction

A Monitor reader recently attended an “emotional value auction” and came away with more than a useless item. He also purchased a new sense of hope. → Read More

Finding resilience

Take a look around. Resilience is everywhere, from the pandemic to climate change. Our Finding Resilience project shares those stories and lessons. → Read More

What happened when a Black music critic disliked a Beyoncé song

Candace McDuffie, a music critic and Monitor correspondent, was attacked as “anti-Black” for a list of Beyoncé’s best and worst songs. “I’m going to keep doing the work that I do,” she says. “I am a Black person in America, and I want to uphold my people.” → Read More

An underappreciated news value: Patience

With stories on the Texas abortion decision and Louisiana’s recovery from Ida, the Monitor seeks to bring cleareyed understanding to today’s news. → Read More

For many at the Monitor, Afghanistan is personal

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has created a chaotic atmosphere. But the Monitor is working to get out interpreters and drivers who helped us. → Read More

Why do these Olympics matter? Ask Sunisa Lee.

Sunisa Lee won gold for her father, her community, and her hero Simone Biles in the women’s gymnastics all-around at the Tokyo Olympics. → Read More

A little shift in perspective

“Black Widow” is not all that Russian, Russians say. Why does that matter? Because a little shift in perspective can add a lot. → Read More

Why we care about Afghanistan and Haiti

The Afghanistan withdrawal and Haiti assassination are the news, bolstering a narrative of chronic woe and dysfunction. But there’s more to the story. → Read More

The allure of mystery on Mars

New research shows that what scientists thought were lakes on Mars may not be. We’ll likely know at some point, but for now we’re left to imagine. → Read More

The importance of a name

Canada’s decision to recognize Indigenous names comes as it reckons with a history of trying to assimilate and efface Native cultures. → Read More

How a ‘green vortex’ can supercharge climate action

The U.S. is hitting key emissions targets laid out in President Barack Obama’s 2009 climate bill, even though the bill never passed Congress. → Read More

‘A humble prayer for peace’ in the Middle East

A chaplain for U.S. forces in the Middle East speaks of how Jordan River baptisms gave him a different view of the unrest in Israel and Gaza. → Read More

How to break the culture wars

The expanding culture wars have turned politics into a no-compromise zone. The only way out is the long, hard task of reversing that trend. → Read More

Mars helicopter flies. Now comes a push to its thin-air limits.

One small drone flight might become one giant leap for humanity’s exploration of our solar system. → Read More

Hot dogs and volcanoes

The recent Iceland volcano eruption shows how accurate scientists can be when a number of different variables fall into place. → Read More

A light amid Boulder’s ‘senseless act of evil’

The Boulder supermarket shooting brought out the best in employees who have already shown their courage and selflessness through the pandemic. → Read More