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In "Watchmen," the burning of Greenwood becomes a promise — albeit a fictional one. There are reparations, a sprawling memorial and a thriving multi-racial community. As this city now works on its own memorials to the events of 1921, we would do well to look at "Watchmen" — at the way it insists on a powerful vision of justice that becomes a promise we must labor every day to keep. That has always been the utopian promise at the very core of the superhero story, and it's a heroism we can can not just imagine but enact.

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Our civilization is fast approaching a tipping point. Humans will need to make the transition from nonrenewable fossil fuels as our primary energy source to renewable energy sources that will allow us to flourish into the future. Failure to make that transformation will doom us to the endless political machinations and economic conflicts that have plagued civilization for the past half-millennium.

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ALEMIYA, Iraq -- Iqbal Muhammad does not recall her first glimpse of her future husband, because they were both newborns at the time, but she …

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This is the paradox of the coming decade: Even as political

events redraw old national boundaries, economic trends are

diminishing the relevance of those boundaries.

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