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OV E R HEARD “I would love to see anyone try and stop me.” – Najla Ahmed, a Saudi teenager who plays soccer for her school, to a reporter from Arab News about her plans to try out for a local team in 2021, when she’ll be 17 years old and eligible to play. The country’s first women’s soccer league kicked off in late November after being postponed by the pandemic. Until 2018, women weren’t allowed to attend stadium games, much less compete. “Without our work, Facebook is unusable.” FAISAL AL NASSER/REUTERS/FILE – More than 200 Facebook moderators in an open letter demanding safer working conditions. The signees say the pandemic has revealed the shortcomin­gs of automated moderating systems, but that prematurel­y forcing employees back into the office is not the solution. WOMEN TAKE THE STANDS: Saudi women watch a soccer match at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 13, 2018. “In one day they sold our land and the people along with it. They just gave it all away.” – Sergei Arakelyan, who abandoned his home in the village of Verin Khoratak, where he and his ancestors were born, after the district changed hands in the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal. His family could tolerate the repeated conflict, he told Deutsche Welle, but the deal was too much: “That’s when we realized that there was no life here. Until then we hoped there was.” – Lindsey McGinnis / Correspond­ent Los Angeles Press Club award winner Looking to give journalism that uplifts? Give the Monitor this holiday season Go to Francine Kiefer received the SoCal Journalism Award by the Los Angeles Press Club in August 2020. 14 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | DECEMBER 7, 2020 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW