The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from September 29, 2006

A Ballot Initiative to Reform ... Initiatives ; California Will Vote on a Broad Campaign-Finance Measure That Includes Limits on Corporate Donors
Perhaps more than any state in the nation, California loves its ballot initiatives. Over the years, citizen-led initiatives in the state have sparked tax revolts, imposed a "three strikes" law on criminals, and spurred stem-cell research.This election...
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A C-Worthy Drama about Sea Rescue ; Only Kevin Costner Saves 'The Guardian' from Sinking
Hollywood is always on the prowl for new subjects, especially if the new material reminds audiences of old material. So it is with the new Kevin Costner-Ashton Kutcher vehicle "The Guardian."Costner plays Ben Randall, a legendary member of the Coast...
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Afghanistan's Good News: Seeds of Economic Progress
Afghanistan has experienced little good news of late. The Taliban and its extremist allies have made a powerful comeback, especially in the southern part of the country. Violence is four times more intense than in 2005. Tactics used by Iraqi insurgents,...
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Backstory: After Katrina, Football Rallies a Town ; Pass Christian, Miss., Struggles to Regain Its Footing, One Touchdown at a Time
The first strains of the national anthem waver and all eyes turn to the flag hanging limply in the humid air from a striped flagpole. Hands clasped firmly over their hearts, the Pass Christian Pirates stare at the slash of bright blue paint that stops...
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Classic Rock with Tabasco, by Way of Dublin ; 'Rodrigo Y Gabriela' Fuse the Lightning Licks of Latin Guitar with Jazz - and Rework Some Stadium Anthems
If the legendary Andres Segovia had ever decided to rock out in a stadium, it might have sounded something like this. Think Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" - in a fast-fingered, Latin style.Young guitarists Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez emerged...
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East German Expressionism ; the Leipzig School of Painting Has Become a Phenomenon by Eschewing Art Trends
In the old Saxon city of Leipzig, art rivals soccer in excitement. Aficionados swoop down in their private jets for gallery openings. Collectors, critics, curators, and tourists on buses make regular stops at what is fast becoming a mecca in the art...
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Equal Pay for French Colonial Veterans ; France Decreed Wednesday That Overseas Veterans Will Soon Get the Same Pensions as Their French Peers
Behind the crinkly eyes of the two Senegalese octogenarians lies a story of bravery that soured into betrayal.Issa Cisse helped free France from the clutches of the Nazis at the end of World War II. Serigne Niang braved the swamps and jungles of Vietnam...
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Europe Union Weary from Growing Pains ; Bulgaria and Romania Received an Almost Grudging Green Light to Join Next January
When Britain threw open its doors to workers from Eastern Europe two years ago, plumbers like Keith Millar didn't know what to expect. Official projections anticipated a few thousand pioneers would take advantage of their new status as EU members and...
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Food Safety in an Industrial Age
When it comes to food, Americans live in an industrial age. The stuff of most meals is mass produced and processed. The recent mass removal of tainted and suspect spinach from the market is a reminder of this - and of the need for US agriculture to adopt...
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French Try Woman as President - but First on a Sitcom
The president of France has problems: plummeting approval ratings, few political allies, an outbreak of pimples before an important speech, and now this. She's barely past her first 100 days in office and she's pregnant.Catastrophe!Such are the trials...
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Into It: Nigella Lawson ; Nigella Lawson, Food Network Host, Author, and Columnist, What Are You
... Reading?Just occasionally you come across a writer whose sentences are so perfect, you want to swill them around in your mouth as you read, just to savor their deliciousness. Elinor Lipman is just such a writer. I'm reading My Latest Grievance and,...
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Letters
Somalia's transitional government needs US supportGregory Winger's Sept. 25 Opinion piece, "Get Ethiopian troops out of Somalia," contains two fundamental flaws regarding recent developments in the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Somalia. For...
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Mirren Is Majesty, Indeed, in 'The Queen'
It has been reported that the producer of "The Queen" set about casting his lead by asking: Who better to play the Queen of England than the queen of English actresses? I realize there is some competition for this honorific but, as Queen Elizabeth, Helen...
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Movie Guide
New in TheatersThe Last King of Scotland (R)Director: Kevin Macdonald. With Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson. (121 min.)Coincidentally this week, in addition to "The Queen," we also have a movie about a king. "The Last King of Scotland"...
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Noteworthy: Reviews of New Music
Stevesongs - Marvelous Day (Rounder): A trip to the beach, firemen, Christmas pageant tryouts, and the water cycle all serve as fodder for the fifth album by SteveSongs (Steve Roslonek). While adults may agree with one character's assessment that the...
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Rethinking Plan Colombia: Some Ways to Fix It
The Colombian soldiers look young. A little disinterested, perhaps. Or maybe just scared. One by one, they politely stand in the spare courtroom and state their names and ranks. They are charged with planning and carrying out the murder of 10 US-trained...
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Risky Mortgages Threaten a Squeeze ; the Overall Impact Is Muted, but Some 500,000 Homeowners Are Projected to Face Foreclosure
A great shift toward adjustable mortgages helped push America's housing boom into high gear. Now, as the boom unwinds, the riskier side of those mortgages is coming home to roost.The ultimate impact of all those "teaser" interest rates, the "no money...
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Search for Meaning ... in a Skyscraper
For someone who isn't an authority on any one thing, Alain de Botton certainly behaves like one - at least for the two or three years he's writing a book.Topics that Mr. de Botton has already tackled include the life- transforming power of literature...
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Stay the Course in Iraq? What Course? ; If Iraq Is the Central Front for the War on Terror, It's Only Because the War There Has Made It So
President Bush likes to say he will stay the course in Iraq. The question is: What course?Is it the course that has so far cost some 2,700 American lives, 100 Iraqi lives a day, and an estimated expenditure of $300 billion so far?Is it the course, which,...
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The Best View Isn't Always from the Top
My palms began to sweat as I studied the steep incline of the path. The smooth sandstone spine of Australia's Ayers Rock was fitted with metal posts, and thick chains were provided along the narrowest passages. Still, I was nervous about climbing.Aborigines...
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Time for a Thought-Shift ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
According to the current edition of the "Concise Oxford English Dictionary," time tops the list of the 25 most commonly used nouns. That the commodity known as time has become one of society's chief obsessions is not news.As with other finite commodities,...
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Union Blocks Foreign Healthcare Plan ; despite Opposition, Other Companies Are Looking to Send Workers Abroad for Medical Treatment
Carl Garrett, an Appalachian paper mill worker, had hoped to go to India this month for medical care - but it didn't work out that way.The planned journey to New Delhi by Mr. Garrett, a Leicester, N.C., resident wasn't just about fixing his aching left...
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Validating Experiences
I thought I knew the drill the other week when, for the first time in several years, I was back on Berlin's street railway, the S- Bahn. I walked onto the platform and dropped my euros into the slot of the machine to buy my ticket. When the train came,...
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