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 November 16, 2006

A Polished Gem of Observation Reopens
After a five-year hiatus, packed busloads of visitors are once again winding up multiple switchbacks to visit the most dramatic panorama in southern California. They're here to see the stars - the celestial kind - at Griffith Observatory.The rehabbed...
Backstory: Entering Liberia's National Park ; War-Torn Liberia Is Ready for Tourists to Visit Its Rain Forest - but Are Tourists Ready for This Uncut Gem?
'Hold still," says my wife, plucking a large insect from my beard as we stopped by a small beach along the Sinoe River minutes after a downpour blasted through the lush canopy of trees. "It was camouflaged in there."That's when it struck me just how...
Behind Congress's Delay of Vietnam Trade Vote ; Postponement of a Decision on Vietnam's Trade Status Reveals Concern over the Growth of Free-Trade Pacts
US pork producers foresee a boom if the United States adds Vietnam to its list of countries that enjoy permanent normal trade relations.Other companies ranging from Harley-Davidson to Citigroup are also eager to gain access to one of the world's most...
Dems Call for More Urgency on Iraq
The leadership of the new Senate Democratic majority expressed concern Wednesday that President Bush does not understand the urgency of the situation in Iraq, and does not appear to be planning for change beyond replacing Donald Rumsfeld as secretary...
Foreign Students Trickling Back to US ; A Modest Rise in New Enrollees from Abroad Begins to Stem the Post- 9/11 Drop-Off, a Report Finds
Karian Antoine, an elementary school teacher from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, had long wanted to go beyond her two- year college degree. But the idea of furthering her education in the United States had never attracted her - especially,...
For 'Hoop Dreams' Scholars, Quitting Is the Only Unavailable Option ; the Work of One Woman Has Helped More Than 800 Inner-City Youths Better Themselves through Mentoring, Tutoring, and Scholarships
On a rainy Saturday in late September at the University of Maryland campus, dozens of high school seniors begin a yearlong journey - one that they hope will help turn them into college students.The theme of the day is stepping out into the unknown, and...
German 9/11 Trial Underscores Need for Better Global Cooperation ; the Supreme Court Rules Thursday on a Case in Which the US Denied Access to a Key Witness
If convicted terrorist-cell member Mounir el-Motassadeq walks free Thursday from a German courtroom, he may have US security policy to thank.Direct and respectful before his judges, Mr. Motassadeq is less well-known than recently sentenced 9/11 conspirator...
Get Quiet with God ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
The other day my daughter came home from school and told me that her science teacher had said that if we didn't have the stresses of modern life, we could be living twice as long as we do.I don't know what the other sixth-graders thought about that,...
India's Beaches Are Bellwether of Sri Lanka's War ; Some 16,000 Refugees Have Fled by Boat to India This Year to Avoid Escalating Violence
Early one morning last week, K. Thangaraja, a tractor driver from eastern Sri Lanka, stood knee-deep in seawater fearing his end was near. Surrounding him was the murky confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean - the barrier between his home...
Japan's False Alarm Showcases Tsunami Alert System
A powerful undersea earthquake prompted tsunami warnings Wednesday for Japan, Russia, and Alaska, but it was a false alarm. Only a series of tiny waves hit the northern Japanese coast.Still, the event served as a useful test of Japan's sophisticated...
Letters
Does merit pay encourage more effective teaching?Regarding Reg Weaver's Nov. 13 Opinion piece, "To boost students and teachers, steer clear of merit pay on the road to reform": One of the hallmarks of capitalism is the concept that the greatest rewards...
London's Early Festive Lights Turn Greens into Grinches ; All That Extra Electricity Is Going to Bring Heat - Not Peace - on Earth, Say British Environmentalists. Bah Humbug, Say the Retailers
Happy Christmas everyone! I know, I know, it's a bit early, and you Americans haven't even had Thanksgiving yet.And yes, we're barely done with Halloween and there's still more than 40 shopping days to go, given that every day is a shopping day nowadays.But...
Look, Ma - No Wires! ; Electricity Broadcast through the Air May Someday Run Your Home
More than a century ago, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla dreamed of broadcasting electrical energy through the airwaves. Instead, to their surprise, a grid of metallic wires sprang up and encircled the globe, distributing power to homes and businesses...
Mme. President? Socialists Are Likely to Pick S?l?. ; If She Wins the Nomination Thursday, She Will Become First Woman in France to Be a Major Party Presidential Candidate
In party offices around the country Thursday, French Socialists will choose their candidate for the 2007 presidential race against tough-talking, capitalist-leaning Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the probable conservative nominee.Heading into the...
New Congress Vows to Clean Up Act ; on Capitol Hill, Lawmakers in Both Parties Are Trying to Show They Got the Voters' Message
The midterm elections that ended GOP control of both House and Senate turned on two overriding themes: the war in Iraq and corruption in Congress.Now, beginning with leadership elections this week, both parties are out to show voters they got the message.For...
Now in India, a Greengrocer Revolution ; Reliance Fresh Plans to Build 784 New Stores and a National 'Farm to Fork' Delivery System
Shopper K.V. Mallya has just had an epiphany in the refrigerated- foods aisle. From now on, he muses, he won't need to haggle over the price of a parsnip or elbow his way though sweaty masses to buy wilted spinach.To him, these are the joys of a new...
Putin's Petro Politics
During the cold war, Moscow's muscle lay in its nukes. Now it lies in oil and gas, with many of Russia's neighbors becoming dependent on its energy exports. That could be a benign trend if the Kremlin wasn't using its petroleum as a tool for power.It...
'Radical Pique' ; the US Midterms Rebutted Cynical Liberals Who Rail about the Public's Stupidity and Ignorance
To quote President Bush, the Republican Party received a good old- fashioned thumpin' in last week's elections. But so did many American liberals, who love to rail about the naivete, ignorance, and general stupidity of the American electorate.Call it...
Scientists Ponder 'The Lilliput Effect' ; Tiny Mammoths, Giant Lizards, and Why 'Bigger Is Better' until a Catastrophe Hits
In Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," Lilliput was a fictional island nation inhabited by people "somewhat under six inches high" - the Lilliputians. Modern paleontologists have adopted the term, "the Lilliput effect," to mean something slightly...
Scramble to Avert War after Disputed Congo Vote ; Presidential Candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba Rejects Results of a Runoff, Sparking Fears of a Return to War
Two weeks after a crucial presidential runoff, Congo is perched between war and peace.With a final, but contested, count showing a nearly 20-point margin over his opponent, interim President Joseph Kabila is poised to be president in a capital city that...
Spiders Spin a Web Filled with Lessons
Next time you eat a chili pepper, think tarantula. The creepy spider and the fiery vegetable use a similar chemical tactic to discourage attackers. This latest discovery of disparate organisms evolving similar solutions to a common problem illustrates...
Stan Greenberg and James Carville ; the Founders of Democracy Corps, a Democratic Strategy Group, Questioned Party Leadership and Gave Their Outlook for '08
Sweet as it was to win control of the House and the Senate in the 2006 election, some Democratic operatives think their victory could have been bigger if national party chairman Howard Dean had been willing to spend more in districts where races were...
Surprise! Hollywood's a Major Air Polluter
What creates more air pollution than the apparel, hotel, or aerospace industries in southern California? Hollywood, says a new report.Although it's widely known for a 'green' image, the film and TV production industry in California is actually a significant...
The Soul of Greece and Travel ; on My Peloponnesian Journey, I Paid Homage to Apollo at Corinth, to Zeus at Olympia, and to Greek Dramatists at Epidaurus
Returning to Greece after an absence of many years, I decided to rent a car to give me the freedom to move about the countryside. Then, over a 10-day period, I explored the Peloponnesus, the mountainous southern region of mainland Greece.The start of...
US Argues Harsh Treatment Shouldn't Undercut Padilla Case
The case of suspected Al Qaeda sympathizer Jose Padilla is raising fundamental questions about whether a US citizen's harsh treatment - and alleged torture - while in US military custody should prevent his later prosecution in the criminal-justice system.Lawyers...
War Has Changed. the Laws of War Must, Too. ; the Geneva Conventions Are Outdated for Today's War on Terror. the US Should Lead a Call to Modernize Them
One of the most striking developments of the post-cold war era has been the shift in our understanding of war itself. This most ancient of human behaviors has literally taken on a new definition. The 1985 edition of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary...
What Happened to the Neanderthals? Check Their DNA
Humans' closest cousins, the Neanderthals, vanished 30,000 years ago after sharing turf with humans for millenniums. But why they disappeared remains a mystery.Two research teams decided to try a new approach: Instead of studying tiny fragments of DNA...
When It's Time to Update the House, Leave the Country
My friend Nancy handed me a cup of coffee as we sat in her kitchen. How, she wanted to know, had my husband and I managed to go to Europe twice in three years? She and her husband would love to take a trip abroad, but they were sure they could never...