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 June 1, 2005

A Better Fence Made Us Even Better Neighbors
Over the past two days, 18 people have called about the free wire fence that I recently had taken down and replaced. It is a sturdy old fence - rusty, twisted, with fence posts as big as horses' legs, the tops nailed with tin, and rotted at the bottom....
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A Boost for Religious Practice ; A Supreme Court Decision on Prison Rights Is Seen as a Win for Minority Religious Groups, Too
Government accommodations of religious worship are not an unconstitutional form of favoritism.In a major First Amendment decision acknowledging the power of Congress to safeguard religious liberty, the US Supreme Court Tuesday ruled 9 to 0 that religious...
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A Higher Profile for Iraqi Troops? ; US Is Keen to Show That Iraq's Own Forces Can Counter a Wave of Insurgent Attacks
Continued US and Iraqi government military offensives in Iraq may reflect an overall attempt to restore the notion that time is running out for the Iraqi insurgency.In recent months a continued surge in suicide bombing and other insurgent-spawned violence...
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Ambassador of Indian Food Serves Up a Side Dish of Culture
"India only has three indigenous spices," says Julie Sahni. "It's not really the spice cuisine people think it is."Those three native spices, she explains, are black pepper, cardamom, and turmeric. Saffron was later adopted as one of India's own, but...
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Anatomy of a Shopper
You're just back from a Tuesday-night outing to a new neighborhood Gap store. How nice to have found a call button in the dressing room when you needed a smaller size in those pants you first saw online.You stopped at Whole Foods on the way home, drawn...
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Capital Idea for China's Wealth
Americans so love the latest, inexpensive "Made in China" products - cars are coming soon - that Chinese firms are flush with export profits. One might think, however, that those companies could easily export that wealth as well, investing the money...
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East Meets Western Charm
The Chinese, by some accounts, could use some polishing. Their manners and public behavior aren't as dazzling as some of the new skyscrapers in China's biggest cities.In Shanghai, for instance, sidewalks are awash with spittle; unkempt passengers still...
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First Muslim Women Conquer Mount Everest ; Two Iranian Women Were among 46 Climbers Who Reached the World's Highest Summit Monday
Two Iranians are the first Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest after a 10-week expedition that was beset by bad weather and an avalanche that injured other team members.Farkhondeh Sadegh, a graphic designer, and Laleh Keshavarz, a dentist, hoisted...
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GI Janes Caught in Culture Wars Crossfire
Why did he do it? In mid-May, Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, sponsored an amendment to a defense appropriation bill to close the Army's Forward Support Companies to female soldiers. Had...
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Grievances Cast Chill over US-China Ties ; Tensions Emerge over the Textile Trade and Influence in Asia
Dynamics between a rising China and the US are often described as the most important in the global long-term.Yet for months, a decided distance and chill have fallen over the two sides - with both more freely questioning the economic policies, Asian...
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High Court Overturns Major Conviction in Enron Case ; the Reversal on Technical Grounds Marks Setback for the US Justice Department
It's probably too late to matter, but Arthur Andersen's name is now cleared.The big Chicago-based accounting firm, tarred by the Enron scandal and virtually a shell of itself since it lost an accounting license, is no longer a black sheep. On Tuesday,...
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Hope for the Hopeless ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Hopelessness isn't a normal thing for me, but in this instance, I couldn't figure out what to do.My son, whom I adore, was continually getting into trouble. No sooner had we worked through the crime and punishment for one kind of mischiefmaking than...
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How to Do the Star Wars Trilogy in 58 Minutes ; When Ross Finished Performing, His Elbow- and Kneepads Scuffed and Clothes Drenched in Sweat, 3,000 Fans Stood Up and Cheered like Braying Wookiees
Charles Ross's touring stage show, "The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy," is as audacious as the title suggests.Without the use of props - or any other actors - Mr. Ross sings John Williams's theme music, mimes the crawling yellow text at the beginning of...
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Is Outsourcing the Answer to States' Foster-Care Woes? ; Florida Has Now Contracted All Its Child-Welfare Services to the Private Sector - a Closely Watched Bid to Help Children
More than four years ago, Rilya Wilson disappeared from her Florida foster home. Three years ago, the agency that had placed her there finally noticed.Neglected and abused by her drug-addicted birth mother, the child had been placed with a caregiver...
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Japanese to Koizumi: Change Tone toward China ; A Poll Shows Growing Public Opposition to Controversial Tokyo War- Shrine Visits
The Japanese public is becoming increasingly critical of their government's fractious relations with Beijing.Rising anti-Japanese sentiment in China - sparked by controversial Japanese history textbooks - has frustrated many Japanese. And in the wake...
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Letters
Social Security isn't welfare: It's every American's dutyI enjoyed reading Jeffrey Shaffer's May 20 Opinion piece "Golden years, silver tea, and safety nets" except for one paragraph that stated that government assistance creates a pattern of dependency.This...
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Never Mind Hillary - It's 'Laura for President' Now
I and my readers had such fun with my provocative column suggesting a Nobel peace prize for President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair that I'm ready to try another: Laura Bush for president in 2008.The Bush and Blair column drew as much reader...
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Old Papers Shed Light on a Family's Past
Every family stitches together pieces of its history with a patchwork of stories that span years and generations. Some involve small events. Others recount larger dramas, becoming beloved anecdotes told and retold in family circles.But tucked away in...
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Power Shortages Threaten India's Boom ; More Than 60 Percent of Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses Have to Use Their Own Electricity Generators
On any given day, the city of Bombay has all the signs of an economic dynamo - with equal parts Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood, and Detroit rolled into one.But drive outside the city, and the surrounding towns and villages are plunged into darkness,...
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'Purple Power' Pulls New Laws through House ; Many Democrats from Moderate Districts Vote with the Republicans on House Measures
Despite the partisan saber- rattling on Capitol Hill, a significant number of votes in the GOP-controlled House are passing with broad Democratic support.It's a trend that surprises analysts who have noticed the numbers, and it hints at a structural...
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Roll over Beethoven, Your Fans Are Barking
Walk into most animal shelters in the country, and a chorus of barking dogs will greet you. The yips, yaps, and howls can sometimes reach such a frenzy it's hard to hear the person next to you.But that's not the case at Bide-A-Wee animal shelter in New...
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Russian Government Sets Sights on 'Subversion'
A creeping crackdown is underway in Russia as the Kremlin has accused nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) of spying, moved to restrict political parties, and is considering measures that would weaken its print media.Earlier this month Nikolai Patrushev,...
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The Secret Gardener
My working-class neighborhood here in central Maine is a cozy, if somewhat time-worn, filigree of a community wedged between a freight railroad and the Penobscot River. Its history, until not so long ago, was hardscrabble: Almost all the families had...
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With Woofs and Wet Noses, Dogs Help Heal in China ; A Charity Is Brining 'Canine Consultants' to Hospitals, a Bold Step in a Country Where Dogs Are Often Eaten
A tangible buzz courses through the Hua Xi cancer hospice when the newest "doctors" make their rounds. Faces of patients light up with broad grins, and chatter and laughter fill the halls.What this group lacks in medical training, they make up for with...
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