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 December 22, 2005

Back in Court, Hussein Claims He's the Victim ; Witnesses Described Their Torture after an Assassination Attempt on Iraq's Former Leader
After listening to witness testimony detailing torture and killing that followed a 1982 attempt on his life, Saddam Hussein himself claimed he was a victim of abuse at the hands of his American captors.The former Iraqi president claimed that he and several...
Christmas Behind Israel's Wall ; Bethlehem Residents Say the Wall and a New Checkpoint May Harm Tourism and Jobs
The meticulously followed Christmas ritual dates back to Ottoman times.Every year on the morning of Dec. 25, the Latin Patriarch and a host of Church dignitaries head southward from Jerusalem via an ancient road to Bethlehem. But this year, the procession...
Christmas in New Orleans: Somber but Hopeful
Like thousands of others in southeastern Louisiana, Frances and Keith Fawcett are spending the holidays repairing their roof, clearing debris, and hanging Sheetrock.But inside their gutted home in Slidell, La., there is a Christmas tree - bare since...
Colombia Sells Coca-Leaf Soda
Forget Coca-Cola, a group of Colombian Indians is telling its community. Drink the real thing: coca.Nasa Indians in southwestern Colombian have launched a soft drink made from coca leaves, a staple among indigenous Colombians for centuries and the main...
Don't Do Chavez a Favor in Bolivia
Anti-Washington feelings run deep in Latin America, and the US would only strengthen the likes of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez by challenging Bolivia's newly elected president, Evo Morales. To govern, socialists like him may need a bullying Yanqui.The Bush...
From the Canton Trade Fair to under Your Tree ; Chinese Middlemen Scour the Globe for Product Ideas with Foreign Appeal
Connie Liu's products are designed to go under American Christmas trees. She is in the giftware business - items that combine metal, wood, sea grass, and bamboo or rattan. Last year Ms. Liu's small Xiamen firm, Sunflower, made decorative bamboo animals....
Gloomy Conservatives of the Present
Has the American conservative movement reached a dead end? That is the impression you might have gotten if you attended the panel discussions sponsored by the James Madison program at Princeton University earlier this month.Speakers hailed past beginnings...
In Bolivia, a Setback for US Anti-Coca Drive ; President-Elect Morales's Plans to Decriminalize Coca May Hinder the War on Drugs
It is the day after Evo Morales's victory in Bolivia's elections, and the special forces counternarcotics teams are streaming back into their base in the Chapare jungle. Col. Rosalio Alvarez Claros, commander of the base, watches them from his office...
Japan Breaking out of Economic Slump ; Eight Years of Deflation Are Expected to End in 2006, Boosting Consumer Spending
Christmas came a few days early in Japan when the government announced Monday that the economy was likely to emerge in 2006 from eight years of price deflation.The stock market obligingly powered to a new five-year high, briefly topping 16,000 points...
Laboratory Ethics: What Makes Some Scientists Cheat? ; Questionable Stem-Cell Research in a South Korea Case May Be the Latest in a Series of Ethical Lapses in 2005
Is it a matter of shoddy work in the lab? A problem of excessive deference by junior researchers to senior scientists? Or does the case of the suspect stem-cell experiments in South Korea - an episode that is shaking the biomedical field worldwide -...
Letters
Proposed tax for bottling Maine water sparks controversyRegarding the Dec. 14 article, "In selling Maine's fresh waters, does Maine get a cut?": The current water tax initiative, "Maine's Water Dividend Trust," needs clarification. Inaccurate claims...
Look Tinkerbell, an Ice Hole! ; A Lesser-Known Legacy of Peter Pan's Author: Christmas-Day Race in London's Serpentine Lake
I blame my midwinter madness on JM Barrie for first sponsoring the Peter Pan Cup in the icy waters of Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake back in December of 1904 - the same year his play Peter Pan premiered at the Duke of York Theatre.More than 100 years later,...
Moments of Truth ; A New Study Finds That Half of All Americans Have Had a Spiritual Experience That Altered Their Lives
For Neil Gussman, a young man dismissive of religion, it wasn't quite like the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. He was blinded, and the experience brought a spiritual transformation, but it occurred over several months.During his stint in the Air...
Movie Guide
New in TheatersFun With Dick and Jane (PG-13)Director: Dean Parisot. With Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni. (90 min.)This update of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda comedy stars Jim Carrey as an executive at an Enron-style company who, faced with bankruptcy, goes...
Moving beyond 'Shoot 'Em Up'
The situation is critical, and many lives are at stake. Success rides on the decisions you make. But in these video games, blasting your way out of trouble, guns blazing, isn't an option.Instead, you must organize a peaceful protest against a dictator,...
'Munich' Is a Cautionary Tale, Told Cautiously
Steven Spielberg is one of the few film directors who can make just about any movie he chooses, and so "Munich," which is about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympics massacre, presumably speaks for him in a very direct and personal way. It's one of his...
New Bid to Find Truth about Old Race Riot ; White Supremacists Plotted an Insurrection in One North Carolina City in 1898, Historians Now Say
As a horse-drawn machine-gun regiment fired into crowds and frightened blacks fled into the cold swamps, the dream of a Reconstructed South died on the streets of Wilmington, N.C., on Nov. 10, 1898 - more than 30 years after Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender...
One Region's Bid to Slow Global Warming ; Seven Northeast States This Week Agreed to Cap Emissions - amid Warnings the Move Will Trigger Higher Electricity Costs
A new regional effort by seven Northeastern states to limit greenhouse gas emissions is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder.Either the plan outlined this week by New York and six New England states will push America toward developing a nationwide...
Reporters on the Job
* Taking the Plunge: When contributor Saundra Satterlee was first introduced to the idea of swimming in the icy waters of London's Serpentine Lake, it was because a father had made his child jump in. "I thought it was cruelty to children."Now, after...
Senate Imposes Budget Cuts - Barely - That Trim Medicaid and Student Loans ; Vice President Cheney Cast Deciding Vote, but Democrats Force Delays That Will Cause GOP to Take Up the Bill in '06
Kicking off a marathon day of key votes and procedural jousting, the Senate Wednesday passed a $39.7 billion budget cuts package. Vice President Cheney, rushing back from an overseas trip, cast his vote to break the 50-50 tie.But Democrats, citing violations...
Sinterklaas Is Coming to Town - and Some Dutch Are Upset ; the Centuries-Old Tradition, from Which Santa Claus Was Derived, Has Come under Fire for Having Racial Undertones
- For Dutch children, the eagerly anticipated jolly man in a red suit comes not Christmas Eve, but on Dec. 5 when "Sinterklaas" arrives by boat from Spain.While some see him as an enchanting symbol of Dutch culture, Sinterklaas - from whom Americans...
Surprise - Terror War Aids Drug War ; One Arizona Border Unit Sees Marijuana Haul Triple
As Congress and President Bush wrangle over the USA Patriot Act, the Border Security bill, and other tools of the war on terror, they may want to keep another law-enforcement group in mind - the nation's drug-fighters.That's because the war on terror...
The Dessert That Saved My Marriage
Christmas dinner was not Christmas dinner in our family without Annabelle's Christmas Pie. Forget the turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes, which we did. Our tradition was beef tenderloin, twice- baked potatoes, corn pudding, and cranberries. But...
Tug of War over Presidential Powers ; the Domestic Spying Program Is Renewing Debate among the Three Branches of Government
The revelation that President Bush secretly authorized a domestic spying program after 9/11 is fueling the already heated debate over presidential power.From the administration's treatment of suspected terrorists to its drive for secrecy in deliberations...
What's Wrong with Intelligent Design, and with Its Critics
This week, a federal judge ruled that intelligent design may not be taught in the science classrooms of Pennsylvania's public schools. I agree with the verdict, but we need to be careful about our reasons for supporting it. Most critics of intelligent...
Wilderness in Bloom ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
One of the things I love about prayer is the way it can bring a new idea zinging into thought. Not just any idea, but one that meets a need. I was a young newlywed when that first happened to me.One day I opened my thought to God without any agenda....