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 January 9, 2007

A Journalist-Cum-Novelist on a Trip through the Past
Tarun Tejpal's debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, begins and ends with the same words - but with a completely different meaning by book's end. Over the course of 518 pages, an unnamed writer takes a roundabout journey that leaves him, on the final page...
A Romany Poet Who Couldn't Be Silenced ; Based Loosely on a True Story, 'Zoli' Tells of an Artist's Struggle toward Her Goals
In the 1930s, Slovak Hlinka guards drove a Romany family out onto the ice and kept them there, with guns pointed, until the ice cracked and the caravans disappeared under the water. Only two members escaped, the patriarch and his 6-year-old granddaughter,...
Backstory: A London Scene Set by Guerilla Art ; All around the City, Street Artists Are Stopping People in Their Tracks ... and Thoughts
Chalk Farm, a somewhat grimy north London suburb, is the last place you'd expect to see a hotel maid. Yet as you exit the Tube station, and the litter laps around your ankles in the winter wind, the first thing you see is Leita, a maid in a black dress...
Belarus Cuts off Russian Oil to Europe ; Germany, Poland, and Lithuania Are Hit by Latest Energy Dispute between Russia and Its Neighbors
For the second time in just over a year, a political squabble between Russia and one of its ex-Soviet neighbors has cut off energy supplies to Europe, triggering anxieties about Moscow's reliability as an economic partner.On Monday, Russia accused Belarus...
Book Bits ; Nine Artists, Eight Book Fairs, Three Silver-Screen Icons, and Readers' Picks
The Private Lives of the Impressionists, By Sue RoeClaude Monet, age 20, traverses the Right Bank, heading for a ramshackle building above a dentist's office. It is here, in the studio of Pere Suisse, that art students from all across Paris come to sketch....
Brother Birds ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
I love standing on the cold, blustery train platform in downtown Washington, D.C., and watching the winter phenomena of gentle, tiny birds looking for perches.Gazing at the government buildings down the street, I see support wires attached to large rooftop...
Flood Insurance That Works
Most homeowners don't have flood insurance. Yet 1 in 4 houses will experience flood damage during a 30-year mortgage - a greater risk than fire - one more reason Congress should try again to reform federal insurance in flood-prone areas.The last Congress...
For Airport Screeners, More Training about Muslims ; as Pilgrims Return from the Hajj, the TSA Gives Its Workers a Refresher on How to Treat Muslims at US Security Checkpoints
Say you're a security screener at the airport. You notice a large group of people wearing white robes, speaking a strange language. The women have head scarves and the men long beards. They look nervous. One of them is holding a Koran. Another appears...
His Dream? Equality for All. ; Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Champion of Civil Rights, but He Faced Challenges and Dangers
What do you know about the man whose life is celebrated with a holiday next Monday? Martin Luther King Jr. greatly influenced the United States because he gave the civil rights movement a powerful voice. His use of nonviolent protest and dramatic oratory...
How the Press Learned to Cover Race ; Mainstream Journalism in the US Was Late to the Civil Rights Story - but Powerful When It Finally Arrived
Much is made these days of media "bias," but history shows that "balance" has its limits. In 1959 a group of Southern editors, hoping to divert attention from racial violence in their states, badgered the Associated Press to pump up its coverage of the...
Letters
Oprah's academy: a reminder that all children need educationRegarding the Jan. 5 article, "Oprah's academy: Why educating girls pays off more": Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa displays unwarranted extravagance. Why the need for such grandeur?...
Life at America's Bottom Wage ; the House Is to Vote Wednesday on a Minimum Wage of $7.25 an Hour
It's the kind of December evening when the Hosier family might want to stay home.At work all day, John Hosier has been resting on the living-room couch. Tina, his wife, has had her hands full taking care of their two young children. Yet, here they are,...
Morocco: A Model of Muslim-Jewish Ties ; the Tone of Tolerance for the Nation's Jewish Minority Begins with the King
As the flames of anti-Semitism continue to be fanned across much of the Islamic world, there is a risk that today's youth will grow up believing that Arabs and Jews were simply not meant to coexist, let alone thrive together.That idea conflicts with...
On Aussie Beaches, Burqa Plus Bikini Equals Burqini
It's a sweltering day, and the beach is packed with suntanned bodies. Girls in swimsuits lounge on the sand while their boyfriends cradle surfboards.Mecca Laalaa is the lone exception. Instead of a barely there bikini, she's in a burqini - a top-to-toe...
Pakistan Police Tactics Spark Ire ; A RAND Report Released Last Week Accuses Them of Human Rights Abuses and Suggests That the US Suspend Aid
Amina Masood Janjua recalls the date as if it were her own name: July 30, 2005 - the day intelligence agents took her husband from a Rawalpindi street. She hasn't heard from him since.Like hundreds of others, Ms. Janjua has taken to protesting on the...
Rabbits Were Her Best Friends ; Beatrix Potter Was Born a Wealthy Victorian Expected Only to Marry. Instead, She Became the Best-Loved Children's Author of Her Time
If there ever was an unlikely candidate for a biopic and "celebrity of the month" treatment, it would be Beatrix Potter. The revered children's author and illustrator lived a quiet, estimable life, far removed from the drama so often associated with...
Security Bill Picks Up Ideas of 9/11 Panel ; but House Democrats' Fast-Track Measure Excludes Some Key Recommendations of the '04 Report
In a bid to fulfill campaign promises, House Democrats are bringing to the floor - without new hearings or, perhaps, even the possibility of amendment - a sweeping bill to implement more of the 9/11 commission recommendations.The bill includes new directives...
Single Yet Happy? It's Still a Revolutionary Concept. ; A Social Psychologist Ponders Both the Stigmatization of Singles and the Increasing Adulation of the Couple
In her new book on single people - a topic that author Bella DePaulo confesses is both an intellectual passion and a subject near to her single heart - the social psychologist unpacks a series of assumptions about coupling, marriage, and single life.They're...
Third Round in Iraq to Test US Troops
When he returned from Baghdad to Hinesville, Ga., last February, Army Pvt. Eric Mapes had an immediate goal: to get back to Iraq as fast as he could.The lanky Chicagoan found in Iraq the ultimate adventure - part gritty war, part dusty romance of counterterrorism...
Too Prosperous, Massachusetts Is Losing Its Labor Force
What if you threw a wildly successful economy, and nobody showed up to work?Welcome to Massachusetts, where the jobs are cutting edge, the incomes are high - and the workers are leaving.Massachusetts is the only state to suffer from a shrinking labor...
White Knights for Red-Ink Media ; Local Ownership Can Help Renew a Newspaper's Priorities, but It's No Panacea
The newspaper industry is looking for a savior. After years of falling circulation, slumping ad revenue growth, and stumbling stock prices, we are now at that scene in the movie where things are heading south and everyone is wondering if and when a hero...