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 February 26, 2007

Activists Put CEOs in a Fishbowl ; More Shareholders Are Combining Forces to Scrutinize the Practices of Upper-Level Management
Columbia University freshman Nick Serpe doesn't own any stocks or mutual funds, but that minor point isn't keeping him from becoming a shareholder activist."The tuition we pay is going to the university endowment, so we do consider ourselves shareholders,"...
A Souvenir That Became the Symbol of So Much More ; in Ecuador, a Puma Mask Reveals Much about the Culture - and the American Who Bought It
I noticed the puma on my first day in town. The cartoonish, carved wooden mask hung just inside the open door of a store next to the hotel where I was staying during my time in Cuenca, Ecuador.I do not collect many things, but masks are of great interest...
A Teen Speeds. Police Ram Car. Who's at Fault?
Victor Harris zoomed at 80 to 90 miles per hour in his Cadillac covering nearly nine miles in six minutes with a deputy sheriff hot on his tail. But when the chase ended in a violent crash that left the 19-year-old driver a quadriplegic, the roles reversed.Now...
Backstory: US Marines 'Invade' the Pop Tucci Diner ; A US Marine Unit Trains in Three North Carolina Towns to Prepare for Civil Affairs Duty in Iraq
After a frigid night camped under pine trees at an airfield, the convoy of 20 US Marines rolled into this sleepy town just as businesses were opening. The rumble of their Humvees unnerved some local residents. Even more jarring was the sight of the soldiers...
Before Any Votes, a 'Money Primary' ; the Race to Raise Funds, Hire Top Staff, and Generate Media Buzz for the 2008 Presidential Election Is Already Well under Way
It was "money, and only money," that led former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to drop out of the 2008 presidential race last Friday. What the Democrat meant, of course, was a lack of money. Not hard work or desire.Politicians often speak of fundraising with...
Cashing out a Retirement Plan Is No Way to Pay off Credit Cards
Q: My wife and I have about $30,000 in credit-card debt, built up over about 15 years. I know it sounds terribly irresponsible, but you'd be amazed what you're willing to spend on a growing family. I have about $22,000 in a 401(k) retirement account....
Court Asked: Israel Still 'Occupying' Gaza? ; Israel's Supreme Court Must Weigh the Country's Security Concerns against Palestinians' Commercial Livelihood
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week held up improvements in Gaza's only commercial link to the outside world as evidence of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations.But Sunday the Karni crossing at the Israel-Gaza border became the focus...
Each Oil Crisis Spells a New Energy Future
The latest international row over oil is just one more episode in the black stuff's long and continuing entanglement with power politics.The internationally recognized Greek Cypriot-ruled Cyprus Republic, a European Union member, is taking bids from...
Egypt Canal Fails to Drain Sinai Militancy ; an Ambitious Effort to Create Jobs and Pull Egypt's Bedouin out of Poverty Is Falling Short
There are stretches along Egypt's Al Salam Canal that look like success: Farmers bustle about lush wheat fields and olive trees heavy with fruit in the middle of one of the country's most arid regions.The canal, which brings Nile river water to the harsh...
Europe Warms to US Missile Shield ; Concerns about Iran Have Reduced Opposition to US Plans to Extend Its 'Star Wars' Defense System
US plans to extend its "star wars" missile-defense program to Europe, which once dismissed the technology as an unproven cold-war anachronism, are gaining acceptance among governments here.Despite Russia's mounting opposition, the Czech Republic, Poland,...
Former Afghan Warlords Rally for Amnesty ; Some See a New Amnesty Bill as a Necessary Step for Stability; Others See It as a Free Pass for War Criminals
In one corner of a soccer stadium that has seen both athletic contests and executions stands a poster some 20 feet tall of Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai. Perhaps appropriately, Feda Mohammad Mujahid has turned away from it.The 25,000 Afghans...
Hizbullah Builds New Line of Defense ; Shiite Militants Are Rearming and Supporters Are Amassing Real Estate along the UN Buffer
The metal sign dangling from a shiny new chain reads: "Warning. Access to this area is forbidden. Hizbullah."The notice strung between two concrete blocks on a hillside overlooking the Litani River, is just one indication that the Shiite militants have...
Iran's Sputnik
Negotiating isn't always done in words. Sunday, Iran launched a suborbital rocket, a day before the Security Council was to weigh more sanctions on Iran's nuclear enrichment. Was this a shot across the West's bow? Or partly a warm-up for striking a deal?At...
It's Amazing Where This Song Is Heard
Someone in another shower stall at the gym started singing "Amazing Grace," and soon other voices joined over the sounds of running water, until the tiled walls of the women's locker room echoed. When the last tones died away, we peered out of our showers...
Letters
Use the Constitution as a moral document for habeas corpusRegarding the Feb. 21 article, "No court access for detainees": The 2006 Military Commissions Act says that the right of habeas corpus - the fundamental right to ask a judge for release from unjust...
New Search for Global Warming at Poles ; Earth's Coldest Regions Are Vital Heat Sinks and, Eventually, Hold the Key to Future Rises in Sea Levels
For the next two years, the coldest places on Earth will become some of the hottest laboratories in the history of modern science.This Thursday marks the official start of the International Polar Year (IPY), an unprecedented research assault on Antarctica...
Real Estate Investors Find Solid Gains Overseas ; A Growing Number of Foreign Countries Are Making It Easier for American Investors to Buy Shares in Foreign Properties
As most folks know, real estate is all about location. And for real estate investors, that location increasingly does not bear a United States ZIP code.Lately, foreign real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have been looking especially enticing as...
Seeking Better Role Models ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
"One of the most important things for our society is that kids grow up with positive role models," according to David Cameron, British Conservative Party leader.Like all major party leaders here in Britain, he has been responding to a recent spate of...
Social Security: A Contrarian View
David Langer presents what journalists call a "man bites dog" story. The United States, he says, should expand Social Security, not shrink it.The New York actuary's opinion runs contrary to the standard view in Washington. Both conservatives and liberals...
States Step Up Push to Lure Innovators and Investors
As economic development schemes go, hiring about 50 "eminent scholars" may sound modest. But in Georgia, that move is bearing fruit that may end up being more important than the peaches for which the state is known.One example: Atlanta is home to high-tech...
Watch Your Flanks, America!
Watch your flanks! That's a sound piece of advice US politicians have ignored as they remain mesmerized by the train wreck called Iraq. Meanwhile, a ruthlessly mercantilist China is running a flanking maneuver so effective that it now threatens America's...
With Full-Body X-Ray, a Closer Look at Air Travelers ; Most Asked to Undergo a Scan as Part of a Pilot Program Agreed to Do So, but Privacy Concerns Abound
Most passengers asked to submit to a full-body X-ray at Security Checkpoint B didn't bat an eyelash. Nine in 10 gamely stepped up to a scanner about the size of a vending machine, placed their feet on the red footprints painted on the carpet, and raised...