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 April 15, 2004

Blogs: Here to Stay - with Changes
They're hip. Influential. Out there. By one estimate, there are 2 million of them posted on the Internet around the world talking about everything from knitting patterns to the war in Iraq. But as blogs - or personal weblogs - move into the limelight,...
CIA Was Stretched Thin at Time of Terror Threat ; Study by 9/11 Panel Cites Lack of Manpower. Tenet Says It May Be Five Years before It's Fixed
Prior to Sept.11, 2001, the CIA didn't have the vision thing when it came to terrorism. That's one conclusion of the panel investigating the events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in any case.Analysts were stretched thin providing material for...
Debate Begins on Presidential Debates: Who Gets a Mike? ; A Group of Third-Party Candidates, Including Ralph Nader, Is Expected to File Suit to Gain Access to the Stage
On the evening of Oct. 3, 2000, as George W. Bush and Al Gore made last-minute preparations for a nationally televised presidential debate in Boston, security officials stood guard outside the auditorium armed with a booklet of photographs. Their mission:...
For Kerry, a Balancing Act on War ; Both Bush and Kerry Make Public Gambits This Week to Reaffirm Their Stances on Iraq
As the war in Iraq threatens to turn from a political asset to a liability for President Bush, it's presenting his rival, Sen. John Kerry, with a potential opening - and a host of risks.Kerry is negotiating a delicate balancing act: Although Americans...
Homage to the Home Where the Gilsons Used to Live
I was a grade-school kid the first time this house entered my orbit. My older sister was going to spend an afternoon with her friend and we, the family, dropped her off here. We pulled into the driveway, she got out and went to the door, and we backed...
It's April 15: Think Jackie Robinson, Not Taxes
Most schoolchildren know that the nation's capital is Washington and that its leader lives in the White House - the "people's house." What most of them don't know is that for one wonderful summer nearly 60 years ago, the people's house moved to a different...
Lots of Debts - One Unhappy Birthday
Ever heard of "unhappy birthday" cards? Thousands of them will be given to officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank next Wednesday in Washington by representatives of Jubilee USA Network and other nongovernmental organizations.It's...
Mayan Art and Outlook on Display at National Gallery
This spring in cultural Washington, D.C., the ancient Mayans rule. The "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya," a landmark exhibition at The National Gallery of Art, brings this Central American culture to life in the most extensive display of Mayan sculpture,...
Money That Grows on Crops
He can't quite make money grow from trees, but a New Zealand scientist has devised a way to harvest gold from plants.The idea: Use common crops to soak up contaminants in soil from gold-mining sites and return the areas to productive agriculture. The...
Nationalism Grows in Iraq ; Baghdad Shiites Bridge Their Historical Divide with Sunnis in the Wake of the US Siege of Fallujah
He saw it with his own eyes: a young boy with a Kalashnikov in one hand and a rocket launcher in the other, fighting an American tank. "He was only 10 years old," says Hussein Subhi with reverence, "but he was a man."Mr. Subhi just got back from Fallujah....
Next Test for California: Fixing Business Climate ; Reforms to the Controversial Workers' Compensation Laws Constitute Schwarzenegger's Next Major Challenge
When John Lawrence says his business is thriving, it is not a profession of pride. It is a statement of defiance. The way Mr. Lawrence sees it, his manufacturing firm has been under siege the past few years - not so much from an indecisive economy or...
No, Your Husband Is Not Deductible ... and Other IRS Tales ; Claiming the Cat Spa or Ugly Suit? Amazingly, the IRS Sometimes Says Yes
When it comes to tax write-offs, there's no end to people's creativity.Everyone knows the Internal Revenue Service won't allow you to claim a trip to the day spa as "preventive medicine" or your dry cleaning bills as a business expense. But consider...
Old Weapons, New Terror Worries ; Russian and US Experts Meet This Month to Assess Terror Tactics, from Hacking into Systems to Seizing a Weapon
Imagine this scenario: Computer hackers working for Al Qaeda break into Russia's nuclear weapons network, and "spoof" the system into believing it is under attack, setting off a chain reaction, and a real nuclear counterattack.Another doomsday possibility...
Remember the Sound of Silence?
Ah, the sounds of spring! Birds chirping, peepers peeping, a breeze rustling in the trees - as lawn mowers rumble, cellphones ring, and car stereos throb their way through neighborhoods.Warm weather brings all kinds of sounds to life. But hearing the...
Reporters on the Job
* Make Way for a Tank: With Monitor staffer Scott Peterson now back in Baghdad, along with Dan Murphy, they needed a second interpreter. Dan hired Anas, a friend of a friend, who was helpful in reporting Thursday's story (page 1). On their way to an...
Siege of Fallujah Polarizing Iraqis ; Even Moderate Shiite Leaders Say the Fighting in the Sunni Triangle City Has Moved Opinion Decisively against the Coalition
Few were happier than Ayatollah Imad al-Deen Awadi when Saddam Hussein was deposed. "This was a man so bad that people said they'd rather be ruled by Satan - the king of hell himself,'' says the cleric, who spent 10 years in Mr. Hussein's prisons.But...
South Africa Transformed but Not Perfect
Wednesday's Elections in South Africa remind me of those historic days in April 1994 when that country's women stood in line for many hours to participate in the nation's first fully democratic vote.How have South Africans fared since then? Did the groundbreaking...
The Baseball Stat You Don't Want to See ; as Owners Pay Top Dollar for Players, Ticket Prices Rise, Threatening Baseball's Enduring Status as the Last Affordable Professional Sport
Standing in shade beneath Dodger Stadium's center field scoreboard, Juan Gutierrez explains why his family of four will only be in the stands for two games this season."Parking costs more, food costs more ... I just can't afford it," says Mr. Gutierrez,...
The Quest for a Better Life ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Even in a 21st-century world, the bionic woman remains a facet of society's media-influenced imagination. Or does she?Perhaps not, at least according to an essay in The New York Times titled, "The altered human is already here" (April 6). In it, James...
This Blessed Plot, This Realm, This Attic
I wouldn't say it was a guffaw, exactly. And it wasn't quite a yell. Either way, it broke into the night with unexpected jubilation and made me look up from my downhill walk with the dogs.A teenager appeared momentarily at a high-up window. It was a...
US Counterterrorist Strategy Held Hostage in Uzbekistan
A recent string of bombings, suicide attacks, and assaults on police in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, have shattered the relative tranquility that settled over Central Asia since the arrival of US troops there in 2001 and the defeat of the Taliban...
Waiting for Brahimi
An upsurge of violence in Iraq shows more vividly than ever that the US and its allies are not really waging war against gunmen, bombers, and kidnappers but fighting a political battle for legitimacy.And right now the legitimacy of the US plan to implant...
Was There Enough Intel to Act? ; Debate Centers on What's 'Actionable.'
Beyond all the denials and deconstruction in the 9/11 hearings lies a simple question: Did the White House know enough to take stronger preventive action?As an independent bipartisan commission moves to pull together the lessons of the 2001 terrorist...
Women Drove This New Car Design ; A Majority of Car Buyers Are Women, and at Least One Manufacturer Is Asking What They Want
Mel Gibson couldn't figure it out, but apparently a team of Swedish designers can: What women want is a car that has self- cleaning paint and an electronic system to help them parallel park.Volvo's "Your Concept Car," or YCC, made its first US appearance...