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 March 13, 2009

A Big Opportunity for Obama and Lula
On Saturday, President Obama will meet with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a steel worker and union leader elected in 2002 on a platform of fighting poverty and inequality in one of the world's largest developing economies.The meeting...
A Grand Quest to Rid an Island of Rats
The attack force arrived at the remote Aleutian Island stealthily, ready to subdue the unsuspecting enemy, who vastly outnumbered them. It took a week's travel just to get there, with boats and helicopters hopscotching 1,400 miles of coastline, stopping...
Animal-Rights Activists Get Personal in Wave of California Attacks
The recent fire-bombing of a university professor's car here appears to be part of a trend of animal-rights activists targeting the personal lives of researchers, rather than just the labs or companies where they work. The idea is to scare the scientists...
Artists in Survival Mode as Market Crumbles
BY ALL ACCOUNTS but one, Fred Cray is a successful, thriving multimedia artist. He studied at Yale University's prestigious graduate school and has several solo exhibitions under his belt. He is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, and in 2003,...
China Tries Peddling Its Wares in ... China?
Liu Dequan says he has had to alter the ornamental lamps his firm had fashioned for the US market. He's changed the plugs to fit Chinese sockets."Since the financial crisis happened I have had no foreign business at all," Mr. Liu laments. "I decided...
Good-Bye, Privatization; Hello, Nationalization
Quick, what's the difference between taking over a bank and nationalizing it?About 13 points - or so I read in Time magazine. Its latest issue cites a Gallup/USA Today poll finding that 57 percent of the American public oppose "temporarily nationalizing...
Has the US Patent System Gone Too Far?
When Samuel Hopkins came up with a method for improving the production of potash, it was probably just the kind of invention that President George Washington had in mind when he created the US patent system. Hopkins, who in 1790 received the first American...
Kenya's Power-Sharing Report Card: 'Unsatisfactory'
When Kenya's grand coalition government formed last year - a kind of forced marriage of bitter political enemies - Kenyan voters had high hopes for what their new government had vowed to achieve: rewrite the country's constitution, begin land reform,...
Letters to the Editor
Is evangelical Christianity on the way out in America?Regarding the March 10 Opinion piece, "The coming evangelical collapse": This commentary refers to "the arrival of an anti- Christian chapter of the post-Christian West," yet provides no evidence...
Long-Remembered Heroism
The South African teenager, whom I'd met in Athens, was appalled. "American!" he shrieked, accusingly.Not long after, a Polish man suggested I try to pass myself off as a New Zealander so I would have the opportunity to hear "what other people really...
New Way to Farm Boosts Climate, Too
Some scientists say an ice age was prevented thousands of years ago by the dawn of human agriculture - deforestation and farming released enough greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent another global cool down, the theory goes.Now, millennia...
Obama's New Deal Is on a Smaller Scale
Minutes after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package on Feb. 17, grizzled hard hats started banging on a new bridge over the Osage River outside Tuscumbia, Mo., an $8.5 million project that will employ 45 workers for two years.In Clinton,...
Pakistan's Airwaves: On Militant Turf, Radio Khyber Offers a Softer Voice
Kishwar yanks at her veil, caught in the sound equipment of a cramped radio production studio, and pins it back. "It's hard to be the voice of anything with all this cloth on my face," she jokes, alluding to her station's tag line, "The Voice of Khyber."Kishwar,...
Pakistan's Sharif Capitalizes on Lawyers' March
Nawaz Sharif has become the man of the hour in Pakistan, poised to add tens of thousands of followers to a nationwide protest against the government. The opposition leader's transformation from disciple of a military dictator to champion for the rule...
Recessions Expose Financial Scandals
Low tide in the economy sometimes reveals financial scandals that otherwise might not have been easily detected.That's the case once again as Bernard Madoff, the perpetrator of the largest financial fraud in history, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a Ponzi...
Regaining Our Confidence
In a recent Monitor article on the economy, one analyst, Scott Brown, described the markets as "unsettled in part because the government appears to be stumbling from one financial crisis to another." He added, "We need some kind of financial stability...
School Shooting Prompts Germans to Look at Social Concerns
Germany is in mourning following a school shooting Wednesday in which 16 people were killed, including the young man - a recent graduate - who carried out the attack. As the country takes stock, politicians are calling for tightened gun laws and pointing...
Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor Staff
A 'hero' for our timesIs America ready for divinely anointed kings and princes inhabiting the modern-day kingdom of Shiloh - a glistening, skyscraper-filled city that looks remarkably like Manhattan? Tune in for this updated biblical story of a young...
The Trash of Life Is Elias Sime's Art
In a tiny corner of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis, a newly discovered artistic voice is speaking softly but articulately in a show that is being "heard" as far away as Addis Ababa and Vienna. Ethiopian artist, Elias Sime, who works with the humblest...
Time to Prepare for Climate Change
Elected officials must start planning for what many climate scientists say will be an altered US landscape in coming decades. Disruptive weather and rising seas, if they happen, are events too big for governments to ignore.Fortunately, the National Research...
Universities Can Survive Only with Radical Reform
Without a doubt, the current economic crisis is unique for its depth, its broad swath of victims, and its speed-of-light reach around the globe. No one is immune, including higher education.The response? For many university leaders, the first instinct...
US Urges a Global Economic Fix
Attempts by individual nations to fix their own economies are important. But the great recession now rippling around the world is an international problem, and the best way to fight it may be a more aggressive international response.That's the message...
YouthBuild: One Stimulus Model
Daniel Brito finished high school, but he didn't know what to do next. His family, in a low-income Boston neighborhood, just wasn't there for him. He was scared he'd be a failure.Then a former teacher connected him with YouthBuild Boston, a local affiliate...