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 July 19, 2007

A Better Way to Rank America's Colleges
Many of us in higher education dislike popular college rankings such as the annual academic beauty pageant from US News & World Report. But expecting them to go away is naive, and attempting to undermine them is unwise since students and families could...
Accidents Dim Hopes for Green Nuclear Option
As concern about global warming has swelled in recent years, so has renewed interest in nuclear energy. The main reason: Nuclear plants produce no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases tied to climate change, at least not directly.New reactor designs...
Braille Literacy Flags, Even Astechnology Makes It More Urgent
At 12:01 a.m. Saturday, their fingers will race across the pages of J.K. Rowling's final Harry Potter installment. They'll be dressed - just like Potter - in wizard robes and Hogwarts school uniforms as their fingertips absorb the raised-dot combinations...
For Gen-Yers, Last Potter Book Marks the End of an Era
For Brent Lomas and thousands of other college students, the official end of childhood comes Friday night at midnight.Once he's read "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "I have to go out into the world and say goodbye," says the college senior, only...
Global 'Elders' Launch New Alliance
It was about as high-level a gathering of former leaders as one could imagine.Former President Jimmy Carter was there. Former Irish President Mary Robinson was in attendance. Kofi Annan, who just stepped down as Secretary General of the United Nations,...
Hamilton: Time for US to Get Tough on War-on-Terror Allies
Lee Hamilton, one of Washington's wise men on national security issues, called for the US to take a firmer line with two key allies in the war on terror, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at Wednesday's Monitor...
In Africa, an Island of Democracy Asks: Where Is US Help?
Under the Bush administration's theory of creating regional stability by supporting islands of democracy, leaders in Somaliland say it should be a shoo-in for official recognition as Africa's newest nation state.Instead, this breakaway republic, which...
It Was Money Well Spent
It may have been the best 50-cent investment I ever made, even in the mid-1960s economy. It took me two hours of baby-sitting to earn that half dollar, and the sudden impulse to feed it into the slot of a shopping mall photo booth and pose for the camera...
Letters to the Editor
Pursue other paths in combating terrorismI found the July 12 Opinion article, "At stake in the Iraq war: survival of a way of life," to be unbelievably racist. The point of view expressed is from a world from many decades, perhaps even centuries, ago.The...
Linguists Seek a Time When We Spoke as One
Around 50,000 years ago, something happened to our ancestors in Africa. Anatomically modern humans, who had existed for at least 150,000 years prior, suddenly began behaving differently. Until then, their conduct scarcely differed from that of their...
MLK Library Gets Landmark Status
The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board handed advocates of preserving Modern architecture a victory late last month, voting 8 to 0 on June 28 to name the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library here a historic landmark. The library's status was...
New Life for Iraq Study Group's Plan?
A majority of Congress may want some kind of redirection of the US effort in Iraq, but finding bipartisan consensus on what that change in strategy should be has not been easy - as demonstrated by the politicized Senate debate this week over proposed...
Only Superlatives Can Describe Proven Meals
I know we cooked with generous quantities of onions, garlic, and olive oil, turning the chicken with a wooden spoon - never fork or knife - to avoid puncturing the skin and releasing the bird's natural juices.I know if Madame said it once, she said it...
Reporters on the Job
* Momentarily Starstruck: Correspondent Danna Harman was in South Africa in 1994, during the first free elections after the end of apartheid. She recalls Nelson Mandela dancing at a rally.On Wednesday, she found herself a few feet away from Mr. Mandela...
Rising Violence Tests Musharraf
In the week since the siege at the Red Mosque left at least 100 religious students dead in Pakistan's capital, a series of violent attacks appears to have emboldened the militant and political opposition to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.The latest...
Science Notes: The Americas Weren't Farming Laggards, after All
Archaeologists writing agriculture's history are gaining new insight from ancient food remains. They are tracing the progress of crop domestication through genetic changes recorded in DNA samples. This new perspective has already punctured the notion...
The Moose Babysitter
On one side of a pair of wire fences, a mother moose is grunting, pushing, and stomping on the small patch of grass where she's paced all night. On the other side, biologists Rick Sinnott and Jessy Coltrane dangle a hook and strap, as clouds of mosquitoes...
The Other Half of the Immigration Equation
For all the heated debate over this summer's failed immigration reform bill, little attention has been paid to the other side of the equation: the flow of Americans out of the United States. Emigration doesn't stoke passions as illegal immigration does,...
The Strategy Behind Senate Iraq War Vote
The unused metal cots outside the Senate chamber were folded away and the pizza cartons carted away. A rare all-night session leading to Wednesday's key vote about withdrawing troops from Iraq provided high drama on Capitol Hill.Never mind that the amendment...
The West Still Needs Arms Control
The West and Russia are back to the days of arms-control alphabet soup. Cold-war treaties with awkward acronyms are again in the news - but this time it's because Russia threatens to ditch two major ones. That raises the question, are these treaties...
US Draws New Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
The US military on Wednesday added new grist to the Bush administration's claims that the Al Qaeda that American forces are battling in Iraq is an extension of the group that was behind the 9/ 11 attacks.At a press conference in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Kevin...
US Guns Arm Mexico's Drug Wars
Marcelo Garza y Garza, the top state police investigator in Nuevo Leon, walked out of a church in an upscale neighborhood in Monterrey to take a cellphone call last September, when two bullets struck the back of his head.The shots came from a semiautomatic...
Where Our Future Lies
Thousands of folks in Tulsa, Okla., watched last month as a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was unearthed from an underground concrete vault where it had been buried for 50 years as part of a time capsule of American culture.At a ceremony complete with drumrolls,...
Without a Plot, Is Padilla Guilty?
A surprising question is emerging as a central issue in the high stakes terror trial of Jose Padilla and two other men.The three are facing charges that they plotted to spread violent jihad through a murderous campaign around the world. But federal prosecutors...