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 December 9, 2005

Air Marshal Program: Is Training Adequate? ; the Shooting of a Passenger in Miami Followed Protocol, but Worries Rise about 'Mission Creep.'
Wednesday's shooting of an unarmed airline passenger in Miami is casting fresh scrutiny on the Federal Air Marshals Service, the nation's last line of defense in the many-layered aviation security apparatus.Few security experts question the actions of...
America's Soft Power in Kazakhstan
Something smells when a president pulls off reelection with 91 percent of the vote. That happened Sunday in Central Asia's largest country, Kazakhstan. Election monitors dubbed the poll flawed. Yet the US reacted with surprising softness. Why?If any...
As Iranians Mourn Crash Victims, Questions over Decision to Fly ; the Crash of a Military Plane Tuesday Killed 106 People, Including 68 Journalists
Their grief tinged with anger, Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran Thursday to mourn the victims of a military plane crash that left 108 people dead. The victims were mostly journalists en route to military exercises, but included crew and people...
Backstory: Serious Business of Jokes in Politics
The nation's capital is gearing up for its "silly season" - that gauntlet of dinners from January through April that can launch a political star. Or not. Knock 'em dead at an event like the Gridiron Club or White House Correspondents' Dinner and a politician...
Chileans Set to Elect a Woman ; Michelle Bachelet Leads Polls Going into Sunday's Presidential Election
A crescendo of female voices fills the Diego Portales Convention Center at a recent presidential debate on women's issues. "Michelle" is the rallying cry, as a predominantly female crowd of 3,000 cheers on Chile's sole female contender."It's inspiring,"...
Christopher Shays and Sherwood Boehlert
The guests at Thursday's Monitor breakfast - Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Sherwood Boehlert of New York -- are both key players in the Republican Main Street Partnership. The group of moderate Republicans was formed after the 1994 elections...
Congress Torn over Iraq Endgame ; Call to Withdraw Troops Is Splitting House Democrats - but Even Republicans Are Putting Pressure on the White House
Rep. John Murtha's call for the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq is roiling both parties on the war - and intensifying a debate that is rapidly moving beyond the capacity of party leaders to control.The fracture lines are most acute for the Democrats....
Cowboys Saddled with a Secret
In Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility," the characters never stopped talking. In his new film, "Brokeback Mountain," they rarely start. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) is a ranch hand who is hired, along with sometime Texas rodeo rider Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal),...
Dame Judi at Her Comedic Best ; 'Mrs. Henderson Presents' Tells the Real-Life Story of a Controversial Theater Owner
This must be the season for movies featuring indomitable English widows. Last week there was Joan Plowright in "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont," and now there's the marvelously enjoyable "Mrs. Henderson Presents" starring Judi Dench.Shortly after her...
Debunking 'Compassion Fatigue'
Is there any truth to "compassion fatigue" - the vague notion that if people are overwhelmed by too many needy causes, they might stop giving? In the wake of the Indonesian tsunami or hurricane Katrina, nonprofit and service agency spokesmen worried...
Despite Domestic Waves, Iran Will Keep Its President
Tehran and Iranian opposition websites in recent weeks are rife with rumors that the regime is about to replace ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Such allegations feature claims that the new president was rebuffed when he tried to meet...
DVD Reviews
Cinderella Man (PG-13)Take an underdog pugilist and set his greatest bout in the thick of Depression-era New York. Have it be a fight for his family - to be able to feed them - as much as for the sport. Oh, and make sure it's a true story. By Hollywood...
Egyptian Government Steps Up Attacks on Voters ; on the Last Day of Voting, Violence Broke out as Police Barred Voters from Casting Their Ballots
After the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful opposition group, tripled its presence in parliament over the first five rounds of Egypt's six-round election, the government appeared to decide it would not take any chances on the last day of voting...
Even a Flat Housing Market Could Cut Growth ; A Slowdown Might Halve the Rise in GDP by 2007, Some Forecasters Say
Even without a full-scale downturn in real estate, the dynamics of the housing market could exert a significant drag on economic growth in the next year and beyond.By some forecasts, a slowdown in real estate could nearly halve the economy's growth rate...
Hollywood Turns a Page ; the Movie Company Behind 'The Chronicles of Narnia' Views Films as a Powerful Tool for Inspiring Kids to Read
Micheal Flaherty is a man on a mission, one that began humbly enough, with an ice-filled sink in a blue-collar suburb of Boston. Mr. Flaherty, now president of Walden Media, the unconventional film company behind "The Chronicles of Narnia," was teaching...
Humanity Found in 'Narnia' ; "The Chronicles of Narnia" Is about Spiritual Redemption - and Redeems Children's Films
In a recently discovered note by C.S. Lewis, from 1959, he wrote: "Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery and nightmare."Which is exactly what doesn't happen in "The Chronicles of Narnia:...
In Africa, a New Commitment to Treat AIDS ; but Billions of Dollars Will Be Needed for Tests and Drugs, Posing a Key Challenge to Countries and Donors
The fight against AIDS in Africa is entering a phase of great promise and peril: the drug-treatment era.After years of debating how and if Africans diagnosed with HIV/ AIDS should be treated, there's now significant global agreement that the 25 million...
In Off-Season, Big Political Calculations in N.J. ; the Governor-Elect Is Expected to Tap Robert Menendez, a Hispanic, for the Senate. the Stage Is Already Set for a Close 2006 Election
As a young man out to expose the corrupt political establishment in Union City, N.J., Robert Menendez wore a bulletproof vest as he led a slate of reformers "to clean up the city," according to his official bio.Now that the six-term Democratic congressman...
In Tsunami Relief Camps, Kids Sing Their Hearts Out
Zulkiran Minrukom bounds to the stage at Blang Krueng relief camp, grabs a microphone like a Vegas lounge singer, and then turns to face the formidable crowd ... and freezes.Blink, blink. He just needs to start singing and he'll warm up.Blink, blink....
In 'Victory,' Both Power and Peril ; the Word Now Peppers Bush's Speeches on Iraq - by Design
If there is one word the White House wants the American public to associate with the war in Iraq, it is probably "victory." President Bush said it 11 times Wednesday in his speech on rebuilding Iraq - following victory's 15 mentions in his address on...
Letters
A mom's letters mean a lot to children living far from homeIn response to Sue Diaz's Dec. 5 Opinion piece, "A soldier's doodling bridges the distance for a mom's heart," I write thanks.Thank you so much, "Mom" Diaz, for writing about your experience...
Love That Never Runs out ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
When an emergency happens, people are often quick to respond. Their hearts naturally go out to those in need, and they begin to think of how they can help. Some emergencies are dealt with quickly, but others, by their very nature, require persistent,...
Merry Christmas - in 1,000 Words
He has paddled the waters of the Mississippi River, channeling his inner Tom Sawyer. He's biked the length of South America, and from the northernmost city in Norway to Athens. He's ridden across the United States six times - and may even earn a place...
Shadow over Both Parties' Houses
Speaking to a group about politics in the spring of the year 2000 when the primaries had hardly gotten under way, I was challenged to predict who would be the next president. Not having the foggiest idea, I said, deadpan, that the Democratic convention...
This Christmas Letter Gets Rave Reviews
Around Christmastime a couple of years ago, one of my friends ranted about how much he hated those holiday "brag letters" people send out each year. After making a mental note never to send him one in the future, I began to wonder what it is that makes...
US Seeks to Hand Reconstruction over to Iraqis ; US Trumpets Economic and Social Progress in Iraq: More Than 2,000 Projects Have Been Completed
First the White House outlined a strategy of building up Iraq's security forces as the ticket home for US troops. Now the US is promoting a parallel vision that calls for progressively turning over control of US-funded development projects, worth about...
Why Heisman Doesn't Mean NFL Fame ; Reggie Bush of USC Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win This Year's Trophy, Awarded Saturday
The Heisman highway is littered with players who scored big in college and flamed out in the NFL. For every Barry Sanders (1988) or Carson Palmer (2002), there is a Gino Torretta (1992), a Rashaan Salaam (1994), and an Eric Crouch (2001). Who?Hall of...