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 16, 2006

A Confederacy of Conspiracists ; It Would Be Frightening If There Are as Many Hard-Core Conspiracy Theorists as the Number of Believers in 'Bush Lied!' Suggests
One of the most widely held conspiracy theories in the history of the United States is the assertion that President Bush lied in order to launch the Iraq war.The theory alleges that high-level Bush administration officials privately knew there were no...
A Dumpling by Any Other Name ; the First Time I Tried This Russian Staple, It Was as If I Had Grown Up Eating It
Only a handful of dishes are universal in their appeal, providing "a taste of home" even if we have never sampled that food before. Dumplings are high on this list, whether they're Jewish kreplach, Chinese won-ton soup, or Italian tortellini. Every region...
A Siege on the Child-Porn Market ; Titans of Finance Join Forces to Try to Thwart Online Trafficking in Illicit Images
Some of America's most powerful financial institutions have a new target - and it doesn't involve making money.For the first time, titans such as American Express, Bank of America, and Citigroup will join forces to try to thwart the use of credit cards...
Backstory: Do Svidaniya, Rossiya! ; A Soviet Historic Site Even the Historians Don't Want to Preserve
It won't be as momentous as the fall of the Berlin Wall, nor as TV-friendly as the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statues in Baghdad. But when the Rossiya Hotel is torn down this month, one of the most visible legacies of Soviet rule will disappear from...
British Colleges Seek Quantity and Quality ; despite Record Enrollment, Universities Lack Funds and Struggle with Unprepared Students
Pity the poor British professor.Once upon a time in the halcyon 1960s, his students were a privileged few, an academic elite drawn from the top 4 percent of the population. New university arrivals were literate and numerate; crimes against grammar were...
Briton Wins Templeton Prize
When he was 10 years old, John Barrow received a chemistry set from some relatives. He soon found it more fun to mix dangerous chemicals than go to church with his family.But his early introduction to science helped to sharpen his curiosity and ultimately...
Don't Stop the Presses Yet
The newspaper industry experienced a Mark Twain moment this week. As it turned out, the report of the industry's death - as feared in the forced sale of the sizeable Knight Ridder newspaper chain - had been greatly exaggerated.It's been rough going for...
Election Politics Show Israel's Drift from Peace Negotiations ; the New and Favored Kadima Party Promises to Establish Borders on Its Own
The billboards have been going up, and each night's TV schedule is punctuated by a 40-minute block of state-funded political advertisements. Israel's voters and 15 political parties are preparing for an election March 28.The choices they face there have...
Faith Coalitions Aid Evacuees ; Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Have Stepped Forward to Provide Katrina Evacuees the Kind of Assistance That Government Can't
The day before hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Daniel and Pamela Gillard evacuated to Dry Creek, La. They stayed there for a month, unable to check on the home they'd left behind. Then hurricane Rita took dead aim at the shelter where they were staying,...
How to Stop Being Afraid ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
A small child skips along with his mother and takes a spill. All at once the mother picks him up, embraces him, brushes off his clothes, straightens his hair, wipes his tears, tells him he's all right, smiles reassuringly, takes his hand, and tells him...
Jamaica Moves to Stop the Killings ; with One of the World's Highest Murder Rates the Island Nation Is Importing Help to Fight Crime
On Monday last week, a thief stabbed and killed 15-year-old Jordano Flemmings as he walked home from a church social.On Tuesday, Durraine Giddeon, a 28-year-old building inspector was shot dead by a gunman on his way to work. On Wednesday, 16-year- old...
Kuwaiti Oil Plan Stirs Nationalist Fervor ; Declining Reserves Are Forcing the Country That Nationalized Oil 34 Years Ago to Weigh Foreign Help
Like many Arab Gulf nations, Kuwait relies heavily on imported labor and expertise. From street cleaners to construction workers, Kuwait regularly imports knowledge, skills, and workers from abroad. Kuwait's energy sector, however, has always been sacrosanct.The...
Letters
The pros and cons of a border fence in America's SouthwestI read your March 14 editorial, "Border fence: symptom of a failed policy." I feel that this is not extreme at this point in time. I spent 12 years in the military, seven of those in the Southwest....
Mexico City Priest Brings Dignity to an Off-Limits Flock
A rugged, 70-year-old Jesuit priest stops his SUV on the soggy road that runs through Mexico City's largest dump and asks: "Where's mass today?""Down there," announces an elderly, hunched-over woman, pointing to a nearby clearing, where garbage pickers...
Once-Republican Rockies Now a Battleground
Streaks of blue are turning red-state Colorado as purple as its mountain majesties.Liberal hues began to multiply in 2004, when Democrats seized control of the general assembly for the first time in 30 years. They intensified last fall, when voters loosened...
On the Horizon ; News from the Frontiers of Science
Dwarf discovery in deep spaceAstronomers have found a pair of brown dwarfs - stellar wannabes that never gained enough mass to ignite and shine - some 1,500 light- years away in the constellation Orion. The pair is locked in an orbital embrace that sends...
Plan Helps Birds, Villagers Thrive in Cambodia ; A Five-Year-Old Program Protects Waterbirds by Turning Poachers into Rangers
Picture an airport on water, buzzing with big birds doing takeoffs, landings, and midair acrobatics. Then exchange the roar of jet engines for the peeps of just-hatched chicks: That's what it's like to boat through Prek Toal.This seasonally flooded forest...
Should Campaign-Finance Laws Apply to Blogs? ; Congress Votes This Week on a Bill That Would Exempt Blogs from Regulation. Critics See a Soft-Money Loophole
If you're one of the nation's 30 million-plus bloggers - or among the 75,000 joining their ranks every day - keep an eye on Thursday's House vote on the Online Freedom of Speech Act.Unless the bill passes, you may need a lawyer, if you discuss politics...
Terror Risks of Nuclear Fuel
The Bush administration's plan to deploy a high-tech fuel to power a new generation of nuclear reactors worldwide has a potentially explosive problem:It is too easy for terrorists to grab and turn it into a nuclear bomb.That's the criticism expressed...
UN-Iran Discussion Mirrors Iraq Debate ; Some Experts Warn That the US May Act Independently If the UN Security Council Takes Too Long on Iran
As the United Nations Security Council wrestles with how to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, discussion at UN headquarters is at times as much about the council's effectiveness and America's role in the international community as it is about Iran.Sound...
University of California to Decide about Sudan Investments ; A Vote Is Expected Thursday. If the Huge System Votes to Divest, It Could Be a Catalyst for Other College Movements
First there was Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Brown, and Amherst. The string of private universities has followed the state of Illinois's lead, which last May approved pulling billions in investment out of Sudan to protest political violence there.Now as...
What Now for War Trials after Milosevic? ; Milosevic's Untimely Death Is a Reminder That Courts Aren't the Only Tool for Justice
When the team I worked on at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal which indicted Slobodan Milosevic during the Kosovo war, we were making justice "in real time." Time slowed a great deal after that, coming to a stop this week when Mr. Milosevic died. The...