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 September 15, 2006

Afghans Find Success Harder to Gauge ; Poland Agreed Thursday to Send 1,000 More Soldiers
Few ever dared dream that Afghanistan, five years after US forces toppled the Taliban, would be Utopia.But few, also, would have predicted that chronic weak governance, worsening security, and a resurgent Taliban would prompt senior US officials to warn...
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'Alternative' CIA Tactics Complicate Padilla Case ; Evidence against the American Terror Suspect Was Obtained through Torture, His Lawyers Say
When alleged Al Qaeda sympathizer Jose Padilla landed in Chicago in May 2002, he was met by federal agents armed with a warrant authorizing them to take him into custody.To obtain their warrant, the agents told a federal judge that two weeks earlier...
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At Toronto Festival, Political Films Rule
Borat Sagdiyev, aka actor Sacha Baron Cohen, was delighted to attend the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." "It is a very great honor to make a visit to...
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Backstory: Travel Noir - the Fung Wah 'Extreme'
On I-84 east of Hartford, Conn., the late-morning traffic is light on a crisp, blue Tuesday. A long downhill grade beckons. This ought to be a Fung Wah moment.Our Fung Wah bus, stamped with the Chinese lettering of that maverick line - bargain king of...
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Chemical-Plant Security Vexes Congress ; A Compromise Emerged This Summer, but Now House Leaders Seek to Limit DHS Authority to Regulate Such Security
A toxic battle is brewing on Capitol Hill over how to secure the nation's chemical plants from terrorist attack.At issue is whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have the authority to require chemical plants to implement specific security...
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Christopher Shays ; the Connecticut Congressman Shared Insights Gained from Heading Up Congressional Hearings on the War in Iraq
When Rep. Christopher Shays met with reporters Thursday morning over breakfast, his remarks sounded tinged with anguish.The Connecticut Republican, a longtime supporter of the war in Iraq, is facing a tough battle for reelection against former Westport,...
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Electronic Voting's Moment of Truth
This November, many Americans will encounter electronic voting for the first time. Will it go smoothly? The primaries have shown that problems with the new voting process are likely. So election officials must be prepared, and have a backup plan.With...
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Finding Peace at Golden Spring ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
"Do you think it will still be there?" my sister asked me as we drove along the road that follows the Pennamaquan River.I wondered. It was a sunny afternoon in late summer 2003, and after almost 50 years, so much had changed in that little Maine town...
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Germans Reconsider Religion ; Pope Benedict XVI's Challenge to Secularism Meets with Receptivity during His German Visit
This is the continent where some leading thinkers are talking about a "post-Christian Europe." And this is the country of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who infamously quipped, "God is dead."So some may be surprised at the receptivity in Germany this...
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Haven't I Seen That Murderer Somewhere before? ; the Unknown Guest Star and the Fall Television Season
After weeks of intensive training - thumb exercises for the remote, practice sprints to the refrigerator, that sort of thing - I think I'm about set to face the onslaught of police procedurals, courtroom dramas, angst-y teen soap operas, 20-something...
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Her Concierge Desk Is in a Cave ; Buried 70 Ft Underground, Kokopelli's Cave Bed & Breakfast in New Mexico Is Advertised as a 'Luxury Cavedwelling.'
Lindy Poole leads the way down, hefting a colorful backpack. She's made this trip - 75 precipitous steps to get to a short ladder, ending 70 feet below the ground - thousands of times. But she acts as though it's the first, urging her less practiced...
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'Hey, Honey - the New Fall Shows Are Here'
Call it the TV season of the "M" words."M" for so many new mysteries (big and small), so much mayhem (both emotional and physical explosions), and oh, so much money (the small screen looks more like the big screen than ever).Chalk it up to the lingering...
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If It's Not Hip, There's No Room in the Closet ; It Seems That Men and Women Have Completely Different Philosophies When It Comes to Clothes
'I've got nothing to wear," my wife has said with a groan numerous times while standing in front of a closet jammed with clothes. I've learned over the years that she isn't, in these moments, looking for fashion advice.Rifling through my own side of...
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India Tempers Its 'Outsider' Foreign Policy
Friday, India's prime minister will arrive in Cuba to convince a skeptical swath of the world that India is, in fact, still India.It could be a tough sell.For decades, India happily assumed the role of chief rock- thrower at the world's political establishment....
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Iraqis Feel Weight of High Prices, Few Jobs ; Iraq's Economy Is Weaker Than at Any Point since the US Invasion in 2003
When the top Marine commander in Iraq addressed criticism that US forces appeared to be losing the political, if not the military, fight in Anbar Province recently, he said that success rests as much on restoring a measure of economic stability and basic...
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Latin Music's New Star Is ... Czech? ; Singer Marta Topferova Is from Eastern Europe, but Her Songs Are All in Spanish
Crossing borders between nations can be a risky business. The same holds true for crossing musical boundaries. But singer/ songwriter Marta Topferova crosses both with a beguiling grace and ease.The songwriter's brand of Latin-American music, a fusion...
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Letters
China's involvement in US Chinese classes could be a plusIn response to Jonathan Zimmerman's Sept. 6 Opinion piece, "Beware China's role in US Chinese classes": There is no worse analogy than that of comparing the US Advanced Placement Chinese program...
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Monitor Picks
The original nanny diariesBefore Mary Poppins comes flying onto Broadway this fall, look for P.L. Travers's books in new hardcover editions with Mary Shepard's original drawings. Crackling with creativity, these tales of a magical nursemaid and her five...
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Movie Guide
New in TheatersAl Franken: God Spoke (Not rated)Directors: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus. With Al Franken, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved. (90 min.)Less a documentary than a love fest for Al Franken, this scattershot movie, shot over two years,...
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Off Oregon's Coast, Researchers Hope to Pump Electricity from Surf to Turf
Along Oregon's postcard coast, generations have tapped the ocean for its rich fisheries. Now, a new generation wants to tap it for electricity.The goal is to wrest kilowatts from the Pacific Ocean waves by using small floating generators that ride the...
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One Mexican Judge Takes the Lead in Beating Back Graft
In a country where payouts and bribes have long supplemented salaries and simply been the way things get done, Judge Marcos Aguilar says not everyone was thrilled by his idea: to form a court that punishes public servants accused of corruption."Some...
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Redefining Sculpture Is Richard Serra's Goal ; Richard Serra, the Subject of Two New Exhibitions, Chats about the Role of Public Art
A Richard Serra sculpture is not always an easy experience. Most famous over the nearly half century of his career for the towering, metal shapes that have graced civic spaces from Tokyo to New York to Bilbao, Spain, he specializes in the monumental,...
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Reject Those Weather Worries
Weather is America's top terrorist. When it comes to inflicting harm on innocent lives, nature's fury is far more potent than Al Qaeda's.This is the kind of over-the-top message the media impart to the US public. Terrorists may be out there somewhere,...
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The Borderless Brand
Borderless seems to be running rampant nowadays. A brief item in the July/August issue of Utne noted the way the "Without Borders" formulation has caught on. It's been used in the names of global humanitarian and activist groups of all stripes.There's...
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US to Cut Funds for Two Renewable Energy Sources ; Geothermal and Hydropower Are Mature Enough for Private Enterprise to Take the Lead, the Government Says
Out at the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, a new turbine is being tested that generates more electricity, but won't kill so many fish - thanks to research dollars from Uncle Sam.Down in California's Long Valley, on the Sierra Nevada range, federal...
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