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 November 30, 2005

A One-Stop Shop for the 'Best' Blogs ; by Gathering an Elite Group of Widely Read Bloggers, a Young Media Company Hopes to Make Them More Attractive to Advertisers
If a single thought-provoking weblog can find a large audience, might 70 or more linked together start a revolution?That's what Pajamas Media hopes to find out. Backed by $3.5 million in venture capital, the nascent media company has gathered some of...
Art with a Boogie-Woogie Beat ; an Exhibition in Boston Highlights How Music, Particularly Jazz, Influenced African-American Art
Painting and music are kissing cousins, and nowhere is this more evident than in the worlds of African-American art and jazz. Both are indigenous American art forms, both grow from a desire to be heard and to express vitality and strength of purpose....
Backstory: The Most Unwanted Man in Kazakhstan ; 'Borat,' the Faux Kazakh, Reinforces Nation's Image as 'Somewhere between China and Dracula.'
Kazakhstan is often a joke: to Kazakh military recruits and foreign diplomats, who groan about assignment to the country's new, Vegas-style capital, Astana (which means literally "capital"); to politically minded Kazakhs, who recall that remote outpost's...
British Stag Parties Test E. European Welcome
Dusk in Dunakeszi, and it's time to go. We rev up our fleet of ancient East German Trabant cars and do our best to rally them back through the hills to Budapest, though frankly it's a struggle given the tinny little engines and almost nonexistent brakes.We're...
Canadians Face Bitter Vote ; the Winter Election - the First in 26 Years - Will Feature Mud as Much as Snow
Canadians are bracing for a bitter winter election after a coalition of Conservatives, Quebec separatists, and far-left progressives toppled the scandal-plagued Liberal government with a no-confidence vote on Monday night.Opposition leaders pushed for...
Court Weighs Girls' Access to Abortion ; the Tribunal Hears a Case Wednesday on a State's Parental- Notification Law
Wednesday the US Supreme Court takes up a case that could change the abortion battle in a fundamental way, potentially allowing state lawmakers across the nation to enact more-restrictive regulations on a woman's right to choose abortion.The case, Ayotte...
Ethics Cloud Grows Wider over GOP ; Randy Cunningham Resigned His House Seat after Pleading Guilty to Accepting Bribes
Had it been an isolated incident, the resignation from Congress of California Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham after he admitted taking a $2.4 million bribe might have been a blip on the way to a special election.But as yet another corruption case...
Faithful Build Bridges with Books ; How a Post-9/11 Book Club Brought Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Women Together
Laughter rings out in the salmon-colored living room of the parsonage at First Church in Cambridge, Mass. More than a dozen women - Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - are sharing insights garnered from "Gilead," a 2004 novel about the faith and struggles...
Four-for-One Week
Occasionally in the never-ending search for reviewable websites, I come across examples that, while certainly worth a look and/or bookmark, aren't the kind of productions that would require 900 words to describe properly. This isn't a criticism - some...
Housing Boom Shows Signs of Finally Waning
The frenzied bidding wars for co-ops in New York are mostly over.In Pittsburgh, the rising inventory of homes on the market is dragging down prices, a boon for buyers.And in the once red-hot market of Salinas, Calif., some open houses now attract more...
How to Find a Home for an Ugly Lamp
Our town has accidentally discovered a wonderful means of helping people get rid of their junk without overburdening the local landfill. The city allows residents one week to get their unwanted junk out on the curb, and then hauls it off to the dump...
Improve Press Coverage of Bad Adoptions
Did news accounts about weapons of mass destruction help set the stage for the war in Iraq? Do television reports about earthquakes or genocide stir Americans to action? The bottom line: Are the media as influential as they sometimes appear to be?On...
In Minor Election, a Major Step for Saudi Women ; Turnout among Women Was Low for the Jeddah Vote That Ended Tuesday; 17 Female Candidates Participated
This city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry elections - made historic by the participation of women - ended Tuesday with little expectation that even one of the 17 female candidates would win a seat on the board.But the elections, the first in which...
Iraq War Books Do a Quickstep into Print ; in the Past, It Might Have Taken Decades for a War Memoir to Be Published. Today, Half a Dozen Books Address a Conflict Less Than Three Years Old
Not every publisher was impressed when Chris Ayres pitched a book in 2004 about his adventures as an unprepared young reporter plopped into the middle of the Iraq war a year earlier."The biggest criticism was that it was old," recalls Mr. Ayres, a Los...
It's Too Early to Assess a Legacy, but Not Presidential Candidates
President Bush is embattled and his administration is adrift in the second-term doldrums. But three years is an eternity in politics and much can happen to change the landscape before Americans vote on his successor.Dominating all is Iraq and how it...
Just the Way You Are ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
You say it's just the way you've always been. Or maybe it's Mom's fault - she was that way, too. Yet the "why" of personality remains mostly a mystery.So in a new study, a team of researchers is looking to our feathered friends for insights into the...
Letters
Buy $100 laptops for the poor with profits from sale to the richRegarding the Nov. 16 article, "A low-cost laptop for every child": I have seen photos of this $100 laptop in other publications. It is so perfect for so many people - not because of the...
No Need to Fear the Color Orange
A year old, Ukraine's "orange revolution" is receiving strong push back - from outside the country. Autocratic governments from China to Uzbekistan, fearful of the spread of street protests, have cracked down on the type of nonprofit, activist groups...
Reporters on the Job
* Defense Decor: Staff writer Howard LaFranchi says the press outside Baghdad's Ministry of Defense compound has nothing to do with the media.Among those trying to enter the perimeter are young people trying to join the military, old men inquiring about...
Spy Case Patterns the Chinese Style of Espionage
One of the shredded documents the FBI says it recovered from Chi Mak's trash seemed to be a set of instructions. Machine printed, in Chinese, it urged Mr. Mak - an engineer for a California defense firm and a naturalized US citizen - to attend more seminars...
Storm Season Ends: Are Potent Hurricanes Linked to Global Warming?
As the curtain drops on the 2005 hurricane season Wednesday, the collective sigh of relief from a storm-weary country is palpable.The record-breaking year touched virtually every corner of the nation - from flattened, flooded homes in the Gulf to eye-popping...
The State of the National Conversation
What do you call an ad hominem attack when it's made against a woman? That's the question that popped into my mind the other day when I read a reader e-mail taking issue with a story by one of the women on our staff.The message didn't discuss ideas or...
Tiny Border Towns Booming in Mexico ; Increased Vigilance Forces Migrants to Cross to US from Remote Areas, Creating New Boomtowns
The main street trails off after eight blocks. The three-man police force has nap hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The top attraction in town, locals say, nodding knowingly, is the steamed beef tacos over at Anabel's corner stand.But look closely: the...
'Tis the Season of the Extreme Shopper
The countdown to Christmas is on - only 25 more days - and shoppers are out, lists and credit cards in hand. Yet anyone observing consumer behavior this month might be tempted to call the beginning of the 2005 holiday season the Year of the Extreme Shopper.As...
Tough Row to Hoe in Louisiana ; Hurricanes Rita and Katrina Caused $1.6 Billion in Damage to the State's Farm Economy
This is the time of year when Emmett Fowler would be pulling bright navel oranges, sweet satsumas, and juicy grapefruit from his citrus trees. Instead, Mr. Fowler expects he will be plowing under his 2,000 lifeless fruit trees."The state will have to...
When Will Iraqis Be Ready? ; in a Speech Wednesday, Bush Is Expected to Highlight Increases in Trained Iraqi Battalions
As the US pursues an intense debate over when its 155,000 troops in Iraq should come home, the arguments quickly lead to central questions about Iraq's new security forces: when will those forces be ready to take on more of their country's defensive...