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 February 25, 2011

American Idol Top 24: Brett Loewenstern Takes Final Slot from Colton Dixon, Jacee Badeaux
America Idol's Top 24 were revealed Thursday night, and early favorites such as Casey Abrams and Lauren Alaina did well. But America's 15-year-old sweetheart, Jacee Badeaux, is sent home in the final double elimination.Viewers were able to breath a sigh...
Arab Revolt Is a Tidal Wave. Does the West Get What's Really Behind It?
We've blown it so far by thinking in terms of stability, or security. We should have been thinking most about values: our own. The opportunities for progress are far greater with a democratic Middle East. And the implications will dwarf both the war...
By Keeping His Distance, Has Obama Played Wisconsin Right?
With the battle of Wisconsin reverberating in union halls across the country, Obama has refrained from weighing in forcefully on a core Democratic issue. Analysts say he has played it right.As the great battle of Wisconsin has raged - the newly minted...
Crew on Shuttle Discovery Settles into Routine, Including Inspection of Tiles
One day into the final mission for the space shuttle Discovery, the orbiter's systems were 'in great shape.' But the craft's heat- shedding tiles were closely inspected for post-launch damage.After their first full day in space, the shuttle Discovery...
Cure for Middle East Oil Shock? A Higher US Gasoline Tax
A gradual increase in US gasoline taxes would bring a host of benefits, from deficit reduction to cleaner air to less reliance on autocratic nations. But Congress needs a long-term view to take this step now.Markets dislike uncertainty. And the Middle...
Did Rep. Paul Broun Flub 'Who Is Going to Shoot Obama?' Query?
Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who has called Obama a socialist, didn't immediately condemn a question asked at a town hall meeting: 'Who is going to shoot Obama?' Do politicians have a duty to denounce such talk?Rep. Paul Broun, a conservative from...
Egyptians Protest in Tahrir, Angry over New Cabinet
Egyptians say not enough has changed since Mubarak fell two weeks ago today. The protest shows that toppling a dictator is but the first step in the uprisings sweeping the Arab world.Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square today to push for the fulfillment...
George Harrison: 5 Best Books for His 68th Birthday
The one they called the "quiet Beatle" was born on Feb. 25, 1943 - which would have made today his 68th birthday. If you've been missing the man ranked at No. 21 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," you can of course...
Golf Star Lorena Ochoa Swings Strong in Face of Mexico Drug War
Lorena Ochoa teed off in her first PGA Tour event since retiring nearly a year ago, her star power lending a needed boost to sports events in violence-wracked Mexico.Nearly a year after retiring as the most celebrated golfer in Mexican history, Lorena...
Hall Pass: Movie Review
In 'Hall Pass,' two husbands plunge into chasing women after being granted a week off from their marriages by their wives in this crass comedy.Peter and Bobby Farrelly are gross-out artists in transition. Likeothers of their ilk, such as Kevin Smith...
How Dictators Stash Their Cash 101: Egypt, Libya Not Alone in Losing Assets
Switzerland says it has returned more than $1.5 billion over the past 20 years, but money laundering continues on a grand scale. 'It's like untying the Gordian knot,' says a former Department of Justice official.While progress is being made in the fight...
How Dictators Stash Their Cash 101: How Can Egypt Track Stolen Assets?
A first step is identifying where assets are held. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is said to have billions stashed in bank accounts from Dubai to Switzerland.It's a multibillion-dollar question: When does an autocrat's wealth become illicit? Often only...
How Dictators Stash Their Cash 101: Qaddafi, Mubarak, and Others
Muammar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak are both said to be worth billions of dollars. 'Hiding money is not rocket science,' says Jeffrey Robinson, author of a money laundering expose.The US Embassy of Tripoli called it "Qaddafi Incorporated" - the Libyan...
How Mideast Turmoil Affects Oil Prices. Six Questions Answered
From the first spark of Middle East unrest in Tunisia in December until the violent suppression of protests in Libya in late February, the price of a barrel of crude oil rose from $88 a barrel to more than $100. But rising demand - from oil-hungry China...
How Qaddafi Started Losing Libya
Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and a long-time opposition hub, started a wave of rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi that is now closing in on Tripoli.The ruins of the sprawling military barracks in Benghazi, where a group of angry youths took on...
India Wants Fighter Jets - but without American Baggage
As Boeing vies for a contract to build 126 new fighter jets for India, an estimated 35,000 new US jobs are at stake. But America's foreign policy may tilt India toward European firms instead.An Indian Air Force pilot dressed in a flight suit and sunglasses...
Interview: Kofi Annan Says Ivory Coast Mediators Could Draw on Kenya's Example
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who led Kenya's post- election mediation, says lessons learned in 2008 could help resolve the current Ivory Coast standoff.When Kofi Annan came to Kenya in January 2008 to help mediate a political crisis that had...
Iraqis Stage 'Day of Rage' despite Government Lockdown
Iraqi protesters burned or tried to storm government buildings from the southern port of Basra to the northern cities of Mosul and Huwaijah, where at least five were killed.An unprecedented lockdown of Iraq's capital failed to deter thousands of Iraqis...
Irish Election Could Produce Historic Shift in Government
Ireland is poised for a major shift toward more conservative government at the polls today, spurred by a financial crisis that has left it with enormous debt, a housing bust, and high unemployment.An economically devastated Ireland goes to the polls...
Jail Time for Sneaking Kids into a Better School: Was Justice Served?
The case of an Ohio woman who lied so her girls could attend a better school triggers a sharp debate about equity in public education.Would you go to jail to give your children a better education? How about falsifying documents? Would you claim your...
James Franco and Anne Hathaway: Why Are They Hosting the Oscars?
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are the youngest to have hosted the Oscars. The choice has people guessing: Why were Franco and Hathaway chosen to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards? And why two hosts?James Franco and Anne Hathaway? Hmm. Young, attractive,...
Libya: US Closes Embassy in Tripoli, Sanctions Loom
Libya death toll could be in the thousands. The international community is responding in several ways, including at a meeting Friday of the UN Human Rights Council, which set up a commission of inquiry into the violence.As international pressure continued...
New Goals in a New Economy and World
A Christian Science perspective: Rethinking goals can bring a deeper sense of purpose, basing life on a more solid foundation.With the economy still not as stable as we'd like it, and with so much around the globe that keeps changing, I find it's not...
New Zealand Earthquake: Economy Takes a Hit, Too
New Zealand earthquake losses could reach $12 billion or more, because of the huge impact from indirect losses.As New Zealand begins to pick up the pieces from Tuesday's huge earthquake in Christchurch, it's beginning to tote up the magnitude of the...
Obama Decision on Gay Marriage Shows Government Trying to Abolish God
The hubris of Obama's DOMA decision should astound us. We have entered a brave new world - a world where the government has not only the authority to raise taxes, but to raze marriage. Where it has the authority not only to define speed limits, but to...
Obama's DOMA Shift: Why Public Embrace of Gay Marriage - and Gays - Is Now Certain
Obama's stance against the Defense of Marriage Act is a key milestone in what looks increasingly like irreversible progress toward full social - and legal - acceptance of gays and lesbians.The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was always an odd law....
Oscar Predictions 2011: Keep Your Eye on the King's Speech
Oscar predictions 2011: The Monitor's film critic Peter Rainer picks which movies, and which actors, should win in five major Oscar categories. Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and best documentary. Do you agree?Oscar predictions...
Production of 'Two and a Half Men' Canceled after Charlie Sheen Rant
A Charlie Sheen rant ripping his TV show's producer and dismissing his own problems with alcohol appears to have crossed Hollywood's lines of propriety. CBS: Work on episodes of 'Two and a Half Men' canceled.It appears that Charlie Sheen, the popular...
Qaddafi's Plan B? 'Live and Die in Libya.'
Muammar Qaddafi is taking a defiant stand even as rebel forces close in on Tripoli. Libya's leader today volunteered to open his weapons caches to anyone who wants to fight on his side.The demise of Muammar Qaddafi's regime now appears inevitable, with...
Swiss Freeze Qaddafi Assets: How Dictators Stash Their Cash 101
Switzerland froze the assets of Libya strongman Muammar Qaddafi and 26 other people from his entourage, less than two weeks after freezing assets belonging to Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.Switzerland on Thursday announced it was freezing any assets in its banks...
The Oscars: In 'King's Speech' and 'Social Network,' Media Are the Message
Two Best Picture contenders at the Oscars, 'King's Speech' and 'The Social Network,' revolve around the advent of new forms of communication. Why that theme resounds with audiences.What do "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" - two frontrunners...
Top Afghan Insurgents Tout Girls' Education, Not Bombs
Hizb-e-Islami, a key militant group, is increasingly supporting many Afghan government priorities, such as girls' education. Such cooperation could boost peace efforts.When Vygaudas Usackas became the European Union's ambassador to Afghanistan and traveled...
Toyota Recall: Final Fix for Sudden Acceleration?
Toyota recall involves nearly 2.2 million vehicles. US government closes investigation with latest Toyota recall.By recalling nearly 2.2 million vehicles Thursday, Toyota is hoping it has finally gotten its arms around sudden-acceleration problems that...
US Army May Have Used PSYOP against Senators. How Is That Different from PR?
According to Rolling Stone, a general asked a psychological operations specialist to help him get inside the heads of visiting senators. The military asks, was he trying to manipulate the Congressional delegation or just be a good host?Allegations in...
Washington Trims Pell Grants: How Will Students Pay Fall Tuition?
Washington's new austerity may make it harder for low-income students to afford college. Pell Grants are on the chopping block, losing $5.7 billion under the current House proposal.As students plan ahead for college next fall, it's hard to know exactly...
What Should Obama Do with Libya's Qaddafi? Tell Him to Go to Belarus
The Obama administration should encourage its allies to influence Qaddafi to flee to Belarus. Its brutal Lukashenko regime is Qaddafi's closest military and political ally. Qaddafi's departure to Belarus would be the best and fastest way to stop the...
What Will US Do with 15 Somali Pirates after Fatal Hijacking?
In the past, the US has asked other nations, such as Kenya, to handle cases involving Somali pirates. But some expect a different strategy this time.The Department of Justice says it and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are evaluating evidence related...
Why Japan Has a Problem with Prime Ministers
The straight-talking Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan inspired 'Yes we Kan' T-shirts when he took office last June, but he's now in trouble. The past four prime ministers have lasted less than a year.It all looked so different in June last year when...
Why the Web May Unleash the Largest Construction Boom in History
The rise of ships, trains, and cars transformed cities and the way we live. Now it's the Web's turn.The Internet has already reshaped our mental space. Thanks to the Web, the way we read, recall, and relate is vastly different from the way it was just...