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 23, 2005

Anyone Can Write a Blog, but Will Anyone Read It?
It's easy to tell when an idea or a thing has made the jump from fad to standard - it becomes a verb. For instance, a fax, short for facsimile, became faxing. The same thing has happened to blogging, a word now heard so often that it seems as though...
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A Thanksgiving That's out of This World ; Another Slice of Irradiated Smoked Turkey, Anyone? Grab Some More Thermostabilized Candied Yams before They Float Away
Thursday, Bill McArthur will enjoy smoked turkey with mashed potatoes. He's still making up his mind on the side dishes - probably corn and green beans. He plans to finish up with cherry cobbler for dessert.But his meal will lack that "home cooked" ambiance...
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Backstory: A Day You Can Count on ; Thanksgiving by the Numbers
256 million turkeys will be raised in the US in 2005. That estimate is down 3 percent from 2004, when total sales were valued at $3.1 billion. - USDA44.5 million will come from farms in Minnesota, the top turkey- producing state. Next biggest producers...
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Big Decisions in Little Hands ; Parents Increasingly Turn to Their Children When Making Decisions about What to Buy
Stacy DeBroff considers herself a savvy shopper. But on some subjects, her 13-year-old daughter is even savvier, as Ms. DeBroff discovered when the two went shopping for a cellphone.Teenager Kyle Remy told her with cool authority, "Mom, these are the...
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Bosnians Agree: Commemorate Bruce Lee
In the heart of Europe's war-torn Balkans, a land where it's hard to get people to agree on anything, there's one point of common ground: The new Bruce Lee statue will point north.When it is unveiled in Mostar Saturday, the 5-foot, 7-inch bronze likeness...
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Bring More 'Meat' to the Dinner Table
We are in the midst of a week that features equal portions of gratitude and uncomfortable dinner conversations. For many, Thanksgiving is a mixed bag; we count our blessings and defend our beliefs. Good manners dictate no talk of politics or religion,...
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Evidence of Progress and Freedom
Observing a world sometimes beset by strife and violence, I've made it a practice to give thanks each Thanksgiving for trends or events or people in that world for which we should be grateful.Here's my 10-point list for 2005:1. Brave young men and women...
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GOP Loses an Asset: 'Purple' Democrats ; Dozens of Democrats Who Used to Support Republican Bills Are Now Voting 'No.'
In a major shift aimed at the 2006 midterm elections, House Democrats are suddenly closing ranks on big votes, forcing an embattled Republican leadership to eke out victories, where they can, on their own.On three big votes recently - the energy bill,...
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Gratitude as a Power
I appreciate a nation that would make a holiday that focuses us on gratitude and home. It's rare in this day and age to have so many people pausing with humility for simple, soulful things.We should do it more often! Gratitude is powerful, the core of...
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Gratitude in the Present Tense ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
My list was already three pages long, and I was still going strong. But this handwritten reminder of my blessings deviated from lists I'd made in the past.When it comes to gratitude, I'm grateful to say that there seems much to be grateful for in my...
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Grover Norquist
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is a major force in Washington conservative circles.Since 1993, he has hosted weekly meetings of conservative activists in the nation's capital which Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund has...
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How a Simple Meal Helped the World's Top Marathoner
I heard about a new TV show in the United States called "The Biggest Loser" in which overweight contestants vie to shed pounds and win $250,000. I have to confess that while I understand the concept, I was a little baffled.As a long-distance marathon...
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How Should US Prepare for a Post-Castro Cuba?
From the Bay of Pigs to poison cigars, American attempts to rid the world of Fidel Castro have repeatedly been met with embarrassment and failure.After 46 years, Mr. Castro's wheezing revolution has even outlived his cold-war ally, the once-mighty Soviet...
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In Central North Carolina, There's Little Water Anywhere ; to Cope with a Drought, Raleigh Slaps Some Residents with $1,000 Fines for Excess Water Use
All seems ordinary until you breach Woodpecker Ridge and descend to Falls Lake. That's when you can see that the water is almost gone, creating a moonscape with an exposed lake bed.A severe local drought - one of three in the US right now - has nearly...
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Israel's 'Disco Rabbi' Brings Meals, Hope to Children ; Charity Work Helps Some 6,000 Immigrants and Orphans Find a Life outside Crime, Drugs, and Alcohol
It's the beginning of the academic year at Migdal Ohr and 700 new students, all underprivileged Israeli children, are getting accustomed to life on the sprawling school campus in the middle of this dusty northern Israeli town. Meanwhile, in an office...
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Kenyan Referendum Registers Discontent with President ; 58 Percent of Voters Rejected a Proposed Constitution That Included Gender Equality and Limits on Presidential Power
President Mwai Kibaki's electorate emphatically rejected his new constitution in a vote seen as a referendum on his faltering record.Results announced Tuesday from Monday's nationwide poll showed the "No" camp in the lead with 57 percent of the 6.3 million...
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Legalizing the Muslim Brotherhood
As Egypt's autocratic regime cracks open the door to real democracy, should it let in the Muslim Brotherhood - a popular social and political group that wants rule by Islamic law? The group demands it be made a legal political party. But to do so illustrates...
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Marines' Thanksgiving Wish: 'Hot Chow' ; in Remote Western Iraq, Marines Say Anything but an MRE
There's a rumor circulating among the marines of the 2/6 that "hot chow" is coming.The fervor with which marines here talk of the possibility of a hot meal - roasted turkey, steaming stuffing, and tart cranberry sauce - being delivered to their sandy,...
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Morocco's Rising Islamist Challenge ; the Monarch's Reforms Are Being Tested by Moderate and Radical Islamist Groups
Like the US after 9/11, Morocco has waged a war on terror ever since bombers struck the city of Casablanca in May 2003.On Sunday, the country appeared to have won a minor battle: Its official press agency reported that Moroccan police arrested 17 men...
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New Iraq Strategy: Stay in Hot Spots ; to Keep Insurgents from Retaking Towns, US Troops Are Now Setting Up Local Camps
As US Marines battle insurgents in a string of towns in Iraq's western Anbar Province, they are applying lessons learned from their experience in Fallujah: Flush out insurgents, then stay there.Some of those farming towns, along the Euphrates River,...
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Over Laughter, Food, and Music, Strangers Became Friends ; as a Student Visiting from India, My First Thanksgiving Was Perhaps Closest in Spirit to the Original Significance of the Holiday
When I first arrived in America from India as a university student, Thanksgiving was merely a date marked in red on my calendar that promised a welcome respite from classes.When friends invited me to visit for the long weekend, I declined, planning to...
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Refinery Bottleneck to Ease ; Oil Companies Already Have Plans to Add 6 Percent to US Capacity
In a move that could bode well for Americans' gas tanks, the oil industry is quickening its pace of investing in more refining capacity.Over the past two months, energy companies have announced refinery expansions of almost 1 million barrels of oil per...
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Six Years in Transition, Kosovo Eyes Final Status Talks ; UN Envoy Martti Ahtisaari, Who Helped End the Last of the Balkan Conflicts, Is Touring the War-Torn Region This Week
Albanian politicians here say they're more than ready to start negotiating their way out of the six-year limbo as a UN- administered province of Serbia."This is the final piece of the puzzle," says Blerim Shala, who coordinates the Albanian negotiators'...
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The Eye in the Sky Sees All
With the rise of Web services like TerraServer, Virtual Earth, and Google Maps, satellite imagery of the home planet has become so publicly accessible as to risk being taken for granted. But that's not to say that we can't still be impressed by these...
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Urban Legends and Other Tales of the City
I keep hoping that Ahmed Chalabi might surrender his political aspirations and find his way onto some other stage - as a character in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, or maybe a new show by Andrew Lloyd Webber, in extended tryouts out of town somewhere.But...
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US Volunteers Find Pakistan More Friendly Than Feared
Doctor Mary Burry has seen ethnic strife in Kosovo, war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But she still had apprehensions about volunteering in Pakistan, a country she often equated with terrorists and violence."Like most Americans, I had the idea that this is...
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Weighing Compromise on Iran's Nukes ; UN's Watchdog Agency Meets Thursday to Review Iran's Case. Iran Says Its Program Is Peaceful
The diplomatic tussle over Iran's controversial atomic program has heated up in advance of a meeting Thursday of the UN's nuclear watchdog.Iran's parliament passed a bill Monday that would oblige the government to "stop voluntary and nonlegally binding...
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When US Bars Its Door to Foreign Scholars ; A Lawsuit Wants the Bush Administration to Explain Why It Denied Entry to Intellectuals Who've Criticized US Policy
Concern is mounting that the US government is using antiterror laws - namely, the Patriot Act - to revive a now-discredited practice common during the cold war: the prevention of foreign intellectuals who are critical of administration policies from...
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