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 December 1, 2005

After-School Programs Invade Britain
It's getting dark and the bell for the final class of the day has long since rung, but the classrooms and corridors of Latchmere Junior school are still abuzz with activity.In one room, a triangular table of 10-year-olds pour over French grammar lessons,...
Backstory: Detroit's Blade Runner ; Steve Yzerman: Icon on Ice
Inside a small souvenir shop at Joe Louis Arena, just off the Detroit River, a cashier is on the phone. "There's only one Yzerman hat left. Send up some more," she says. There's only one problem: There are no more. The stockroom is out. "OK, well, if...
Best Friends Forever ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
I had a weird dream a few weeks ago. It involved a friend from my youth. She and I were seeing each other again after 22 years and trying to catch up while getting lost driving to the church I attended as a child. We wound up in downtown Chicago, which...
Bush Eyes Iraq Endgame ; His Speech Stresses Progress Training Iraqi Forces, Which May Allow Some US Troops to Leave
The White House has launched a major push to convince the US public that the war in Iraq will end in victory, not just an exit - while defining "victory" as something that may include continued political fragility and insurgent attacks.Thus in his speech...
Controversy Grows in Europe over CIA Jail Network
A gathering storm of outrage will greet Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits Europe next week amid allegations that the CIA has been using airports and military bases across the Continent to secretly transport and detain terrorist suspects.Six...
Defining Victory in Iraq, Finally
Nearly 1,000 days into the Iraq war, President Bush again opened fire on a key front: American opinion. In a speech Wednesday and with a 35-page report, Mr. Bush finally defined his terms for victory. His critical victory: sustaining public support.It's...
Elections 101, Iraqi-Style ; Ahead of the Dec. 15 Vote, the US Takes Its Voter Education Drive to Iraq's Sunni Arabs
Like proselytizers trying to sell a gospel of democracy to hidebound skeptics, two Iraqi election commissioners sit before a select crowd in the northern city of Mosul, and listen to complaints.They come swift and unrelenting, mostly from minority Sunni...
Google's Open Skies Raise Cries
When the popular search engine Google debuted a free global location tool in June, Internet users were given an opportunity to view full-color satellite photos from thousands of far-flung areas - from the Rocky Mountains to the Taj Mahal.But this fall,...
Inmates Try Boot Camp for Kicking Drugs ; despite Failures of Such Camps Elsewhere, Minnesota Finds Success with More Treatment and Longer Stints
In this remote section of Minnesota woods, the 14 prisoners of Echo Squad march in seamless military formation, dressed in neat khakis and blue hats, repeating cadence calls that are more Dr. Phil than Sergeant Hartman:"Now it's time to be a man; fix...
Letters
Democracy in Africa depends on countries' vibrant civil societiesMakau Mutua's Nov. 29 Opinion piece, "How to keep Africa from backsliding," provides a succinct survey of the African political landscape. But Mr. Mutua errs in his policy prescriptions.First,...
Nature Teaches Engineers New Tricks
To help solve design problems, we should look to nature. For example, ants could help with traffic patterns, bees could provide insights on aerodynamics, and skunk cabbage may reveal new ways to regulate temperature.Through millions of years of evolution,...
Our Home's Designer Look, Courtesy of Fisher-Price
Move over, Martha Stewart - I have redecorated my house and it is fabulous! My days of paging through furniture and design catalogs for new, spectacular ideas have ended. Forget Art Deco, French country, or urban contemporary styles - for me, those are...
Quake Emboldens Pakistani TV ; Images of Desperate Victims Have Irked the Government, Already under Fire for a Slow Response
Television anchor Hamid Mir may have crossed the line in the town of Bagh, at a school under which 1,500 boys lay either dead or injured along with 100 teachers."I'm asking the only surviving teacher, putting pressure on him for a sound bite. At the...
Spaghetti for Dinner - Again? ; I Try to Experiment in the Kitchen, but Even the Greek Pizza I Attempted Devolved into a Sticky Mess That Had to Be Eaten with a Spoon
Perhaps because of my unremarkable childhood diet of meat and potatoes, I am always fascinated by how much thought other people devote to food.For example, some local friends recently invited me and my two sons to dinner. These people were perfectly...
The Fractious Politics of Immigration ; the Issue Splits Both Parties, Forcing Bush to Build an Unusual Coalition in Push for Reform Plan
When George W. Bush spoke out for immigration reform early this week, he probably knew he was reaching into a hornet's nest. But by all accounts, this incendiary issue lies near the president's heart - going back to his days as governor of a border state,...
The Mystery of Teaching Science ... Solved! ; Hands-On Learning Is Key to Engaging Middle-Schoolers in Math and Science - and Filling the Pipeline for Careers in Related Fields
"This class is mad!"That's eighth-grader Michelle Morris's high praise for her science teacher. As she and her classmates hover over tables creating models of our solar system using plastic buttons, glue, and paper - a quick exercise to think about the...
The Poverty of American Cities and French Suburbs ; Big-Government Solutions Pull Poor People in, and Push Employers Out
A hurricane exposes the poverty of America's inner cities, and the champions of big government make political hay out of it. Riots lay bare the underclass in Paris's suburbs, and the French are astounded that such a thing could exist in their country.Bill...
The US Needs More Debate about Reducing Its Deficit
The approach of Christmas is a good time to talk about whether there really is a Santa Claus. The US government is acting like a true believer. And well it might. Only largess from Santa can bail it out of manifold difficulties. There are record deficits...
US Carmakers at Crossroads ; Detroit's Big Three Must Downsize to Survive, Experts Say
Charles Knox braved the chill November winds this week alongside hundreds of union colleagues in this blue-collar city to send a signal to auto industry management: We're not going down without a fight.But Robert "Steve" Miller, CEO of Delphi Corp.,...
Volunteers Stalk HIV Ignorance on a Trek around India
There's something timeless about the arrival of a street-theater group in the hustle-bustle bazaar of a small town like Palwal. The actors arrive, shouting, beating two-sided dholak drums, and donning kitschy costumes of golden tinsel.A crowd naturally...
Why Avoid Using 'Merry Christmas'?
The all-inclusive "Happy Holidays" greeting has become an annual December puzzler for towns, public schools, and businesses: How do we respect the holiday traditions of one group of citizens without causing detriment to another?While Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,...