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 March 8, 2006

A Little Piglet Makes a Big Difference ; in Nepal, Families Promise Not to Let Their Daughters Become Indentured Servants in Exchange for a Free Pig
A parade of young Nepalese girls, about 900 strong, in blue school uniforms or long swirling shirts marched through the village square in Dang Valley earlier this year. They chanted and held banners that said: "Let's send our girls to school!" and "An...
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Audubon's American Birds - as Large as Life
Two surprises may confront you when you see plates from John James Audubon's masterpiece, "The Birds of America," in their original form.The first is their exceptional size.The (untrimmed) sheets of paper on which "The Birds" were printed measured 29-1/2...
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Backstory: Pop! Goes the Curriculum ; 'American Idol,' for Better or Worse, Is Filling Music Classes with Eager Singers
When Jane Waldrop's fifth- and sixth-graders report for her mandatory music classes, they are rarely eager to volunteer for performances of any kind. Or, rather, they weren't eager to perform before Ms. Waldrop turned her kids into believers by adding...
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Behind the Christian Peacemakers' Trip to Iraq ; A Videotape Tuesday Showed Three of the Four Hostages, Who Have Been Held since November
More than 100 days after the abduction of four of their peace activists in Iraq, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) says no contact has been made with the group holding them, and no communication from the hostages has reached their families. A silent videotape...
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California's Stem-Cell Initiative on Hold ; the State's First-in-the-Nation Move to Support Embryonic Stem-Cell Research Is Stuck in Court. Lawmakers Are Reviewing It, Too
Jeanne Loring is all dressed up in her lab coat and has - so to speak - nowhere to go.As co-director of the stem-cell center for the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, Calif., Ms. Loring has spent the past 15 months acquiring incubators, biosafety hoods,...
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Early Visits Lure Poor into College
Growing up in a working-class Boston neighborhood, Leide Cabral's path to college wasn't always clear. "I wanted to go, but I didn't know how that was going to happen," the high school senior says. She attended an underperforming middle school and remembers...
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Fire Up That Grill, Even If It's Freezing
Bears hibernate through winter, but grilled burgers don't have to. Why should they? Gone are the days of your father's massive brick outdoor fireplaces the size of Stonehenge that threw off enough energy to fuel a cruise ship and had grills large enough...
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For Indians, the Tax Man Rarely Cometh ; India's Government Wants to End a Culture of Tax Evasion That Is Limiting Funds for Public Services
As a booming India strives to achieve ambitious development goals set out in its national budget last month, it faces a major obstacle: rampant income tax evasion. Only about 30 million Indians pay taxes even though the country's middle class, estimated...
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French Youth Want Jobs - with Security ; Masses Protested a Bill That Would Make It Easier to Get Hired - and Fired
When Corinne, a 27-year-old Parisienne, earned her Masters degree in bilingual journalism four years ago, she had high hopes for her career as an international reporter.Today, after an endless series of unpaid internships, short-term contracts, freelance...
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From the Guantanamo Papers ; Newly Released Pentagon Transcripts of Tribunal Proceedings Offer Details about the Men Being Detained There
I did have those guns - but they belonged to the government of Afghanistan.I was just showing off when I talked about Osama bin Laden.We lost our goats. That's why we were looking through binoculars.I've never even picked up a gun. Well, once. I cut...
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Helping to Avert Civil War ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
Can Iraq's slide into civil war be prevented? The hundreds of killings in recent days, tragedy upon tragedy forced on innocent families, have seemed to forecast future unrest on a massive scale.The weekend curfew appears to have quieted the turbulence,...
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Help Storm Refugees Find Shelter ; Denying Housing to Those with Criminal Records Will Perpetuate Cycles of Crime
When hurricanes scattered to the winds tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents many landed on the soft soil of a nation eager to embrace them. The earth is beginning to harden - last month Federal Emergency Management Agency started cutting back on...
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High Property Taxes Driving a New Revolt ; Several States Eye Moves to Cap Tax Growth after Property Boom
In Orford, N.H., a tin-roofed hunting cabin worth $10,000 was recently assessed at $200,000, just for its mountain view. Taxes on the cabin and its outhouse skyrocketed.Around Lake Tahoe, along the California-Nevada border, property taxes have shot up...
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In Book-Poor Egypt, an Influx of 'Magic School Bus' and 'Pooh' ; to Improve Literacy, the US and Egypt Will Give Every Public School 700 New Books
For the students at the tiny Ibshadat primary school, surrounded by sugar cane fields in this southern Egyptian village, their library consisted of only 30 dog-eared books in a small cabinet.That was before 700 books arrived, part of a new joint US-...
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It's Not Play; It's Creativity
When my young son plays with his shape sorter, I'm in no hurry for him to put the square block in the square hole and the triangular block in the triangular hole. I've watched friends and family rush to Clarke's "assistance," pointing to the matching...
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Large Helpings of Happiness Served with Your Lunch ; This Wasn't What Grandma Was Expecting When She Ate Out
Staring at the menu meant absorbing the idea of food as emotion. "I am gracious," "I am whole," and "I am accepting" all referred to menu items, which was very confusing."What does this mean?" Grandma inquired."Well, 'I am warm' is miso soup. You know,...
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Let Presidents Drain Federal Red Ink
Washington's red-ink spending has long been an issue of possible damage to the economy and outsized government. Now, with one congressman in jail for taking bribes to influence the budget and perhaps others to be indicted, a moral wind is also blowing...
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Letters
Prince Charles won't imperil democracy by voicing his opinionI couldn't help but chuckle at Brendan O'Neill's March 6 Opinion piece, "Prince Charles should keep political proclivities to himself." Obviously the prince has the desire to express his mind-...
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More Power to the Pen: Bush Urges New Veto Tool ; the White House Proposed Legislation This Week That Would Give the Chief Executive a Line-Item Veto
The presidential line-item veto is back.As far back as the 1870s, with President Ulysses Grant, America's chief executives have yearned for such a tool - that is, the right to strike out sections of bills they deem objectionable, usually those involving...
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More Than Just a Photo Portfolio
After having reviewed a few hundred websites over the years, it's not often that I can say, "I've never seen anything like this before," but Ashes and Snow genuinely presented me with an original experience - both in terms of its subject matter and its...
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New, No-Fault Default
'Remember when 'default' was a bad thing?" a friend of mine asked rhetorically a while back. She was commenting on how a word once associated with shortage and failure in the realms of basic household needs and then higher finance has found new life...
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Troubled Soldiers Turn to Chaplains for Help
Army Spc. Travis Dulaney, who served in combat in Iraq, is wound as tight as a trip wire.Visibly pained, the Mississippi native says he is unable to tell his family what happened to him - and what he did - in his year of fighting. Those memories, he...
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Unsavory Content in Kids' Shows Does a Disservice to Youth ; Parents Should Not Assume That Children's Programming Is Child- Friendly
Well, the self-congratulatory glitter of Oscar night has come and gone, and I am not going to add to those moviegoers who have already shelled out more than $76 million to see "Brokeback Mountain," or $53 million to see "Crash."I do not feel especially...
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US Dials Back the Volume on 'Democracy' ; Bush's Public Pronouncements on Islamic Democratization Take on a Softer Tone, as His Recent Trip to Pakistan Showed
President Bush has begun to soften his tone on the urgency of democratizing Muslim countries, lately choosing more cautious words that some experts say are a better match with his administration's modest political goals for countries ranging from Morocco...
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Why Terror Financing Is So Tough to Track Down ; British Leader Gordon Brown Called Last Month for the Creation of a Multinational Team to Crack the Problem
When police raided a London mosque three years ago in their pursuit of a radical Islamic preacher, they found forged passports, laminating equipment, and bundles of cash.The haul, details of which were only recently made public, speaks volumes about...
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