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 16, 2007

A 'Breach' between History and Hollywood
The new film "Breach," starring Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe, depicts the true story of the FBI's most notorious mole - as seen through the lens of Hollywood, of course. Anytime moviemakers stand in as history teachers - bearing the familiar disclaimer,...
A 'Classic' Love of Literature ; an Idea Occurred to Me. Why Not Find the Classics Illustrated Comic of a Book I Know Intimately?
My years as a very young reader fell squarely within the heyday of Classics Illustrated, a 160-plus-volume comic-book series that condensed and simplified great works of literature into 40 or 50 pages of cartoon frames. They might have horrified the...
Antislavery Efforts Imperiled in Brazil ; A New Law Nullifies the Ability of Labor Auditors and Prosecutors to Assess Employer-Employee Relationships
A decision by Brazil's Congress to curb the powers of labor auditors threatens to jeopardize an antislavery program that led to the release of more than 15,000 slaves and made Brazil a world leader in fighting indentured servitude, officials and activists...
A Plan to Invest Big Bucks in a Big Dream for Downtown L.A
Downtown Los Angeles appears headed for a skyline makeover.A $2 billion plan to build a mini- complex of office and residential towers at the city's center - approved Tuesday in a rare act of collaboration by the Los Angeles City Council and the County...
Backlash Grows against Free Trade ; A Record US Trade Deficit Is Rekindling the Globalization Debate
Worries about the dark side of free trade are surfacing in the United States in ways that could affect the course of globalization worldwide.Don't expect an outright retreat from global commerce just yet, but it is becoming more likely that the US will...
Backstory: A Heavenly Home for Hedgehogs ; St. Tiggywinkles, Britain's First Wildlife Hospital, Rehabilitates Injured Animals Whose Paths Collide with Man
Inside row upon row of rolled-up pastel towels, small, thorny creatures are snoozing. It's mid-morning after all, and hedgehogs simply do not like to rise before dusk.This isn't a hedgehog spa, nor a fantastical Beatrix Potter tale. This is St. Tiggywinkles...
Congress's Next Iraq Moves Could Open Party Rifts ; A Probable Move to Curb Funding for a 'Surge' May Put Democrats at Odds with One Another
The House debate on a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq opened rifts in Republican ranks, as lawmakers were forced to take a tough vote on the war.But the next move - to curb war funding - could do the same for Democrats,...
France in Bid to Salvage Waning Ties to Africa ; France Is Hosting Its 24th Franco-African Summit This Week as Critics Slam Its Role in the Region
Following hard on the heels of Chinese President Hu Jintao's eight-nation tour of Africa last week and the US announcement that it will create a new military command for Africa, the Franco- African summit in the swanky city of Cannes, France, shows that...
ID the Shoe, Finger the Culprit? ; Britain Launches a Database of Thousands of Footwear Patterns to Help Solve Crimes
A new online crime-fighting tool was launched in Britain Thursday that may have villains quaking in their boots.Forensic scientists unveiled the Footwear Intelligence Technology, a database of thousands of shoes, footprints, and other footwear patterns...
In 2008 Race, Many Presidential 'Firsts' Are Possible ; Candidates' Race, Gender, Age, and Religion Are among the Factors That Could Shape the Election
The 2008 presidential field presents a veritable cornucopia of potential firsts - a woman, an African-American, a Hispanic, a Mormon, and, representing the attribute perhaps most sensitive for discussion, a top contender who would be the oldest person...
In a China Flush with Fortune, Many Now Want Theirs Told
Forget duck; Peking has been overrun by pigs.As the Chinese New Year approaches, heralding the auspicious Year of the Pig, porkers are everywhere. Fifteen-foot-high inflatable pigs beckon shoppers into electronics stores; fluffy pink pig snouts enliven...
Into It: Jason Isaacs ; British Actor Jason Isaacs, What Are You
... Watching?I'm a judge for the British Independent Film Awards and the Royal Television Society, which means I get to watch the best of British cinema and television. I've found it really inspiring. There are great films that cross over into the mainstream...
Letters
Even Mideast pessimists find hope in the Abraham peace planRegarding the Feb. 13 article, "Tracing Abraham's path to Mideast peace": Most of the time I am wary and weary of insincere peace efforts undertaken by trapped Israelis and Palestinians seeking...
Monitor Picks ; Five Things We Think You'll Like
Eat this book If you're one of those foodies who relishes good writing about comestibles, here's a tome you can consume beside the fire. The Oldways Table, a collection of essays and recipes from the "culinary think tank" that bears its name, advances...
Movie Guide
New in TheatersDays of Glory (Indigenes) (R)Director: Rachid Bouchareb. With Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem. (120 min.)"Days of Glory" is about the North African soldiers who fought with the First French Army to liberate France from the Nazis. The irony,...
New to NASCAR: Japanese Autos
This weekend, Toyota will muscle in on American car manufacturers' final stronghold: NASCAR. The Camry, the first Japanese automobile to compete in stock-car racing, will make its debut at the Daytona 500.At first glance, a Japanese company in the red-white-and-blue...
Noteworthy: Reviews of Recent Jazz CDs
BUNKY GREEN - Another Place (Label Bleu): Memorable jazz has often grown from cross-generational dialogues. And there is an added poignancy to these conversations when the elder - in this case 70- year-old saxophonist Bunky Green - has suffered neglect...
Out of Stricken Baghdad, into Uncertainty
A mortar tumbled out of the sky and onto the Baghdad elementary school. Two of their three children were inside. The girls escaped, panicked but unharmed. Parents Mayada and Ali Hussein al-Obeidy decided enough was enough. They were getting out of Iraq.That...
Remembering Watergate's Field Commander
You might call him the field commander of Watergate. E. Howard Hunt died on Jan. 23, leaving his imprint on the annals of conspiracy.When the Nixon campaign committee needed someone to organize a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters...
Rock-Solid Fidelity ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
A ballet teacher gave me a life lesson, in her wise, old-world way, when she insisted that if I kept my eye on a focal point while on stage, whether doing turns, leaps, or intricate footwork, I would never become disoriented or dizzy, nor would I fall....
Spy versus Spy within the FBI ; 'Breach' Tells the Story of the Infamous Agent Robert Hanssen, Who Worked Secretly for the Russians for Decades
"Breach" is about the taking down of FBI operative Robert Hanssen, the most destructive spy in American history. Arrested in February 2001, he was found guilty of spying for the Russians for 22 of his 25 years of service.To the filmmakers's credit, we...
Taking a Bite out of Eating Disorders
Stereotypes of bodily beauty change with the ages, fluctuating from Rubenesque plumpness to Twiggy boniness. Living up to these images too often leads to eating disorders. To break that compulsion takes a new sense of self, with help from many others.According...
The Fine Art of Crafts ; A Landmark Exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York Tackles Surprising Contemporary Issues
Who knew that knitting could rate right up there with painting and sculpture? In the hands of contemporary artists, the humble craft has moved from state fair competitions and baby blankets to cutting-edge status. As young artists freely adapt the techniques...
The Land of Broken Dreams
Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) lives with her unruly 12-year-old daughter Sara (Luna Mijovic) in the Grbavica district of Sarajevo that is still reeling from the devastation of the Yugoslav wars during the '90s. Esma has told Sara that her father died a hero,...
The Messy Relationship between Bloggers and Politicians
Bloggers are known for their fast fingers - and their loose tongues. The first turned some into campaign stars. But now, as more politicians try to harness their power, the second is taking its toll.Just ask Democrat John Edwards. Two bloggers ended...
Undertaking to Be Entrepreneurial
Have you noticed that we're all entrepreneurs now? This observation crystallized not long ago as I was buying some software for my new computer.As the softwaremakers slice and dice the market and offer multiple versions of the same program, would-be...
Was Jose Padilla Tortured by US Military? ; His Lawyer Hope to Use a Competency Hearing to Show Alleged Mistreatment
When suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla was taken into military custody in 2002, his interrogators set out to crush any hope he might have that a neutral judge or a defense lawyer would come to his aid.It is difficult to convince a US citizen...
Young Iraqis, Foiled in Bid to Leave, Return to Baghdad ; A Look at the Difficulties Some Iraqis Can Face in Trying to Escpape Their Violent Homeland
The young Iraqi men thought they had good reason to enter Turkey: to escape their violent homeland and sneak to Sweden.But their dreams came to an end at the Istanbul airport when two dozen of them had "Cancelled" stamped across their Turkish entry stamps...