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 January 17, 2006

Abducted in Iraq: An Update on Reporter Jill Carroll
At this writing, there are no major new developments in the case of freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was abducted Jan. 7 while on assignment for the Monitor in Baghdad.Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim issued the following statement Saturday:"We...
A Plan for Fuller Disclosure on CEO Pay and Perks ; SEC Proposal Would Require Details on Pensions and Trips
The details first came out in the newspapers, not in corporate reports:* Don Tyson, Tyson Foods' former chairman, got the firm to pay for items such as a $20,000 Oriental carpet and an $8,000 horse.* Jack Welch of General Electric had a retirement package...
Backstory: Where Hula Heroines Preempt Prime Time ; the 'Merrie Monarchy' of Dance Gurus Is Revered by Hawaiians of Every Color, Age, and Gender
This is the big one - the Olympics, World Series, and Super Bowl wrapped in one. Every hotel and B&B within miles is booked for the week. The state's ABC affiliate preempts network programming for Hawaii's No. 1 local telecast of the year. The coverage...
Brazilian Newspapers Win Public Trust ; Reporting Corruption as Well as News That Eases Daily Life Has Lifted the Press's Profile
On the first day of 2006, the lead story in Rio's O Globo newspaper was about the fireworks and festas of the night before. In the days before and after, ample coverage was given not only to domestic politics, trouble in the Middle East, and yearly retrospectives,...
Can Africa's First Woman President Get Liberia Back on Track?
When Condoleezza Rice traveled to Liberia to celebrate the inauguration of Africa's first woman president Monday, it was an inspiring sign that women of African descent are reaching new levels of political leadership and recognition. Yet Liberia's new...
Dark Memories Elicited from the Era of Apartheid ; the First Novel of Lisa Fugard, Daughter of Playwright Athol Fugard, Examines a Woman's Ties to Her Father and the Country of Her Birth
Eva van Rensburg's childhood estate home derived its name from a South African tale of wonder and terror.Supposedly, 100 years ago, a French naturalist named Le Mesurier was part of a hunting party that killed a lion, skinned it, then chucked its body...
Destination Pluto: NASA Begins a 10-Year Voyage
NASA's first mission to the solar system's last planet is now in a race against time.Tuesday, the clock starts as the New Horizons spacecraft prepares to hurtle from its Florida launchpad on a 10-year, 3 billion-mile journey to where the roan world of...
For Senate Democrats, a Last Stand on Alito
After an unflappable 18 hours before a panel of 18 senators last week, Judge Samuel Alito is all but assured confirmation in the full Senate - just not by Friday.At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Senate Democrats are expected to delay the vote, despite an agreement...
From Feminism to Fairy Tales: The Musings of Margaret Atwood ; Does the Award-Winning Canadian Writer Know How to Draw? A Chance to Find Out
At this point in her career, Margaret Atwood is so revered that she could write a shopping list and someone would slap an award on it.Which brings us to The Tent. Billed as fiction, it's a collection of previously published essays, poems, and musings...
Gratitude in Advance ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
It's easy to be grateful after something good has happened. It's natural. But what about being grateful before something happens?What about appreciating the good we've not seen, the good that exists, but hasn't yet been uncovered? Would it make a difference?It's...
How Would Sherlock Holmes Fare in Real Life? ; This Captivating Novel by Julian Barnes Examines Arthur Conan Doyle's Actual Foray into Criminal Justice
It's January. The holidays are over and days feel just a tad grim. It's the perfect moment for a novel that goes down like comfort food. And yet, what about that New Year's resolution that your 2006 reading list will include more Good Books by Important...
Indonesia's Stature Rises ; Anticipated Security Pact with Australia Underscores How Much Ties Have Warmed
A security pact expected to be signed this year between Indonesia and Australia will mark a formal end to a six-year rift over violence in East Timor and signals just how far the world's most populous Muslim nation has come in relations with its southern...
Letters
Justice should be blind to politics, but justices are notWith regard to the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, your Jan. 9 editorial, "Judging Alito as he would judge," says, "...the senators need to judge him not on his political...
Lobbying versus Electioneering ; A Key Campaign-Finance Law Is Back in the High Court Tuesday, as Interest Groups Challenge a Rule on Election-Season Ads
When Congress passed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law in 2002, supporters praised it as an effective way to restrict a flood of unregulated special-interest money into federal elections.Opponents denounced the campaign-finance restrictions...
On the Way to Democracy in the Former Soviet Union, Two Roads Diverge
President Vladimir Putin is poised to give the Russian government the tools to exert even greater control over the country's already beleaguered nongovernmental sector. The restrictive NGO law that awaits his signature broadens the grounds for denying...
Reporters on the Job
* Perceptions of the Press: In the US, the public's ratings of the media have declined, particularly when it comes to credibility, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released in 2005. While local media retain...
The Goliath That Reshaped America ; Did Wal-Mart Bring Us a Triumph of Capitalism - or Its Darkest Hour?
The world's largest firm by sales (although it will yield the title to ExxonMobil this year, owing to oil prices), Wal-Mart invites debate like no other company. The No. 1 employer in perhaps 24 states, it is a steamroller of mom-and-pop shops, a union-...
The New Spectator Sport: Getting Tickets to the Olympics ; Monitor Reporter Peter Ford Braves the Online Ticket 'Beast' and Mysterious Callers - All in His Quest to Cover the Games in Turin, Italy, Next Month
It sounded like the perfect journalistic assignment for a sports fan such as myself: Order tickets to 10 Winter Olympics events of my choice, then go to Turin, Italy, in February to write about them for the Monitor.Well, the Turin bit of this job had...
Tipping Points for Women
Are women really advancing? In Africa, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has set them back, while in India, pregnant women so prefer boys they abort half a million females a year. Yet Monday, Liberia inaugurated Africa's first woman president, while on Sunday, Chile...
To Shore Up Political Capital, Bush Reaches out to Democrats ; but Critics Insist That Recent Bipartisan Consultations on the Iraq War Are for Show
The prospect of President Bush as a "uniter, not a divider" - his 2000 campaign mantra - seems long ago to have gone the way of the dodo bird.But, as Mr. Bush heads into his sixth year in office, with his store of political capital running low and next...
US Tries to Loosen Shiite Grip in Iraq ; Sunni Arabs Gain American Backing in Negotiations to Form a New Government
One month after Iraq's Dec. 15 election, a shift is afoot that will probably weaken Shiite political clout as the country's factions enter serious negotiations to form a new government.Increasingly, the US is throwing its weight in Iraq behind Sunni...
What Didn't Ben Franklin Do? ; Benjamin Franklin, Born 300 Years Ago Tuesday, Was One of America's Founding Fathers. but He Was Also a Printer, Author, Musician, and Scientist
A thunderstorm is not the best weather for flying a kite. That is, of course, unless you're Benjamin Franklin.One summer afternoon in 1752, Franklin and his son, William, did just that. As thunderclouds developed in the distance, the two ran to an open...
What Scientists Hope to Learn from a Wisp of Comet Dust ; Star Dust from NASA's Mission Is Expected to Shed Light on the Genesis of the Earth's Solar System
For the first time since the end of the Apollo program more than 30 years ago, scientists have harvested bits of our cosmic neighborhood and brought them back to Earth.Where Apollo retrieved the equivalent of salt and pepper in 842 pounds of moon rocks,...
What We Can Learn from Mary Magdalene ; Bruce Chilton Takes a Fresh Look at a Figure Both Revered and Reviled
Mary Magdalene is back - again. As Bruce Chilton argues in Mary Magdalene: A Biography, her irrepressible image shows "how much the Western imagination still wants a rich and powerful Mary to protect the poor, defenseless Jesus."Chilton, who is Bell...