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 April 28, 2010

Afghanistan War: Surge on Cusp of Bringing 'Real Change'
A new Pentagon report says insurgents are increasing their attacks on US-led coalition forces in the Afghanistan war. But the surge is showing signs of promise, it adds.Insurgents in Afghanistan think last year was their most successful year of operations...
Antitax Hysteria Is Hastening America's Decline
A gas tax would be a smart and fair way to plug Pennsylvania's fiscal hole. But raising taxes appears to be outside the realm of rational discussion.Will the fate of Interstate 80 become a metaphor for America? If it does, this country's painful decline...
Arizona Immigration Law: California Leads Call for Boycotts
The new Arizona immigration law spurred California officials to call for boycotts of its eastern neighbor, and the effects to image and industry could be both symbolic and substantial.Representatives at three levels of California government were quick...
Arizona Immigration Law: Painful Lessons from Oklahoma
Arizona may soon regret its new immigration law. Oklahoma passed a similar law in 2007 that deeply hurt its people and economy.In late 2007, Oklahoma legislators enacted what was then the nation's toughest anti-immigrant law. Mere months later, state...
Arizona Immigration Law: Will Mexico Boycotts Cripple Trade?
Mexico boycotts in response to the Arizona immigration law may put a dent in trade with Arizona's No. 1 partner.Mexican boycotts in response to the Arizona immigration law are blooming like desert wildflowers.The Mexican state of Sonora canceled a cross-border...
Borrowing from Gandhi? Palestinian Passive Resistance Gains Followers
Palestinian passive resistance protests are gaining favor with some West Bank politicians and the public. But unlike Gandhi's followers, militancy and stone throwing remain deeply ingrained.As has become ritual in this Palestinian village for the last...
British Election: Gordon Brown Undone by Gaffe about Grandmother?
Ahead of the British election, embattled Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited working-class Rochdale and was caught calling a life-long Labour voter a "bigot." The gaffe spotlights voter anger over welfare policies in a town with the highest concentration...
Bullying and Teen Suicide: How Do We Adjust School Climate?
Teen suicide attributed to bullying has educators and parents examining how school climate contributes to and can be changed to help the problem.If you could judge a school by its cover, northwest Georgia's Murray County High would be a most genial place...
Cape Wind Project Approved
The Interior Department has approved the Cape Wind project, clearing the way for the first offshore wind power in the US.The long-embattled Cape Wind project won federal approval today, marking a major step toward becoming the first US offshore wind-...
Catholic Priests and Celibacy: A Flashpoint in Sexual Abuse Crisis
The No. 2 at the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appeared Tuesday to ease the church's absolute position on celibacy for Catholic priests. The issue continues to roil the church as it confronts revelations of sexual abuse.Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Tarcisio...
Debt Crisis in Greece: Junk Bond Rating Demands Action
With its bonds rated as junk, the debt crisis in Greece must prompt Athens to take far greater austerity measures than originally planned. Political leaders and the public must find the courage for the necessary sacrifice.In Greece, the future has met...
Did South Korea's Oh Eun-Sun Really Climb 14 Peaks?
South Korea's Oh Eun-sun claims she is the first woman to scale the world's 14 highest peaks, after clambering on hands and knees to the top of Mount Annapurna in Nepal. But some in the mountain- climbing community question her claim. A by-the-numbers...
Dong Fangxiao Stripped of Olympic Medal, Chinese Fans Angry
Chinese fans blamed China's sports system for the ruling that stripped gymnast Dong Fangxiao of her Olympic bronze medal because she was only 14 when she competed. The women's team bronze will now go to the US gymnastics team.Chinese sports fans reacted...
Doubt Cast on Noah's Ark Found in Turkey
A group of Chinese and Turkish explorers announced this week they are '99.9 percent' sure of their discovery on Mt. Ararat. While Noah's ark found in Turkey would bolster Bible literalists, an American ark-hunter says the latest discovery could be a...
Financial Reform: Four Sticking Points
Although Republicans said Wednesday they will no longer seek to block floor debate in the Senate on financial reform, plenty of disagreement remains. Here are four sticking points.Congressional bargaining over the shape of financial reform isn't over,...
Greek Debt Crisis: Bailout Likely, but Will It Be Enough?
The Greek debt crisis continued to roil European debt markets on Wednesday after a leading rating agency cut the country's debt status to junk. While short term aid to Greece is a near certainty, economists warn that more international cash - and painful...
Greek Debt Crisis: What Does It Mean for the US?
Europe could be in for some major belt-tightening to handle the Greek debt crisis, as well as problems in Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. That could slow US economic growth somewhat.On Tuesday as the news spread that Standard & Poor's had downgraded the...
How Can Charlie Crist Win Florida Senate Race as an Independent?
Reports suggest that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will announce Thursday that's he's running for US Senate as an independent. If he does, he has to thread a political needle to win.If Florida Gov. Charlie Crist bolts the Republican Party and runs for his...
Is What Goldman Sachs Did Nothing but Gambling?
Lawmakers at the Goldman Sachs hearing repeatedly compared the activities of investment banks to gambling. But that's not how Goldman officials view it. Here's how both sides argue the issue.Is Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein a bookie?That sounds harsh,...
John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life
A biography of the justice who has become the anchor of the US Supreme Court's liberal wing.In the weeks since he announced plans to retire from the US SupremeCourt at the end of the current term, John Paul Stevens hasfrequently been portrayed as a throwback...
Mexicans Slam Arizona Immigration Law, but How Do They Treat Their Migrants?
As Mexico condemns the tough new Arizona immigration law, Amnesty International published a new report Wednesday that details abuse suffered by Central American migrants in Mexico - often at the hands of officials.As Mexicans decry the Arizona immigration...
Oil Spill: Gulf of Mexico Burn Is Last-Ditch Effort to Stop Landfall
To contain the oil spill, Gulf of Mexico slicks will be set alight. The hope is that this will stop the oil spill before it hits land. But oil burns are a sign that other efforts have failed.The decision by the Coast Guard to set fire to parts of the...
Oil Spill: Prayer's Effective Response
A Christian Science perspective.Many are watching with increasing concern the difficulties workers have faced in trying to contain the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted from an explosion and fire on an offshore rig in Louisiana....
One School's Anti-Bullying Idea: 'No Name Calling Day'
A Massachusetts elementary school lobbied successfully to get 'No Name Calling Day' written into state anti-bullying law.Name-calling may not cause the same kind of hurt as sticks and stones - but the common taunts of "freak," "retard," or "sissy" can...
Opponents Weigh in on Supreme Court Mojave Cross Decision
Veterans groups say the Mojave cross was no different from other war memorials with religious imagery. Opponents of the Supreme Court decision vow to fight on.Supporters of an eight-foot-tall cross on a hilltop in the Mojave Desert are hailing a US Supreme...
Pulpit Swap: What Happens When Churches Switch Preachers?
Churches seeking to bridge divides are reviving a trend that was petering out: the pulpit swap. But it doesn't stop with preachers. It also include church choirs.Decades after it arose as a way to help heal the racial divide in the postsegregation South,...
Republicans Relent, Clear Financial Reform Bill for Debate
After three days of blocking tactics, Republicans allowed the financial reform bill to proceed. What's next? Weeks of amendments as Republicans - and Democrats - try to change the bill.After three failed procedural votes this week, Senate Republicans...
US-Iraq Relations Threatened by Iraq's Political Quarrels
Iraq's postelection process of forming a new government has been troubled and drawn-out. Now, American officials are openly questioning the impact on US-Iraq relations.The Obama administration is showing growing nervousness as Iraq's postelection process...
Vets Win Supreme Court Victory in 'Mojave Cross' Case
The cross on a desert hilltop in the Mojave National Preserve in California has stood since 1934. Opponents say having the Mojave cross on public land violates the constitutional prohibition on government endorsement of religion.A veterans group has...
Where Is Unemployment Falling? Try These Frost Belt Cities for Hot Jobs
Minneapolis and Buffalo, N.Y., are the only two large metro areas that saw jobs climb or unemployment rates fall over the past year.Want to move to cities on the rebound? Eager to work in places that are adding jobs or seeing unemployment fall?Then pack...
Why 'Tea Party' Defenders Won't Let N-Word Claims Rest
Black congressmen's charges that they faced 15 N-word slings from 'tea partyers' in the run-up to the health-care vote tarred the movement. Will tea party insistence that the lawmakers present evidence help US move to a 'post-shame' era?Unwilling to...
Why West Struggles to Rein in Iran's Nuclear Program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to attend the Non- Proliferation Treaty conference next week in New York. Sanctions have slowed - but not arrested - Iran's nuclear program.Making dire predictions about Iran's nuclear programs has been a...
Will the Greek Debt Crisis Affect Asia?
The Greek debt crisis, which has sent bonds tumbling across southern Europe, has had a knock-on effect on stock markets in Asia. But one analyst says Asian banks and governments have limited exposure to Greek debt, so should weather the storm relatively...