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 June 3, 2010

Afghanistan Peace Jirga's Unlikely Critics: Victims of War Crimes
Some 1,500 delegates at Afghanistan's peace jirga are debating how to reconcile with insurgents. But war crimes victims say their concerns are being buried.As the Afghan government's peace jirga meets for a second day to discuss how to reconcile with...
After Jim Joyce Blown Call, Should Baseball Rethink Instant Replay?
Many analysts of the game say video review is needed, although not everyone thinks the system needs to change. The Jim Joyce blown call has reignited the debate.Baseball can be a game of inches. But umpire Jim Joyce's blown call Wednesday wasn't the...
After the Israeli Flotilla Incident, Turkey Is the New Palestinian Champion
Egypt's control of the Palestinian 'file' will never be the same again, says former British intelligence operative Alastair Crooke."This is language that we have not heard since the time of Gamal Abdul Nasser." Thus wrote the influential chief editor...
A Hiking Trail Down Time's Spiral
For a geologist, the 8-mile hiking trail to the Grand Canyon's floor is an irresistible lesson in Earth's history.My husband has some friends who live in Arizona, about two hours from the Grand Canyon. One year a friend of theirs, a geologist named Dave,...
Are We Consumers or Connoisseurs?
We may be voracious readers, but is 'consume' the right word for what we do to 'media'?Advertisers know how to flatter us. This pitch just came in from the publisher of one of my favorite magazines:"You're the type," it began, "who's always first in...
Armando Galarraga: The Road to His Perfect Game Blown Call
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga has had an up-and-down few years, culminating in Wednesday night's perfect game blown call by umpire Jim Joyce.Armando Galarraga, the Detroit Tigers pitcher robbed of a perfect game by umpire Jim Joyce's blown...
At Gaza Flotilla Funeral in Turkey, Rising Anger and Eyewitness Accounts
Turkish leaders built on earlier condemnations of Israel's attack on the Gaza flotilla, while mourners offered eyewitness accounts that contradicted Israel's version of events.Turkish anger with Israel reached a new high on Thursday during the funeral...
At Polls, South Korea Conservatives Pay for Response to Cheonan Sinking
City and provincial elections dealt a blow to the conservative government of South Korea President Lee Myung-bak. Many voters were unhappy with the strong response to the sinking of the Cheonan Navy vessel.The conservative government of South Korea's...
At Rod Blagojevich Trial, Jury Selection -- and Campaigning
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces 24 counts including bribery and racketeering. Outside the courthouse, Blagojevich signed autographs and gave hugs.Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich started the first day of his federal trial doing what some...
BP Live Feed 'Spillcam' Now Offers 12 Views of Oil Spill
Already an Internet phenomenon, the BP live feed - which helped galvanize public concern about the Gulf oil spill - has broadened its offerings. On display Thursday: BP is attempting a 'top cap.'Armchair explorers received a big bonus Thursday when BP,...
BP Oil Spill: Next Step Is to Attach a Giant Garden-Hose Seal
BP succeeded in making a 'rough cut' of the riser pipe at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Next up is moving a cap with a garden- hose-type rubber seal over the pipe. How tight that seal is will determine if the BP oil spill is mostly capped.Embattled...
Burma Tops 'Worst of the Worst' List of Human Rights Violators
Libya, just elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, also appears on Freedom House's 'Worst of the worst' list of human rights violators.The hit parade of the world's worst human rights violators is out, and it reads like a rap sheet of the...
California Advances Grocery Store Plastic Bag Ban
The California Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would ban stores from providing plastic bags, and require them to charge for paper ones. Similar bans are in place in China and Bangladesh.California is poised to take the national and global...
Geologists Baffled by What to Do with Giant Guatemala Sinkhole
Scientists say filling the giant Guatemala sinkhole isn't as simple as just dumping in gravel and dirt. First, geologists have to understand the conditions that caused it.The giant sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City Sunday has geologists scratching...
Germany and Its Reflex Aversion to a Normal Military
The resignation of German President Horst Kohler over remarks about the use of armed forces to defend German economic interests points again to the need for a more normal view of the military in that country.When Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, many...
Hamas, Israel, and the Gaza Flotilla: Seven Facts You Need to Know
Amid a barrage of criticism of Israel, fair-minded observers should consider these seven facts before judging the flotilla raid.In the torrent of rage and confusion generated by the loss of life when the Israeli Navy enforced the embargo on the Gaza...
In the Name of Human Rights, France Should Not Ban the Veil
The burqa is part of an individual's religious beliefs. It's strikingly contradictory therefore that France, in order to liberate women from perceived Islamic oppression, has to violate their universal human rights.There's a misguided race to ban the...
Israeli Raid on Gaza Freedom Flotilla Killed US Citizen Furkan Dogan
Furkan Dogan - one of the activists killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla' and buried in Turkey today - was a US citizen. A friend, who had been on board the same ship, said Dogan was shot by five bullets.An American-Turkish dual citizen...
Israel Rejects International Investigation of Freedom Flotilla Raid
But Israeli leaders - including far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman - say they are open to US involvement in a domestic investigation of the Israeli raid that killed nine activists on the Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla."Israeli leaders on Thursday...
Janiva Magness: She's Earned the Right to Sing the Blues
Heralded blues singer draws on a troubled childhood in foster homes to bring truth to her songs.Finding your way home is one of the grand themes of blues music. For many of the music's originators, rambling from town to town and finding shelter was a...
Joran Van der Sloot Awaits Extradition to Peru
Chilean police are holding Joran van der Sloot in a jail in Santigago, Chile, until they get orders to expel - or extradite - him to Peru. He's the prime suspect in the death of a college student in Lima, Peru.Joran Van der Sloot, wanted for questioning...
Joran Van der Sloot Captured in Chile
Chile police have detained Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch poker player and a prime suspect in the death of a woman in Peru. Van der Sloot was also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American tourist Natalee Holloway in Aruba.The manhunt for Joran van...
Lackluster Memorial Day Box Office: Economy or Bad Films to Blame?
Big-name films including the Sex and the City sequel failed to draw the audiences expected on the traditional kick-off of the summer movie season.Hopes for a boffo summer box office have taken a serious hit after the worst Memorial Day weekend audience...
Lyndon B. Johnson
This biography of LBJ is the latest in the well-received American Presidents Series.In 1964 and 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson overhauled civilrights, voting rights, immigration, education funding, and healthcare for the elderly. Indeed, as Charles...
Obama and BP: Still on the Same Team in Gulf Oil Spill Clean-Up?
The Obama administration has sought to distance itself from BP this week, repeatedly criticizing BP for its efforts in the Gulf oil spill clean-up. But behind the scenes, cooperation continues.The gloomy waltz between the White House and BP over the...
Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer Face off over Illegal Immigration
At a White House meeting Thursday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to urge Obama to boost the federal role in attacking illegal immigration. The president has already made clear his objection to her state's tough new law to root out illegal immigrants.The...
Obama-Brewer Summit on Illegal Immigration Eases Tensions
Though they continue to differ on illegal immigration issues, including comprehensive reform and border security, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the White House described the meeting as cordial.The White House and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) both reacted...
Obama's Space Plans Ride on Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
President Obama wants commercial carriers to ship cargo and crew to the space station. The Falcon 9 rocket, set for a Friday launch, could show how far private industry has progressed.The Falcon 9, a new commercial rocket developed by Space Explorations...
Praise Songs for the Brave
In his 4-year-old world, being mightier than superman is all in a day's work and wins praise songs from his mother.Each night, my 4-year-old son falls asleep to praise songs - I sing them and they're about him."Tonight, can the song be about how brave...
President Hosni Mubarak's Party Tightens Its Grip on Egypt
President Hosni Mubarak won 74 of 88 seats in elections for the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, amid accusations of fraud and state intimidation. The vote sets the scene for more important upcoming elections.Egyptian President Hosni...
Read States' Lips: No New Taxes in Next Fiscal Year, Hardly
For most states, new taxes are off the agenda next fiscal year, according to reports from the National Governors Association. The recovering economy will yield higher tax revenues for states, but not to pre-recession levels.State governments are poised...
Roadside Assistance Costa Rican-Style
When the writer's son gets entangled in his seat belt, a cowboy strides to the rescue and offers kind, quick roadside assistance.Cattle blocking traffic, bridges with no railings, crater-sized potholes: Everyone who has visited Costa Rica knows that...
South Africa Recalls Ambassador over Israeli Raid of Gaza Flotilla
South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel in a sharp rebuke over the Israeli raid of a Gaza flotilla this week as the fallout continue to spread over the raid, which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.South Africa recalled its ambassador to...
Stopping Sickness in Its Tracks
A Christian Science perspective.The question "What would Jesus do?" continues to challenge people to examine their behavior, to reshape their lives in accord with Jesus' model. This question isn't often applied to healing sickness, though it can and...
The Other Arizona Battle: A New Law Makes Ethnic Studies Classes Illegal
Since when is it a bad to learn about different cultures?Growing up, I wouldn't have been caught dead in a Chicano studies class. My high school had one, but I avoided it like the plague. Although my family background was Mexican, I considered ethnic...
Why a Pay Raise for Workers Signals Key Shift for China's Economy
Workers at Foxconn and Honda won hefty pay raises this week. Higher wages will help Beijing move China's economy away from relying on masses of unskilled workers and toward higher-value manufacturing.When two giant employers in southern China offered...
Why Hatoyama - and Many Japanese Prime Ministers - Stumbled
Yukio Hatoyama is Japan's fourth prime minister in a row to last for less than a year, and the 14th to hold the post in 21 years. Many PMs have risen as part of a political dynasty without having to hone leadership skills.When Japan's next prime minister...
Will Rod Blagojevich Trial Be a Circus? the Ex-Governor Hopes So
Jury selection begins Thursday in the Rod Blagojevich trial on corruption charges. The former Illinois governor's best defense will be his well-honed reputation as a loose cannon.Many have predicted that the federal trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod...