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 August 12, 2011

7 Best Classic Political Novels
It is shocking how relevant a novel written decades ago can seem today - sometimes even more so than on the day that it was published. We've rounded up seven of the best classic political novels of the past, recommended for some thrilling 2011 summer...
Afghanistan's Future Murkier as Karzai Disavows Third Term
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday he would not run in 2014 elections. Meanwhile, Taliban peace talks aimed at a final political settlement have reportedly stalled.The shape of Afghanistan's future remains murkier than ever this...
After London Riots, Some Bemoan Damage to City's Image Ahead of 2012 Olympics
Olympians and businessmen express concern that a week of riots have hurt the city's image as a safe, world-class venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics.The timing probably couldn't have been much worse.Almost a year to the day until the 2012 Olympics Games...
Are We All Extraterrestrials? Scientists Discover Traces of DNA in Space
Fully-formed building blocks of DNA have been found in meteorites, suggesting an extraterrestrial origin for some of the chemicals deemed necessary for organic life.If you're out watching the Perseid meteor shower tonight, you'll be witnessing a process...
A Trick to Catch Perseid Meteor Shower 2011 in Spite of a Full Moon
The Perseid meteor shower 2011 peaks overnight. The nearly-full moon will mask all but the brightest meteors, but even if you can't see the shooting stars, you can hear them on your FM radio.One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseid meteor...
Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future
The rise of China's capital city may be the story of a new era. And it isn't over yetBy Tom Scocca, written for The Barnes & Noble ReviewAt the start of the last century, a generation of American artists went off to Paris to find a new life; now, we're...
Beyond the Mini-Fridge
A Christian Science perspective: Going away to college or beginning any major new step in life demands trust and courage. God's reassurance to Moses, "I will certainly be with you," can encourage us today as well.Among the many new adventures that begin...
Casey Anthony Ordered Back to Florida to Avoid 'Mockery of Justice'
Judge says Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murder charges, must return to Florida to serve probation for check fraud and should not be allowed 'to take advantage of a scrivener's error.'Casey Anthony must return to Orlando within two weeks to begin...
Eurozone Debt: Grave Threat to US Economy or Imaginary Boogeyman?
Under grimmest scenario, debt-burdened Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain can't pay what they owe to Eurozone banks, which then stumble, causing US banks to falter, too. But US banking system is stronger now, and regulators are more vigilant, say optimists.One...
George Pelecanos Talks about "The Cut"
George Pelecanos's 17th and latest novel, "The Cut," chronicles the seamy side of Washington, D.C.Stephen King calls George Pelecanos "perhaps America's greatest living crime writer," a compliment that now accompanies each successive Pelecanos title.Even...
Health-Care Reform Law Set Back, Setting Stage for Supreme Court Showdown
A federal appeals court rejects the individual mandate, the crux of Obama's health-care reform. With another appeals court having already upheld the law, a Supreme Court showdown is far more likely.The federal appeals court decision on Friday striking...
Help Starving Somalia Now
The worst drought in 60 years has brought 12 million people to the brink of starvation. Time is running out to avoid a large-scale disaster.Eastern Kenya is home to Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world. Built two decades ago to house 90,000...
How Vulnerable Will Deficit 'Super Committee' Be to Pressure from Lobbyists?
With the sweep of the deficit committee's mandate potentially covering every dollar taxed or spent in the federal government, Washington's lobby community is going on full alert.For the next three months, the focus in Washington shifts to the work of...
Invisible Presence at GOP Debate in Iowa: Rick Perry
Eight candidates sparred at the GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, Thursday night. Though Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasn't one of them, his imminent entry into the presidential race changes everything.He wasn't in the auditorium, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry loomed...
Israelis Protest Costly Housing - but Not Cost of Settlements. Why?
Israel yesterday announced new homes in East Jerusalem to ease a housing shortage. But critics argue that the cost of building in contested territory is partially to blame for Israel's economic woes.The Israeli government, facing unprecedented public...
Obama Needs a Story Line for the Nation
In his effort to be post-partisan Obama has lacked a clear, compelling narrative for the American people. The only story we've heard is the GOP tale of spending cuts and big government. Our Story Teller in Chief needs to find the plot.When I was a young...
Police Torture Cases from Daley Era Vex Chicago's Rahm Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that Chicago will pay to defend former Mayor Richard M. Daley in lawsuits alleging police torture during his tenure. Wrong message, say critics.A police torture saga that has cast a long shadow over Chicago City Hall...
Retail Sales Rise, Countering Recession Fears in Stock Market [VIDEO]
Retail sales are up 0.5 percent, their biggest gain in three months - but consumer sentiment is at a three-decade low.American consumers stepped up their spending at retail stores by 0.5 percent in July, a sign of modest momentum in the economy that...
Rising Demand for Oil Could Lead to Global Double-Dip Recession
Many are forecasting higher oil prices next year, due to increased global consumption and decreased output from Libya and other oil-producing nations. That could threaten global economic recovery.When the global economy slows, one of the few bright spots...
Senna: Movie Review
'Senna' looks at the life of Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian Formula One superstar, but gives little time to his off-track existence.The Brazilian Formula One racing car champion Ayrton Senna was a well-born superstar whose 10-year career ended at age 34...
Straw Poll: In Iowa, GOP Leans to the Right of the Right
Iowa's GOP is dominated by social conservatives whose focus is on opposing abortion and gay marriage, say party insiders. That explains why not all Republican presidential hopefuls are competing in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.Time was when Connie...
Tea Party Fortunes Are Fading Even as Its Star Michele Bachmann Shines
A new poll finds favorable views of 'the tea party movement' have slumped to a new low. But that hasn't dimmed the star of Michele Bachmann, seen by many as a winner of the televised GOP debate.Even as tea party idol Michele Bachmann has emerged as a...
To Defuse 'Flash' Protest, BART Cuts Riders' Cell Service. Is That Legal?
To forestall a planned protest, Bay Area Rapid Transit turned off cellphone service, angering passengers and raising questions about First Amendment rights in an age of social media protests.The decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to cut off...
Why Egypt Is Angry over $65 Million in US Democracy Grants
Amid a US campaign to support democratic transition in Egypt, a state-run magazine derided the US 'ambassador from hell' and officials are investigating groups who accepted funding.The Egyptian government's hostile response to a US initiative to fund...
Why Hasn't President Obama Called for Syria's Assad to Go?
As the death count rises in Syria, calls are mounting for President Obama to denounce Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. But Syria's pivotal role in the region and fragile ethnic and religious balance are complicating the situation.The Obama administration...
Wisconsin State Fair Mob Attack: Police Seek Hate Crime Charges
Wisconsin police say a mob attack at the Wisconsin State Fair was racially motivated. One teen arrested Wednesday said he deliberately targeted white fairgoers because they were 'easy targets.'Police in West Allis, Wis., say some attacks by black teenagers...