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 July 13, 2010

Afghanistan War: Afghan Soldier Kills Three British Troops and Escapes. Now What?
An Afghan soldier killed three British troops Tuesday. His motives are not known, but the incident could increase British skepticism about the Afghanistan war.An Afghan soldier killed three British soldiers in volatile Helmand Province on Tuesday in...
Armed Services Committee's Levin Talks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Poll
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin says he has no objection, in principle, to the Pentagon's current survey of active and reserve personnel about the potential repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays.Senate...
As Senate Takes Up Financial Reform Bill, a Look Inside the Sausage
The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill leaves too much discretion to regulators, creating the risk of regulation uncertainty for an industry that needs less risk, not more.If one's grasp of history can deter a repeat of it, then a nutshell review of the...
College Credit for Wal-Mart Work: Should Doing a Job Count toward Degrees?
Wal-Mart and other companies are giving their employees college credit for skills they've learned on the job. The extra credit is the boost many workers need to finish stalled degrees.Hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees now have an extra reason...
Cuba Prisoner Release: Seven 'Black Spring' Dissidents Are Freed in Spain
Seven Cuba prisoners, all jailed in the 2003 roundup of dissidents, activists, and journalists known as 'Black Spring' arrived to freedom at the international airport in Madrid, Spain, today. Dozens more at set to be released.The protagonists of the...
George Steinbrenner: Architect of the Multimillion-Dollar Athlete
George Steinbrenner, who passed away Tuesday, resuscitated the Yankees by the force of his will and checkbook. He was a trailblazer in the commercialization of baseball.To New Yorkers, George Steinbrenner - who passed away Tuesday - was simply "The Boss."...
Gulf Oil Spill: BP Tests Whether New Cap Can Stop Leak
BP has begun testing the new containment cap to see if it can do what's proven impossible so far - shut down the Gulf oil spill geyser once and for all. 'Hope and pray,' says a BP official.A new, tighter-fitting containment cap lowered onto the source...
He's Baaaack: Fidel Castro Issues Dire Warnings of Iran-US Nuclear War
Forget the Cuba prisoner swap to Spain, Fidel Castro wanted to sound off about Iran last night, and that he did - on TV - in his most prominent public appearance in years.It was dubbed a discussion about the Middle East, and Fidel Castro, Cuba's ailing...
How Fast Will the Gulf Bounce Back from the BP Oil Spill?
Like a giant industrial strength washing machine, the Gulf of Mexico will clean up most of the BP oil spill by itself, as it has other big spills. But environmental resilience has its limits.Imagine a hopper filled with 650 quadrillion gallons of warm,...
Judge Clears Way for Civilian Trial of Guantanamo Detainee
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will stand trial in September for the 1998 truck bombing of the American embassy in Tanzania despite Mr. Ghailani lawyers' objections that the US violated his speedy-trial rights. Ghailani has been detained by the US for at least...
Kashmir Intifada? New View of India, Pakistan Territory Dispute
Street violence gripping Kashmir is becoming known as the Kashmir intifada, in a nod to the earlier uprisings of Palestinian stone- throwing youths against Israeli forces.Indian analysts are starting to refer to the street violence gripping Kashmir as...
Kenya on High Alert after Uganda Bombings
East Africa trade hub Kenya is on high alert after Somalia's Al Shabab Islamist group killed 76 in neighboring Uganda Sunday night. The Uganda bombings marked Al Shabab's first attack outside Somalia.Patrols on Kenya's long and largely unmarked border...
Lessons from the Oil Spill
A Christian Science perspective."Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," wrote novelist George Santayana. Of course, before we can remember the past and learn from it, we have to get the facts straight. One of the most frustrating...
Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski: Are They Tarred Forever?
In an ever-more interconnected world, finding common ground on morals is difficult, meaning would-be pariahs like Mel Gibson or Roman Polanski meet with only scattered and ephemeral outrage.The one-two celebrity scandal update on Mel Gibson and director...
Michael Steele's Afghanistan Comment Earns Ironic Praise from Levin
Asked about Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele's comment that Afghanistan is 'a war of Obama's choosing,' Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin responded with mock praise.When Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin was...
Nancy Pelosi Puts Her Stamp on the House
Nancy Pelosi is a master tactician and the most powerful speaker in a half century. Behind her personal brand of power politics - and whether she will still be speaker after the midterm elections.Nancy Pelosi's office is all cream and gold, marble mantels...
'Ndrangheta Mafia Undone: Italy Arrests 300 in Huge Crackdown
The 'Ndrangheta mafia, Italy's most powerful crime syndicate, was dealt a major blow by Italian police Tuesday. Police arrested 300, including the Ndrangheta mafia boss, Domenico Oppedisano. The group is allegedly involved in the healthcare industry,...
Obama Crafts First National Strategy to Fight HIV/AIDS
The Obama administration is set to unveil America's first HIV/ AIDS strategy on Tuesday. It includes no new funding, but redirects dollars toward the most at-risk and affected groups.The Obama administration will unveil the first national HIV/AIDS strategy...
Obama's Triumphs Are Also His Weaknesses: Health Care, Stimulus, Financial Reform
President Obama's domestic agenda has been as ambitious as any president's in the last 50 years - including health care, economic stimulus, and financial reform. But such ambition has not always been rewarded by voters.After 18 months on the job, Barack...
Odierno: Militants Trained in Iran Prepare to Attack US Bases in Iraq
Gen. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, said today that Al Qaeda is a diminished threat and that Iran has moved away from instigating violence. But he also said that Iraqi Shiite militants who trained in Iran are planning a major attack.Shiite...
Offshore Drilling Moratorium: US Cites Blowout Preventers' Weak Spot
The Obama administration on Monday cited control systems on subsea blowout preventers as one reason for its offshore drilling moratorium. But more than a year before the BP oil spill, authorities learned that balky control systems were the most common...
Q&A: Why China Has Become the Middle East's Favorite Customer
China's stake in the Middle East is growing. It buys more oil and sells more goods in the region than any other country, including the US. So why did Beijing vote in favor of Iran sanctions?The Chinese government needs oil to fuel its modernization and...
Report Sounds Alarm Bell over Americans' Retirement Plan
Close to half of Americans between the ages of 36 and 62 are at risk of not having enough money set aside in a retirement plan, according to a new report.Millions of Americans are nearing retirement age without enough savings to get by - but for many...
Rod Blagojevich Defense: Advisers Gave Him Bum Advice
When defense lawyers begin their part of the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich this week, they'll attempt to show that his ex-lawyers didn't steer him away from wrongdoing.The trial of embattled former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shifts...
Shahram Amiri: Iranian Nuclear Scientist's Case Shrouded in Mystery
Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri is holed up in the Pakistani embassy awaiting a return trip home. Here are three possible explanations to his mysterious case.This we know: Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri has taken refuge at the Pakistani...
Syrian Secularism: A Model for the Middle East
Westerners don't see that Syria's embrace of diversity is a crucial bulwark against extremism.When journalist and talk-show host Charlie Rose asked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in May about the greatest challenge facing his country, he evidently...
Tour De France Stage 9 Whittles Contenders Down to Schleck, Contador
After Stage 8 of the Tour de France took Lance Armstrong out of the race, two other possible contenders - Cadel Evans and Carlos Sastre - lost critical time. Now it's a race between defending champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.Only halfway into...
Twilight at the World of Tomorrow
A stranger-than-fiction true story about the 1939 World's Fair and one of the remarkable characters behind it.Nowadays you'd be hard-pressed to find many people who recognizethe name Grover Whalen, a once-famous man who served as New York'spolice commissioner...
Uganda Bombings: Obama Mustn't Meddle in Somalia
The Uganda bombings are a sad reminder of the ways that Washington's intervention has exacerbated problems in Somalia.The 20-year conflict in Somalia has finally bled past its borders: Two bombings hit the Ugandan capital Sunday as locals watched the...
Uganda Bombings: Somalis in Uganda's Capital Now Fear Reprisal Attacks
Less than 48 hours after twin Uganda bombings claimed by Somalia's Al Shabab militants killed 76 people, the Somali community in Uganda is now worried about being attacked. An unexploded suicide vest was found Monday and four foreigners arrested.As Uganda...
Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Delayed One Week
The decision to delay the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is routine. It points to Republican concerns about Ms. Kagan.The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday postponed for a week its vote on the nomination of Elena...
Why Obama Tapped Jacob Lew as New Budget Director
If confirmed, Jacob Lew will replace Peter Orszag, the highest- level Obama administration departure yet. Mr. Lew also served as budget director under President Clinton.President Obama has nominated Jacob Lew, budget director in the last three years...