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 November 23, 2010

Afghanistan Shifts from Reconciliation after Taliban Impostor Revealed
The revelation that NATO and members of the Afghanistan government may have been negotiating with a Taliban impostor has dealt a blow to peace talks.After a man some officials believe to be simply a Pakistani shopkeeper duped NATO and members of the...
A Friendship Forged in Wartime
Two transatlantic pen pals have shared their lives on paper for 70 years.I was looking through The Christian Science Monitor that arrived in the afternoon mail at our home in Milwaukee. I was 13 at that time and one column caught my eye. "The Mail Bag"...
After North Korea Attacks, South Koreans Seem Unfazed - Mostly
North Korea's attack, one of the worst since the Korean War, didn't jar most Seoul residents as they listened to Jingle Bells or tuned into the Asian Games. But men of military age are concerned.North Korea's bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island today, which...
Airport Passenger Profiling -- Not So Simple
A new poll shows 70 percent of Americans support profiling that singles out terrorist suspects for extra screening. What's the best way to profile?Must the entire flying public in America be subject to stepped- up screening: full-body image scanners...
Air Travelers Tweet: TSA Pat-Downs and Scans Evoke Humor, Tears
Thanksgiving travelers are reporting their TSA encounters via Twitter and Facebook. The pat-downs and full-body scans range from entertaining to violating, they write.Most of the 24 million air travelers flying this week will encounter the newly strengthened...
A Quirky Debut for the Now Ever-Present 'OK'
A new book by popular linguist Allan Metcalf makes the case for 'OK' as 'America's greatest word.'It's OK. I've written about this before. It's not great. But it's just about everywhere.Indeed. A new book, "OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest...
As Obama Plans White House Reshuffle, Where Are the New Faces?
A major game of musical chairs appears to be in the works at the White House. But without an infusion of new blood, some wonder, will the reshuffle get Obama back on track?President Obama is in deep planning mode for a major staff reshuffle. According...
Bath with a Bovine View
The claw-foot tub looks out on the cow yard and barn.Our bungalow-style farmhouse is replete with creature comforts - in the summer they include the easy chairs below the ceiling fan and in the winter, those same old chairs angled toward the wood stove....
Bestselling Audiobooks in the English-Speaking World
Amid all the hype about e-readers, let's not forget audiobooks, an alternative to traditional print that's been around since vinyl records. Here are some of the audiobook titles now topping bestseller lists in the English-speaking world.Amid all the...
Bestselling Books the Week of 11/23/10, According to IndieBound*
What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.What's selling best in independent bookstores across America. #8 HARDCOVER FICTION1. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illus.), Little Brown 2. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen,...
Cambodia Stampede Kills 375 and Leaves Government Seeking Answers
'We need to draw lessons from it,' says the government spokesman. A special investigative committee has been tasked with finding the cause of the deadly Cambodia stampede.A day after a Cambodia stampede killed at least 375 people and injured more than...
Charity: Not Endangered
A Christian Science perspective.As founder and executive director of a youth development program, I saw fear spread across our organization and the nonprofit sector as the economy faltered in the fall of 2008. Donations slowed to a trickle. How were...
Congress Eyes DREAM Act: Fair to Illegal Immigrants or Back-Door Amnesty?
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has said he will take up the DREAM Act next week. The bill would open a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants.If compelling human stories counted as votes, the DREAM Act would breeze through the lame-duck...
Copenhagen One Year After: Did Global Warming Talks Accomplish Anything?
A new report finds that the much maligned Copenhagen Accord could give negotiators at global warming talks in Cancun, Mexico, next week something to build upon.The widely criticized global warming agreement that emerged from the Copenhagen summit last...
Crisis in Ireland Tests Eurozone Vision of Common Currency, Common Interests
The Greece and Ireland debt crises have raised more questions about a currency that was supposed to unify Europe.When the euro was launched 11 years ago, it was celebrated as the culmination of a vision of postwar Europe that was erasing borders and...
Farmers Markets: How to Make Sure You Are Buying Local for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving seems to bring many of us to farmers markets. If you are committed to buying local, though, be ready to ask the vendors lots of questions.Thanksgiving seems to bring out a desire among many of us to press the persimmons, caress the kale...
Flight Attendants Exempt from Invasive TSA Body Scans
Airplane crew members will not need to submit to the TSA's new full-body scans or 'enhanced' pat-downs.As airports brace for the busiest days of the year, two groups won't be holding up the security lines: pilots and flight attendants.Media outlets,...
Food Safety Bill 101: What Are the Facts and Myths?
The Food Safety Modernization Act has riled everyone from liberal 'locavores' to conservative tea party groups. Here's a rundown of what's really in the Senate bill.Senate Bill 510 - the Food Safety Modernization Act - aims to protect American consumers...
Help for Sudan: Bombing Africa to Save It?
Last-ditch, often far-fetched, use of military force alone won't bring resolution to the complexities of conflict and genocide prevention in Africa.A gloomy consensus is emerging among policymakers, experts, and advocates that genocide may explode again...
How Nobel Committee Will Mark This Year's Peace Prize without Recipient Liu Xiaobo
Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is imprisoned in China, is unlikely to be released to attend this year's prize ceremony in Oslo.The Norwegian Nobel Committee has made plans for a Peace Prize ceremony this year without the guest of honor. For...
In Cairo, an Effort to Put Sexual Harassment on the Map - Via Twitter and Text
HarassMap, a website devoted to publishing reports of Cairo's endemic sexual harassment, debuts next month. Women can report abuse via Twitter, text message, e-mail, or Facebook.Women walking the streets of Cairo have long endured pervasive sexual harassment,...
Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of November 22, 2010
Readers write in about the Monitor's "Future Focus" cover story on the future of energy.The future of energyRegarding your Nov. 8 cover story "Where are we headed? The future of energy," it's worth considering the lack of a level playing field in the...
Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of November 8, 2010
Readers write in about the US Navy and partisan politics; deficit reduction and entitlements; government and the economy; and the middle class's deferred dreams.Partisan politics and NavyJim Bencivenga's Nov. 1 commentary ("Will US naval power sink?")...
North Korean Attack on South Korea: 8 Provocations of the Past Decade
North Korea shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines and injuring more than a dozen people. South Korea returned fire. Both sides claimed that the other fired first.While the South has engaged in past attacks...
North Korean Attack: South Mingles Toughness with Calls for Calm
North Korean attack on South Korea was the first such event on land since the Korean War. South Korean analysts appear puzzled over how best to respond to the North Korean attack.North Korea escalated the confrontation in the Yellow Sea a significant...
North Korean Attack: What Are US Options for Response?
North Korean attack presents America with a sudden and serious geopolitical challenge. The overriding US goal is to prevent further escalation of the conflict.North and South Korea's exchange of artillery fire in a disputed maritime border area represents...
One Man's Musical Tribute to Bernstein's Genius
Hershey Felder performs the one-man musical play "Maestro: the Art of Leonard Bernstein," a tribute to the multitalented icon of American music.It is rare to find an artist with the sensitivity and technical tools to develop a musical play in which most...
Palestinian Officials Fund Schools, Fill Potholes in E. Jerusalem. Are They Building a State?
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is spearheading an effort to improve public services for Arab areas of East Jerusalem, long neglected by municipal officials.Officially, Israel considers the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem as part of...
Q&A with Republican Strategist Bill McInturff
GOP strategist Bill McInturff sizes up the 2010 election results two days after the midterms. His takeaway: Voters rebuffed Obama's policies, and Republicans need to 'get stuff done.'Republican strategist Bill McInturff is a partner at Public Opinion...
Royal Wedding Date: What We Know about the Marriage Plans of William and Kate
Royal wedding date-watchers need speculate no more. When the long- awaited engagement of Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton was announced last week, they and their wedding planners were bombarded with questions. Where did that gorgeous...
Sarah Palin's Heroes - and Antiheroes
Sarah Palin's new book, "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," includes numerous references to Americans - and occasionally non-Americans - of whom she approves. Many of Palin's choices are not surprising (Ronald Reagan, Margaret...
Social Networks for Niches
Focused niche social networks give rise to defined online communities. Even giant Facebook is taking notice.Though Facebook has won over a widely promulgated 500 million active members, Kay Gardiner is unimpressed. Frankly, she thinks the social network...
Start Your Thanksgiving in the Office
Thanksgiving in the workplace: Thanking employees and fellow workers isn't just polite, it can boost morale and productivity.Before the feast - before the frenzied airline travel or family gatherings on Thursday - suppose Thanksgiving began at the office....
Technical Glitches May Be Troubling Iran's Nuclear Efforts
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported Tuesday that Iran temporarily stopped nuclear enrichment this month. Experts suggest technical difficulties may be the cause.Iran stopped the bulk of its uranium enrichment for a time this month, UN nuclear...
Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from President Obama
He reminds us that Thanksgiving is a time to 'lay aside the troubles and disagreements of the day and bow our heads in humble recognition of the providence bestowed upon our Nation.'THANKSGIVING DAY, 2010BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA...
Thanksgiving Quiz: There's More to It Than Just Knowing How to Cook a Turkey
Your bird is defrosting, your electric carving knife is charged up, and you've located your pants with the expandable waistband. But how much do you really know about the face-stuffing, football- watching, afternoon-napping, politics-avoiding, gratitude-...
The Killing of Crazy Horse
Pulizer Prize-winning historian Thomas Powers sets the record straight once and for all about the death of the messianic Oglala chief.Woman Dress told Billy Garnett, the half-Sioux interpreter, thatCrazy Horse was planning to murder Gen. George Crook...
UAV Is Latest Air Force Plane Tested to Run on Alternative Fuel
The Air Force has been running flight tests with the goal of certifying its US fleet to burn a 50-50 mix of fossil fuels and alternative fuels by 2016. On Monday it tested a Global Hawk UAV.A drone that runs on alternative fuels? That's the latest from...
Uninvited Garden Ornaments
When peacocks appeared in the neighborhood, everyone was delighted.When I stepped outside early this morning, I didn't see a partridge in a pear tree, but I did see a peacock on my front lawn.I kid you not. There was a large, plump peacock strutting...
We're Winning the Fight against Doping in Sports
Despite sensational scandals, antidoping efforts - and a shift in values - are restoring integrity.From Olympic gold medalists to Tour de France champions, a depressing number of star athletes have been caught up in doping scandals in recent years.Given...
When Would a North Korean Attack Provoke US Military Response?
Pentagon officials wonder if and when North Korean aggression will require a US military response. It's 'premature' to say that is being considered after the North Korean attack on South Korea Tuesday, says a Pentagon spokesman.The Air Force on Tuesday...
Will Obama Take Lead on National Debt and Budget Deficit?
Commission's draft proposal on cuts and taxes to slash national debt has riled partisans on both sides. Next major move is President Obama's."This huge debt that we face is something we can't deny."So declares Erskine Bowles, Democratic co-chair of the...