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 19, 2011

Afghanistan's Test Case: NATO Handover in Laghman Province
US policymakers will watch Afghanistan's ability to maintain stability in Laghman Province as a litmus test for its forces' capabilities in the rest of the country.After a decade of war in Afghanistan, international forces began handing over responsibility...
After Baghdad's Violence, Young Iraqi Tackles New Test: Freshman Year
She lived through the worst of Baghdad's wartime violence. But leaving her family for freshman year at the American University in Iraq has tested Amal Selman in unexpected ways.Growing up poor in war-ravaged Baghdad made Amal an expert at overcoming...
A Recovery? Small Businesses Aren't So Sure
Two years into the recovery, the outlook among small businesses is gloomy. Will it be self-fulfilling?Small business is sour, pessimistic. If America were holding a party to celebrate the recovery, small business would be the killjoy."It's a phony recovery,"...
Brazilian Soccer Clubs Flexing New Financial Muscle
Star striker Carlos Tevez's transfer from Manchester City to Corinthians in Sao Paulo, unthinkable 10 years ago, is now a real possibility thanks to the strong real and Brazilian teams' new business professionalism.Forget iron ore or soy beans. For most...
'Cut, Cap, and Balance' vs. 'Gang of Six' Plan: Which for House GOP?
'Cut, cap, and balance' legislation, which lays out a GOP plan to eliminate the US budget deficit, is set for a House vote late Tuesday. A symbolic move, the vote is nonetheless vital to Republicans. Here's why.Members of the House of Representatives...
Drought and Wildfire Threaten America's Cattle Capital
Ranchers face the risk of starving cattle after drought, wildfire, and prolonged high temperatures scorch parts of the heartland. Water reserves were used to fight fires, leaving little for farmers.As if the heartland hasn't faced enough this summer,...
During Hillary Clinton's India Visit, Nuclear Power Is Front and Center
With Secretary of State Clinton in India this week, the US and India are attempting to make up for decades of estrangement. However, disagreements about a 2005 nuclear deal threaten progress.A high-level US delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary...
Energy That Is Plentiful and Safe
A Christian Science perspective.A noisy conversation sprang up in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. At its heart was a concern for the early 21st century and beyond: What source will produce energy that is both plentiful enough...
Gallup Chief Puzzled by Obama's Poll Numbers
President Obama posted a 45 percent approval rating in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, which is higher than expected, says Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.Compared with other recent presidents, President Obama's approval numbers are...
Gallup's Pollster: Debt Ceiling Battle Won't Matter by Election 2012
Fight over the national debt ceiling is consuming Washington, but most Americans don't list it as a major concern. As a result, Gallup Poll's Frank Newport doesn't see it as a major campaign theme for Election 2012.The effort to raise America's debt...
'Gang of Six' Plan Hailed as Debt-Ceiling Breakthrough. What's in It?
The proposal by the 'Gang of Six' senators Tuesday draws on ideas from the deficit commission. The middle-of-the-road plan will have to overcome partisan concerns and a lack of time.A new spending proposal by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" Tuesday...
'Gang of Six' Revives Hope for Big Deal in Stalled Debt-Ceiling Talks
President Obama's hopes for a 'grand bargain' both to raise the debt ceiling and rein in the deficit got a boost Tuesday when the Senate's 'Gang of Six' proposed $3.7 trillion in deficit reductions.The Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" is back with a...
How the Hippies Saved Physics, by David Kaiser
Modern theoretical physics owes its survival, in part, to the counterculture movement of the 1960s and '70s.From the days of Albert Einstein's nonconformist youth forward, we've come to understand that the brilliant minds wrestling with quantum mechanics...
Iraqi Deal in the Works to Suspend Execution of Saddam-Era Officials
The indefinite hold on six planned executions of members of Saddam Hussein's regime could prevent a widening of political and sectarian rifts at a precarious time in Iraq.The controversial executions of some members of Saddam Hussein's former regime...
Iraqi Torture Victim's Tale Reveals Nation's Darker Side
Ali, a member of the Methboub family that the Monitor has followed since 2002 in Iraq, continues to struggle with the abuse he suffered after being unjustly imprisoned for 2-1/2 years.Ali was always the least troublesome Methboub son, a dutiful member...
Israeli Activists Shift from Palestinian Cause to Pocketbook Concerns
Tent-city protests over surging living costs started last week in Tel Aviv, the traditional hub of peace activism, and spread throughout the country. Housing prices have spiked 30 percent since 2007.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come...
Is US a Nation of Liars? Casey Anthony Isn't the Only One
Recent court cases - from Casey Anthony to Roger Clemens to Atlanta school teachers - may point to a prevalence of lying and cheating in US culture. Has America's moral compass gone haywire?In court cases, witnesses pledge to tell "the truth, the whole...
Michele Bachmann: Who Are the Anti-Bachmann Bloggers?
Michele Bachmann has been in the cross-hairs of Minnesota Republican women bloggers, who are behind many mainstream media stories today about Michele Bachmann.By David A. GrahamNewsweek/DailyBeastMichele Bachmann's star is on the rise. Her poll numbers...
Murdoch's Moment: What's at Stake for News Corp. in Phone-Hacking hearings(VIDEO)
Media barons Rupert and James Murdoch, as well as Rebekah Brooks, testify in Britain's House of Commons today in the wake of outrage over revelations of widespread phone-hacking and influence-peddling at News Corp.The top three executives of the Murdoch...
Obama, in Stand for Gay Rights, Calls for Repeal of DOMA
In nod to gay rights, Obama backs repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and withholds federal benefits from gay married couples.President Obama is calling for the repeal of the 1996 Defense...
Rupert Murdoch: Scandal, Phone Hacking, and Foam Whacking (VIDEO)
British lawmakers questioned the contrite Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks about their knowledge of illicit phone hacking by the shuttered tabloid News of the World.Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks all expressed sorrow...
Russian Telescope Launch Pulls National Space Program out of Black Hole
The Spektr-R, a space telescope that was put in orbit Monday, is just one of the ways the Russian space program is getting back on track.Russian scientists are jubilant at news that the Spektr-R, a powerful space telescope conceived in the depths of...
Top 10 Real-Life Adventure Stories
What's the best way to enjoy the summer: A cookout in the backyard? A trip to the beach? These are nice, but look no further than reading a non-fiction adventure book. It's by far the best way to immerse yourself in another world. Check out this list...
US Businesses Don't Succeed in Spite of Government. They Succeed Because of It
Big business complains about corporate tax rates. But corporate taxes fund the infrastructure that the private sector depends on. Try starting a business without it.While big business whimpers about high statutory tax rates, the effective tax rate paid...
Wanted: Alternatives to School Discipline
A massive study of Texas public schools suggests discipline can be overdone while less of it may lead to students improving. Schools that nurture rather than punish can get results.Spare the rod and save a child. That's a key lesson from a massive study...
Which Is Bigger: California or Los Angeles? Most Fourth Graders Aren't Sure
Geography results from the National Report Card show that few students have a 'proficient' understanding of geography, as reading and math push social sciences out of the classroom.Few US students demonstrate mastery of geography, despite some small...
Who Has Final Say over the Fate of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant?
If a state wants to shutter a nuclear power plant, but the feds have relicensed it, does the state have legal grounds for closure? That question is being wrestled with in federal court.Vermont has won the first round in its legal battle to shut down...
Why Defense Spending Keeps Rising. (Hint: It's Not Just the Wars.)
President Obama wants $400 billion in cuts to defense spending in the years ahead. But Pentagon budgets keep growing because of the rising cost of maintaining personnel and veterans' benefits.Despite President Obama's mandate that the defense spending...