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 March 4, 2011

Adoption Fairs Are Speed Dating for Kids. Families Need 'Arranged Marriages' Instead
Adoption fairs, where foster children and prospective parents mingle, are like 'speed dating.' They're ineffective and damaging. I would know, as I was adopted by parents I met at one of these fairs. States should instead use 'arranged marriages' to...
American Idol: Top 10 Plus Three Wildcard Contestants. Surprised?
American Idol introduced viewers Thursday night to the Top 10 contestants chosen by vote, plus the judges' three wild card picks. In one round, 11 singers - including Brett Loewenstern, Robbie Rosen, Clint Jun Gamboa - were sent home. We now have the...
An Upside of Arab Revolts: Islamists Talk Democracy
Egypt opened the way for new dialogue between Islamists and secularists. That could foster Muslim democracies.Egypt's Tahrir Square revolution is leapfrogging across the Arab world, opening a landscape of new possibilities in the Middle East.One of the...
Army's New Physical Training Incorporates Yoga, Resting
As the Army rolls out new physical training and 'combat readiness' tests, some vets and senior officials ask if the new Army is 'babying' troops.The Army is overhauling its physical fitness tests for the first time in 30 years and adding a new "combat...
As Harvard Welcomes Back ROTC, Other Elite Schools May Follow
At a ceremony with the secretary of the Navy, Harvard welcomes ROTC back to its campus, ending a Vietnam-era ban. Columbia, Brown, and other top schools may soon do the same.Elite universities like to compete, and Harvard Friday crossed the finish line...
As Refugees Pile Up at Libya Borders, Nations Step Up Humanitarian Efforts
The UN will announce a global appeal for humanitarian aid to deal with the Libya crisis on Monday. Planeloads of supplies are on their way to the area, and the international community is coordinating an airlift of refugees.Proposals for a no-fly zone...
At Christian Lawmaker's Funeral, Pakistan's PM Mum on Blasphemy Law
Pakistan's prime minister joined mourners at today's funeral service for slain Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Critics say a timid government has emboldened militants and allowed extremists to shape the country's future.About 1,000 mourners, including...
A Thoroughly Modern Opera: Robots Enter a New Frontier
Tod Machover's futuristic opera, 'Death and the Powers,' features robots and puts technology in the leading role.The controversial new Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," beset by accidents and technical glitches, has pressed the limits of...
Baby Dolphin Die-Off in Gulf: Cold Water, Not Oil Spill, the Culprit?
Runoff from unusual snowfall in Alabama caused water temperatures in Mobile Bay to drop suddenly, possibly leading to stillbirths of baby dolphins, researchers say. Poisoning as a result last year's oil spill is another possible culprit.The cause of...
Battles Erupt in Key Cities, Moving Libya Closer to Civil War
Anti-Qaddafi forces seized a key town Friday, but are facing a crackdown in Tripoli. Meanwhile, Benghazi suffered its first assault from the regime in two weeks.Libyan rebels poured west along the Mediterranean coast from the town of Brega today and...
Budget Wranglers Find 'Entitlement Cuts' and 'Tax Hikes' Still Dirty Words
'Gang of Six' deficit-cutting negotiators in the Senate are mum after rumors of entitlement cuts and tax code reform nearly derailed talks. Still, a short-term budget accord this week did manage to avert a government shutdown.To solve America's rising...
Did Flawed US Policies Play Role in Death of a Border Patrol Agent?
Before a US border patrol agent was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits, the agents opened fire with bean bags. Found at the scene: two guns the ATF allowed gun runners to purchase.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is...
Egypt's New PM Cheered in Tahrir Square
Essam Sharaf, appointed yesterday to lead Egypt's transitional government, was carried through the crowd on the shoulders of Egyptians - a new sight in a country long suppressed by its leaders.Egypt's new prime minister joined the crowds at Tahrir Square...
Frankfurt Gunman in US Airmen Killing Kept Radical Company on Facebook
Arid Uka, who confessed to killing two US airmen at the Frankfurt airport Wednesday, had links with radical groups online but is believed to have acted on his own.Arid Uka was a typical product of Frankfurt, a city where a third of the population is...
God's Family: There's Always Room for One More
A Christian Science perspective: In today's changing face of the family, a grandmother reflects on what holds her family together.Sounds of Rihanna blasted from the guest bedroom, which probably had several outfits strewn across the carpet. I could hear...
Government Check in the Mail? No, on a Debit Card
Governments are replacing paper checks with debit cards to disburse all kinds of benefits. But the cards have fees. Is that fair?When Crusberto Munoz opened his unemployment benefits letter early in January, he didn't find a check. What popped out instead...
Happythankyoumoreplease: Movie Review
'Happythankyoumoreplease' hangs on three stories, each of them a little tedious.Josh Radnor, the TV star from "How I Met Your Mother," has ahang-loose affability in the annoyingly titled"Happythankyoumoreplease," which henceforth I will refer to as"HTYMP."...
How Egypt's Protesters Will Change US Ties
The new Egypt is likely to emerge as more independent, diverging from US wishes in certain areas - such as reaching out to Iran. But the allies still have long-term common interests.Egypt's popular uprising toppled the leader of the nation that is a...
How Much Does Obama Value Freedom? Arab Uprisings Will Be His Test
The overall endgame in the Middle East is not clear. But as the region is engulfed in radical change, the Obama administration faces a policy dilemma: Should it encourage the progression to democracy, or preserve autocratic leaders who offer allegiance...
Hugo Chavez Challenges Venezuelan 'Birthright' to Cheap Gas
In Venezuela, Humberto Patadilla pays just under $1 for 21 gallons of gasoline. If Hugo Chavez raises gas prices, he says, it could 'cause an explosion against him.'Venezuelans have endured blackouts, water rationing, and skyrocketing inflation. But...
Killing of Skinhead Leader David Lynch: What Was the Motive?
David Lynch, head of the racist skinhead group American Front, was shot and killed in his home near Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday.The killing of white supremacist leader David Lynch in California raises questions about the competition among members...
Libya Preventing Refugees from Leaving as Fighting Escalates
'Libya no good!' chanted refugees who had already made it across the Tunisia-Libya border. The flow of refugees has suddenly dropped 80 percent.Satellite photographs indicate that Libya is slowing the exodus of migrant workers west to Tunisia, stopping...
McLobster Rumor? Nah! McDonalds Should Add These Five Items
McLobster rumor: The sandwich, which appears seasonally at some New England and eastern Canadian McDonalds, was supposed to go nationwide. The chain has tweeted that the rumors are false. But that's all right, there are more McDelicacies to be made....
Mexican Trucks to Ply US Highways? Obama Is Ready to Roll
President Obama on Thursday laid out a plan to allow trucks from Mexico to carry goods into America. Concern about safety of Mexican trucks have nixed such transport for decades.Mexican trucks may soon be rolling along US highways - especially along...
My Korean Deli
Relying on a skillful mix of comedy and pathos, Ben Ryder Howe tells how he became an editor by day - and a New York City deli owner by night.Starting a small business is an exhilarating and stressful endeavor,and Ben Ryder Howe takes us along for the...
Next Up for Senate: Votes on Two Budget Plans, More Than $50 Billion Apart
The budget plans will give both Democrats and Republicans a sense of where the votes are and a road map for going forward.The Senate is gearing up for head-to-head votes on two budget plans - more than $50 billion apart - to fund the last seven months...
NFL Lockout: If Friday's Deadline Passes, Is the 2011 Season Doomed?
Thursday brought some positive news in the bid to avoid an NFL lockout, but even if Friday's deadline passes without a deal, there could be more opportunities ahead.The good news, of course, is that the National Football League has not locked out its...
Russia's Ex-Spy Anna Chapman Launches Website amid Rumors of Political Run
The former secret agent has launched a flashy website to promote a sprouting career. Anna Chapman's potential bid for Russian parliament is rumored to have backing from Vladimir Putin's political party.Anna Chapman, the flame-haired Russian spy expelled...
Should You Panic about Oil Prices?
Not yet. Middle East turmoil may increase the danger of rising oil prices triggering a double-dip recession. But while a short- lived oil price spike is quite possible, a sustained spike causing serious economic damage isn't likely. Still, the US should...
Shuttle Discovery's Crew: A Moment to Reflect amid Rush to Complete Tasks
Tackling their final chores before departing the International Space Station on Monday, shuttle Discovery crew members acknowledge with some sadness that the mission is the orbiter's last.Astronauts are making a final push to prepare a new module for...
Slightest Signs of Compromise Emerge in Wisconsin Labor Fight
The warring factions could be taking note of voter restlessness over the long standoff between the governor and Wisconsin's state workers - or they could simply be wearing down. Either way, hint of compromise is in the air.The standoff in Wisconsin over...
Stocks End Down, but Sharply off Lows
Dow Jones falls 88 points after falling nearly 180 points. Stocks on S&P and Nasdaq also pare losses at the close.By Abby Schultz and JeeYeon Park, CNBC.comStocks ended down, although last minute buying pared even deeper losses as the market plunged...
The Adjustment Bureau: Movie Review
In the romantic sci-fi thriller 'The Adjustment Bureau,' Matt Damon and Emily Blunt play lovers not destined to be together.When I heard that the fantasy suspense thriller "The AdjustmentBur-eau" was based on a Philip K. Dick story and starred Matt Damon,I...
Top Picks: A Tribute to Bob Marley, a Tchaikovsky Concert, Aaron Neville's New Album, and More
A 'Playing for Change' mashup of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song,' a live broadcast of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky concert, Aaron Neville's latest gospel album, and more recommendations.After JosephineMost people know that Napoleon and Josephine...
Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.9 Percent. Has the Economy Turned a Corner?
Not only did the unemployment rate fall, but the US economy added 192,000 jobs in February. But economists view the numbers differently.Without the impediment of mountains of snow last month, businesses started to hire workers.The economy added 192,000...
US Air Power: Made in India?
Lockheed Martin and Boeing bid to outsource aerospace assembly. That could seed a manufacturing bonanza for New Delhi.B. Praveen beams as he explains why the molded magnesium jet part in front of him represents a major step forward for Indian aeronautics...
What Federal Spending Should Be Axed? US Public Has Its Own Ideas
In recent opinion polls, the US public gives Congress a starting place to look for cuts in federal spending. Energy industries and 'earmarks' top the list, but there's more.As Republicans and Democrats in Washington bargain and bait each other over how...
Why Europe Is Turning Away from Multiculturalism
Britain joined Germany and France in questioning Europe's approach to multiculturalism, saying that it no longer works for other cultures to live 'apart ... from the mainstream.'British leader David Cameron, in the midst of epic budget cuts, is backing...
Wisconsin Protesters Can Win, but Not as They Might Think
In Wisconsin, and now Ohio, public unions are on the defensive over collective bargaining 'rights.' Both sides need to see the larger picture to find common ground.First Wisconsin, and now Ohio, have moved to deflate the power of public-worker unions....