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 December 15, 2009

Afghanistan Mental Health: Treatment Caught between Ancient and Modern Worlds
While Afghanistan mental health treatment has improved in cities, many rural residents still opt to send the ill to shrines, where they may be chained and poorly fed. Aid workers are trying to expand training for community health workers.Hamidullah Khan...
Anne Frank
Francine Prose tells the story of Anne Frank's diary: how it come to be written and what happened to it once it appeared in the world.Francine Prose's Anne Frank is not, strictly speaking, a book aboutAnne Frank. That's a good thing: We've had quite...
As US Mulls Iran Nuclear Sanctions, Syria Boosts Ties with Tehran
Syria and Iran have signed a new military cooperation agreement in the face of increased international pressure for Iran nuclear sanctions. Congress is considering two bills this week.As the US Congress considers two bills for new sanctions on Iran,...
At Copenhagen Global Warming Conference, Alarms on Ocean Acidification
At the Copenhagen global warming conference, researchers have been seeking attention to what's often been an "orphan" issue in the climate change debate: increasing ocean acidity and its risks for fisheries.Walk the halls at the cavernous Bella Conference...
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Poised for First Flight
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is set to attempt its first flight Tuesday after years of delays. The company's first new jetliner in almost 15 years, the plane is made of lightweight composite materials and supposed to reduce fuel costs by 20 percent.After...
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: What's in It for Passengers
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which had a successful first flight Tuesday, boasts next-generation aviation technology that's supposed to help it fly faster and farther. But it may also provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.From nose to tail and wingtip...
Brazil's President Lula on Global Warming: No Delay at Copenhagen
Postponing hard decisions about the fight against global warming will only make an already tragic predicament worse.Just over two months ago in Copenhagen, I enjoyed one of the happiest days of my life when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose...
Can Mullen Get Pakistan to Shut Down Its Terrorist Havens?
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to try to soothe old tensions. Pakistan distrusts US aims in Afghanistan, which makes it a less-than- perfect partner.Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's top military officer,...
Could the US Use a Little Protectionism?
Though it's a dirty word in many circles, a little protectionism might be good for the US.Would a touch of protectionism do the United States some good? Protectionism is generally taboo among policymakers and economists. "Being called a protectionist...
Global Warming Talks Inch toward Accord - 'Adaptation' Cash a Sore Point
At the Copenhagen global warming talks, high-level delegations have arrived to kick negotiations into high gear. But the question of money to help poorer nations grapple with the effects of climate change remains a sticking point.Ministers from more...
Global Warming Threatens Australia's Beach Life
Parliamentary report in Australia shows 700,000 coastal homes may be at risk if global warming continues and sea levels rise. Local conflicts are brewing over residents who want to build seawalls and town planners who want to move houses away from Australia's...
Golden Globe Nominations Tap 'Avatar' and 'Up' among Others
Globes' nominations offer a rough road map to the Oscars in March.The 67th annual Golden Globe Award nominations for film and television are fresh off the press, but the rush to dissect their deeper meaning is in full bloom. Despite the nods for the...
Guantanamo Detainees on US Soil: A Legal Minefield
President Obama wants to house some Guantanamo detainees in an Illinois prison. But bringing the detainess to the US will likely broaden their legal rights. 'How much?' is the unanswered question.President Obama's decision to transfer as many as 100...
Health Care Reform: How Harry Reid Could Pull off a Miracle
By giving ground on tort reform, Harry Reid could meet Republicans in the middle and pass meaningful health care reform for all Americans.Public polls about healthcare reform show two things clearly: Most Americans want reform, but they don't want what...
How I See You, Veil or Not
A Christian Science perspective.When I was a child my family used to visit my mother's relatives who lived in Rasht, in northern Iran. Although we were Christians, these relatives were devout Muslims. They all wore chador, or the veil. It looked so attractive...
Illinois Divided over News of Incoming Guantanamo Detainees
Illinois' Republican lawmakers oppose the Obama administration's decision to transfer some Guantanamo detainees to a prison in the state - and a recent poll shows a majority of Illinois voters do, too. But Democratic leaders are behind the move, citing...
Israel Is Ready for Peace. Are Its Neighbors?
The settlement freeze shows Israel is serious. But peace won't become reality without an immediate and serious return to the negotiating table.The time for peace in the Middle East is now. This has been the consistent message from both the Netanyahu...
Israel Rejects UK War Crimes Warrant for Livni
Israel on Tuesday warned of a chill in ties after a British court issued an arrest warrant for former foreign minister Tzipi Livni for her role in alleged war crimes during Israel's Gaza war that began almost a year ago.Israel on Tuesday warned of a...
Obama and 'Fat Cat' Bankers. It's about More Than Lending
He isn't fighting Wall Street as much as lawmakers who take campaign money from the financial industry. To win passage of reforms for the industry, the president needs to take on Democrats with sticky fingers and who ignore Main Street.At some point...
Obama's Home Energy-Efficiency Pitch: Insulation Is 'Sexy'
President Obama called for more incentives for home energy- efficiency upgrades Tuesday, as a way to boost job-creation and cut energy costs. Green retrofitting of homes is on the rise in the US.President Obama on Tuesday pressed the importance of green...
Once Mighty Iraq Air Force Rebuilds - but Pilots Keep Low Profile
The Iraq Air Force is slowly reclaiming control of the country's airspace - the last bit of Iraqi national sovereignty to be returned as the Americans pull out.Twelve thousand feet above Iraqi soil, piloting a propeller- driven Cessna AC 208B is so easy...
Pakistan Suicide Attacks Spike, but Overall Attacks Are Down
While suicide attacks have risen - apparently in retaliation for Army offensives - militant attacks overall have dropped sharply, suggesting that the Army's efforts to rein in Pakistani Taliban are paying off.Pakistani militants struck again on Tuesday,...
Squid Invasions Signal Changes in the Pacific Ocean
In the Pacific, jumbo squid have moved to new waters, signaling changes in the ocean, scientists observe.When large numbers of jumbo squid first showed up in California's Monterey Bay in 1997, scientists weren't sure what had brought the cephalopod that...
Thousands Evacuated as Philippines Powerful Mayon Volcano Threatens
Around 20,000 Filipinos were evacuated from the slopes of the Mayon Volcanoe on the Philippines' main island of Luzon Tuesday. The volcano, which has erupted and left fatalities in the past, is a reminder of dangers of living on the Pacific "ring of...
Tony Blair Bombshell: How It Reshapes the Iraq War Debate
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's remarks about the Iraq war move us away from a legal debate to a moral one.I was implacably opposed to the war in Iraq, yet I would like to thank Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain, for saying days...
What Do We Really Learn from a Crisis?
The 1980's farming bubble taught some hard truths. Did they stick?Douglas Harford had no crystal ball. He had no special insight into exotic mortgages or the shaky securities that backed them. But from his corn-and-soybean farm in Mazon, Ill., he saw...
Why Is Obama at Home Depot? to Get Cash for Caulkers Going
President Obama's stop at Home Depot shows that if 'cash for caulkers' is going to get off the ground, the government has to get at least three groups to buy in.President Obama's stop at a Home Depot in northern Virginia on Tuesday was another step toward...
Why Southern Yemen Is Pushing for Secession
With bleak housing blocks and rusty wrecks for taxis, south Yemen residents pushing for secession say they've been sidelined by the government.As Yemen struggles to quell Houthi rebels in the north, a secession movement gathering steam in the south threatens...
Yemen Used Lethal Force to Quell Southern Secession Protests, Says Report
Yemen used inappropriate force to quell largely nonviolent secession protests, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Southern Yemenis say they have been marginalized.Yemen used inappropriate, and at times lethal, force in response to demonstrations...