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 June 29, 2010

15 Questions for Elena Kagan
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan started answering questions from senators today. Here's what she can expect.Today, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan began answering questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. What type of queries should...
Afghanistan War: General Petraeus Rethinking Rules of Engagement
With June marking the deadliest month for foreign troops in the Afghanistan war, General Petraeus said he is considering relaxing strict military rules of engagement out of concern they are excessively endangering American troops.This month has been...
As World Cup Heats Up, South Africa Vendors' Sales Fall
The early exit of host-nation South Africa and France, Italy, England, and the United States has taken its toll on the vendors that had been doing well on the periphery of the World Cup.Local organizers and FIFA executives may be making great profits...
At Hearings, Elena Kagan Defends Approach to Military Recruiting
In her testimony before senators Tuesday, Elena Kagan suggested that her policy when she was dean at Harvard Law School did not impose a hardship on military recruiters there.Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan insisted on Tuesday that her decision to...
China, Taiwan Forge Strongest Ties Yet with Sweeping Trade Deal
The latest China-Taiwan trade deal, signed Tuesday, avoided discussing sensitive political relations but signaled much closer cooperation between the longtime rivals.China and Taiwan signed a landmark deal Tuesday that formalizes trade ties between Asia's...
Death of Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Another Black Eye for the Sport
Michael Kirkham is the second mixed martial arts fighter in 2-1/ 2 years to die of injuries sustained in a state-sanctioned fight. As critics denounce MMA as barbaric, defenders say it's no more dangerous than some other sports.The death of a mixed martial...
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
Writer Tom Bissell shares his take on the best - and worst - aspects of video games.Tom Bissell has written three widely praised books in addition to theone under review here: "Chasing the Sea," a travelogue onUzbekistan and ecological disaster; "God...
Flying Car -- Just like the Jetsons -- Gets Green Light from FAA (VIDEO)
Flying Car? Yes, this Flying Car is for real. The Terrafugia Transistion has been approved by the FAA. It can soon be yours for just under $200,000.Flying-car enthusiasts are justified in their pessimism: For the past hundred years or so, they've repeatedly...
Foreigners Doing Business in China Feel Boxed Out: Report
Foreign firms doing business in China say laws discriminate against them, an EU Chamber of Commerce Report said Tuesday, echoing complaints from other international competitors.Foreign firms are being cut out of business opportunities by official discrimination...
General Petraeus Hearing to Put Afghanistan War, Not Him, in Hot Seat
At General Petraeus's confirmation hearing Tuesday, legislators are expected to endorse the respected commander but scrutinize the patchy progress of the nine-year Afghanistan war.Gen. David Petraeus's confirmation as the new commander for the Afghanistan...
General Petraeus: US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan for Years
General Petraeus told senators at his confirmation hearing that he supports President Obama's Afghanistan strategy, including its exit plan. But he also said US forces would remain in the country for the foreseeable future.Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday...
General Petraeus Wisely Stays the Course in Afghanistan
In his Senate confirmation hearing to become the war's new commander, Petraeus says it is more a matter of tweaks than a redesign of the campaign. Indeed, the strategy has yet to be fully implemented. Now is not the time to change it.The war in Afghanistan...
Greece Debt: Government Sees Hope in Privatization despite Protests
Officials see privatization as a way to dig out of Greece's debt, but newly unemployed workers are taking to the streets of Athens in protest. Tuesday's 10,000-strong demonstration may foreshadow larger protests to come, some say.Kleanthis Tratras was...
Gulf Oil Spill: The Story So Far
The effort to contain the Gulf oil spill has had more twists and turns than a mystery novel. This rundown of events so far also shows what is ahead in the struggle to clean up the Gulf of Mexico.Since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion April 20, BP...
Hurricane Alex, First of 2010 Season, Heads for Texas, Mexico
Hurricane Alex, after slamming Belize as a tropical storm Thursday, was declared a hurricane Tuesday evening. New extended hurricane warning rules are meant to give more precise, earlier warnings.What began as a grumpy blotch of storm clouds over the...
Hurricane Season Bears Down on BP Gulf Oil Spill
The season's first tropical weather system is disrupting cleanup efforts and has raised the anxiety level along the Gulf Coast. Where's the emergency storm plan, some officials are asking?Vice President Joe Biden arrived in New Orleans Tuesday for his...
Iran Nuclear Fuel Swap: What's Happening Now
Tehran says it will hold talks with Turkey and Brazil over the Iran nuclear fuel swap, despite announcing yesterday a two-month delay in broader negotiations meant to 'punish' the West.Angered by the failure of an Iran nuclear fuel swap to avert fresh...
Obama Wants 'Price' on Carbon Emissions. Republicans See 'Tax.'
Putting a price on carbon emissions will help America reduce dependence on polluting fossil fuels and speed the transition to clean energy, Obama told a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday. Republicans decried that idea as a tax that will hurt the economy.President...
Oliver Stone Film on Hugo Chavez Flops with Venezuelans
Oliver Stone's documentary 'South of the Border' grossed more in one weekend in the US than in nearly two weeks in Venezuela. Why has the sympathetic portrait of President Hugo Chavez fallen flat with Venezuelans?Perhaps the biggest surprise about Oliver...
Plunging Dow, Consumer Confidence: Signs of 'Double Dip' Recession?
Investors worldwide have grown more cautious about the outlook for the economy and corporate profits.Worries about the global economy are showing up in sagging stock prices, a plunge in US consumer confidence, and an investor flight to safe-haven Treasury...
Russian Spies Case: There Goes the 'Reset' of US-Russia Relations?
Actually, there could be limited fallout from the Russian spies case, some international experts say. For the most part, however, the ball is in Russia's court now.Is that President Obama having lunch with a Russian spy?No, silly, that's Russian President...
Russian Spies: High-Tech Gear, Plus Old Cold War Methods
The accused Russian spies arrested this week used a combination of very advanced methods and equipment as well as old-style spycraft like the 'dead drop.'The accused Russian spies arrested by the US on Monday used a wide range of espionage techniques....
Russian Spies: US Case Could Derail Medvedev, Boost Putin
Russian spies case is believed in Moscow to be a plot by US hawks to undermine the US-Russia relationship. It could also hurt Medvedev's chances of beating Putin, an ex-KGB agent, in 2012 elections.The Russian spy case, in which 10 alleged Russian spies...
Saudi Arabia Wants US to Pressure Israel on Peace in the Middle East
Despite a string of visits this month from leaders in the Middle East, most recently King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, peace in the region remains an unsolvable puzzle for the Obama administration.One week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Study: On Average, Charter Schools Do No Better Than Public Schools
But the study also found more nuanced evidence that the most effective charter schools are those serving lower-income students, especially in urban areas.More evidence is in that charter schools - at least on average - do no better than regular public...
Supreme Court Allows Drug Test Case against Pfizer to Proceed
US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer allegedly conducted nonconsensual drug tests on 200 Nigerian children, some of whom died. The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed a civil lawsuit against Pfizer to go forward.The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take...
Syria Courts Latin America for Oil, Trade, and Expats
President Bashar al-Assad visits Argentina and Brazil this week on a tour to boost Syria's political and economic standing. Many Syrian expats in the region, which has long attracted those looking for work, have become wealthy.Syrian President Bashar...
Tesla Motors IPO a Win, but Road Ahead Is Bumpy
The Tesla Motors IPO sold out quickly, and shares of the company rose 41 percent in their first day of trading. But Tesla's ability to navigate the still-developing electric car market will be tested in the coming months.Excitement over the auspicious...
The Wisdom of Solomon, and Justice Today
A Christian Science perspective.For the second consecutive summer, the US Senate is holding confirmation hearings on the nomination of a woman to the US Supreme Court. As women are poised to hold more seats than ever on the court, it highlights the question...
Why Republicans Are Treading Lightly in Elena Kagan Hearings
Republicans still haven't gotten over the Democratic filibuster of President Bush's solicitor general, who was nominated for a federal judgeship in 2001. Now, in the Elena Kagan hearings, they're trying to take the high road.At Day 1 of her Senate confirmation...
World Cup 2010: Closer to the Finals, Closer to World Support for Africa
South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup reminds the world that Africa is part of humanity. Let's build on this progress by setting a goal of liberation from crushing human poverty.As the planet's premier sporting event, the World Cup is a remarkable...