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 May 18, 2011

Africa Is Becoming a Test Lab for Mobile Phone Development
Lessons in innovation that Vodafone learns from its work in sub- Saharan Africa will be applied to its projects around the world.In my course on technology, development and Africa, a fine undergraduate student, David Metoyer, wrote this about the activities...
American Anger at Gas Prices Fueled by Rising Household Energy Costs
Americans are spending 12 percent of their disposable income on energy costs - up from 7.7 percent in 2002, a new study says. Gas prices are the biggest part of the equation.Congress's failed bid Tuesday to rein in multibillion-dollar tax breaks for...
Deadly Afghan Protests Erupt Following NATO Raid
At least 11 people were killed and more than 80 injured when violent protests erupted after a NATO raid in northern Afghanistan that left four people dead, Afghan authorities say.At least 11 people were killed and more than 80 injured Wednesday during...
Egypt Shifts to Military Justice for Civilians in Post-Mubarak Era
A 17-year-old was sentenced to death this week amid a wave of civilian cases tried by military tribunals in as little as five minutes. Under Mubarak, civilians rarely faced military tribunals.A military court in Cairo this week sentenced to death a 17-year-...
Embassytown
China Mieville's heady new novel harks back to the 1970s science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and Doris Lessing.By Jeff VanderMeer for The Barnes & Noble ReviewReminiscent of 1970s socio-political science fiction by the likes ofUrsula K. Le Guin and Doris...
End of the World May 21?! Don't Panic - but Don't Ridicule Project Caravan, Either
Project Caravan is a bus convoy traversing America to warn that the world will be destroyed this Saturday, May 21. The media depict them as crazies, but 41 percent of Americans believe that Jesus will return by 2050. End-of-the-world prophecy is all...
For Indians, the Climb into the Middle Class Is a Family Affair
But affluence - like a separate bedroom for the kids and a good education - could change the culture.By Indian standards, Aditya Kumar has made it. He has a secure government job and his mother, wife, and two kids live in one of the largest homes in...
Gates: No Evidence 'Yet' about Who in Pakistan Knew Bin Laden Was There
'Somebody' in Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. But he seemed to absolve 'senior leadership' and warned Congress against cutting US aid.The top US defense official, Robert Gates, said Wednesday...
How Long Does It Take Species to Go Extinct? Longer Than Previously Thought
Habitat destruction drives species extinct more slowly than previously thought, according to a new model described in this week's Nature. 'We have bought a little time for saving species,' says scientist.The pace at which plants and animals are vanishing...
How Mississippi River Floods Could Save Louisiana's Sinking Coasts
Before the current levee system was built, Mississippi River floods helped replenish Louisiana coastal wetlands with silt. Now that silt goes into the Gulf and the coastline is disappearing. But scientists have a plan, and the great flood of 2011 could...
In Ireland, Queen Elizabeth Writes New Chapter with Visit to Bloody Sunday Site
Queen Elizabeth has visited Croke Park Stadium, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre, and the Garden of Remembrance. Both sites honor republicans who fought the British for independence.In keeping with the historic nature of the British queen's visit...
Judgment Day? Five Failed End-of-the-World Predictions
Judgment Day is coming this Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m., according to Harold Camping, the president of the Christian broadcaster Family Radio. Could he be wrong? He wouldn't be the first. Here are five failed Judgment Day predictions.Judgment...
Judgment Day May 21: When Will the World Actually End?
Judgment Day May 21: Harold Camping, the head of the Family Radio broadcasting network, has calculated that the apocalypse will begin on May 21. Do his numbers add up for a judgment day this weekend?As you may have learned from one of the 2,000 billboards...
My Time with John McCain, and Why I Know He's So Adamantly Anti- Torture
Possible presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Sen. John McCain 'doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works.' Who knows better than the former POW?When I first met John McCain, he was known as a "screamer."It was 1965 at the Naval Air Station...
Nowitzki, Barea Put on a Clinic as the Mavericks Gallop Past the Thunder
Dirk Nowitzki scored 48 points, and J.J. Barea chipped in 21 from the bench as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, 121-112 in Game One of the NBA Western Division finals.Don't ever tell J.J. Barea he can't do something....
Oprah Winfrey Bumps NBA Playoffs, Welcomes Maria Shriver to United Center
Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, and Michael Jordan were part of a star-studded cast at the Tuesday taping of two of the last Oprah Winfrey shows in Chicago's United Center.This week, Chicago inaugurated a new mayor (Rahm Emanuel), the...
Paul Ryan's Reality Check on Budget Hysteria: GOP Plan Bolsters the Safety Net
Congressman Paul Ryan explains why the GOP's 2012 budget not only prevents a fiscal disaster, it strengthens America's safety net by directing more assistance to those who need it most.The ink wasn't even dry on the proposal when the wailing began. You...
Pirates and 26 Other Sequels This Year: Are Hollywood Execs Ruining Movies?
By one count, Americans will be served a record 27 movie sequels this year: Pirates of the Caribbean, Spy Kids, Cars 2, The Hangover Part II, Happy Feet 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, etc., etc. Have Hollywood moguls gone overboard on sequels?By Roger EbertNewsweek/DailyBeastNo...
Public Apologies Come Easier These Days. Forgiveness Doesn't
Public figures from Arnold Schwarzenegger to LeBron James to Newt Gingrich to Oprah are apologizing. So many mea culpas create an opportunity to better define forgiveness.More public figures these days seem comfortable in offering apologies, either for...
SEAL Team Six: Pentagon Ramps Up War of Words over White House Leaks
Defense Secretary Robert Gates expresses dismay that the Situation Room pact not to talk about the details of the SEAL Team Six operation 'lasted about 15 hours.' Adm. Mike Mullen says further leaks could jeopardize the effectiveness of future special...
Shipping Companies: Europe Investigates Price Fixing
Shipping companies were visited Monday by European Commission officials looking for evidence of price fixing. US exporters, importers with similar complaints against the shipping companies are watching closely.The world's biggest shipping companies are...
South Africans Vent Frustration, This Time in Municipal Elections
In the fourth municipal elections since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africans voters say they are disappointed with politics in general.When South African President Jacob Zuma cast his municipal vote in his home village of Nkandla, he told reporters...
Strauss-Kahn Case: 4 Ways French and American Law Differ
International Monetary Fund chief and Frenchman Dominique Strauss- Kahn's arrest underscores how differently France and the United States view privacy and sexual assault. Here's a look at where the countries' legal systems clash as they pertain to Mr....
Strauss-Kahn Case Raises Question: How Safe Are Hotel Employees?
Violent crimes against hotel employees, as is alleged in the Strauss-Kahn case, are rare, but they do take place. Industry experts say protecting staff and making them feel safe is a priority.Every hotel counts on its housekeeping staff.They strip the...
Trial by Fire
A Christian Science perspective: Even if what you're going through is particularly difficult, God's help is at hand.Sometimes during an especially challenging time - or fiery trial as the Bible terms it - our only desire is for that particular challenge...
US Aid in Pakistan: Where's the Money Going?
The Discovery of Osama bin Laden hiding in a Pakistani military town has Congress threatening cuts to US aid, and populists in Pakistan saying good riddance. But beyond the angry rhetoric, experts see a mismatch between US hopes and where the dollars...
Was Newt Gingrich Right about GOP's Medicare Plan?
After Newt Gingrich called Paul Ryan's Medicare plan 'radical,' he accepted party demands to recant his statements. But polls show that most Americans do not want changes to Medicare.Newt Gingrich has apologized for labeling the Republican plan to overhaul...
Why Estonia May Be Europe's Model Country
The world's first cyberstate embraced austerity without whining even though its Soviet-era memories are still fresh.An 82-foot-high billboard wrapping Estonia's finance ministry building in its capital, Tallinn, boasts: "The euro, my money." It stands...
Why Russia's Medvedev and Putin Remain Coy about Presidential Aims
Some analysts say a declaration by either President Medvedev or Prime Minister Putin could upend Russian politics well ahead of next year's presidential vote.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fielded dozens of queries Wednesday in his first major press...