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 February 21, 2012

A Defector's Tale: How a Syrian Soldier Turned Rebel
A young defector's story highlights the weakness of the Assad regime, including military officers taking rebel bribes and sectarian divisions pitting Syrian against Syrian.Khaled, a young fighter with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), keeps a tight grip...
Affirmative Action in College Admissions Goes Back before Supreme Court
US Supreme Court is taking an affirmative action case about the University of Texas admissions policy, which permits race to be a factor in deciding which applicants are admitted.The US Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to take up a potential blockbuster...
Can Silence before an Arrest Be Used at Trial? Supreme Court Refuses Case
The appeal had asked the Supreme Court to examine whether the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination bars a prosecutor's use of a defendant's pre-arrest silence as evidence of guilt.The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up the appeal...
Climategate Sequel? Scientist Lies to Get Heartland Institute Documents
Climate scientist, Peter Gleick, lied to acquire - then leak to the press - documents from the Heartland Institute, an organization that argues that global warming poses no threat.A prominent scientist who focused his work on global warming's threat...
Do Grandparents Get Visitation Rights? Supreme Court Declines Case
The Supreme Court declined to hear a case in which grandparents demanded to visit their grandchildren but the parents intervened. The lack of a decision leaves no clear constitutional standard on the issue.Two Alabama grandparents have lost their bid...
Eisenhower in War and Peace
Jean Edward's Smith's new biography obliterates earlier arguments that Eisenhower's was a dull, torpid presidency.History, we're told, repeats itself. Those who write history, however, are another matter.Historians do tend to agree on the greatest presidents...
Gay Marriage: Why Prop. 8 Appeal Is Not Going to Supreme Court ... Yet
The coalition of groups that backs Prop. 8, California's ban on gay marriage, has asked all the judges of the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case decided by a three-judge panel on Feb. 7. An appeal to the US Supreme Court could still follow.Supporters of...
High Gas Prices: How Big a Problem for Obama?
The last five times gas prices have spiked, the incumbent party has lost the presidential election. On Tuesday, the national average price of gasoline was $3.57 a gallon.When it comes to gas prices, President Obama is probably watching them rise with...
How Scientists Brought 30,000-Year-Old Flower Back to Life
In what is being hailed as the oldest successful regeneration of a living plant, researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences used cells from a 30,000-year-old plant buried in permafrost to create living seedlings.Thirty thousand years after their...
How Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Could Reduce Affirmative Action across US
The Supreme Court, which has shifted to the right, may use the Texas case to overturn the 2003 decision that achieving classroom diversity could justify the use of race-based affirmative action.The US Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday to examine the...
Islamist Attacks Draw Nigeria and US Military Closer
Dealing with Islamist groups such as Nigeria's Boko Haram will require more than a purely military approach, although Nigeria welcomes training from the US military's Africa Command.With an Islamist militant group on a killing spree in its northern reaches,...
Is Obama 'Dangerous' Because He Wants You to Buy a Chevy Volt? Newt Says Yes
Newt Gingrich is railing against President Obama for using federal money to subsidize hybrid plug-ins like the Chevy Volt, likening the vehicle to 'cultural warfare.' Some Republicans agree.In an effort to recharge his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich...
Lifting Africa from a Mineral 'Curse'
The US and Europe are moving towards rules that would require their oil and mining industries to reveal all payments to foreign governments. Resource-rich but poor Africa will benefit from such transparency.One of the world's great paradoxes is that...
Mitt Romney Remains Fundraising King, but Look Who's Hard on His Heels
Mitt Romney was both the big fundraiser and the big spender in January, in his quest for GOP's presidential crown. Despite his big war chest, he lags Rick Santorum by 10 points nationally.Mitt Romney raised more money ($6.5 million) and spent more money...
Nuclear Talks with Iran? Senators Implore Obama to Draw Line in the Sand
The senators are urging Obama to demand that Iran suspend all of its uranium enrichment during any negotiations over its nuclear program, a position that could scuttle chances for the talks.As President Obama considers the ground rules he can live with...
Rick Santorum: Can Democrats' 'Mischief Vote' Give Him Michigan Win?
Michigan is an 'open primary' state, so some liberal commentators are calling for Democrats to cast a primary vote for the candidate they say is less likely to beat President Obama in the fall.Psst, here's a tip about the Republican Primary in Michigan:...
See the Plowshare in the Sword
A Christian Science perspective.At first glance the Bible promise looks wonderfully poetic, but a bit unrealistic. Beating swords into plowshares? That's the action plan for establishing peace among nations? Consider this from the Old Testament book...
Surge, Sag, Repeat: Why the Republicans Are So Volatile
Super PACs, the tea party, a surging and sagging field, and a party rule requiring proportional awarding of delegates in early- voting states are contributing to an unusually unsettled GOP race."GOP voters: 'Can we see what it looks like with Huntsman...
Syria Stalemate: Is Russia Pushing Mideast into Cold-War Style Conflict?
Russia is refusing to attend an Arab League-hosted meeting on Syria, and experts warn its stance could embolden Iran to stand firm against the West. The US meanwhile softened its stance on arming the opposition.Russia's decision not to attend a "friends...
Yemen Vote Ousts Saleh, but Will New Leader Bring Change? (+Video)
Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole candidate, won the historic Yemen vote. Many Yemenis hope his win will pave the way to a more democratic society.After a year of unrest, Yemenis took to the voting booth on Tuesday to finalize what demonstrators...