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 28, 2010

Air Force X-51A Waverider: Faster Than Superman
The US Air Force just flew its new X-51A Waverider at five times the speed of sound. It could be used as a hypersonic cruise missile, delivering a warhead to anywhere on earth in an hour.Wednesday's flight of the Air Force X-51A Waverider was certainly...
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American Crosses English Channel in Chair Tied to Helium Balloons
American Jonathan Trappe set the world record for the first successful cluster balloon flight across the English Channel today.The challenge of crossing the English Channel has called to intrepid travelers for centuries. In 1785, a Frenchman and an American...
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BP Oil Spill: An Accounting of Its Impacts after 39 Days
Corporate behavior, drilling methods, regulators' roles, and the search for oil alternatives all are reexamined in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Details about shortcuts ahead of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig - and...
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BP Oil Spill: Louisianans Want More from Obama ... but More What?
With Obama in Louisiana Friday to assess the response to the BP oil spill, residents have strong views about what needs to happen next. But their ideas can conflict, and expectations are low.Arriving in Louisiana Friday to counter increasing criticism...
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Cancun Mayor Gregorio Sanchez's Arrest: A Case of Biased Law Enforcement?
This week's arrest of Cancun mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who was running for governor, is prompting accusations that Mexico's President Felipe Calderon is targeting opposition party officials in his war against corruption and drug cartels. What does the...
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China Leans toward South Korea's View of Cheonan Warship Sinking
Is China leaning toward supporting sanctions against North Korea? China's Premier Wen Jiabao discussed with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak the evidence of the Cheonan warship sinking. Japan, China, and South Korea meet this weekend.China showed...
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Colombia Election Ends Reign of 'Savior' Alvaro Uribe
Alvaro Uribe brought security to a nation that once inspired Hollywood drug-trafficking film 'Clear and Present Danger.' But his scandals could sink would-be successor Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia's May 30 presidential vote.A few months prior to Colombia's...
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Colombia Elections: Border Town Frets about Hugo Chavez Trade Threats
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez threatened to shut down trade if Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos wins the May 30 Colombia elections.On the face of it, it is just another backwater dusty town in Colombia's north eastern frontier with...
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Court to Guantanamo Uighurs: Accept Resettlement or Stay in Prison
The five remaining Uighur detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp have turned down resettlement offers from other countries, and have been appealing for release into the US.A federal appeals court in Washington delivered a terse message on Friday...
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France Moves to Raise Retirement Age to 62
Low turnout in protest rallies Thursday signal that Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62 is likely to succeed. Other European nations are moving from age 65 to 67.A failure by the French left to mobilize sufficiently...
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Gaza Aid Flotilla: Why Israel Expects to Lose the PR War
As a Gaza humanitarian flotilla carrying some 800 demonstrators and 10,000 tons of goods approaches its destination, Israeli officials are applying lessons learned from the previous eight Palestinian aid flotillas. But officials don't expect the Israeli...
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Gulf Oil Spill: BP Says 'Top Kill' Taking Longer Than Planned
BP officials said Friday the 'top kill' maneuver to plug the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico still could work. But they acknowledge that it's likely to take several days longer than anticipated.BP officials downplayed reports Friday that efforts to...
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Internet and Social Media Behavior 101
We can stop our rude, crude, online ways through a new era of Internet etiquette and by using tools that give us time to cool off.We're rude and crass and unthinking on the Internet for the same reason it's easier to blow up people when you're piloting...
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Iraqis Can't Get Pensions, Visas, or Permits Due to Iraq Election Limbo
Nearly three months after the March 7 Iraq election, Iraqis are waiting for 100,000 new jobs to be filled and face backlogs in everything from obtaining permits to registering for pensions. Some complain their vote was 'worthless.'Athab Jabbar runs a...
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Israel Allows Palestinians on Highway 443 to Ramallah - but Blocks the Exit
After a landmark court ruling, Israel's army today allowed Palestinians access to Road 443 for the first time in eight years. But they are still barred from using the road to get to Ramallah and Jerusalem - a 'farce' of the ruling, said one activist.For...
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Japan's Hatoyama, Weakened by Okinawa Base Decision, Sacks Deputy
North Korea tensions are reportedly behind Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's unpopular decision to keep the US base on Okinawa. But the move will damage his party's prospects in the July election.Japan's coalition government was thrown into turmoil...
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Joe Sestak Job Offer? White House Says It Did Nothing Wrong
The GOP isn't buying the White House assertion that it offered Rep. Joe Sestak only an unpaid position on an advisory board if he'd drop his effort to unseat Pennsylvania's Sen. Arlen Specter.After months of speculation, the White House has released...
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Kenya's Draft Constitution under Fire for Islamic Courts
Kenya judges ruled this week that an Islamic 'khadi' court system that could expand under the new constitution is discriminatory. Human rights advocates say the issue has been 'hijacked' by those opposed to the draft constitution.Kenya's efforts to pass...
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Letters to the Editor - Weekly Edition May 24, 2010
Readers write in about Arizona's immigration law and sex offenses made by Catholic priests.Arizona immigration lawThe May 10 World news article, "Immigration and the drug war" reports that President Obama has condemned the law as being "irresponsible":...
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Philosopher Antanas Mockus Rattles Colombia Election
Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus - a mathematician, philosopher, and former mayor Bogota - has seen a surge in popularity in the Colombia election. What sets him apart, he tells the Monitor, is his 'decency.'The airport security guard's wand squealed...
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Sestak, Clinton, and Obama: Was It a Bribe?
Bill Clinton's offer to Joe Sestak may be unseemly, but it doesn't appear to break federal law.Did the Obama White House make an illegal offer to a member of Congress in order to influence the Democratic Senate primary contest in Pennsylvania? If so,...
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The Art of Coalition
A Christian Science perspective.How hard is it to form a coalition? To maintain cooperation? To make compromises, concessions, in order to reach agreements that get things done? These questions are being tested here in Britain's new coalition government,...
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The Invisible Bridge
From Paris to Hungary, this epic novel follows the fates of a pair of lovers and their families as World War II sweeps across Europe.No one encountering The Invisible Bridge would ever suspect JulieOrringer of being a short-story writer. The debut novel...
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This Memorial Day Weekend, Prices at the Gas Pump Are Going Down
The average US price of regular gasoline is now $2.75 a gallon, down from $2.87 a month ago. The last time prices at the gas pump fell leading up to Memorial Day was in 2005.For the first time in five years, US gasoline prices are falling as the Memorial...
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'Top Kill' to Stop Gulf Oil Spill in 'Very Critical' Stage: US Official
Coast Guard's Thad Allen says Friday through Saturday morning is a pivotal time for the top kill procedure, which aims to cap the well feeding the Gulf oil spill. President Obama, in Louisiana, says he is tripling the clean-up manpower in areas where...
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Top Picks: Robin Hood, 'Life' TV Series, Memorial Day Concert, and More Recommendations
Early Hollywood renditions of Robin Hood on DVD for first time, 'Life' TV series narrated by Oprah Winfrey on DVD, National Memorial Day Concert airs on PBS May 30, and more top picks.Lessons on 'Life'Own the groundbreaking TV series, "Life," the eight-hour...
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US Pushes Iran Sanctions over Brazilian-Turkish Uranium Swap
The Brazilian-Turkish deal does nothing to address concerns about Iran's continuing enrichment of uranium, US officials said Friday. The US believes Iran is using the swap as a tactic to delay a UN sanctions resolution.Obama administration officials...
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Video: Don't Change Liability Law on BP, Says Chamber of Commerce's Donohue
Congress is considering raising a corporate liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion. Thomas Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, says that's 'changing the rules in the middle of the game.'The head of the nation's largest business lobbying...
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What Mood Are Voters in? Just Ask Senator Bob Bennett
The ouster of Bob Bennett, a conservative and influential Republican senator from Utah, speaks volumes about voter sentiment.During the 10 years I was editor of one of Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers, one of my regular visitors was US Sen. Bob...
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Why Taliban Attacks Two Muslim-Minority Mosques in Pakistan
During Friday prayers, Taliban militants stormed two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 80 worshippers of the Ahmadi Islamic sect. Why are they targeting the Ahmadis?Gunmen stormed two separate mosques in the eastern city of Lahore during...
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Why the Gulf Oil Spill Demands More Than New Regulations
Just trying to prevent similar human-caused natural disasters with more government rules doesn't get to the deeper need for humans to act even more morally in a complex, high-tech world.The Gulf oil spill is not the first time in history that humans...
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Will China Ever Revalue Its Currency? Maybe Next Month
China is under international pressure to revalue its currency to address trade imbalances. It didn't do it at this week's bilateral meeting with US officials but may ahead of G-20 meetings in June.For those in the US who were disappointed that China...
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Will Secret Technology Help Rogue Nations Get Nuclear Weapons?
New technology uses lasers to enrich uranium for nuclear power. Critics say it's approval would hamper nuclear weapons nonproliferation goals.Inside a nondescript warehouse outside Wilmington, N.C., a secret technology that uses powerful lasers to enrich...
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