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 April 14, 2011

4 New Mysteries for Spring
As April is the cruelest month, it seems like a fine time to check in with some of the mystery genre's most reliable wordsmiths. From forgotten historical figures to lost children, there are enough puzzles and double-crosses here to carry fans through...
Afghan Mullahs Push Peaceful Protest in Wake of Quran-Burning Violence
More Qurans were inadvertently burned during recent Afghan protests than by the US pastor Terry Jones. Spiritual leaders in Kandahar called a meeting to teach Afghans how to channel their passions peacefully.As the dust settles in Afghanistan after sustained...
All My Children and One Life to Live Canceled: A Viewer Reflects on the Loss of a Constant
After four decades on television, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are being canceled. A long-time viewer of both blogs on the significance that TV soaps can have on viewers.In an example of life imitating art, the iconic soap operas All My Children...
American Idol: Yes, There's Life after Pia Toscano
American Idol contestants were eager to prove they earned their rightful spots in the final eight. But on Wednesday's American Idol, the closest proof was Casey Abrams's cover of a Nat King Cole song.With little more than a passing reference to the fallen...
Art Market: Masterful Returns
Art funds let you own a share of a portfolio. Some funds have bested the S&P 500.When The Collectors Fund, an art investment fund, debuted in 2007, art collectors Michael and Karen Herman were quick to sign on.The fund had sterling attractions. It specialized...
As Debt Grows, So Does US Exposure to Attack
As President Obama and Republicans duke it out over the federal debt, they must bear this fact in mind: Growing federal debt threatens the long-term national security of the United States.On Wednesday, President Obama grabbed onto one of the most highly...
Berlusconi Says He Won't Run Again. Don't Be So Sure
Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suggested he won't seek reelection when his term ends in 2013. But already his advisers are saying that, well, maybe he wasn't serious.Is one of Europe's most flamboyant and controversial statesmen finally...
Bestselling Books the Week of 4/14/11, According to IndieBound*
What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.What's selling best at independent bookstores across America. #8 HARDCOVER FICTION1. The Land of Painted Caves, by Jean M. Auel, Crown 2. The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht, Random House 3. The...
Budget Cuts Are the Dollar's Savior
Votes in Congress on budget cuts are being closely watched by China, the markets, and others. Will Democrats and Republicans end Washington's profligate spending and help keep the US dollar as the supreme global currency?Americans should look at the...
Coal Power: TVA Agrees to Phase out 18 Units, Shift to Cleaner Fuels
Tennessee Valley Authority says it will phase out 18 older coal- fired generators at three power plants by 2020. Natural-gas and biomass units will replace the coal power as part of a TVA settlement over clean-air violations.The Tennessee Valley Authority,...
Congress Passes Spending Bill amid Doubts. How Much Does It Actually Cut?
The spending deal that averted a government shutdown passed the House and Senate Thursday. But a recent report suggests it cuts only $352 million this year, not $39 billion.The House and Senate Thursday passed the spending bill for fiscal year 2011,...
Coupon Sites That Could Save You Hundreds
When group coupon site Groupon went online, similar sites started popping up everywhere. Pretty soon they were turning down multi- billion dollar buyout offers from Google, prompting Facebook to consider a similar feature, and setting the tone for the...
Deficit Reduction: Is Obama's $4 Trillion Goal Big Enough?
Though their plans differ dramatically, President Obama and the GOP agree that the deficit needs to be reduced by about $4 trillion over the next 10 to 12 years, in order to reassure credit markets and get the debt under control.President Obama set what...
Far from Mexican Border, Georgia Mulls Arizona-Style Immigration Crackdown
Georgia could become the next legal and political flashpoint over illegal immigration if it adopts an Arizona-style immigration law. But supporters of the dominant Republican Party are divided.It's little wonder that the Republican-dominated Georgia...
France's Burqa Ban: Has Europe Forgotten the Gas Chambers?
As we've seen with France's burqa ban that went into effect this week, global religious tolerance - especially in Europe - is under threat. Growing Islamophobia threatens to undermine hard-fought freedom and tolerance in post-WW II Europe and around...
GE Hoax about Its Taxes Won't Hurt Business
GE hoax, devised by a group of imposters who sent out a fake press release, tricked the Associated Press and Dow Jones news wires into publishing an incorrect story about how GE would give a $3.2 billion tax refund to Washington. Can the scammers behind...
How MLB Aims to Stop Steroid Abuse, Starting with Dominican Prospects
The MLB has launched new programs to protect Dominican prospects from the lure of performance-boosting drugs. No other country has such a poor reputation for drug abuse among players.On a humid, overcast day, some of the Dominican Republic's best amateur...
How the US Is like North Korea
Much of North Korea's population is starving, yet its government pours money into missile and nuclear programs. Such behavior seems to be the height of irrationality. But North Korea is only following the international community's - especially America's...
In Swaziland, Heavy Crackdown Beats Back Egypt-Inspired Protests
Three days of protests took Swaziland - Africa's last absolute monarch - by surprise. Police and the Army fired tear gas and water cannons to control 1,000 protesting teachers and students.Protests in the tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland have taken...
Ivory Coast, Libya Highlight Growing Rift between Africa and the West
Many African leaders share China's viewpoint that national sovereignty is more important than human rights and democracy.If ever there was doubt of a growing rift between African and Western leaders, it was made clear with the recent conflicts of Libya...
Kashmir 101: Decoding Kashmir's Conflict
For six decades, a piece of land about the size of Britain between Pakistan and India has been the source of major tension and fighting between the two. But recently, the nature of the lengthy conflict has changed. In India-controlled Kashmir, young...
Kobe Bryant Slur: A Window into 'Last Bastion of Homophobia'?
Basketball star Kobe Bryant has been fined $100,000 for yelling a homophobic slur at a referee. Some observers say it points to a persistent and deep homophobia in pro sports. Others say too much is being made of a single incident.When pro basketball...
Legal Challenge to National Day of Prayer Thrown Out
A federal judge last year had struck down as unconstitutional the National Day of Prayer. But on Thursday, a US appeals court ruled that the people who had brought the case lacked legal standing.A US appeals court on Thursday overturned a decision by...
Long Path to Recovery for Fishermen in Japan's Northeast
Millions of people in Japan are restarting their lives after last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami. But they're finding the path to recovery is a bumpy one.When the 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan on March...
North Korea Set to Indict US Christian Accused of Proselytizing
Jun Young-su, a member of a Christian church in California, was arrested in November, the latest in a series of Americans to be held by North Korea. Christian worship is banned in the North.North Korea planned Thursday to indict a US passport holder...
Obama's Medicare Proposal: How Would It Work?
The GOP plan drawn up by Rep. Paul Ryan would in essence turn Medicare into a voucher program. On Wednesday, Obama outlined his vision, which takes part of the health-care reform law a step further.President Obama's debt-relief plan differs profoundly...
Sleeping Air-Traffic Controllers Show That Fatigue Issue Still Plagues FAA
FAA official resigns following string of incidents involving sleeping air-traffic controllers. Passenger rights group praises decision to add second overnight controller at 27 airports.Following a string of incidents involving sleeping air-traffic controllers,...
Tax Day 2011: Four Ways to Protect Your Tax Returns from Data Thieves
Tax-related identity theft is the fastest growing kind of identity theft. Between 2005 and 2009 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission tripled from 11,000 to nearly 34,000, according to a Scripps Howard News Service investigation. Thieves steal personal...
The Capacity to Remember
A Christian Science perspective: How we can turn to God as divine Mind if threatened with loss of memory.When growing up as teenagers, my brother and sister and I used to hear a very active and busy senior relative occasionally say, "Don't forget to...
Turkey Grapples with Spike in 'Honor' Killings
Recent government figures suggest the murders of women - including so-called honor killings - increased 14-fold in seven years, hitting nearly 1,000 in the first seven months of 2009.A drastic rise in reported "honor" killings and fatal domestic violence...
Villages Leapfrog the Grid with Biometrics and Mobile Money
In low-tech villages, biometrics and mobile money can level market spikes and allow a way for people to bypass the grid and still eat.A drought destroyed much of the millet harvest in Niger in 2009. Villages emptied as people left in search of money...
Was Obama's Speech Too Fiery? Why He Was So Harsh on GOP Budget Plan
President Obama's campaign-style rhetoric reached for the Democratic base, and may be an acknowledgement that a deficit- reduction deal is unlikely before the 2012 election.A day after President Obama savaged the Republicans' 2012 budget proposal, while...
While NATO Talks, Defiant Qaddafi Tours Tripoli in a Safari Hat
NATO ministers meeting in Berlin fail to agree on an intensified air campaign in Libya even as the country's rebels say Qaddafi's tanks and artillery must be curtailed.Even as NATO foreign ministers failed to come together Thursday on a plan for ramping...
Who Are the BRICS?
The BRICS countries, five nations grouped together because of their burgeoning economies, are in the spotlight this week as their leaders meet in China. Made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and, as of this week, South Africa, the BRICS countries are...
Why N.J. Teacher-Tenure Reform Plan Matters to the Rest of America
Gov. Chris Christie's new proposal, unveiled Wednesday, continues the national debate over how to reform teacher tenure. Seven other states have passed or are considering similar legislation.Gov. Chris Christie (R) took another step toward reforming...
Why US Silence on Bahrain's Crackdown Could Backfire
For the fourth time in two weeks, a detainee died in police custody. Witnesses say his body, like the others, bore signs of abuse.As Bahrain's government intensifies its campaign to crush dissent, the world has been largely silent - embittering protesters...
With Obama's Speech, Momentum Gathering to Cut Defense Spending
Like Medicare and Social Security, cutting defense spending has been something of a 'do not enter' zone for many lawmakers. But that may be changing.President Obama on Wednesday placed defense spending squarely on the table as one way to help rein in...
Young Kashmiri Activists Yearn for an 'Arab Spring' - and More Western Attention
US support for Arab uprisings is reinvigorating a drive among Kashmiri youth for independence. But they want to accomplish it peacefully.Ask Kashmiris about the uprisings in the Middle East and their frustration shows.Rashid, a young computer professional,...