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 5, 2010

Afghanistan War: It Can't Tick by the American Clock
Obama needs more patience in the Afghanistan war, especially in helping Karzai cope with the TalibanSomeday, Afghans will experience a shoe-throwing moment - like the one Iraq did in 2008.Remember when an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at President Bush...
Afghanistan War: NATO under Fire over Civilian Casualties, Karzai Criticism
After months of denial, NATO admitted Sunday to five civilian casualties in a February raid - a major setback in the Afghanistan war effort to 'win hearts and minds.'NATO forces in Afghanistan are facing new pressure on the "hearts and minds" front after...
After Nail-Biting Week, 115 Workers Rescued from China Mine
Rescue teams saved at least 115 of 153 coal workers trapped in a China mine for more than a week, adding a positive note to a tragedy that has gripped the nation.Rescuers carried at least 115 coal miners out of a north China mine alive Monday, more than...
After Space Shuttle Launch: Three Spacewalks, among Other Chores
The space shuttle launch was early Monday from the Kennedy Space Center. The 13-day mission will help prepare the International Space Station for life after the shuttle program ends later this year.The space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew...
Apple iPad: Online Media's Holy Grail?
The high level of interactivity found in the Apple iPad could be a boon for advertising - and could encourage content providers to start charging for content.Some media analysts are already predicting that Apple iPad is a major step in establishing a...
Baja Earthquake: 'Power Lines Were Crashing against Buildings'
The Baja earthquake centered 22 miles from the border town of Mexicali, Mexico, knocked buildings off their foundations and closed a busy US-Mexico port of entry Sunday.The 7.2-magnitude Baja earthquake that struck northern Baja California Sunday afternoon,...
Can South Africa Leaders Cool Racial Tensions after Killing of White Supremacist?
South Africa leaders are racing to allay concerns about security during the World Cup in June as details of Sunday's killing of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche grab headlines worldwide.South Africa leaders are stepping up attempts to calm...
Conrad Murray Statements under Scrutiny in Michael Jackson Death
Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson death, returned to court Monday. A judge is deciding whether he can practice medicine as he awaits trial.The legal case against Conrad Murray, the doctor who was with...
Income, Paychecks, and God's Abundance
A Christian Science perspective.Recently when I sent out my monthly invoices for work I'd completed, one of my customers e-mailed me. She was very upset. She told me how tight her cash flow was and that she wasn't sure she'd have the funds to pay. I...
Indian Priest Sex Abuse Case Continues to Test Pope Benedict
Today's revelation that a Minnesota priest charged in a 2007 sex abuse case involving a teenage girl still practices in India continues to put a spotlight on the Vatican and Pope Benedict.This year's "holy week," the most important event in the Roman...
In Dubai, Public Kissing Can Land You in Jail
In Dubai, British couple Charlotte Adams and Ayman Najafi were given a month in jail for public kissing. What do foreigners living in Dubai think of the case?The news made for titillating global headlines: "Smooching Brits banished from Dubai." "Blonde...
Letters to the Editor: Weekly Issue of March 22, 2010
Readers write in about human labor, smuggling tunnels in Israel, revamping the unemployment insurance system, and the media's role in an angry US.Less tax is betterIn regard to the David R. Francis column "Obama commission won't cut deficits. Congress...
Letters to the Editor: Weekly Issue of March 29, 2010
Readers write in about Maine's clean election law and seahorses in trouble.Maine's an exampleI agree with your March 8 editorial "Look to the states," that Washington should look to the states to find solutions to political problems. You described many...
Mexicali Earthquake: Damage Could Have Been Much Worse
Sunday night's 7.2 Mexicali earthquake was the most powerful to hit the area in decades, but damage was limited compared with the recent tragedies in Haiti and Chile.The 7.2 Mexicali earthquake that struck northern Mexico and rocked swaths of the American...
NCAA Championship Game: What You Didn't Know about Butler
Yes, Butler is the sentimental favorite heading into tonight's NCAA championship game against Duke. But as an Indiana school, it has a long basketball history.Butler University's men's basketball team is the overwhelming sentimental favorite against...
Obama at Washington Nationals Game: A History of First Pitches
Obama has been practicing for his ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals game Monday. This year marks the 100th anniversary of presidential first pitches.President Obama will attempt something Monday that in its own way may be just as difficult...
Obama's Sporty Day: He Shoots. He Pitches. He Awaits NCAA Finals
On Monday Obama played basketball with kids. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals-Phillies game. Next up, the NCAA finals in men's basketball, which the president will 'absolutely' be watching.The Obama administration grappled Monday...
Oil Prices Surge Past $86 per Barrel. How High Can the Costs Go?
On Monday, oil prices reached a new high for the year - a sign of growing confidence that economic activity is recovering. But high prices could put a squeeze on the economy.Oil prices rose to new highs for the year on Monday - above $86 per barrel.It's...
One Man's Volunteer Effort to Plant Trees in San Francisco
As a volunteer, Charlie Starbuck has helped to plant trees by the thousands on the streets of San Francisco, a city long on charm but short on leafy green trees.Charlie Starbuck has them in just about every part of this city. Walk a block or two in virtually...
President Omar Al-Bashir Presses Sudan Election despite Boycott
The main opposition party did not back off from its announced boycott of the upcoming Sudan election, the country's first vote in 24 years. President Omar al-Bashir says that the vote must proceed.The main opposition party stuck to its announced boycott...
Russia and the US: Has a Season of Nuclear Disarmament Finally Arrived?
The US-Russia nuclear arms deal that Obama is slated to sign April 8 signals a modest, but significant, step forward.The financial crisis and global warming have had the world's attention in recent years. Thanks to President Obama's initiative, perhaps...
Russia Islamist Network Takes Shape as Caucasus Hit by Another Terrorist Attack
An attack in Ingushetia today, the fifth to shake Russia in a week, underscores the threat posed by an Islamist insurgent network that has emerged from the ashes of Chechnya's nationalist rebellion.Five terrorist attacks that killed almost 60 people...
Scant Praise for Unvarnished, a Website for Reviewing People
Unvarnished, a controversial new 'people review site,' allows users to anonymously publish critiques of others' workplace performances. Critics cite concerns about defamation and libel.There are online reviews of movies, cars, computers, and now ......
Shareholder Groups Seek to Limit Corporate Contributions
Shareholder groups aim to keep a lid on companies' political spending in the wake of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, a case in which the Supreme Court eased restrictions on corporate campaign spending.In late February, an obscure...
South Korea's Lee Calls for Patience in Cheonan Ship Sinking Investigation
South Korea President Lee called for patience and accuracy in the investigation into the Cheonan ship sinking investigation, days after his defense minister said a torpedo likely caused the warship to sink.South Korea President Lee Myung-bak today called...
String of Bombings Hits Russia's Caucasus: First Dagestan, Now Ingushetia Attack
An Ingushetia attack killed two police officers on Monday, continuing the near daily terrorist attacks in Russia's Caucasus since the devastating Moscow metro bombings last week.Another suicide bombing killed two policemen in the troubled southern republic...
Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling in Self-Incrimination Case
The Supreme Court Monday declined to take a case that explored when police interrogations violate the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case examining when the Fifth Amendment right...
Supreme Court: No Review of Award for US Nuclear Weapons Tests
US settled a claim more than 25 years ago over damage from its 67 nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific. But Marshall Islands residents claim compensation was not 'just' under the Constitution and sued. The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to...
Supreme Court Refuses Muslim's Case about Possible Juror Bias
A Muslim defendant sentenced to 28 years says his lawyer should have been allowed to question a juror who, during jury selection, spoke of possible bias against Muslims. The US Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the case.The US Supreme Court on Monday...
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
New Yorker editor David Remnick examines Barack Obama's unprecedented political odyssey.Here is a great what-if moment for historians: What if Alice Palmerhad secured a spot on the Illinois ballot in the 1996 state Senaterace featuring a young community...
The Iraq War: Still a Massive Mistake
The Iraq war is now being declared a success by some who point to recent progress. But the March 7 elections won't change the tremendous cost in lives, money, US image, and geopolitics.There's a growing narrative that Iraq's solidifying democracy makes...
Tiger Woods Press Conference: At Last, a Glimmer of Sincerity
The Tiger Woods press conference Monday at the 2010 Masters golf tournament dispensed with formal statements and, for the first time in public, hinted at a man trying to be better.For more than four months - since the first sordid speculation about Tiger...
US Can Raise the Pressure on Israel without Cutting Aid
The Obama administration sees Israel's recent decision to build more housing in Jerusalem as an impediment to Middle East peace talks. But threatening to cut off the $2.8 billion in aid the US gives Israel each year is not the answer.Come April 15, tax...
US Consulate in Peshawar Attacked by Pakistan Taliban
A coordinated attack Monday on the US Consulate in Peshawar left at least six dead, including four Pakistani Taliban militants. No Americans were killed in the attack.Three powerful blasts rocked the north-western Pakistan city of Peshawar on Monday,...
What Are the Rules for Public Behavior in Dubai?
The case of a British couple sentenced to one month in jail for kissing in Dubai highlights the challenges of proper public behavior in the emirate.If you're a Westerner visiting Dubai, an Arab city-state with traditional Islamic mores and laws, you...
Why Everyone Wants Google's High-Speed Internet Access
Some 1,100 communities are vying for a network that delivers high- speed Internet access, courtesy of Google - though most aren't sure exactly what benefits it will deliver.Wooing Google became something of a national pastime after the Internet search...
Why Mexicali Earthquake Damage Is Nothing Compared to Haiti
Sunday's 7.2-magnitude Mexicali earthquake killed only two, despite being stronger than the Jan. 12 Haiti quake that killed more than 200,000 and made 1 million homeless. Why?Sunday's 7.2 Mexicali earthquake was the third major quake to rattle the western...
Why Mexico Earthquake, Stronger Than Haiti's, Did Much Less Damage
The magnitude 7.2 Mexico earthquake on Sunday, centered in northern Baja California, did not inflict nearly the damage that the 7.0 earthquake did in Haiti. Credit quake-resistant building standards and, perhaps, the distance of population centers from...