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 9, 2010

Bashir: The Only Choice Left in Sudan Elections
In the Sudan elections that should have offered a choice between unity or southern secession, political Islam or secular governance, only President Omar Al-Bashir's party is running. Twelve parties are boycotting the vote.This small city of tree-lined...
Cairo's Revered Al Azhar University Now Overshadowed by TV Imams
Al Azhar's edicts were once heeded from Morocco to Indonesia, but the Cairo institution has lost clout as TV imams are reaching larger audiences and Egypt's President Mubarak has taken greater control. That's a problem for the regime as it braces for...
Chinese Currency May Rise against US Dollar. Good for Both Nations?
Beijing is expected to let the Chinese currency rise about 3 percent against the US dollar. That could benefit Chinese consumers and help reduce America's large trade deficits.China is expected to let its yuan currency rise modestly against the US dollar...
Climate Change as Art
From data, delight: An artist pulls her sculpture and music from the climate change numbers in the news.Nathalie Miebach, at first impression, could almost be mistaken for a toymaker. Her studio in Boston's South End is a swirl of beads, tiny whales,...
Confederate History Month Fight: Obama Rebukes Virginia Governor
President Obama said it was 'unacceptable' for the Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell, not to mention slavery when reinstating Confederate History Month.President Obama has waded again into America's uncomfortable race debate, this time taking on a persistent...
Could Rescue Chambers Have Saved West Virginia Miners?
Mine rescue chambers have been required since 2006, even though federal authorities could have required them as far back as 1969. But it's still unclear whether miners in this week's explosion in West Virginia could have reached the chambers.Monday's...
Date Night: Movie Review
Steve Carell and Tina Fey played a bored suburban couple who stumble into the crime world in the action comedy 'Date Night.'Why are Steve Carell and Tina Fey wasting their time, and ours, byappearing in the miserable comedy "Date Night"? Replenishingtheir...
Eugene Terreblanche Eulogized. Are South Africa's Racial Tensions Buried?
The funeral service Friday for South Africa's white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche was not marred by violence. Will his burial mark the end of this flare-up in racial tensions between blacks and whites in South Africa?Apartheid-era flags flew...
Filling John Paul Stevens Supreme Court Vacancy Big Test for Obama
Replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens depends largely on who President Obama nominates. But given Obama's political standing these days, confirmation by the Senate is unlikely to be quick and easy.What a difference a year makes....
Health Care Fraud: Two Ways Scammers Are Trying to Take Your Money
The new reform law has created confusion. Scammers are trying to take advantage. Be on the lookout for these two types of health care fraud, which are the most common, federal officials say.Scammers and fraudsters are taking advantage of public confusion...
India's Migrant Workers Face Hostility in Mumbai
In India's crowded and burdened cities such as Mumbai, local politicians have rekindled antimigrant attitudes by trying to restrict labor licenses to those who can speak a local language. Most migrant workers cannot.Rakeshkumar Das first came to the...
Iyad Allawi: If Maliki Tries to Form a Government in Iraq, Chaos Will Ensue
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi discusses prospects for resolving the political impasse in Iraq and the threat of a new sectarian conflict.In an interview this week with Ned Parker of the Los Angeles Times, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi,...
Jane's Fame
How did Jane Austen become a superstar?Why is the world obsessed with Jane Austen? What is it about her lifeand novels that propelled her from a Regency writer of limited renownto a cottage industry? The answer, like Austen's novels, isdeceptively simple,...
John Paul Stevens: Supreme Court Retirees Keep Lifetime Pay
John Paul Stevens will retire from the Supreme Court but will get lifetime pay of $213,900 a year.When Justice John Paul Stevens retires this summer, he'll leave the trappings of the Supreme Court but not the salary.He'll continue to draw lifetime pay...
McDonnell Confederate History Storm: Slavery, Treason, and True Southern Courage
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's controversial proclamation of Confederate History Month should help us remember the South's rebellion for what it really was."I am no minister of hate," wrote the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1871. But as...
Michelle Obama, at Pentagon, Honors Armed Forces and Their Families
First lady Michelle Obama has made a point of calling attention to the sacrifices of the armed forces and their families. She was at the Pentagon Friday to thank them. Should she do more?Michelle Obama is using the first lady's bully pulpit to highlight...
Nuclear Treaty and an Overthrow in Kyrgyzstan: Two Sides of Russia
Even as Obama and Medvedev signed the START nuclear weapons treaty, Vladimir Putin was supporting the new government in Kyrgyzstan, where he wants the US to give up its military base. The US should have its eyes wide open about the promise of a "reset"...
Oprah: New Talk Show Will Take Her around the World
Oprah Winfrey's new show will debut in 2011, after 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' closes shop, and will travel abroad to interview guests in their own backyard.Oprah Winfrey is moving from daytime television to prime time, the talk show host announced Thursday....
Rep. Bart Stupak to Retire, Casualty of Health Care Reform Battle
Rep. Bart Stupak fought to keep federally funded abortions out of the new health care reform law. In the end, he voted for the bill, angering both sides in the debate over abortion. His departure will make it harder for Democrats to retain control of...
Role-Playing Games Pull Reluctant School Kids into a Supportive Crowd
For kids with a troubled school life, role-playing games teach valuable life skills such as risk-taking and leadership.When Max Delaney came to rural Maine 13 years ago, his itinerant family moved from town to town, school to school. With few social...
Spiritual Relief at Tax Time
A Christian Science perspective.As North Americans scramble to file their taxes this month, many of us feel like we could use a break. While we figure out tax forms and finalize all the numbers, it may be tempting to tweak the figures so we can hang...
Sri Lanka Elections Buoy Ruling Party; Tamils Sidelined
Voters in Thursday's Sri Lanka elections favored President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling party, which prioritizes economic growth over reconciliation with the rebel Tamils after decades of civil war.Sri Lanka's ruling coalition holds a strong lead in Thursday's...
Stevens Retirement Gives Obama Second Supreme Court Pick
John Paul Stevens, the longest serving Supreme Court justice, plans to leave the bench in June. The Stevens retirement allows President Obama to name a second high court justice, opening the way for a likely confirmation battle.Justice John Paul Stevens,...
Tariq Ramadan Visits US. Part of a Fresh Start for West and Islam?
The US has lifted a 6-year-old ban on Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan entering the US. His visit may go a long way in advancing Obama's goal of starting a new dialogue with the Muslim world.Soon after Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan discovered that the 6-...
Thai PM Hesitant to Enforce Bangkok State of Emergency on Red Shirts
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has exercised few powers at his disposal since declaring a Bangkok state of emergency Wednesday. Leaders of the antigovernment Red Shirts say the Thai military is reluctant to carry out Vejjajiva's orders.Antigovernment...
The Art of the Steal: Movie Review
Backroom wranglings over the prestigious Barnes Foundation art collection play out as good guy vs. bad guy in 'The Art of the Steal' documentary.No less an eminence than Henri Matisse once commented that The BarnesFoundation is "the only sane place to...
The Square: Movie Review
Like pulling wings off flies, 'The Square' weaves together familiar noir themes with perfect execution."The Square" is a terrific film noir with an Aussie twist. Likeall good noirs, it has an almost comic appreciation for how thebest-laid plans can go...
West Virginia Mine Disaster Shows High Cost of Fossil-Fuel Dependence
The West Virginia coal mine explosion should compel us to work for a 21st-century energy strategy that doesn't depend on costly and dangerous fossil fuels.The Appalachian Mountains are the lungs of West Virginia. They are also the backbone of our nation's...
Why Israel's Netanyahu Will Skip Obama's Nuclear Security Summit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will send a deputy to Obama's nuclear security summit next week. He decided not to attend himself after learning that some Arab countries planned to press Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.The...