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 November 5, 2010

10 Women in Congress Who Won't Be Back
The 2010 elections were tough on all Democrats, but particularly on female lawmakers. The upcoming 112th Congress may see fewer women in office on Capitol Hill than last session. Yet-to-decided races in the House and Senate will determine if that happens,...
127 Hours: Movie Review
James Franco plays Aron Ralston in '127 hours,' a visceral retelling of a man facing calamity.What would you do if you were a hiker and a rock slide pinned yourarm against a narrow canyon wall and help was nowhere to be found? Ifyou're Aron Ralston,...
Allawi: Stalemate Threatens Iraqi Security
Iraqi politician Iyad Allawi discusses Iraq's deteriorating security, Iran's efforts to block him, and the status of talks to form a coalition government in Baghdad.Iyad Allawi, a secular politician who is Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's main rival for...
An 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN AL GORE?' Energy Quiz
Everyone has been conditioned to flick off lights when they leave a room - or, if they forget, to tromp dutifully back to turn them off. Many such energy-saving actions have become routines that make us feel very green, very much the global good citizens...
Berlin at War
The horrors of civilian life in Berlin during World War II.No city was more central to Western civilization in the 20th centurythan Berlin. The militarism of Wilhelmine Germany that helped igniteWorld War I, the decadence and chaos of the Weimer Republic,...
Big Perk for GOP in State Election Wins: More Power in Redistricting
Redistricting occurs once each decade, following the US Census, and the party in power at the state level can make it more likely that its own candidates win seats. More states are switching to GOP control after the elections.From Maine to Montana, voters...
California Budget: Voters Approve Measure to Ease a Chronic Crisis
California budget woes are legendary. This year the state budget was 100 days late. Passage of Prop. 25 seeks to avoid future such crises by dropping a crippling two-thirds vote requirement.Hoping to avert California's annual rise into the national spotlight...
California, Florida Wisely Reject Gerrymandering of Voting Districts
Voters in California and Florida approved ballot measures to reform redistricting, or the redrawing of congressional districts after each Census. They rejected gerrymandering and oddly shaped districts that reliably favor one party and return incumbents...
China Puts AI Weiwei, Co-Designer of Olympic 'Bird's Nest' Stadium, under House Arrest
Ai Weiwei, one of China's best-known artists who has become an increasingly vocal critic of the Chinese government, was about to leave for his Shanghai studio.One of China's best-known artists and a constant thorn in the government's side, Ai Weiwei,...
Comfort from Grief
A Christian Science perspective.My grandmother and I were quite close and had many interests in common. She was very cheerful, and I always felt loved when we were together. When my grandmother passed on, I was very sad to think that our good times were...
Deadly Bombings in Pakistan Target Mosques, Killing More Than 70 Worshippers
Two mosque attacks on Friday come amid an increasing number of Taliban attacks targeting the mosques belonging to tribes that resist the militants' influence.Two deadly bombings today in Pakistan targeted mosques and killed more than 70 worshipers, following...
Democrat Patty Murray Holds onto Her Senate Seat, Just Barely
Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington State won reelection, though not by the comfortable margins she's used to. Farther north, the drama continues as Alaskans wait to see if incumbent Lisa Murkowski won her write-in challenge to tea party favorite Joe...
Drug Wars in Mexico, Colombia Push Drug Trade to Dominican Republic
As authorities in Mexico and Columbia crack down on the drug trades in their countries and the US-Mexico border becomes harder to sneak across, drug rings are moving their operations into the Caribbean.This coastal province lures hundreds of tourists...
Fair Game: Movie Review
The political thriller 'Fair Game' serves up righteous outrage at the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.Is the time right for a movie about the 2003 Valerie Plame- JosephWilson smack down? So many Washington scandals have transpired sincethen that "Fair...
G-20 Must Take Radical Measures to End 'Mother of All Crises'
Mathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, discusses the mishandling of the global financial crisis and proposes radical measures for G-20 leaders to address it when they meet in Seoul, South Korea, next week, Nov. 11 and 12.The G-20 group of...
Georgia Nabs Russian 'Spy Ring,' Angering Moscow
Georgia on Friday accused 13 people, including four Russians, of spying for Russia after a four-year investigation.Georgia on Friday accused 13 people, including four Russian citizens, of passing information to Russia's GRU military spy agency during...
Haiti Prime Minister Warns of Triple Disaster as Hurricane Tomas Hits
With Haiti recovering from an earthquake and cholera outbreak as hurricane Tomas hit, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told the Monitor, 'It's just piling on us, just making bigger and bigger problems.'Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive says...
How Mexican Drug Gangs Use YouTube against Rival Groups
Mexican police uncovered a mass grave this week with aid of a YouTube video posted online by a drug gang. Rival gangs have turned to social media before to publicize the crimes of their enemies.Mexican police worked Friday to identify the bodies of 18...
In Pakistan, Militant Attacks on Sufi Shrines on the Rise
Al-Qaeda-linked militants are stepping up their attacks on Sufi shrines, possibly as part of an effort to impose a more fundamentalist Islamic practice on the country.Shrines in Pakistan are spectacles of devotional singing and dancing, colorful garlands,...
Jobs Growth Shows Some Zip; Unemployment Rate Unmoved
The economy created more jobs than expected - 151,000 - in October, the best showing since May. Jobs are being added in many sectors, including health care, retail, and temp agencies. The unemployment rate, though, still stands at 9.6 percent.Finally,...
Mehserle Verdict: Johannes Mehserle Sentencing Stuns Oscar Grant Supporters, Sparks Riots in Oakland
Oscar Grant supporters cry foul and take to the streets after Mehserle verdict. The Johannes Mehserle sentencing of two years was shorter than it would have been if the gun enhancement law had been applied.Former cop Johannes Mehserle was sentenced Friday...
Mexico Drug War Worsened by Organized Crime's Tight Grip on Politics
The Mexican government and police efforts in the Mexican drug war are often undermined by the control that organized crime has on the political system.The unrelenting drug violence here has cast a pall over Mexico, with the brutality turning many numb...
New Mt. Merapi Eruption in Indonesia Raises Death Toll into Triple Digits
The latest Mt. Merapi eruption, which began late Thursday night, pushed the death toll from the eruptions that began Oct. 26 to more than 100 and burned villages up to nine miles from the crater.The death toll from Indonesia's Mt. Merapi doubled Friday...
Obama Aims to Deepen US Economic Ties with India. but What about Wal- Mart?
Obama's trip to India includes a Saturday summit with top business leaders. But Wal-Mart, which will be at the table, and other international retailers remain shut out of India's retail sector.President Obama arrives in India tomorrow to deepen American...
Obama, Drubbed at Polls, Now Dropped from Top Spot in Global Power Ranking
While Forbes magazine still terms President Obama the 'Leader of the Free World,' the title of most powerful now goes to China's Hu Jintao.Just in case President Obama wasn't feeling deflated enough by the drubbing he got in Tuesday's midterm elections,...
Q&A with Education Secretary Arne Duncan
At a Sept. 22 Monitor Breakfast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about youth violence, performance-based teacher salaries, and rising college tuition.Education Secretary Arne Duncan was chief executive officer of Chicago's public schools for...
Republican Women Gain in Congress, but Women Overall May Lose Ground
At least eight Republican women are newly elected to the House, and one to the Senate. Four GOP women won their governor's races. But the overall picture for women in Congress is less rosy.For Republican women, 2010 was a great election cycle. Yes, several...
Russia's 'YouTube Democracy' Is a Sham
The Kremlin is embracing the Internet, heralding online participation as 'direct democracy.' This might seem like a progressive step for Russia. In reality, it's just a smokescreen - the guise of free society without real political process or representation.With...
Space Shuttle Discovery Grounded for Weeks by Fuel Leak, Foam Crack
Earliest launch for space shuttle Discovery, poised to undertake its last mission, is now Nov. 30, NASA says. Friday's launch was scrubbed after engineers detected a fuel leak that allowed dangerous levels of hydrogen gas to build up around the orbiter.The...
Unemployment Rate Stuck at 9.6 Percent. Will Holiday Hiring Help?
Unemployment rate remains relatively high, but demand for temp workers is rising. Holiday hiring will add to the pool of temporary jobs. Still, few firms look set to 'staff up' significantly, as they watch for a shift in consumers' mood.The unemployment...
Union Leader Warns of Violence during G20 Protests in South Korea
As demonstration organizers today revealed plans for their G20 protests next week in South Korea, an unprecedented security force of 50,000 police geared up.The chief of South Korea's largest trade union professes a belief in nonviolence - but he offers...