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 June 27, 2011

A Message for Israel and Evangelicals: Genesis Isn't a Policy Guide
With a dogmatic loyalty to Israel born out of a literal interpretation of the Bible, is the American Christian Right the new Jewish lobby in US politics? Mixing religion and statecraft isn't just dangerous and unwise. It's sacrilegious.I recently passed...
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At Pentagon, Is Change in US Army Attire a Step Back from a War Footing?
An Army move from combat uniforms - donned in the wake of 9/11 - to dress at the Pentagon is meant to signal a change in military culture, from 'muddy boots' to 'corporate.'Just as the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan announced by President Obama has...
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Bankruptcy Protection Sought by Dodgers: Will It Affect Ownership of the Team?
Bankruptcy filing by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt throws a curveball at Major League Baseball. But sports analysts say the move only delays the inevitable: MLB will find a new owner.Frank McCourt, the financially-strapped owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers,...
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Best Summer Family Movies
For some quality bonding time with your family this summer, pop in one of these family classics from the last decade that are sure to delight toddlers, teens, and parents alike.For some quality bonding time with your family this summer, pop in one of...
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Beyond Japan's Fukushima Exclusion Zone, Shuttered Shops Speak to Radiation Doubts
As Japan's Tokyo Electric and Power Company tries to recycle the highly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, people just outside the exclusion zone won't let children play outside and worry about food contamination.Ichiro...
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Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Tribunal 101
The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 until 1979 and is blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. The Maoist group tried to build an agrarian society purged of foreign influences. Until now, none of its senior cadre has gone on trial, and Pol Pot,...
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Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Genocide Trial Battles Political Pressures
A UN-backed court in Cambodia has started a landmark genocide trial of four senior Khmer Rouge leaders, whose brutal regime in the late 1970s killed nearly a quarter of the population.A UN-backed tribunal began hearings Monday into the cases of four...
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Casey Anthony Case: Did a Psychic Predict Where Caylee Would Be Found?
Casey Anthony case mystery: A private investigator testifies that a psychic contacted him and directed him to the spot where Caylee's body was found a month after his search.A private investigator testified on Monday at the Casey Anthony murder trial...
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Echoes of the Balkans
In a Swedish forest bursting with berries, a chance encounter brings back sobering memories.Imagine a forest filled with candy, gumdrops glittering in sunlight falling between the tall pine trees.This is Sweden in the summer, at least for me. For under...
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Egypt's Budding Entrepreneurs Get Boost from US
A 'boot camp' for Egyptian entrepreneurs is one of a number of US initiatives to support economic and democratic reform. But not all Egyptians welcome the help.Sitting in the banquet hall of a luxurious hotel on the banks of the Nile, Mohammed Kamal...
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Germany Says It Will Talk Trade as Well as Human Rights with China's Wen Jiabao
China is a key trading and investment partner, especially given the European debt crisis. But German officials say they will address human rights during Premier Wen Jiabao's visit.China's Premier Wen Jiabao will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for...
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GPS Tracking Device: Supreme Court to Consider Its Use in Following Suspects
GPS tracking device was installed by FBI agents to follow a man who was convicted of a drug conspiracy charge. The Supreme Court will consider: Is a warrant needed for long-term surveillance?The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a case examining...
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ICC Issues Qaddafi Warrant: Key Prosecutions of World Leaders
The International Criminal Court issued international arrest warrants today for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saif al- Islam Qaddafi, and intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, charging them with crimes against humanity in the early weeks of Libya's...
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In New Sign of Trust, Taiwan Opens to Solo Travelers from China
Breaking six decades of tension, China hopes allowing solo travelers to Taiwan will advance its goal of political unification, while Taiwanese see the prospect as a boon to the economy.On Tuesday, Taiwan will begin letting in independent travelers from...
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Intense Israeli Lobbying Stalls Gaza Flotilla
A US contingent is bringing Arabic translations of a book about Martin Luther King Jr., saying they want to show Palestinians that nonviolent resistance can work. But they're stuck in Athens.International activists from a dozen countries are trying to...
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Is the Taliban Using Girls in Suicide Bombings?
An 8-year-old Afghan girl was apparently tricked into a suicide bombing yesterday, while a Pakistani girl who narrowly escaped a similar ploy was returned home to her family last night.A 9-year-old girl who was drugged, abducted, and strapped into a...
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Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of June 27, 2011
Readers write on America's health-care reform fantasies and question the focus on elite vacations in a recent Monitor cover story.Health-care fantasiesIn his June 6 commentary "Beware the next health reform: 'accountable' care," Paul Hsieh uses an extremely...
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Libya's Qaddafi Charged with War Crimes: A Help or Hindrance to NATO?
International Criminal Court on Monday indicted Libya's Qaddafi on charges of crimes against humanity. Human rights groups cheer, but others say the move will cause him to dig in even more.International human rights advocates are hailing the International...
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LulzSec Says It's Stopped Hacking, but Criminal Case against It Gains Steam
Those behind LulzSec - which forced the CIA's public website down and hacked Sony, among other things - are among the most wanted cyber-criminals.The heat is still growing for a group of perhaps six to eight people believed to be behind Lulz Security,...
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Marisol Lizelle Salvador Lost Her Brother, but Found a Life - Helping Kids in the Philippines
Her brother's death inspired a foundation that supports an orphanage in the PhilippinesAfter graduating from George-town University with a degree in international business, Marisol Lizelle Salvador "wanted it all."So she parlayed her degree into a great...
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Missouri River Soaks Nebraska Nuclear Plant, but It's No Fukushima
Much of the grounds at Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska are under two feet of water from the rising Missouri River. But the plant's critical systems sit six feet above the flood's expected crest.Flooding along the Missouri River has overspread...
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Public Libraries Fight to Stay Relevant in Digital Age
Already facing tight budgets, public libraries are also contending with a cultural shift from traditional stacks of books to digital devices. But far from fighting the digital revolution, libraries are joining it.These days, it isn't business as usual...
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Punctuation? Make Mine 'Illogical'
A spate of articles and blog posts suggests that Americans are adopting British rules for commas and periods with quotation marks; the Monitor's language columnist isn't sure she buys it.Have you noticed the flood of reports lately that British-style...
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Rod Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 Counts. Is It a Turning Point for Illinois?
In a retrial, Rod Blagojevich is convicted of corruption stemming from the sale of President Obama's seat in the US Senate. The former Illinois governor says he's 'stunned.'A federal jury convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption stemming...
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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Abu Ghraib Detainee Lawsuit
The Supreme Court declined without comment the case of 250 former Abu Ghraib detainees whose lawsuit against private contractors, for allegedly abusing and torturing Abu Ghraib inmates, had been thrown out of federal court.A group of former detainees...
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Supreme Court: Matching Funds in Arizona Election Law Violate Free Speech
The Supreme Court rejected by 5 to 4 a portion of Arizona's campaign finance law that provides state matching funds to candidates who are outspent by privately funded opponents.In another major setback for campaign finance reform advocates, the US Supreme...
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Selling Violent Video Games to Minors
California's video-game ban violated the protections of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court said in a 7-to-2 decision.The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California law that sought to ban the sale of extremely violent video games to minors.In...
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The Rising Demand for Overseas Television: America's United Nations of Cable TV
Satellite TV lets immigrants cocoon in their own culture. Does it also alienate?Afghan immigrants Fatima Majeed and Naseer Ahmadi watch an average of eight hours of television a day in their suburban three- bedroom apartment while their four sons and...
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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion
A fresh look at the tragic ironies of World War I.It would all be over, the British thought, in a jiffy. In, out, anddone. Wars could be slogs, mind you, but many were quick affairs thatinevitably led to victory and honor enough to go around.In fact,...
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Top 10 Books of 2011, According to Amazon's Editors
Amazon's editors pick their top 10 books of the year so far.Amazon's editors pick their top 10 books of the year so far.#10 Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, by Mitchell Zuckoff"Lost...
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Top Picks: Tea with Jane Austen, Soviet Students, Lord of the Rings Hi-Def, and More
The importance of tea in Jane Austen's England, the final generation of students under the Soviet system, Lord of the Rings out on Blu-ray, and more recommendationsA delicious little bookIn Tea with Jane Austen, author Kim Wilson examines the social...
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TSA Defends Searches of Children, Elderly, amid Fresh Complaints
After an elderly traveler complained of experiencing indignities at the hands of the TSA, the question arises: When do invasive searches become too invasive?The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the object of a new round of Internet outcry,...
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Two Key Tests for Michele Bachmann and Her Presidential Bid
Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy Monday, saying she is a 'bold choice.' Can she win the Iowa caucuses? And can she broaden her appeal beyond the tea party?Michele Bachmann stood near her girlhood home in Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday...
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Violent Video Games: Do Parents Want Help from a Nanny State?
Parents weigh in on Monday's Supreme Court ruling, which struck down, by a 7-2 vote, a California law that prevented the sale of violent video games to minors.The US Supreme Court has spoken, declaring unconstitutional a 2005 California law that would...
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What Next after Supreme Court Ruling on Violent Video Games?
A division of opinions on the Supreme Court leaves open a door for states to regulate such games.To curb violence, a society must find ways to deal with the factors that drive people to commit violence. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided that a California...
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White House Insists Taxes Must Be Part of the Debt and Deficit Solution
As debt talks shift to Obama, GOP Speaker John Boehner, and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid, taxes remain the logjam. No one wants to be seen as giving ground on that issue too quickly.President Obama on Monday engaged congressional leaders one on...
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Worried about Jobs, College Women Go 'Geek'
A rising share of computer science majors at top schools are women. High-tech jobs offer stability in an uncertain economy.A year ago, Harvard University's student newspaper dubbed computer science the most "gender-skewed" major on campus - meaning that...
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You're Never Unloved
A Christian Science perspective: This wedding season is a time to feel the touch of God's love.This wedding season is for many a joyous time full of love and celebration. For others it may be fraught with stress, envy, anxiety, and self-pity. While some...
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