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 28, 2010

After Supreme Court Ruling, Will Gun-Control Laws Be under Siege?
A Supreme Court decision Monday threw doubt on a Chicago handgun ban. The ruling could lead to a spate of legal challenges against gun-control laws nationwide.Gun-rights advocates say that a US Supreme Court ruling today will embolden them to challenge...
A Healing Response to Identity Theft
A Christian Science perspective.Identity theft has brought great inconvenience, anxiety, and loss to millions of individuals. Many of these people have not only been deprived of their savings and credit ratings, but have become involved in disputes with...
A Prosperous Lawyer Aids China's Migrant Workers
Liu Pifeng, the wealthy founder of a law firm, spends part of his time defending the rights of China's poorest: migrant workers. His ultimate goal is to fix China's faulty legal system.Liu Pifeng is a wealthy man. The founder of a prosperous corporate...
Being Wrong
What makes us err? A journalist examines our stubborn inclination to wrong-headedness.Reading Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error is almost asmuch fun as being right. And as journalist Kathryn Schulz explains,being right is one of our true...
Burma Election: Are Activists the New Third Force in Politics?
The Burma election this year is widely expected to reinforce the junta's power. But some nonprofits support the vote, and dozens of political parties are taking part, in hopes of chipping away at military rule.Inside a humid room, rows of neatly dressed...
Cuts to US Defense Budget Look Inevitable
Defense expenditures amount to nearly 5 percent of US GDP -- well above the less than 2 percent of GDP spent by such allies as Canada, Germany and Britain. Analysts predict the US will have to cut military spending significantly in the next few years.It's...
Fix the Economy? There's a Mobile App for That
Mobile apps could boost the economy just as previous high-tech breakthroughs have.In 1976, Apple built its first computer, kicking off a personal computer revolution that helped push the United States out of a deep economic rut a few years later. After...
G20: Paving the Way for a New Great Depression?
At the G20 summit in Toronto, world leaders agreed to halve deficits in three years. At least one prominent economist says spending, not cuts, is what's needed.World leaders have pledged to slash the government deficits of industrialized countries by...
Gargantuan Financial Reform Bill: It's Not Just for Banks
The financial reform bill awaiting final votes in the House and Senate encompasses everything from banking to insurance to African minerals used in high-tech gadgets. Is that a good thing?The financial reform bill that's two steps away from President...
In Israel, Gilad Shalit's Family Launches 12-Day March to Netanyahu's Door
Four years after Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas on the border of the Gaza Strip, his family is marching to Jerusalem and vowing to camp outside Netanyahu's door until Israel brings Shalit home.Less than a week after quieting international criticism...
Le Monde Rejects Sarkozy Intervention in Media Sale
A battle for control of the ailing French newspaper Le Monde is over. A business group favored by French President Nicolas Sarkozy withdrew its bid after journalists on the newspaper voted against it.Le Monde - a newspaper so established in France it...
North Korea: Latest Rant Could Be Tied to Political Transition
North Korea accused the US Monday of aggressive military moves in the zone separating the two Koreas. The North is undergoing a leadership transition.North Korea's latest fustigations - on Monday, it accused the US of aggressive military moves in the...
Obama Space Policy Prizes International Cooperation
President Obama's national space policy, released Monday, focuses more on international approaches to space issues than previous presidents' policies.Somewhere, Gene Roddenberry -- whose Star Trek franchise carried multicultural crews to cosmic destinations...
Robert Byrd: A Zeal for Preserving the Senate's Power and Civility
Sen. Robert Byrd, who died early Monday, had an unrivaled grasp of Senate procedure. He'll also be remembered for the outsize share of federal dollars he won for his state, West Virginia.In West Virginia, the late Sen. Robert Byrd is already memorialized...
Robert Byrd Successor Will Be Appointed. A Good Idea?
The death of Sen. Robert Byrd opens up room for the sixth Senate appointee since January 2009. Some states are considering whether a special election is a better option for selecting a senator.One by one, the Senate is filling up with caretakers, or...
Rodolfo Torre Cantu Assassination: Why Are Drug Cartels Killing Mexican Candidates?
Mexican gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre Cantu, the leading PRI candidate in Tamaulipas state, was gunned down Monday by suspected drug cartel hitmen. President Felipe Calderon says the drug lords are interfering with Mexico's election process.The...
Russian Spy Case 'Right out of a John le Carre Novel'
The FBI arrested 11 people last week in a Russian spy case, according to court documents unsealed Monday. The alleged spies were on 'long-term deep-cover assignments,' the documents say.At just about the same time President Obama and Russian President...
Rwanda Takes a Strict Line on Genocide Denial. the US Should Support That
To help Rwanda protect its postgenocide democracy from renewed ethnic divisions, Washington must be more alert to ideology at work there.Arrogance, ignorance, and indifference to African victims of genocide have long been hallmarks of Western treatment...
Science, Not Hollywood or Starbucks, Is America's Best Soft Power
The US should pursue science diplomacy with Muslim-majority countries, which would complement efforts to promote human rights.In today's world, America's soft power is commonly thought to reside in the global popularity of Hollywood movies, Coca-Cola,...
Supreme Court Allows Sex-Abuse Case to Proceed against the Vatican
Supreme Court refuses the Vatican's request for dismissal, allowing a priest sex-abuse case in Oregon to proceed against the Holy See. The complaint seeks money damages from the church.The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to examine whether an Oregon...
Supreme Court Arizona Ruling Could Shape Immigration Reform
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to a 2007 Arizona law penalizing employers who hire undocumented migrants.The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a legal challenge by business, civil rights and immigration groups to a 2007 Arizona...
Supreme Court: Law School Not Obliged to Recognize Christian Group
A California law school is under no constitutional obligation to grant the Christian Legal Society status as an official student group, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The school had withheld such status because of the group's exclusion of gays as members.The...
Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: What Questions Can She Expect?
The Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin Monday. Here is a primer on how a deeply partisan Senate might challenge her.For gravitas and spectacle, few set pieces on Capitol Hill match a Senate confirmation hearing for a lifetime...
Supreme Court Rules for President in Separation of Powers Case
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a board overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission operated under rules that violated the Constitution's separation of powers clause.Congress overstepped its authority when it sought to create an independent...
Supreme Court: Second Amendment Rights Apply across US
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms applies to every jurisdiction in the nation. It places in doubt the constitutionality of Chicago's handgun ban.The US Supreme Court on Monday extended the constitutional...
The Supreme Court Gun Rights Decision Leaves Loopholes
The Supreme Court gun rights decision leaves a door open for more restrictions on guns. Gun-control advocates need to make sure it stays open.In two rulings over the past two years, the US Supreme Court has asserted a fundamental right to possess a gun....
Time for Obama to Rethink Afghanistan War Strategy?
McChrystal is out, but the Afghanistan war will remain on the same course under David Petraeus. Some experts are clamoring for a change from the administration's counterinsurgency strategy.When President Obama quickly and unblinkingly fired his military...
Tropical Storm Alex Threatens to Delay Obama's '90 Percent' Promise
Tropical storm Alex has created rough seas at the Deepwater Horizon site, potentially delaying until July BP's plans to double oil collection at the well in the Gulf oil spillTropical storm Alex might not be in the Gulf oil spill's neighborhood, but...
Twilight Moms: Why Women Are Drawn to Teens' 'Eclipse'
Among Edward-obsessed teens lining up to see 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' are grown women equally taken by the teen love story.The latest film in the Twilight franchise,"Eclipse" opens this week, and this fact has more than a few female hearts fluttering,...
Which Innovations Deserve Patents? Supreme Court Gives Scant Direction
In a decision Monday about patent protections, the Supreme Court failed to give specific guidance about which innovations qualify and which don't.In a closely watched case with implications for the American economy, the US Supreme Court on Monday declined...
Who Might Be Tapped to Fill Senator Byrd's Seat, Fast?
Senate Democrats hope that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will act quickly to replace Senator Byrd. With Byrd's death, they are two votes short of the 60 needed to move key legislation to a vote.No one, of course, can really replace Sen. Robert Byrd,...
Who's Afraid of Talking to the Taliban? Many Afghans
As General Petraeus assumes command in Afghanistan, President Karzai is pushing Taliban negotiations, but many Afghan women and minorities resist such talks.As Gen. David Petraeus prepares to take command of the Afghanistan war, President Hamid Karzai's...
Why Russia's Medvedev Is Blasting Ally Kyrgyzstan
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly criticized a government reform vote in Kyrgyzstan that passed Sunday with 91 percent support.Turbulent Kyrgyzstan's weekend referendum on reforming its political system has won overwhelming support from...
World Cup 2010: A Short Course in Flirting
For 25 pounds, a social anthropologist provides a flirting and walking tour of London, to help folks find a date - even during World Cup 2010.Does the global focus on the World Cup have to wreck romance? Or prevent you from finding a date? No and no,...