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 December 8, 2011

Africa Reacts to Obama's Pro-Gay Rights Foreign Policy
Most of Africa's 54 nations ban homosexuality, so President Obama's promotion of gay rights as a human right draws quick ire from African governments.The enshrinement of equal rights for homosexuals into US foreign policy activities has drawn quick ire...
After Russia's Elections, Public Anger at Putin: Can He Fix Corruption?
A protest vote against Putin's United Russia party in parliament is being followed by sustained protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Putin is still headed for the presidency, but if he doesn't fix corruption, Russia risks the stagnation of the Brezhnev...
China Executes Filipino Drug Trafficker, Draws Attention to Chinese Drug Problem
China, the world's most prolific executioner, put a Filipino drug trafficker to death Thursday despite an appeal from the Philippine president.China executed a Filipino drug mule on Thursday, ignoring a last minute mercy plea by Philippines President...
China in Ten Words
How do you best define a country? Chinese author Yu Hua summarizes his homeland in 10 words.Yu Hua is a grand master of subversion. Just as his title - China In Ten Words - promises, Yu "compress[es] the endless chatter of China today into ten simple...
Creativity, Inspiration, Innovation Unleashed
A Christian Science perspective.The cover of the Oct. 17 issue of The New Yorker depicted Steve Jobs at the pearly gates of heaven while the winged attendant checks for his name on an iPad. Mr. Jobs possessed the passion, focus, vision, and realization...
Diego Rivera: Honoring a Big Communist with a Google Doodle
President Obama, Occupy protesters, and even the Muppets have been accused of communist leanings. But Mexican muralist Diego Rivera was the real thing.From President Obama to "Occupy" protesters to the Muppets: The accusations of communism abounding...
Discovery of Biggest Black Holes Ever May Shed Light on Galaxy Formation
Black holes 10 billion times the sun's mass have been found. The discovery could help write the history of galaxy formation and evolution over the universe's 13.7 billion-year history.Astronomers have discovered evidence for the most massive black holes...
Fossils Show Shrimp-Like Superpredator's Eyes Had 32,000 Lenses
Scientists unearthed 515-million-year-old fossil remains of a pair of Anomalocaris eyes. The superpredator's eyes had 32,000 lenses - all the better to stalk their prey.Jeepers, creepers, where did the Cambrian ocean's top predator get those peepers?Scientists...
Gay Marriage: Court Weighs Validity of Prop. 8 Ruling by Gay Judge
Proponents of California's Prop. 8 gay marriage ban say the 2010 ruling against it should be vacated because the judge failed to disclose that he was in a long-term gay relationship.A federal appeals court in California is set to hear argument Thursday...
Harsh Sentence for Rod Blagojevich: Did His Fight Reflexes Cause Him Harm? (VIDEO)
Despite his apparent contrition in court, Rod Blagojevich wasted little time after sentencing before vowing 'to fight through adversity.' Legal experts suggest his boxer's instincts antagonized the judge.On Wednesday, moments after former Illinois Gov....
Is Eric Holder's Grip on the 'Fast and Furious' Fiasco Slipping? (Video)
As calls grow for Eric Holder's resignation, the embattled attorney general faces what one Republican promised would be 'fast and furious' questions Thursday from the House Judiciary Committee.Facing a chorus of calls for his resignation, Attorney General...
Jon Corzine Downfall: Even after 2008, Banking Sector Has Untamed Risks. (VIDEO)
Former CEO Jon Corzine testified before Congress on the bankruptcy of investment firm MF Global. Its swift collapse in late October recalled events leading to the financial crisis of 2008.As financial power-broker Jon Corzine testified to Congress Thursday,...
Kofi Annan: Despite Flaws, UN Human Rights Council Can Bring Progress
As Human Rights Day 2011 approaches, skeptics say the new UN Human Rights Council has not lived up to its mandate. Some suggest democratic nations should abandon it. At a time when we should be making it stronger, forsaking the Council is the wrong way...
New Mitt Romney 'Fidelity' Ad Aims to Lure Social Conservatives
Mitt Romney talks about fidelity. Rick Perry about religion. Will these new TV ads resonate with social conservatives in Iowa?Rick Perry's latest ad - about Obama's "war on religion" - is drawing notice for this line: "...there's something wrong in this...
Obama Must Back Ideals of Russia Protests, Not Putin
Protests planned for Saturday in Russian cities are a cry for dignity and respect. They deserve moral support from Obama, not Putin's heavy hand.President Obama's "reset" of US ties with Moscow since 2009 has forced him to juggle a plateful of practical...
Pujols Goes to the Angels. Why Did the Cardinals Lose Him?
Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. This ends Pujols' storied tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals, but did the Angels make a good deal?Albert Pujols, arguably one of the greatest players ever to wear...
Putin Puzzler: Russian Leader Accuses Clinton of Spurring Protests (VIDEO)
Vladimir Putin has stunned many with his statement that US Secretary of State Clinton is behind the protests in Russia over alleged vote rigging.Vladimir Putin broke his silence Thursday on the flash protests over alleged vote rigging that have shaken...
Readers Write: Herman Cain, Rick Perry Tax Plans Fall 'Flat'; Europe Soul Searches
Letters to the Editor for the weekly issue of December 5, 2011: One reader takes down Herman Cain's and Rick Perry's flat-tax plans, arguing that a progressive tax is the only fair, functioning policy. Another reader says that Europe's debt crisis is...
Remains of Hundreds of Fallen American Soldiers Sent to Landfill
Such a practice occurred far more often the Air Force originally acknowledged, The Washington Post reports. The partial remains of at least 274 US service personnel were handled this way.The US Air Force dumped the incinerated, partial remains of at...
Spam E-Mail Hits Three-Year Low - but Targeted Attacks Up
Spam e-mail still accounted for 70.5 percent of the 48 billion messages sent each day this year. One of every 255 e-mails in November contained some form of malicious software or 'malware.'Targeted cyberattacks - the kind used to burrow deep into corporate...
Thai Court Sentences American Citizen to 2.5 Years in Prison for Insulting Monarchy (VIDEO)
American Joe Gordon, who translated a banned biography of Thailand's king and posted it online while living in Colorado, was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in a Thai prison.US citizen Joe Gordon was sentenced to 2-1/2 years jail today for translating a banned...
Turkey: Materials Likely Destined for Iran Nuclear Program Seized (Video)
Turkey is determined to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon, Namik Tan, Turkey's ambassador to the US, said Thursday. It intercepted materials Iran might have used to advance its nuclear program, he says.Turkey has intercepted materials destined...
Virginia Tech Shooting Tests Emergency Plans Developed after 2007 Rampage
Viriginia Tech locked down its campus Thursday within minutes of the fatal shooting of a campus police officer. In 2007, the school was heavily criticized for its delayed response to the rampage that resulted in 33 deaths.In the chaotic minutes following...
Why Germany Raises Ire in a Struggling Europe
On the eve of a major EU summit aimed at saving the euro, anti- German sentiment is on the rise, with many in struggling eurozone countries tired of Berlin's dictates.As the most powerful economy in Europe, Germany has traditionally had a proud place...
Why Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Are Finding Civilian Reentry Harder
A Pew study finds that military veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 are surviving more serious injuries - another one of the reasons civilian reentry is so difficult.The American military has been at constant war for more than...