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 May 31, 2007

An Accurate View
On the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, there are three webcams. One is pointed north; one, out over the observatory deck; and the other, west. Living three hours away from this mountain, I can hop on the observatory website and get a quick...
A New/old Idea for Palestinian Peace
It was almost 40 years ago that this city, like the rest of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, fell out of Jordanian hands and into Israeli control in the course of the Six-Day War.Call it retro geopolitics, or history repeating itself, but the idea of...
As Pork Prices Soar, Chinese Put Brakes on Corn for Ethanol
Ethanol production has put the Chinese government in an unpleasant bind, as fears rise that the environmentally friendly gasoline additive is also fueling politically dangerous increases in the price of food - particularly pork, a key staple.With the...
A Struggling School Finds Reason for Hope
Paul Sproll tells future art teachers that "learning is often about the quality of the invitation." And if any place needed to give students a more enticing invitation, it was Hope High School. It's just a 10-minute walk from the prestigious Rhode Island...
A Throwback to a Time Gone By
"I can spell Missouri!" says one of a gaggle of cheerful children standing on the street corner. "M-I-S-S-O-U-R-I."Another, slightly older child, replies, "Yeah, but can you spell Mississippi?"There is a pause."M-I-S-S-I-S-IPPI?""You said that real fast,"...
Defeating Afghanistan's Drug Fix
It's spring in Afghanistan, and poppy farmers are smiling. Heavy rains this winter portend a bumper opium harvest. Afghanistan already produces nine times the total opium output of the rest of the world combined, and while last year's crop was the largest...
Do Americans Love Pets Too Much?
Here's a sad story with a bizarre twist: Last year, a 6-year-old girl was accidentally strangled to death by her family pet, a golden retriever. Such animals are usually euthanized, but in this case, the dog was treated to an all-expenses paid trip to...
G-8 to Take Up Climate Change
The international squabble over climate change - who's to blame and how to deal with it - is coming to a boil as many of the major players prepare to meet in Germany next week.In essence, Europe and Japan want stricter controls on greenhouse gases and...
Goal for These Desert Troops? Bag the Buffelgrass
Just after sunrise on the second Saturday of each month, Claudia Bloom and 20 friends scale the slopes of Piestewa Peak in central Phoenix - but not just for an invigorating hike or the splendid vistas. This small army has come to wage war, wielding...
How US Sanctions in Sudan Will Work
This January, the US Treasury took an action aimed at a particular bank halfway around the world.The move - putting Bank Sepah of Iran on a blacklist of institutions barred from access to America's financial system - bore immediate fruit, Treasury officials...
In Lebanon's Camps, Rising Sympathy for Islamists
A two-month police crackdown against suspected extremists, and the killing of a Lebanese Islamist last week, is stirring anger among residents of this city and a backlash of sympathy for Islamic militants battling Lebanese troops near here.Tripoli, a...
Letters to the Editor
To prepare kids for college, start earlyI so enjoyed reading Roger Hull's May 24 Opinion piece, "Improving the college pipeline for at-risk youth." We certainly can't wait for high school to get kids ready for college, and it was exciting to read about...
Luau in the Desert
If you want to test your pioneer spirit, come to Skull Valley. In this broad, sun-baked basin just south of the Great Salt Lake, dust devils rake the desert, rattlesnakes coil in the sagebrush, and the thermometer rockets between extremes. Rugged mountains,...
Man vs. Cake - a Recipe for Disaster
The kitchen at my house is best left undisturbed. Martha Stewart I am not, and outside the realm of a peanut butter sandwich or boxed macaroni and cheese, things can get dicey when the preparation of food is involved. Cooking and baking are just not...
On the Horizon: News from the Frontiers of Science
How to forecast a solar outburstPowerful eruptions from the sun can trigger magnetic storms on Earth that can cause power blackouts and disrupt radio communications. And they can also trigger radiation storms in space that may damage satellites and threaten...
Pakistani Girls' Schools in Radicals' Sights
All throughout the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Pakistan's impoverished western border with Afghanistan, lie the ruins of barbershops and music and video stores - symbols of Western- oriented life that religious extremists have destroyed in a...
Pipeline Would Extend Iran's Reach
Pakistan, India, and Iran came one step closer this week to realizing a $7 billion natural-gas pipeline, a project that is likely to irk US policymakers trying to contain Tehran's nuclear ambitions.Billed as a "peace pipeline" by the three countries,...
Quiz: How Well Do You Know the 50 States?
Here's a quiz about the United States. "Not geography," you protest! Not at all. Try this first without a map. Then, take out a map and see how many of these you can do as you hunt for clues.1. Do you know the state names that are made up of more than...
Reporters on the Job
* Key Escort: Correspondent Nicholas Blanford went to see the father of Bilal Mahmoud, whose killing last week by police set off calls for revenge in his Tripoli neighborhood and boosted sympathy for Fatah al-Islam, an Al Qaeda-linked group (see story).After...
Robots Advance, Consumers Stall
Fifty-one years after the first commercial robot went to work, the United States is approaching a tipping point: Within a decade, observers say, the average American household will include one or two simple robots. And though they may not look like the...
Tasks for Next World Bank Chief: Heal Rifts, Tackle Poverty
Robert Zoellick is a veteran of Washington's and Wall Street's top levels. As a US government official, he helped negotiate the reunification of Germany in 1990 and later smoothed China's entry into the World Trade Organization. More recently, he's brokered...
Why So Few Bomb-Safe US Military Trucks in Iraq?
One senior officer calls it a "moral imperative," and others see it as a no-brainer, but four years into a deadly war, there are only some 350 blast-resistant trucks protecting US troops in Iraq. Officials inside and outside the military want to know...
Young US Muslims: A Threat?
Last week, the first major survey of US Muslims revealed a surprisingly assimilated group. It's not easy researching this thin population slice (estimated at .8 percent), because the US Census doesn't track religion. Yet just as important as the survey...
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