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 30, 2009

Abdurrahman Wahid: Former Indonesia President Was a Key Democratic Voice
Abdurrahman Wahid led Indonesia for two years after the fall of US-backed strongman President Suharto. He passed away Wednesday at a Jakarta hospital.An Islamic scholar and secular democrat, former President AbdurrahmanWahid led Indonesia for two years...
A Lost Decade for Stocks. Will Next One Be Better?
Stocks this decade fared worse than in the 1930s. The next decade could be even more volatile for investors.For longtime stockholders, our condolences. The recent run-up in USmarkets may make it feel like a happy New Year, but it's not really.Stocks...
A US Pipeline for Jihad in Somalia?
Somali-American men are returning to their homeland to fight alongside Al Shabab, an insurgent group with ties to Al Qaeda. Some experts think an organized recruiting effort is responsible for luring them back to Somalia.Nearly two decades after their...
China Reconnects Xinjiang Region to the Web - Very Slightly
Almost six months after China cut off communications in a bid to control race riots in restive Xinjiang Province, it has given residents access to two party-controlled websites. But phone calls and text messages remain restricted.Nearly six months after...
Climate Change and the Providence of God
A Christian Science perspective.Now that the representatives of 192 nations have met in Copenhagen totry to negotiate a treaty on curbing greenhouse-gas emissions, thereis a great deal of pessimism about the outcome. Developing nationslike India and...
Court Says US Can Stay Mum about Guantanamo Surveillance ; Lawyers for Guantanamo Detainees Want Surveillance Records. an Appeals Court Ruled Wednesday That Agencies Could Refuse to Confirm or Deny the Existence of Such Records for National Security
A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Wednesday that USgovernment agencies may refuse to confirm or deny the existence ofrecords when faced with a Freedom of Information Act request thatmight disclose sensitive intelligence activities, sources,...
Europe Warms to Full Body Scanners at Airports after Northwest Bomb Scare
Europe leaders are now reconsidering using full body scanners that they had until recently opposed as lurid and voyeuristic.When first raised by European Union officials last year, airport"body scans" of passengers were panned by politicians and mediahere...
Federal Court in California Limits Police Use of Tasers
The appeals court ruling could raise the bar for when the electric stun-guns can be deployed. Local police departments said the ruling puts officers' lives in danger.In a decision that could alter how law enforcement agenciesnationwide use stun guns,...
Gallup: Clinton Narrowly Beats Palin as 'Most Admired Woman'
Hillary Rodham Clinton edged out Sarah Palin as most admired woman in this year's Gallup poll. But Palin won handily among Republicans, and she tied Clinton among Independents.They're both steely, gutsy women, admired by some and loathed byothers. And...
Iran Regime Drums Up Its Own Crowds to Oppose Green Movement
On Wednesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran organized national demonstrations and struck out at reformist supporters of the Green Movement. On Sunday, protests against the government turned violent, killing at least 37 people during the key religious...
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi Changes His Party's Tune - Literally
Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi changed the anthem of his political party, which sang his individual praises, in an effort to make himself appear more of a team player and uniter.Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is changing tune -literally.The...
Mike Leach Fired: Texas Tech Coach's Methods Seen as Cruel
Mike Leach, the most successful coach in Texas Tech football history, was fired Wednesday after being accused of punishing receiver Adam James for not playing through a concussion.The summary firing of Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach Wednesdayfor...
Muslim Americans and US Law Enforcement: Not Enemies, but Vital Partners
But first, both Muslim Americans and law enforcement have to change the way they interact.The stigma on Muslim Americans worsened in 2009. The latest events,including arrests of the Newburgh Four in New York, Michael Finton inIllinois, and Hossam Smadi...
New Figures Show (Another) Drop in Mexicans Coming to the US
The US recession continues to discourage would-be immigrants, with fresh Mexican government numbers showing a 40 percent drop in Mexicans emigrating in the past two years.The number of Mexicans leaving the country to go abroad in the thirdquarter of...
No Right to Bear Unlicensed Machine Guns, Federal Court Says
Tennessee State Guard commander Richard Hamblen said it's his Second Amendment right as part of a militia to convert assault rifles into fully automatic weapons. The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.A former commander in the Tennessee State...
Not Quite Paradise
An American professor recalls her sojourn in Sri Lanka.Three weeks after 9/11, University of Arizona professor Adele Barkerarrived in Sri Lanka as a senior Fulbright Scholar to teach Russianliterature, feminist literary theory, and American literature...
Number of Full-Body Scanners at US Airports to Triple in 2010
Full-body scanners could have foiled the Christmas Day airline bomb plot, some experts say. In 2010, US airports will add at least 150 to the 40 already in use, the TSA says. But critics say the machines won't help.In the wake of the failed attempt to...
Obama's Race to the Top Competition Won't Fix Public Schools
Competition may bring out the best in business and sports, but that logic doesn't necessarily apply to public schools. The practical way to mend the educational system is by implementing economic and social reforms that focus on the children.For taxpayers...
Ramadi Attacks: Is Iraq Heading for More Sectarian Bloodshed?
The two blasts hit government buildings in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, on Wednesday, leaving more than 20 people dead and nearly 60 people injured. Officials blame Al Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks.One of the largest coordinated...
Release of British Hostage Peter Moore in Iraq Garners Praise
British hostage Peter Moore was released after 2-1/2 years in captivity in Iraq. He was among the last of 306 foreigners to be abducted since 2003. British officials praised their Iraqi counterparts' efforts in securing Moore's release.After 2-1/2 years...
Screen out Useless Reactions to Christmas Day Attack
Drop the partisan politics and knee-jerk security measures resulting from the Christmas Day attack. Focus on what's useful: passenger screening and terrorist watch lists.Talk about the need for better screening. Right now, the UnitedStates needs to screen...
Unlike 9/11, Partisanship Has Worsened after Christmas Attack
Wounded by their losses on healthcare, Republicans have gone on the offensive after the Christmas attack, amplifying partisanship by criticizing President Obama's national-security credentials.After the 9/11 attacks, members of Congress set aside bitter,partisan...
Which States Are Facing the Worst Budget Deficits in 2010?
Many states fell into a fiscal hole in 2009, and continue to lag behind in economic recovery. A look at ten states facing the biggest budget problems in 2010.The national economy may be in recovery, but most states haven'tyet hit bottom - and many are...
Why Can't US Pig Farmers Profit from the Pork Revolution?
Beef and chicken sales are down, but pork sales are up 3.1 percent as Americans chomp 'pig wings' and turbaconducken. But overzealous breeding and a drop in international demand means farmers are losing $25 on each animal.Smoked pig ears, sliced and...
Why Prime Minister Putin May Be Throwing a Wrench in US-Russia Arms Talks
Russia Prime Minister Putin said there were problems with arms talks aimed at finalizing a new strategic arms reduction deal. Is it a hardball tactic or a bid to derail the negotiations altogether?Russia's powerful prime minister, ex-President Vladimir...