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 August 9, 2006

A Blogger Shines When News Media Get It Wrong
When he's not playing guitar, a ponytailed musician named Charles Johnson likes to sit in his Los Angeles home office, listen to jazz, and make mincemeat of the mainstream media.He's tangled with CBS over the authenticity of documents about President...
After Lebanon, There's Iran
When the war in Lebanon ends, the US will have to piece together a whole new strategy for dealing with Iran - especially its nuclear program. The Israeli- Hizbullah war has boldly ratcheted up Iran's regional stature at the same time it has depleted...
At Waystation, Israeli Reservists Ponder What's Ahead ; Putting Home Life on Hold, Soldiers Prepare for Fighting at Elyakim Base, near Haifa
Resting on foam mattresses in a crowded tent dorm, Lebanon-bound Israeli reservists bide time by cleaning their rifles and calming worried relatives via cellphone. Spurts of machine-gun fire echo from nearby hills."It's just training," explains Yaron...
Backstory: Home Is Where the Fire Is ; the Residents of Centralia, Pa., Stay Because It's Home - Underground Inferno or Not
I've never been one to turn down a hot story, and Centralia is smoking - literally. A Pennsylvania coal mining town that's been on fire 44 years; 11 stubborn old-timers who refuse to leave; fiery sidewalks that melt the soles off your shoes. How could...
Central Asia's Other 'Great Game' - Polo ; the Battles Are Rough and the Terrain Treacherous, but This Event in Northern Pakistan Is All Sport
It is called the king of games, and the game of kings. But long before polo became an obsession of Ralph Lauren and defined a style of elite elegance, it was played by tribal horsemen in the rugged wilds of North Pakistan, minus the rules, the referees,...
Cuba without Castro: Seeds of Change Finally Sprouting ; the US and Others Must Provide Resources and Information to Post- Fidel Cuba
With Fidel Castro currently, and perhaps permanently, not controlling events in Cuba, how should the United States react?If there is one thing on which many Cuba-watchers seem to agree, it is that we will not see a seamless succession to Mr. Castro's...
Each Oil Jolt Has a Lesson - If Learned
If the predictable thing about oil prices is unpredictability, then this week's surprise shutdown of more than half of Alaska's oil production fits the prediction. And each oil shock, from Gulf hurricanes to Middle East wars, yields a new teachable moment...
In Mideast War, Stakes Keep Rising ; A Series of Landmark Wars Shaped the Modern Middle East. Will the the Israel-Hizbullah Conflict Reach That Scale?
The Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1967. The Yom Kippur War of 1973. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon of 1982.And now, 2006?As the fighting between Israel and Hizbullah passes the one- month mark, it has grown from a skirmish into a swirling conflict with a...
Isolated Canadian Islanders Worried by Tighter US Border ; Campobello Residents Must Cross the Border to Reach the Rest of Canada and Daily Necessities. A Passport Will Soon Be Required
Residents of Canada's Campobello Island cross into the United States all the time, and they don't have any choice in the matter. For most of the year, it's the only way they can get to the rest of their country.A short bridge ties the 10-milelong island...
Leak Is Latest of Alaska's Pipeline Woes ; Some 500 Spills a Year Occur in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Fields and along the 800-Mile, Three-Decade-Old Pipeline System
When oil began flowing south from Alaska's North Slope to the port at Valdez nearly 30 years ago, it was a new era for US energy production and distribution. From the start, it was a technologically daring and politically controversial project. As evidenced...
Letters
Mothers shouldn't have to do menial work after pregnancyRegarding the July 31 article, "The problem of a pregnant pause": What the workplace today needs is an attitude of flexibility for both men and women.When I went back to work part time, I was told...
Love and Money and Fraud ; Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Is Growing - and Family Members Are Often the Culprits
For decades Brooke Astor appeared regularly in the society pages of New York newspapers, a grand dame noted for her dual roles as a philanthropist and socialite. But last month she suddenly became the subject of front-page headlines. A grandson, Philip...
My Mother, My Friend ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
It had been another unsatisfying conversation with my mother. I felt that she'd been pushing for information. From her perspective, she was just interested in what was going on in my life.Annoyance turned to frustration - then sadness as I berated myself...
New Software May Lick the Sticky 'Wiki'
Imagine that you sat down to write your life's story. When it was done, you posted it in a public place. After awhile, as your friends read it, they made small changes. No, it wasn't 1975 when you graduated from high school, it was 1976. Another adds...
Pension Reform Aims to Boost Savings ; President Bush Is Expected to Sign a Law That Promotes Fully Funded Pensions and Automatic 401(k)s
Americans are about to get a much-needed dose of retirement- saving discipline.Under legislation that will soon be signed by President Bush, key features of the nation's pension system will shift from discretion toward autopilot for both companies and...
Picasso's Debt to the Old Masters
Anniversaries make good pegs to hang major exhibitions on. Picasso has two, at least, this year. It's 125 years since he was born and 25 years since his painting "Guernica" returned to his home country from temporary safekeeping in New York, marking...
Politics of Corn Loom for Divided Mexico ; the Disputed Election Has Heightened Tensions over a NAFTA Deadline for Removal of Tariffs. Corn Farmers Vow to Fight It
Corn plays an important role in ancient Mexican mythology. The Aztecs revered a corn god named Centeotl; the Mayans believed man's flesh was formed from corn dough.But these days the folklore of a crop that is still the centerpiece of the Mexican diet...
The Sheikh Behind Hizbullah ; Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Has Made Hizbullah a Potent Military and Political Force
Even Israel's most legendary military general - a veteran of every war of Israel but this current one - is believed to have found Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah a worthy enemy.Such grudging respect is no surprise to Lebanese. They have watched...
With Alaskan Oil Crimped, Californians Look for Options
Maybe California needs its own Strategic Petroleum Reserve.After hurricane Katrina interrupted oil production from the Gulf of Mexico, President Bush quickly opened the spigots of the nation's emergency oil supply to provide crude oil once the region's...
With Fruit at Its Peak, Make Your Own Jam
When I was still half a block away from my aunt's house, I could smell the sweet, inviting aroma of homemade preserves wafting out of her kitchen. Sure enough, when I arrived, I'd see two large pots simmering on her wood-fired stove in the sweltering...