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 23, 2004

Blair Makes Bid to Restore Middle East Road Map ; British Prime Minister Tony Blair Announced Plans Wednesday for a London Conference to Promote Palestinian Reform
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has a clear goal for his foray into Middle East peacemaking: reviving the international peace blueprint known as the road map.But Mr. Blair is limited by a lack of British clout in a US- dominated arena, and a possible...
Christmas Tree Mania: One Is No Longer Enough
Go ahead, pack in the pine. One is good, two is better. And this year the grinch's job may be doubly hard. More Christmas trees appear to be leaving farms and lots in pairs."We sell a lot of double trees," says Billy Atherton, red- cheeked on the last...
Colin Powell Transcript
US Secretary of State Coiln Powell was Tuesday's guest at a Monitor luncheon. Here is the USState Department's transcript of his remarks.MR. COOK: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for coming. We're honored to have Secretary of State Colin Powell as our...
Decorating Our Tree Is Part Yuletide, Part Disco
First a decision has to be made: round and round, or up and down? This is why I like to work alone. Democracy only gets in the way at a time like this.I'm not a total autocrat. I like a little input and group participation when it comes to decorations.But...
Dialing These Phones Will Bring Music to Your Ears
Would you pay for music that you'll never hear? Mobile-phone companies around the world are guessing you will.For years, customized ringtones on cellphones have revealed to anyone with a 15-foot radius, the owners' taste in music, from pop to classical.As...
Divorced British Dads Push Courts for More Access to Children ; Former Cabinet Secretary's Push to See His Child Highlights a Growing Father's Rights Movement
A British cabinet minister has an illicit love affair and fathers a child. When the news becomes public and it emerges that his private and public lives have become entwined, he resigns.The recent woes that drove Home Secretary David Blunkett from office...
Don't Quit the Day Job ; A Raft of Film Stars Want to Prove Themselves as Singers, but Credibility Can Be Elusive
When Lindsay Lohan starred in the hit movie "Mean Girls" earlier this year, many film critics gave her performance a thumbs up. But when the redhead released her debut album, "Speak," two weeks ago, most music reviewers stuck their thumbs in their ears.The...
Evidence of Volcanoes on Mars ; Signs of Ancient Eruptions Indicate a Planet Geologically Active and May Suggest Presence of Simple Life Forms
Seen from space, glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro or young craters nested within older ones in Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are signs of a restless, active planet capable of harboring life.Now, researchers say they are finding evidence for recent volcanic and...
For Florida's Hurricane Victims, a Generous Christmas after All
Strings of twinkling fairy lights provide a colorful contrast to the sea of tarpaulin blue that still covers many of the houses along Florida's hurricane-battered Treasure Coast.To some residents, the bright holiday lights merely illuminate the terrible...
Free Net Access from the Mayor?
For all their high-tech prowess, America's communications companies aren't exactly racing to offer people high-speed Internet access. The United States ranks 10th in the world - far behind countries including No. 1 South Korea - in providing such access....
Gridlock Impossible at 'Kitchen Table'
One issue still lingers from the polarized presidential elections: How might we return to more civil discourse, especially among our public leaders? Our fellow citizens aren't interested in a blame game. Leaders: It's up to us to change things.We'd do...
Hong Kong Fades under China's Smog
It is, by any standard, one of the world's most beautiful cities, a combination of towering green mountains and cobalt blue seas, capped by hundreds of white skyscrapers. Taken together it's a magnificent mix of Sydney, Rio, San Francisco, and New York.But...
Letters
Asylum for immigrants won't threaten US securityIn your editorial Dec. 10, "Bush's First Task: Immigration," I was troubled to read the assertion that "too many holes remain in the nation's immigration policies to keep terrorists out" and that one solution...
More Signs of Syria Turn Up in Iraq ; the Iraqi Ambassador to Syria Tells the Monitor That Photos of High- Ranking Syrian Officials Were Found in Fallujah
When US troops stormed the rebel-held city of Fallujah last month, they uncovered photos of senior Syrian officials that have further strained the already tense relations between Syria and Iraq, according to the Iraqi ambassador to Syria.Several captured...
Mr. Webster Returns to Save Holiday Words
Hickory dickory dock, the (1)___________ ran up the clock. Only this mouse controlled the moving spot called a (2)___________ on a computer. It had a little rolling (3)___________ instead of feet and a connecting (4)___________ instead of whiskers.This...
New Coal Plants Bury 'Kyoto' ; New Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from China, India, and the US Will Swamp Cuts from the Kyoto Treaty
So much for Kyoto.The official treaty to curb greenhouse-gas emissions hasn't gone into effect yet and already three countries are planning to build nearly 850 new coal-fired plants, which would pump up to five times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere...
On the Horizon
Cleaning a lake with carpFor years men and machines have toiled to clean up Kashmir's mirror-calm Dal Lake to remove choking weeds, lily pads, and other water plants that have tarnished the image of the famed tourist attraction.But scientists in the...
Powell Recasts and Relives Term ; He Defends Bush Administration on Iraq and Cites Successes from China to Russia
Igor Ivanov wasn't happy. Or, at the least, he was doing a good job of pretending to be displeased."You know, this is all wrong. You've got it all fouled up," he snapped.On the other end of the transatlantic phone line, Colin Powell remained adamant....
Reaching Children in Need
Some 2.2 billion of the planet's people are children. More than one billion of those live in poverty, according to the United Nations Children's Fund annual report on children around the world. That, and other sobering statistics in the UNICEF report...
Reporters on the Job
* Watching the Vote: Correspondent Fred Weir has covered elections in Russia and some of the former Soviet states. But as he prepares to cover this Sunday's rerun of the Ukrainian presidential election, Fred says that he's never seen this many foreign...
Roster of Big Names Spices Up Los Angeles Mayoral Race ; Term-Limited State Politicians and Presidential Campaign Consultants Are Bringing High-Level Intensity to a City Race
You might expect the race for mayor in the country's second- largest city to have "big" written all over it: big city, big names, big money, big stakes.But in the entertainment capital of the world, where political stories are tucked in right after beached...
Russia's Auction Eerily Familiar
The Russian government's fascination with appearances has a long history. Be it Potemkin villages, political show trials, or rigged privatizations, government fixers have always had a flair for deception.President Vladimir Putin and his supporting cast...
Sports Stadiums: Who Really Should Pay? ; Washington's Decision to Fund a Baseball Stadium Highlights a Debate over Sports Funding
For Anthony Williams, the mayor of Washington, this week's deal to return Major League Baseball to the nation's capital after a 34- year absence represents the crown jewel of his career.In his view, and in that of other baseball supporters, the agreement...
Superconductors Ready to Ramp Up for the Real World
The Energizer bunny has nothing on Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. Nearly a century ago, the Dutch physicist stunned the scientific world when he discovered that if he chilled certain metals to extremely low temperatures, electricity raced through them without...
What Happens When Hearts Open Up ; First Published in the Christian Science Journal
One of the regulars at the soup kitchen, a prostitute, came to Bible study for the first time last week. I was startled to see this woman who more than once had tested the limits of my heart. Being the water pourer at the soup kitchen over the last 18...
Who's Influencing Ukraine's Vote? ; as Thousands of Election Monitors Arrive for Sunday's Vote, Critics Complain of Western Interference
The international observers began arriving here by the planeload Wednesday to oversee Sunday's presidential revote. By the weekend, the number of poll watchers is expected to swell to 12,000, the largest contingent of international observers ever to...
World Wide Panorama Gives Us Pictures of the World
Well, we've made it past the solstice, and for those of us in the northern latitudes, while that may mean that there are still months of snow and cold weather ahead, we will at least have the consolation of knowing that daylight will be lasting for a...