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 15, 2004

Europe, Turkey, and Darwin
Europe has a date with destiny this week. When leaders of the 25 European Union countries meet Thursday and Friday, they're expected to set a date to start EU membership talks with Turkey - for which Ankara has waited 41 years.Absent a last-minute roadblock,...
Flagging Winds of American Idealism across the Middle East
What a change two years have brought to the Bush administration's "forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East."After the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, Ken Adelman, a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, expressed his hope that it "emboldens...
Google Plans Giant Online Library Stack ; the Search Engine Will Team Up with Five Famous Libraries to Digitize Their Collections
Ever dream of browsing library stacks via your laptop?Well, boot up, bibliophile. That vision took a big step toward becoming reality this week, as Internet search-engine firm Google and five big libraries announced plans to create a giant online reading...
Growing Role of Emotion in Jury Verdicts ; Peterson Case Shows How Jurors Can Make Decisions, Even about Death Penalty, Based on Personal Demeanor
Since they reached their decision earlier this week to recommend the death penalty for Scott Peterson, the jurors in his trial have made it clear that there was no single piece of evidence that made up their minds - either to convict or to condemn him...
How to Release Books into the Wild
Each Christmas, books are among the most popular gifts both to give and receive. For the giver, every form of media outlet is featuring 'recommended' and 'best of' lists for the year, so there is no shortage of helpful suggestions. (And, for some of...
In Chile, Pace of Justice Quickens
First a Chilean court stripped immunity from leaders of the country's 17-year "dirty war" last month. Then the government released a report on state-sponsored torture committed during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, with President...
In Schools and Cities, Battles over 'Christ' in Christmas
Grinch. Scrooge. These were the labels affixed to school administrators in New Jersey this year when they decided to ban religious Christmas music in the holiday concert lineup - an effort to maintain steadfast separation of church and state.In Denver...
Let God's Waves Roll in ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I love to walk along the shore of Lake Michigan and view its many faces. On summer days the golden sunlight sparkles on a deep blue carpet. Fall brings ominous dark green swells, rumbling in from a gray horizon.I love the variety of wave patterns, sometimes...
Letters
Federal education aid can come with teaching mandateRegarding your Dec. 7 editorial "An Unconstitutional Mandate" about a proposed amendment to require federally funded schools to teach the Constitution: When I was in high school (eons ago, in 1962)...
Lichtenstein Invited Viewers to Remember, and to Feel
In 1964, Life Magazine published an article about painter Roy Lichtenstein under the headline: "Is he the worst artist in America?" Today it is widely agreed that he was one of the most outstanding artists of his time.But there is still room for disagreement...
Love and Money Reshape Family in China ; China Has Gone from Arranged Matches to the 8-Minute Date in the Span of One Generation
Bright and earnest, Zhu Zi and Gao Yanping fill out a wedding application in neat Chinese characters at a marriage registry above a bakery.Zhu waited years to find a husband like Gao. It was Zhu, a little saucy, who first phoned Gao, a little quiet....
My Garden's Beauty, Close Up
I never liked cut flowers. When I was starting out in New York City, I couldn't escape them. Maybe there wasn't a florist or "just roses" shop on every single block in Manhattan, but it certainly seemed that way.At the women's magazine where I worked,...
My Subway Map Is My Memory Album
Some people keep checklists of the countries they have visited, noting every new stamp in the passport. As for me, I keep tabs on every subway stop I take.Like many New Yorkers, I have a tattered train map tucked in my purse. My map is peppered with...
Needed: USIA's People-to-People Message
After a tough political battle, the US government is going to restructure its intelligence-gathering capabilities. What should come next is a tough battle to reorganize its information- disseminating capabilities to the rest of the world. The present...
New Agent of Change in N. Korea: Cellphones ; the Rising Use of Illegal Cellphones Is Connecting More People in the Isolated Country to the outside World
In a country where nearly every facet of society is controlled, North Korean authorities are encountering a new foe: the cellphone.Mobile phones, which are ubiquitous in China and South Korea, are now infiltrating North Korea and are allowing information...
New Bridge Raises French Pride Higher Than Eiffel ; the World's Tallest Road Bridge Opened Tuesday in Southern France
A walk through the Tarn River valley in southern France is a reminder of ages gone by. Descend the verdant hills of Midi- Pyrenees and you'll pass centuries-old villages, and shepherds dotting the hillsides.But further down the valley, near the banks...
Parties Gird for Epic Judicial Battle ; with Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Other Core Issues at Stake, Democrats and Republicans Angle for Any Possible Advantage
Even before the 109th Congress convenes, the battle over judicial nominations is shaping up as the defining factor of the session.Tax cuts and Social Security reform may top President Bush's ambitious to-do list. But with the prospect that Mr. Bush may...
Radio ID Tags Proliferate, Stirring Privacy Debate ; Soon, Everything from Children's Backpacks to the Shoes You Buy Could Be Tracked by Radio Signal
Nearly unknown a decade ago, a device the size of a pencil tip is beginning to infiltrate every corner and pocket of American life.This recent technology - called RFID for "radio frequency identification" - is making everything from warehouse inventory...
Reporters on the Job
* Why Focus on Families? China gets plenty of media attention as a rising economic power, or a "lurking giant," or the "new hegemon of Asia," notes staff writer Robert Marquand. But a family story?"The family is the central institution in Chinese society...
Take the Sting out of Hosting a Party ; No Need to Be Busy as a Bee When Entertaining during the Holidays. Follow These Tips for Carefree Parties
With only 10 days until Christmas, everyone seems to be buzzing around madly. There are gifts to buy, cards to send, and trees to trim. There's no time to throw a holiday party.Or is there?Parties have become more casual in recent years,even during this...
The Intangible Gifts of Christmas
Some evening between now and Dec. 24, I have a seasonal date with domesticity. I'll set up the ironing board, turn the iron dial to Linen, put on a CD of the "Messiah," and begin a mundane but pleasurable task: ironing yards and yards of a damask cloth...
The New Top in Redrawn US Intelligence ; the Director of National Intelligence, Who Could Be Named This Week, Will Try to Meld Disparate Agencies
The United States is about to get its most powerful spymaster ever - a director of national intelligence charged with control and coordination of 15 government agencies involved in espionage.The question is, will "most powerful ever" also mean "powerful...
Two Tails Up, Way Up, for These Cookies
Agatha is one fortunate pup indeed. Her owner always finds time to bake Christmas cookies just for her, no matter how much holiday decorating, shopping, and meal planning there is to do. And if that weren't enough to bark about, Elaine Fronczek, a Knoxville,...
Why Brazil Is Reluctant to Air Its 'Dirty' Past
While Chile, with the arrest Monday of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, is busy cleaning up from its "dirty war," on the other side of South America, Brazilians look at their own dark past rather differently. Two decades after the Brazilian military...
Why We're Sweet on Cookies
Cookies came to the New World with Dutch and English settlers, but Americans have truly made them their own, says P.J. Hamel, who has just helped test more than 20,000 cookies - rolled, shaped, bars, no bake - for a big cookbook that focuses on everyone's...
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