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 January 12, 2006

50 below? We're Not in California Anymore. ; We Were Going to the Coldest Spot in the Continental US in Mid- January. What Had We Been Thinking?
The day before my mom and I were to leave balmy California, the dogsledding trip suddenly struck me as insane. I called the Wintergreen Lodge to double-check that the extra-warm parkas I'd reserved would be ready. "And how's the weather?" I asked."Oh,...
After Frosty Times, a Thaw in US-German Relations? ; Bush and Merkel Are Expected to Have Rapport at Friday's Meeting, but Big Challenges Still Dog Transatlantic Ties
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the White House Friday, no one doubts that a closer rapport between the US and German leaderships will be on display. Like President Bush, she hails from the political right, and as a daughter of the former...
A Kidnapping in Iraq Suddenly Wasn't Abstract ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
Like many, I've read about the people taken hostage in Iraq. And while I've felt that such actions are deeply wrong, and have often prayed, the concept itself was always abstract.Until today, when I found out that a journalist I'm familiar with had been...
Alito Pressed on Precedent, Privacy ; Halfway through His Hearings, Opponents Have Struggled to Depict High-Court Nominee as an Extremist
Midway through Senate confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has deftly parried questions on hot-button issues ranging from abortion to the limits of presidential power.No memorable phrases. No conspicuous stumbles. And - most important...
An E-Mail Trail of Money and Influence
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff was, in his own word, "jazzed."It was Sept. 25, 2001, and the night before he'd attended a small Georgetown dinner given by a Republican environmental group. He'd hobnobbed there with Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Deputy...
A Potent Threat to Syria Rises in Exile ; Former Syrian Vice President Launches a Public Campaign to Link President Assad to Lebanese Assassination
Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam has become the country's first high-level official to break ranks with the Syrian government and join the country's external opposition, adding to a sense of unease on the Damascus street for the future...
Backstory: Don't Swat That Fly. It's a Spacecraft! ; Tomorrow's Space Vehicles May Look More like Insects and Ping-Pong Balls Than Traditional Rocket Ships
Picture this: Swarms of one-legged robots hopping across Mars like malformed chicks. They dart in and out of caves and crevices, grabbing soil samples and searching for signs of ancient microbes - and thus life.Or this: A flying wing that gently flaps...
Bus Tour Aims to Rally Support for New Orleans
For months, they've watched New Orleans through the lenses of news cameras. But these visitors - from as close as Centreville, Miss., and as far away as Providence, R.I. - want to see it with their own eyes. They're gladly paying $35 each for a local...
Cowgirl Finds Her Ol' West Heart in the New Rawhide ; Pushed out by Development, a Tourist Attraction Keeps Up Cowboy Traditions by Moving to a Reservation
The new freeways, the traffic, even the ever-present smog over the Valley of the Sun didn't dispel my love for the Arizona desert when I returned after a two-decade hiatus.But when I learned this past fall that Rawhide, an Old West town on the northern...
Efforts Intensify to Train Iraqi Police ; Charges of Secret Jails and Abuse Dog the Police Force, Undermining Trust
Visiting congressmen stepped out of armored cars Tuesday into the mud of Camp Dublin, home to the Iraqi police's elite special forces unit. US Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Peterson, the ex-linebacker responsible for training 200,000 Iraqi police, greeted them...
Flap over Young Jews' Visits to Holy Land ; after Free Trips to Israel, Some Activists Stay on in the Middle East - to Work for the Palestinian Cause
About 10,000 young Jews from 29 countries will enjoy a generous gift this winter: a vacation to Israel - with the Israeli government and Jewish philanthropies picking up the tab for transportation, food, and lodging.Those who fund the trips say the opportunity...
Going 'Hybrid' with Houses
Last year, hybrid cars reached a turning point. Steep gas prices drove folks to the more fuel efficient part-gas, part-electric vehicles, and this year many of the automakers will offer them in their lineups. With rising energy bills shocking residents...
'Grand Challenges' Spur Grand Results ; Private Groups Are Offering Big Cash Prizes to Anyone Who Can Solve a Range of Daunting Problems
In October 2004 SpaceShipOne roared into space (twice) - the first privately funded spacecraft ever to reach suborbit, nearly 70 miles above Earth. A year later, "Stanley," a Volkswagen Touareg modified by Stanford University students, rumbled across...
In Asia, English Is Useful but Mandarin Is Rising
Inside a brightly painted classroom, a circle of kindergarten kids sits facing their teaching assistant, a Filipina. "So what kind of present do you want from Santa?" she asks in English. "Do you want a toy? Who likes Barbie?" Some of the girls stick...
In India, It's IKEA without the Assembly
Stop at a traffic light in Delhi or Bombay (Mumbai), and magazine hawkers descend, pressing against your car window a fan of Bollywood gossip rags, newsweeklies, and ... the IKEA catalog?India, like most of Asia, has no IKEA outlet. The Swedish superstore,...
Iran Crosses Last Red Line; UN Sanctions Ahead?
Iran's abrupt resumption of its nuclear program this week, throwing Tehran's clerical regime into open conflict with the rest of the world, appears to have doomed current diplomatic efforts to curb the country's nuclear ambitions.Ending a two-year freeze...
Keep Israeli-Palestinian Progress Steady at This Critical Hour
Over the past 10 days, stark new leadership crises have rocked both the Israeli and Palestinian communities and have thrown the ever-tense situation in the Holy Land into a state of grave risk. In Israel, the stroke that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered...
'Let It Snow ... Let It Snow!'
As they do every winter, the meteorologists are teasing us with their "maybe snow" forecasts: A storm is heading our way while temperatures drop, and by morning we may have eight to 12 inches. Then again, depending on how the storm moves, there may be...
Letters
Lobbying groups should not contribute to campaign coffersRegarding your Jan. 10 editorial, "The time is ripe to reform lobbying": There is only one way to break the hold of special interests on government in Washington and in all other levels of government,...
Life on Other Planets - and in Your Tummy
What does your stomach have in common with a nuclear waste dump? They both harbor related bacterial species that love tough environments. It's the latest discovery to show that organic life can thrive under conditions once thought inhospitable.Emphasize...
Sharon's Legend Grows among Israelis ; Controversial Aspects of the Prime Minister's Career Are Muted by an Anxious Nation
In Hebrew, "Ariel" means "Lion of God." As Ariel Sharon continued to show signs of improvement Wednesday following the massive stroke and three brain surgeries he endured, many Israelis - from across the political spectrum - have come to see their prime...
Students Aren't the Only Ones Who Love Snow Days
I woke before dawn to hear howling wind pelting the house with icy sleet. I peered outside at swirling sheets of white snow, whipped into a frenzy by the fierce wind.In the streetlight's muted glow, I saw that snow had erased familiar landmarks; the...
There's No Benefit to Lowering the Drinking Age
After nearly four decades of exacting research on how to save lives and reduce injuries by preventing drinking and driving, there is a revanchist attempt afoot to roll back one of the most successful laws in generations: the minimum legal drinking age...
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