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 June 24, 2004

Afghanistan as NATO's Test Case
NATO insists that Afghanistan is its No. 1 priority, yet it hasn't acted that way. For months, it's been promising more peacekeeping troops, so that it can expand its presence beyond the cities of Kabul and Kunduz, and help secure the country in advance...
America, the Serious
Until we get the stats on Bill Clinton's sales, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" is currently the bestselling nonfiction book in America. How could a country of rough and rugged individuals be so smitten with a snarky English grammar book? I barely know how to...
British Sailors Are Latest Pawns in Iranian Politics
The announced release by Iran of eight detained British sailors Wednesday defused a brewing diplomatic crisis. It reflects how Iran - despite a clear conservative political shift in recent months - can still choose pragmatism on matters crucial to national...
Brutal Terror Tactics: How Nations Respond ; Experts Say the Practice of Beheading Isn't Justified in Islamic Literature and Is Intended to Sow Fear
They're meant to be shocking, and they are. The decapitation murders of hostages in Iraq and Saudi Arabia represent an escalation of tactics by Al Qaeda-linked groups in their campaign to sow fear and helplessness among their opponents.But it may be...
Candlepins Are Right Up My Son's Alley
Two years ago, when my son Anton was six, I found him perched in front of the television, mesmerized, his brown eyes as large as chestnuts. As I approached, I was wondering what on earth could have so thoroughly captured his attention. Monster trucks?...
Extreme Cheerleading: How Schools Grapple with the New Risks
Let's clear up one thing right away: Cheer leading has come a long way since the days of pompoms and bobby socks.Over the past two decades, its physical demands have spiraled upward, making it more about muscle than megaphones - and forging squads that...
Gaza Plan Ricochets
Israel's plan to withdraw its forces and Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip next year is already boosting prospects for peace in the Middle East:* A political split over the withdrawal plan has forced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to lean his government...
Golf Course Civics Lesson: Texas Latinas Foil PGA Plans ; San Antonio Is Home to the World's Most Pristine Aquifer and a Group of Women Who Worked Hard to Protect It
Settled by the Payaya Indians more than 300 years ago, San Antonio was originally named Yanaguana, or "place of refreshing waters," because of the richness of the resource.In those abundant waters, local developers recently saw the potential for emerald...
I View Iraq through the Lens of My Son
My eldest son, Lance Cpl. Stephen Webber, is a marine serving in Iraq. Thousands of other parents have sons and daughters there, too. More than 130,000 families have loved ones in Iraq. Lots of people are going about their daily lives with their minds...
Key to Governing Afghans: The Clans
A little over a year ago, this town was a veritable bee's nest of renovation. Turkish engineers were building a major highway to link Kabul and Kandahar. Afghan demining agencies were probing the earth for land mines lurking on footpaths and in wheat...
Letters
Kerry: Heed people's support of Edwards in primariesRegarding your June 21 article "Kerry's unhurried VP search": John Edwards is at least as likely to help John Kerry win Missouri as is Richard Gephardt. In the Missouri primary, Edwards came in second...
Losing Humanitarian Perspective in Afghanistan
The brutal killing earlier this month of five aid workers from the frontline health agency, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), represents yet another disconcerting indication of Afghanistan's deteriorating security situation and the failure of NATO members...
Nighttime Stop on the Highway ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I'm a volunteer at a museum, and one afternoon while I was doing research, I came across a picture of a German woman whose city had been heavily bombed. I had seen plenty of pictures like this before, but the look of anguish in her eyes leapt across...
Old Iraqi Council Clings to Key Roles ; Ahmed Chalabi, Now out of Favor with US, Helps Shape the New Assembly
When the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council dissolved itself on June 1 - a month ahead of schedule - it seemed it was all over for a body that Iraqis widely viewed as too close to the United States. But even as the council members gave up their seats,...
Private Space Industry Looks for Liftoff
If the historic flight of Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne this week represented a giant leap for everyman's access to space, the next big milestone already looms on the horizon.Falcon 1, an unmanned rocket built by a small company in El Segundo, Calif., is...
Reagan, in Retrospect, Was Right
When Ronald Reagan was president, I dismissed him as all fluff and no substance. On both the domestic and international front, nearly everything he did was bad for the country, I thought. My opinion of him was so low that I naively attributed many of...
Reporters on the Job
* US Still Sovereign in Iraq: Correspondent Annia Ciezadlo called Salama al-Khafahi, a former Iraqi Governing Council member for today's story about the council's ongoing influence (page 1). Dr. Khafahi sent a "fancy" car for Annia and a colleague. "The...
Saved by the Storm? ; Clouds Formed by Thunderstorms May Help Brake Global Warming. They're Already Challenging Climate Forecasts
Summer in south Florida seems to bring out as many towering thunderheads as it does bottles of sunscreen. For tourists, the storms can quickly douse beach plans. But for scientists, they generate a type of cloud that lies at the heart of one of the biggest...
Six Key Questions for the Future of Iraq - and Its Oil
In a week, the new Iraqi government takes charge of the world's second largest pool of oil. That's important not only to the Iraqis, but to motorists and other oil consumers around the world.It is sometimes alleged that the real reason the United States...
Super Air Conditioners: Big Chill on Energy Waste
Each summer as 120-degree heat shimmers silver waves across the Mojave Desert, residents of this inferno crank the thermostat down. Air-conditioner compressors and fan motors often run 24-hours a day and for weeks on end.The problem is that many air...
The Controversial 'Hammer' on the Hill ; an Ethics Complaint Could Sidetrack Tom DeLay, Regarded as an Exceptionally Effective Majority Leader
The beaming bobblehead doll that just arrived in a Capitol Hill bookshop is a far cry from the Tom DeLay once described by Clinton aides as "downright scary, even when he tries to smile" - except for the big hammer clenched in his fists."The Hammer"...
The Uncampaigners: Clinton and Moore
Once again, phenomena beyond the control of George Bush and John Kerry are crowding campaign messages off the nation's TV screens.Though flags remain at half-staff for the late President Reagan, TV airtime is now dominated by the images of two other...
US Softens Tone toward N. Korea ; Negotiators Unveiled a New Approach Wednesday, Offering Security Assurance for Dismantlement of Weaponry
With the third set of Korean nuclear talks potentially entering US preelection doldrums, US envoys here Wednesday proposed what they described as a new formula for moving the process along. Essentially, the proposal, which officials drew just short of...
When Equal Custody Is Law, Who Gains?
Ever since Armin Brott of Oakland, Calif., was divorced seven years ago, he and his former wife have shared equally in the care of their two daughters.One week the girls, now 10 and 14, spend Monday and Tuesday with him, then Wednesday and Thursday with...
Why Religious Education Can Be Hazardous Material
In madrassahs and Sunday Schools around the world, children are taught about how to live a God-centered life. But children also learn prejudice and discrimination when they are taught that people of other religions are not "saved," or that those who...
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