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 November 18, 2004

A Cold, Hard Look at a Telltale Region
Earth's polar regions are considered the telltales, the canaries in the coal mine, for global warming. As the atmosphere heats up, the poles are expected to feel the effects first.Yet, even as these effects become apparent, scientists are still trying...
AIDS in Africa Is No Secret, but Its Orphans Are
Mashed yam with fish sauce. Again. I was eating dinner with some Togolese friends, finishing up a platter of the dish that is a frequent feature of my diet here in West Africa. I actually still like the food after a year working here for the Peace Corps...
As Many Sighs as There Are Sizes
Sizing, particularly in women's clothing, has baffled me for years. Why do men's pants sell according to waist and length measurements, while women's come cryptically labeled 2-4-6-8 or 3-5- 7-9 or 1W, 2W, 3W? Why isn't a size 10 always just a little...
Bush's Second-Term Stamp on Environment
With the newly reelected Bush administration backed up by a tighter GOP grip on Congress, the coming political season could become a watershed mark for environmental protection and energy policy. As a result, federal laws and regulations dealing with...
Clean-Air Cops Handcuffed ; the EPA Wants Stricter Curbs on Air Pollution. but Lax Enforcement May Undermine Its Goals, Critics Say
In the heat of this year's election campaign, Environmental Protection Agency chief Michael Leavitt was quick to share good news on the environment: "Today's air is the cleanest most Americans have ever breathed," he announced in September. "Now EPA...
Education Pick Comes from Inside Bush Circle ; Margaret Spellings Has Deep Texas Roots in Educational Reform, the Model for 2002 No Child Left Behind Act
It's a studied art to be both influential and little known in official Washington, and Margaret Spellings, the president's nominee to be next US Secretary of Education, has mastered it well.A close Bush aide for the past decade, most recently as assistant...
First Americans May Have Crossed Atlantic 50,000 Years Ago
In a discovery sure to set off a firestorm of debate over human migration to the western hemisphere, archaeologists in South Carolina say they have uncovered evidence that people lived in eastern North America at least 50,000 years ago - far earlier...
Identity Politics: Is a Christian or Kurd 'A Turk'?
An advisory council report that calls on the country to broaden its official definition of minorities and to embrace multiculturalism is stirring a bitter public debate here about national identity.It has become so heated, in fact, that when the head...
Inflation Surge: Is It Here to Stay? ; the Consumer Price Index Hit a Six-Month High in October, Seen in the Cost of Items from Bell Peppers to FedEx Packages
Inflation is seeping back into the economic landscape.Americans know all too well what it feels like if they drive, buy a mozzarella and tomato salad, or want to ship food treats to a son or daughter at college by UPS. Prices that had been stable for...
Jane Austen Rises on the Hollywood A-List
If Jane Austen were alive today, she certainly would have understood the appeal of reality TV shows such as "The Bachelor" and "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?" After all, her novels are full of scenes in which young women compete for the attention...
Letters
Sex ed: alternatives to the 'Eeek, don't do it' approachRegarding the Nov. 9 article "In Texas, a stand to teach 'abstinence only' in sex ed": The Texas State Board of Education has made an unwise - and unhealthy - decision to eliminate any information...
New Push to Stop Child Soldiers ; A Report Released Wednesday Shows Commitment by 85 Countries to End the Practice - but Enforcement Still Lags
A Liberian militia commander named Alphonso gestures at a half- dozen boys - lined up on what used to be a school field - and declares with a proprietary tone in his voice: "These are my child soldiers."The blithe way in which Alphonso admits to a war...
Once Jilted, Charlotte's Fans Size Up New Suitor
When the Charlotte Hornets moved away two years ago, few fans here expected to see NBA Commissioner David Stern anytime soon. Yet Mr. Stern was back in town earlier this month, arriving just in time to see the city's second expansion franchise, the Bobcats,...
Online, People Actually (Gasp!) Read
"Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting," Bill Gates wrote way back in 1996 in an article entitled "Content Is King."It has taken eight years - and it's still not exactly clear how...
Putin Woos Ukraine with a Russian Common Market ; the Choice in Sunday's Presidential Election: Move Closer to Europe or Russia?
The fate of a key Kremlin plan to build a post-Soviet common market may hang in the balance this weekend as the voters of Ukraine choose a new president in a cliffhanger election.Russian President Vladimir Putin has risked international condemnation...
Reduce Poverty - Get a Safer World
As nations gathered at the UN General Assembly in September, it became alarmingly clear that two distinct worlds are pursuing two different agendas. While security is the common denominator, these two worlds - the rich nations and the poor nations -...
Remembering the Forgotten ; Adapted from the Christian Science Sentinel
I've been ministering to the homeless almost every week for the past four years, providing food, clothing, blankets, and, I hope, spiritual nourishment.One man, who was very large, was unapproachable for some weeks; he snarled when I went close and offered...
Reporters on the Job
* Who's in Charge? When correspondent Ken Bensinger went to Valle de Allende, Mexico, he expected to find a poor Mexican village where armed women had taken control to win government reparations after their town had been displaced by a dam (page 4)....
Specter Flap Rallies the Right ; Emboldened by Fresh Victories, Conservatives Have Used His Remark to Press a Larger Agenda
In the end, Arlen Specter seems likely to take his seat as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee after all.But it won't come without a pound of flesh. Ultimately, the two- week firestorm the moderate Pennsylvania Republican has faced since his comments...
Still under Fire, US Troops Shifting to Relief Effort ; US Forces in Fallujah Offer Food, First Aid
The men from Fallujah gathered on the red carpet inside their mosque to vent their anger. Instead of feeling liberated, they said the violence of the US offensive to take control of their city - in the heart of Iraq's insurgency - has deepened their...
The Election That Wasn't
Nov. 2 was an especially good day for incumbents - from the president to most members of Congress as well as in statehouses across the US.Out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives running for reelection, a mere seven lost their seats to...
The Heartland Votes for Its Economic Interest
Democrats are flabbergasted that so many modest-income people in middle America voted against the self-anointed party of the little guy. Conditioned to believe that Republican is synonymous with corporate fat cat, they conclude that the people must either...
Want a Successful Protest in Mexico? Arm Your Women
This fall, when scores of Mazahua Indian women took up arms and marched on Mexico City, they caught the country's imagination. "Women warriors fight for their rights," newspapers declared in 72- point type after the Mazahuas, rifles slung over traditional...
Why I'm Sporting Another Poncho
There's this unwritten rule about not wearing any fashion craze more than once in your lifetime. This means I'm banned from peasant blouses, low-rise jeans (we used to call them hip huggers) and all manner of fringe.This is a good thing. I didn't look...
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