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 7, 2005

'43 Things': The World's To-Do List
We all go through life with our own personal 'to do' lists. Not just the ephemeral goals like picking up the dry cleaning or alphabetizing the garbage, but the larger ambitions, like buying a home, starting a business, or sorting out that whole Cold...
Deep Throat's Irony: Truth Created Distrust
America in the 21st century is hungry for heroes. In the past 30 years the news media have become more zealous in their pursuit of stories. They have become more investigatory in nature. And much of that increased scrutiny has focused on scandals and...
Disability Requirements Extended to Foreign Cruise Ships ; the Supreme Court Rules 5 to 4 That Cruise Lines Operating in US Waters Must Take Steps to Make Their Ships Accessible to All Passengers
Foreign-flagged cruise ships serving US ports must comply with the public accommodations requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).In a case with important implications for the increasingly popular cruise ship industry, the US Supreme...
Egypt Keeps Muslim Brotherhood Boxed in ; Cairo Is Open to Political Reform, but Won't Include Islamic Group
Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazief is explaining to a small group of reporters his government's commitment to democracy. He promises that restrictions on political parties will soon be eased to allow for real political competition.But when asked if...
Far from Media Focus: Steady Democratic Progress in Iraq
Recent international reporting on Iraq has focused on the wave of violence and the spike in insurgent activity. Yet only a few weeks ago, press reports were trumpeting a lull in attacks as the end of the insurgency.The political process in Iraq - as...
Hot Spots of US Population Growth
When Shannon Monteith got a promotion last year, she packed up her things, said goodbye to San Francisco, and headed to the big time - Benton County, Arkansas.Ms. Monteith couldn't find Northwest Arkansas on a map before she moved here. But as a saleswoman...
Hurdles Ahead for Syrian Reform ; Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Opened a Highly Anticipated Three- Day Baath Party Congress Monday
When Bashar al-Assad in March vowed a "great leap forward" for Syria at the Baath Party Congress, many said the young president would finally display his reformist credentials.Perhaps he would launch a market economy to the replace the moribund statist...
Ice Cream's Secret Ingredient ; You Won't See It Listed on the Carton, but without It You'd Need a Chisel to Finish Your Sundae
There are three kinds of ice cream: cheap ice cream, good ice cream, and great ice creams. All of us would rather eat great ice cream. There is only one problem - great ice cream costs more. Why?To find out, let's see how ice creams are made.Ice cream...
Iraqi Reality-TV Hit Takes Fear Factor to Another Level
Forget the worm-eating contestants on "Fear Factor." And don't look for teen singers trying to become the next "Iraqi Idol." Here in Iraq, reality TV has a grittier visage.In one recent opening scene of "Terrorism in the Grip of Justice," viewers see...
John Bayley's Delight in the Written Word ; Read! Reread! Well, Maybe Not Graham Greene
John Bayley's essays and reviews have circulated for more than 40 years in The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, and other journals. But these days he may be better known to many for his memoir of his late wife, the novelist Iris...
Lit Bits
Words to go with Black Music MonthJune is Black Music Month, and Albert Murray's "The Magic Keys" came out last month just in time. This is the fourth and last of his novels celebrating Scooter going from Alabama to the wider world of music and intellect...
Music Soothes Extremism along Troubled Afghan Border ; A New Pashtun TV Station in Pakistan Is Revitalizing a Traditional Form of Expression
A musician plays his rabab, a guitar-like instrument, while singing a folk song at a Pashtun gathering in Islamabad. Soon many in the audience - including clerics - tie up their turbans and start dancing to the beat of dholak drums.The lure of the music,...
No. 16: Finding New 'Lincolns' for New Times ; A Legend Dogged by Half-Truths with 'A Crust of Falsehood'
If the times hadn't demanded he confront the great issues of preserving the United States and ending human slavery, Abraham Lincoln might have pursued his other interests. Like his idol, Henry Clay, Lincoln favored urbanization and industrialization....
No. 42: The Image and the Flip Sides ; Success, Scandal, and 'Loading His Plate a Little Higher at Life's Buffet'
It is called "The Survivor," but this history of the Clinton presidency by Washington Post political reporter John F. Harris could just as easily have been called "The Roller Coaster." If it had seemed improbable at the time that the governor of Arkansas...
'No' on Medical Marijuana Use
Two California women have no right to use locally grown marijuana for medical purposes when federal drug statutes outlaw its use under any circumstances.In an important decision announced Monday dealing with the balance of governmental powers, the US...
Not in Power but Learning to Better Humanity Anyway ; It Helps to Be Persistently Joyful and Joyfully Persistent
Waking up in the morning and deciding that the injustices of the world must be addressed - right now - is not an uncommon experience. Most people then shake the sleep from their eyes, get dressed, fight traffic, and start work.But one day British journalist/author/...
Playing in the Attic of Italy under Il Duce ; Liked 'Name of the Rose' and 'Bartlett's Quotations'? You'll Love This Eco
A man wakes up from a coma with no memory of who he is. It's a well-worn plot device - either classic or cliched, depending on the skill of the storyteller - that has played a pivotal role in the careers of everyone from assassin Jason Bourne to Kermit...
Progress in Iraqi Freedom Stained by Growing Hardship
The Bush administration continues to insist that progress is being made in Iraq, but the last two years have brought deepening misery for Iraqis. That is the inescapable conclusion of a report released in May by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and...
Slowing a Property Tax Spiral
With rising real estate prices come rising property taxes - and angry voters.The median US price of a single-family, metropolitan home has increased more than 16 percent in the past two years. As property values have gone up, so have tax bills. In the...
States Try to Ease Property-Tax Rise ; Faced with Revolts by Homeowners, Legislatures from Maine to Nevada Are Coming Up with Possible Fixes
During the day, Tracy Price pilots Boeing 737s through the skies. But when he's not in the cockpit, one of his real passions is trying to get the property taxes lowered on his colonial in Fairfax Station, Va."The increase in my property taxes over the...
US Immunity in Colombia Scrutinized ; Colombia's Congress Will Hold Hearings about Revising a Treaty That Shields US Troops from Prosecution
The Colombian inspector general is demanding that Congress review a diplomatic treaty with the United States that shields US soldiers operating on Colombian soil from local prosecution for misdeeds committed here.In a May 20 letter to President Alvaro...
Watergate-Week Fallout ; Few Leakers Are as Famous as Deep Throat, but They Abound as a Species in D.C. Culture
The long-awaited naming of Deep Throat has become a reminder of how vital anonymous sources can be in breaking an important story - and how tough it is to do it in a way that preserves public confidence.These are lessons that go back before Watergate,...
'We'll Always Have Paris' Isn't Just a Humphrey Bogart Line ; Balzac Called It the 'City of a Thousand Novels,' and Now This 'Second Rome' Gets Its Own Big Biography
Paris has been the subject of numerous publications. Recent works include the posthumously published study by social critic Walter Benjamin, "The Arcades Project" (1999) and Patrice Higonnet's "Paris: Capital of the World" (2002). Both works focus principally...
When the Lines of Communication Go Down ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
"I'm too big and too black to be ignored," said my friend, her hurt evident behind the bravado of her words.We had been working together on an initiative for a nonprofit group. With far more experience in this area than I had, she presented a straightforward,...
Will the Bell Toll for Hemingway's Havana Home? ; US Preservation Group Wants to Team Up with Cuba in a Controversial Effort to Save the Author's Residence
A house sags in Havana - and not just any house, but Ernest Hemingway's favored residence, where he wrote such classics as "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea."And so, declaring the sorry state of Finca Vigia a threat to a piece of...
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