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 19, 2007

A Surge of Ergativity
I'm hard put to think of a word that has come out of nowhere to be so much on people's lips as surge. It refers, of course, to President Bush's new plan to increase American troop strength in Iraq.In an interview on National Public Radio, linguist Deborah...
Aussie Country-Music Hub Balks at Africans ; A Local Council, Originally against Resettlement of More Sudanese Refugees, Is Now Reconsidering
Half a world away from Tennessee, Tamworth is every inch the antipodean answer to Nashville. The town, set amid rolling cattle country in New South Wales, is renowned as Australia's country- music capital.A 36-ft. golden guitar greets visitors on a main...
Backstory: The Swag-Ger of Hollywood ; If a Star Accepts a Freebie in the Forest and Millions Don't See It, Has It Really Been Given?
Giving things away is obviously bad business, and a notion so un- American that it's called socialism or welfare. Right? Well, no, in fact. It can be a part of a shrewd advertising tactic that can rocket companies into the rarefied limelight of sizzling-hot...
Beating Death Chills Chinese Media ; A Reporter's Killing after Coal-Mine Visit Raises Questions of Legitimate Journalism and Growing Problem of Extortion
On Wednesday afternoon last week, in this remote farming village tucked into the snow-dusted hills of Shanxi Province, Lan Chengzhang was beaten to death in the frozen mud of a walled courtyard.At first glance, he died a martyr to press freedom, courageously...
Bench 'Em! ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
One day as I was reading the online version of the Chicago Tribune, I came across a big controversy about whether the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears football team should keep his job or whether he should be benched.I'm a Bears fan, so I found...
Book Roundup: Thrillers to Heat Up Winter's Chill
As the temperatures plummet, bookstores are heating up. The publishing industry is deep into "thriller season," with enough global conspiracies, shadowy mysteries, and heroes with stalwart- yet-silly names to keep readers happily occupied till the crocuses...
Congress Is off to a Bipartisan Start, but Tougher Tests Lie Ahead
After a bitterly fought midterm election, Democrats controlling the new Congress pledged to transcend partisanship and tackle the big problems that concern Americans. Then, something happened that neither Washington insiders nor, probably, even the voters...
Into It: Andrea Mitchell ; ~~b~~Veteran TV Journalist Andrea Mitchell,~~/b~~ ~~B~~ What Are You ...~~/B~~
...Watching?I got to the theater and saw ~~b~~The Queen~~/b~~, which I loved. I am a big Helen Mirren fan, so I also watched her latest ~~b~~Prime Suspect~~/b~~, the final installment. I did see the James Bond [~~b~~Casino Royale~~/b~~]. Nothing is up...
Iranians' Love Affair with America ; the US Mustn't Squander the Vast Majority of Iranian Hearts and Minds That It Has Already Won
'What do Americans think about us?" asked an old lady on the bus. That was the question most often asked of me during my three-month stay in Iran last year. Messages to the American people were also common. "Tell the Americans that we're not crazy, scary...
Keeping More Eyes on the Planet
How vital is America's armada of Earth-watching satellites? Just ask forest firefighters or water managers tracking the West's winter snowpack. Many know this armada is in serious trouble. Washington needs to put the system on a stable orbit.A National...
Letters
Observing Obama: Does he have what it takes to be a leader?Regarding the Jan. 17 article, "Much buzz, many questions over Obama's bid": People seem confounded that someone as relatively inexperienced as Barack Obama could rise so quickly to the national...
Monitor Picks
March of the Penguins (G)Feeling a deep winter chill this year? Melt your heart watching "March of the Penguins," a documentary about the emperor penguins of Antarctica as they trek over 70 miles of snow and ice to mate and reproduce. These plucky birds...
More Evidence of Taliban Leader Hiding in Pakistan ; A Captured Spokesman Says Pakistan Is Harboring Mullah Omar, Stirring International Uproar
Mullah Muhammed Omar, the Taliban's one-eyed leader, eluded capture when American bombs ended his fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan in 2001. But a new report of his location is stirring an international uproar.A captured Taliban spokesman says Mr....
Movie Guide
Still in ReleaseStomp the Yard (PG-13)~~i~~Director: Sylvain White. With Columbus Short, Ne-Yo, Meagan Good. (115 min.)~~/i~~Step dancing has been a traditional source of pride and identity forAfrican-American college fraternities and sororities since...
NFL's Freshman Class Takes Top Honors ; Rookies like Reggie Bush, Jay Cutler, and Vince Young Have Made a Big Impact on Once-Struggling Teams
NFL rookies once sat quietly in the corner of locker rooms, sang their college fight songs during hazing sessions, and served as understudies for a year or two before seeing significant playing time.That was your father's NFL.Now, coaches and teams are...
Russia's Forgotten ; in 'The Italian,' a Russian in an Orphanage Embarks on a Quest to Find His Birth Mother
The Russian director Andrei Kravchuk has a background in documentaries and it shows. His first dramatic feature, "The Italian," takes off from a crisis that hit Russian cities in the late '90s following the collapse of the banking and financial institutions....
Spike in Gang Murders Prods L.A. toward Action
At Lucy Florence Coffeehouse in the city's South Central district, neighborhood residents gather for a grief-and-anger ritual that has become as common as the growing wave of gang violence that spawned it. In a small gallery space, parents of gang-related...
Students' New Best Friend: 'MoSoSo' ; Mobile Social Networking Software - the Next Wave of Virtual Community - Is Already Appearing on Cellphones, Beginning with College Campuses
Walk on a college campus these days and you'll see cellphones everywhere, but only some being used for conversations. Baruch College sophomore Yelena Slatkina in New York City recently rustled up an emergency sub at work by typing a plea to her entire...
The Annual Report of Sarah, Inc
CEO's message2006 was another banner year for Sarah Inc. Despite an uncertain economy and an 11th straight year of net losses, our company is on track to meet initial projections. We are confident that shareholders who are committed to the long term...
The Film Godfather of 'Godfather' ; 'Mafioso,' an Italian Mob Comedy, Is Back - 40 Years after It Was Filmed
Although it played only briefly in New York in the '60s, Alberto Lattuada's "Mafioso" was clearly an influence on the generation of Mafia films that came after, including "The Godfather."Rialto Pictures, which last year brought out Jean-Pierre Melville's...
'The First Emperor' Brings Asian Authenticity to a Political Opera ; Chinese Composer Tan Dun Presents an Opera That Explores the Glorious and Terrible Reign of China's First Ruler
'The First Emperor," which premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in December, evokes China in the third century BC with the thrum of stones on drums, the boom of a giant Chinese bell, and the rhythmic slap of hands on thighs. Its story centers on...
The Kurds as Charlie Brown ; the Loyalty of Northern Iraqi Kurds to America Has Cost Them Plenty
In 1973, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had the CIA instigate an uprising of the Kurds in northern Iraq against Saddam Hussein. The United States walked away from the rebellion when Mr. Hussein and the Shah of Iran settled their...
US City Budgets Stable - but Decisions Loom ; New Accounting Rules for Factoring in Future Retiree Costs Could Mean Higher Local Taxes or Reduced Benefits
New York City is on a roll.Its coffers are so full of unexpected revenues that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cutting taxes, building parks, extending a subway line, and putting money away in a rainy-day fund."In many ways, we're back to the same momentum...
US Inflation Down - but Far from Conquered ; Prices Rose Last Year at Their Slowest Pace since 2003
Last year, the nation's inflation rate declined to its lowest level since 2003. But now, economists are wondering if the 2.6 percent rate may be about as low as it's going to get for a while.While this does not mean that inflation will become a dominant...
White House Backs Down on Wartime Powers ; the White House Yields to Court Oversight of Its Disputed Domestic Surveillance Program
President Bush has claimed some far-reaching powers for the executive branch in its prosecution of the war against global terrorism - but in the face of legal challenges and newly empowered Democrats, some of those powers slowly are being curtailed.In...
Whither All the War Protesters? ; as the Iraq War Heads toward 'Surge,' the Antiwar Movement, Now Mostly Online, Nears a Crucial Moment
On a beach in US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district the other day, about 1,000 war protesters formed up to spell out the word "IMPEACH." The aerial photo quickly spread to China and Europe.Still, there were no political harangues, no...
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