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 December 16, 2004

A Merry Christmas Is Possible ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Christmas that year was a tough one; nothing sparkled - not even our brightly lit tree.Pressure to celebrate the joy during this season wasn't making it any easier. Each upbeat Christmas letter from our friends, telling about their successful lives and...
Charity's Guilt-Wrapped Holidays
I'm not an endangered species; I have no dread disease; my mental faculties are intact (as far as I can tell); and I'm well-housed, well-clad, and (too) well-fed. So why are so many worthy charities donating to me?I'm snowed under this holiday season...
Democracy Stirs in the Arab World ; Upcoming Elections in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Territories Are Initial Steps on Still Rocky Paths to Democracy
Over the next two months, three of the Arab world's most troubled polities will hold elections, an unprecedented flurry of democratic activity in a region that has long been marked by dictatorship, corrupt governments, and conflict.Millions of votes...
Europe Winces at Currency's Rise
Europeans traveling to the United States in recent months have been returning with more than just their own luggage."I picked up three bath towels for a friend, and cosmetics, and cologne," says Herwig Schober, a Lufthansa flight attendant recently back...
Family Ties Take New Shapes in a Prosperous China
Pang Rongchang was ready to join Mao Zedong's revolutionary army in the late 1940s. But before he left his Hubei town, his father did what generations of men did for their sons: secured a wife for him. There was no discussion. The bride was hand-carried...
How Far Will Bush's Domestic Mandate Go? ; as a White House Economic Conference Gets Underway, the Administration Forges Ahead on the President's Agenda - and on Selling It to the Public
President Bush has launched a PR push for his ambitious second- term agenda, with a two-day economic summit aimed as much at refocusing public attention on hot-button domestic issues from Social Security to the tax code - and engendering support for...
Intrigue, Power Plays as Iraq Campaign Season Starts ; Some Are Concerned about Iranian Influence in Process
Mass graves, war criminals, and Iranian agents: welcome to the campaign trail in Iraq.Even before he announced his candidacy, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi began using his interim office to kick off his campaign for Iraq's Jan. 30 elections.Yesterday,...
Iran's Intriquing New Weave of Tradition and Change
On a recent Thursday, the marble-paved courtyards of Qom's 400- year-old Hazrat-e Masumeh shrine were filled with family groups of Shiite pilgrims from different communities. Many were Iranians, but I also heard snatches of Arabic amid the Farsi and...
Letters
Improving math and science education starts with teachersRegarding the Dec. 6 article "Contrarian finding: Computers are a drag on learning": As a teacher of math for almost 20 years, I have yet to see the computer program that can interact with a student...
Miss Manners Was No Help
Meeting the future in-laws may be a piece of cake for some people, but for me it was a pickle.It probably didn't help that Ken's parents had never heard of me before he phoned to invite them to our wedding - less than three weeks away. And by the way,...
On the Horizon
Quake signalsFaint rumblings from deep beneath California's San Andreas fault may provide an early warning for significant earthquakes there.Scientists from the University of California at Berkeley discovered the weak tremors during a long-term monitoring...
Opening Shop in India? Bring Scissors to Cut Red Tape
So you want to start a business in India? Great. First jot down these rules. You will have to abide by them in order to get your permits from the Indian government. (And the state government, and the city government, too.)Rule 1. Don't grow too large....
Open Letter to Donald Trump
Mr. Trump:First, let me say that I'm a fan. There are very few television personalities who are able to strut and fret across that small screen stage in quite the way you do. Possibly Regis in full dudgeon; Jane Kaczmarek, on "Malcolm in the Middle,"...
Safer Teen Drivers
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds in the United States. That sobering fact, from the National Center for Health Statistics, should put every teen, teen parent, and driver on alert.According to the National...
So a Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister ... Now Tell Lots of Jokes
This fall, when the people of New England Bible Church wanted to have a really good time, they got together at the start of Sunday worship to memorize Bible verses.Part of the fun was the game-show atmosphere, as "contestants" filled in the blanks of...
The Downstream Dangers of Your Perfume
That morning trip to the bathroom - to brush your teeth, wash your hair, and put on perfume or cologne - may not be as benign as you think.Every day, those chemicals wash down the drain. While they are not themselves poisonous, they may affect biological...
The Pattern of Discontent in US Ranks
Griping among the troops is as old as armed conflict, illustrated most memorably by cartoonist Bill Mauldin's "Willie and Joe" characters during World War II. But something more than that is happening now in Iraq with what appears to be growing resistance...
The Snags in N.Y.C. Politics Going National ; What Once Worked for Giuliani and Kerik Raises Eyebrows in Washington
So what if Bernard Kerik had a personal relationship with a company believed to be connected to the Gambino mob family?Or that he hired a foreign nanny and didn't bother to check her immigration status or pay her taxes?And is it a problem that once a...
Tiddle-Pom, Tiddle-Pompom, Tiddle-Plunk
Piano playing, I should probably have noticed somewhat sooner, was not my forte. It took years for me to realize this inescapable fact. Of course at school we all did things, year after year, that were not exactly our cup of cocoa. But most of these...
Tiniest Creatures May Reveal Health of Oceans
It was a typical onboard encounter: two strangers, adjoining airline seats, small talk to pass the time.They talked about what they did. Virginia Armbrust, a plankton ecologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, described the critical roles...
US Lags in Math, but Not as Far
It's so consistent it's almost a cliche: Asian students outperform their Western counterparts when it comes to science and math. But a new survey of educational performance around the world holds some encouraging news for the United States. Since 1995,...
What US Emissaries Are Hearing ; for Cultural Envoys, It's about Calypso and James Bond - Not the Clash of Civilizations
As an immigrant, architect Daniel Libeskind says he already knew about the attraction that people around the world feel toward America. But it was in the dingy hallway of a school in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tunis that he experienced the depth...
Will Technology Ruin Sports? ; Highlights on Cellphones and Online Fantasy Teams Alter How Fans View Games
Even if they never slept, dedicated sports fans in the United States couldn't watch all the sports programming available. Now, technology is raising the ante. For example:* ESPN has just announced plans to launch ESPN Mobile late next year, which will...
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