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 30, 2010

After Elections, Will Mexico's Drug War Return Opposition to Power?
On July 4, Mexico holds elections for governorships in 12 states. Some polls show that the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) - which ruled Mexico for seven decades - could win every state. Could Mexico's drug war unseat President Felipe Calderon...
A Green Home History Puzzle, Solved
Answers to some questions about the history of Sheep Dog Hollow came from the home builder's grandson.Part of the magic of restoring an old house comes from discovering the history secreted within its walls.When we first saw Sheep Dog Hollow, rusting...
A Home Made Green and Lean
Eco-aware rehabber finds that doing right by the earth is cost- effective, too.Almost a year has passed since my fiance and I began renovating Sheep Dog Hollow in what we hoped would be a green and economical manner. Our goal was to test the proposition...
As US Troops Leave, Iraq Inches toward a New Government
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met Tuesday with Ayad Allawi to discuss forming a new government and decide who will be prime minister. But the main Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish factions are still negotiating.Iraq's Shiite alliance is proposing a...
Benigno Aquino Inaugurated as Philippines President
Benigno Aquino III was inaugurated Wednesday after a solid win in May's Philippines election enshrined him as one of the country's most popular leaders. A larger task will be to emerge from his parents' shadow.Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III took office...
Bold Move to Save Afghanistan: Bring Back a King
If the United States values stability more than democracy, it will recognize that restoring Afghanistan's constitutional monarchy is the only thing that will prevent Taliban rule and victory in the war.US forces in Afghanistan just got another competent...
CBO's Math on Budget Deficit Presents Daunting Choices for US
The gloomy outlook for the federal budget deficit, outlined by the CBO director Wednesday, comes as politicians and economists are arguing over what the US economy needs most: another jolt of government stimulus or sharp spending cuts.The top number-cruncher...
China's Migrant Workers See Some Gains on Labor Rights
In China, dozens of migrant workers who protested to city officials over a job-related illness won compensation. Labor-rights success stories, while rare, are growing more frequent.Chinese migrant laborers toiling in the factories of two major firms...
Congo War Leaves Legacy of Sexual Violence against Women
A 17-fold increase in civilian rape between 2004 and 2008 in the Democratic Republic of Congo underscores the wartime legacy of sexual violence.In the Democratic Republic of Congo, sexual violence has become so common that the eastern provinces are sometimes...
Cuba Travel Ahead for Americans? House Committee Advances Measure
The House Agriculture Committee voted 25 to 20 to recommend legislation to the full House that would lift the Cuba travel ban as well as restrictions on exports of agricultural products.Americans sunning on Cuban beaches and selling farm products without...
Eight Ways the Great Recession Has Changed Americans
Fifty-five percent of Americans in the labor force have experienced a job loss, a pay cut, or a reduction in hours since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, a new survey finds.More than half of Americans in the work force have lost a job, taken...
Elena Kagan Shows off Sense of Humor in Confirmation Hearings
Elena Kagan is as guarded as any other Supreme Court nominee about her views on specific cases. But she is winning over senators anyway - by drawing giggles, laughs and even some outright guffaws from the lawmakers.She is smart. She is learned in the...
Elena Kagan: Supreme Court Nominee Eases through GOP Questioning
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan deftly handled her second day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears headed for confirmation.Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan endured her second full day of questioning at the Senate Judiciary...
Evolution of the High School Poet
A network of after-school programs draws teens into the world of spoken-word and slam poetry.On a humid day this spring, long after the last school bell of the day has rung, 17-year-old Jah-Don Hart is sitting at a table in a classroom at a Crown Heights...
'Globish' and the Open-Sourcing of English
This form of 'English lite' is out from under the control of native speakers; does that matter?Do you speak Globish - "global English"? Can you stand it when others do?Globish is a much simplified form of English used, especially in business, where neither...
Google's China Presence in Limbo as License Set to Expire
The license for Google's China website expires at midnight, but as the workday ended it had not been renewed. The US firm antagonized Beijing this year by refusing to censor its search results.Google closed its Beijing offices for the day Wednesday still...
Hamlet's BlackBerry
Mining Plato, Shakespeare, and Thoreau for tips on better living in the digital age.Concerns about the Internet's harmful effects on our brains andlives have gone - well, viral. These days, click on any screen -or open any print publication - and chances...
House Passes Financial Reform, but a Senate Hurdle Awaits
The House of Representatives voted 237 to 192 Wednesday for a House-Senate compromise on financial reform. But the votes necessary for passage in the Senate aren't assured yet.President Obama got one step closer to signing a major financial reform bill,...
In India, Warnings of a Microfinance Bubble
Lending to the poor has proved so profitable in India that microfinance institutions saw their loan portfolio jump from $252 million to $2.5 billion in two years, raising fears of a subprime- like microfinance bubble.When Gajendra and his wife Marigamala...
'Little Obama': Indonesia Premieres Movie despite Obama's Absence
'Little Obama,' the movie, was originally scheduled to open during a presidential visit to Indonesia that was later canceled. In the film, a young Barack Obama battles bullies, confronts his first crush, and shows signs of a now-familiar confidence.It...
Methane's Hidden Impact in Gulf Oil Spill
Large quantities of methane released by BP's oil blowout aren't fouling beaches like the Gulf oil spill is, but could endanger a key link in the undersea food chain.The BP oil blowout, now into its 11th week, is releasing large quantities of methane...
Mexico Earthquake Shakes Buildings as Far as Mexico City
A Mexico earthquake, magnitude 6.0, centered in the southern state of Oaxaca and shook buildings 300 miles north in Mexico City. One person died in a quake that was shallower and weaker than the Haiti and Chile earthquakes.A strong earthquake shook Mexico's...
Oily Rain and Cracks in the Earth: Busting Gulf Oil Spill Myths
Scientists are tackling Internet rumors of worst-case senarios from the Gulf oil spill. But as one says, 'What we have going on now is a huge science experiment and research needs to be done on it.'As the prospect of an active hurricane season adds a...
Reducing the US Carbon Footprint, Toe by Toe
The best hope for a climate-change bill this year is one that would mandate use of alternative energy sources for electric utilities. Many states are already doing this, and Congress should follow - especially when it can't lead on global warming.After...
Riding out a Desert Thunderstorm
As the first drops of rain hit, the family quickly abandoned the truck and ran for shelter from the thunderstorm.We ran across open ground, then scrambled over broken rock that men had ejected from the mountain long before.Dad went first, and my three...
Secrets of a Lake's Amber Depths
As they glide across the water, 4-year-old Oscar dips into the murky world of corkscrew weeds and beaver dams.At Lake Olga, Oscar was looking for turtles and for "fish I catch with my hands." He held up his 4-year-old hands while Grandpa loaded the canoe...
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse': Movie Review
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse': Kristin Stewart's Bella finds herself torn between Robert Pattinson's Edward and Taylor Lautner's werewolf Jacob Black.If you're not already a "Twilight" fanatic, you probablydon't need to hear about the latest installment,...
Topiary Fit for a Wi-Fi Signal
As the flora between them grew, she clipped a tunnel to access her neighbor's wireless Internet connection.As neighbors go, Beverly is a keeper. When she decided to purchase a new car, her gently used Honda moved one driveway east, to me, at a bargain...
Top Picks: 'The Last Station,' 'A Capitol Fourth,' Tanglewood, and More Recommendations
'The Last Station,' featuring Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy on DVD, PBS hosts 'A Capitol Fourth' from Washington D.C., the annual Tanglewood music festival begins, and more top picks.Tolstoy's great love"The Last Station" chooses the final days...
'Twilight: Eclipse' Taps Magical Powers of Youth Tradition
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' strips away the otherworldliness of vampires and werewolves, appealing to the imaginations of the young.Hollywood's hottest teen movie, "Twilight: Eclipse" has arrived with the latest chapter in the love story between Bella...
Watch 'Eclipse' Online for Free? Major Antipiracy Effort Launched
Online piracy took a hit from intellectual property rights authorities Wednesday, with the seizure of nine websites. Some offered illegal copies of the new Twilight movie, using the pitch 'watch 'Eclipse' online for free.'"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"...
Why Is an Israeli Judge Elena Kagan's 'Judicial Hero'?
Not much is known about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's views, so her praise four years ago for Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak have Republicans worried she will emulate his judicial activism.Not much is known about Supreme Court nominee Elena...
Why US Soldiers in Afghanistan Are So Frustrated
Restrictive rules of engagement reflect a deeper problem: It's not altogether clear why US soldiers are trying to "win over" the population.President Obama's declaration last week that a change in personnel will not mean a change in policy suggests that...
With Show's End, What Larry King Leaves Behind
CNN talk-show host Larry King's thousands of interviews chronicle 25 years of popular culture.First Oprah, now Larry King - one by one the icons of an earlier age of broadcasting are clearing the stage. Tuesday night, the CNN veteran announced that it...
You Are Placed and Embraced
A Christian Science perspective.It has been said that "order is heaven's first law." Sometimes our sense of order, whether at work or at home, is challenged by events beyond our control, and we may feel that somehow we've been put outside heaven by disordered...
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