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 March 15, 2011

Are CEOs 300 Times More Valuable Than Their Lowest-Paid Workers?
The dangers to such income inequality should be obvious, but Washington is a cool climate for populist politicians. We need someone who'll make it tough for Congress to coddle the rich.There's something missing in the Washington political scene - a genuine...
Canadian Charged with Helping Najibullah Zazi in New York Bomb Plot
Federal officials announce an indictment against Canadian Ferid Imam, who is charged with helping Najibullah Zazi and others travel to Pakistan for terrorist training in a plot to bomb the New York City subway in 2009.US authorities are seeking a Canadian...
Change for the Better
A Christian Science perspective: How we can support needed change in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia and also contribute to maintaining stability.As a recent Monitor feature reports, the winds of change are blowing in the Middle East, and in fact throughout...
Clinton, Rebuffed in Egypt, Faces Tough Task on Arab Upheaval
In Cairo today, Hillary Clinton announced $2 billion in aid to help the country rebound. But many see it as too little too late - a lesson some say the US should take to heart in Bahrain and Yemen.US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her...
Five of Asia's Most Devastating Earthquakes
The Pacific Rim, the body of land surrounding the Pacific Ocean from the west coasts of North and South America to the east coasts of China and Japan, is one of the most volatile regions in the world for earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions....
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis: How Serious Is the Radiation Threat?
Monday night, radiation levels spiked to dangerous levels, but within hours had fallen to less than 1 percent of that. The radiation exposure so far should not pose a serious threat to humans.Hazardous levels of radiation have leaked from a damaged nuclear...
GOP Rift Forms as House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill. What Happens Next?
Republican freshmen revolt, saying the three-week spending bill cuts too little - $6 billion - from the 2011 budget. House Democrats who backed the measure say the GOP rift gives them an edge.In a dramatic House vote, 54 Republicans broke ranks with...
Guatemalans Sue US for Deliberately Spreading Illness in 1940s Experiment
A lawsuit was filed Monday in a US district court on behalf of 700 Guatemalan soldiers, mental health patients, and orphans secretly experimented on from 1946 to 1948.An apology is not enough for Guatemalans deliberately infected with syphilis by a US...
Ides of March: What's an Ide Anyway? the Whole Sooth
Ides of March: What exactly is an ide anyway? An what does it have to do with Julius Caesar?"Beware the Ides of March," is good advice, especially if you happen to be an ancient Roman dictator. But what are ides anyway, and how do you avoid them?The...
Ides of March: What to Read on March 15
Each year when March 15 rolls around, many of us grope mentally backward to 9th-grade English class and do our best to remember who exactly who it was that warned Julius Caesar to "Beware the ides of March" and why. But in the years since Shakespeare...
In Stage 2 of the Arab Spring, Obama Faces Tougher Choices
Use of armed force in Libya and Bahrain, the question of a no- fly zone, as well as the role of oil, make the choices for Obama much tougher than during Egypt's revolution.The first blush of the Arab spring may be over - for protesters and for US policymakers....
Israel's Seizure of Arms Shipment Highlights Rising Unease about Iran
Israel's naval commander said the shipment, seized on a merchant ship 200 miles off Israel's coast, contained missiles of 'strategic importance' to Gaza and accompanying Farsi-language manuals.Israel today seized the merchant ship "Victoria" 200 miles...
Is US Aid to Afghanistan Helping Win the War? Doubts Are Increasing
As Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill this week, some analysts are saying that US aid, aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, is not helping the military win the war.Are the billions of dollars in aid money that the United...
Ivory Coast's 'Invisible Commandos' Attack Renegade President's Strongholds
In the latest sign of impending civil war in Ivory Coast, fighters loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara are moving out of their strongholds to attack those of renegade President Laurent Gbagbo.Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally recognized...
Japan Crisis Rattles Even Pro-Nuclear France
Nuclear power has been something of a sacred cow in France. But the Japan nuclear crisis in the wake of last week's earthquake and tsunami is raising concern even here.Despite French President Nicolas Sarkozy's statement that departing from reliance...
Japan Earthquake: 5 Ways the International Community Is Helping
Japan has received offers of assistance from 14 international organizations and 102 countries (including a number of unexpected aid donors such as embattled Afghanistan and poverty-stricken Cambodia), according to the latest report from the UN Office...
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: How to Help
Following Japan's worst earthquake on record, Japan has accepted help from 15 countries. Dozens more have offered aid. Here's how you can help.A 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan's northeast coast March 11 - one of the largest in recorded history -...
Japan Gets Coal, Gas from Historic Rival Russia
A surge of goodwill from Russia to Japan raises the possibility that a territorial dispute between the two countries left over from World War II could finally be resolved.Japan's closest geographical neighbor, Russia, is also the only country with which...
Japan Nuclear Crisis Eclipses Three Mile Island, Nears 'Chernobyl League'
Fifty workers and fire hoses are all that remain at Japan's Fukushima I plant to cool three hot reactors and six pools containing spent fuel rods - perhaps for months to come.Resolution of Japan's nuclear crisis hangs on the decisions - and actions -...
Japan Nuclear Crisis Rocks Dow; Uncertainty Clouds Stocks' Future
After plunging at the opening Tuesday, the Dow Industrial Average regains some ground. But uncertainty over the Japan nuclear crisis could weigh on the economy, and markets, for some time.After dropping sharply Tuesday morning, the stock market, by early...
Japan's Nuclear Crisis: A Timeline of Key Events
Friday's 9.0 earthquake triggered a 30-foot tsunami that damaged several nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan, causing the country's worst crisis since World War II.Day 1 - Friday, March 11At 2:47 p.m. local time, Japan is struck by the largest recorded...
Lean Cuisine: Did Emergency Button Spark Recall?
Lean Cuisine spaghetti and meatballs is recalled after five customers find plastic pieces in Lean Cuisine packages.Nestle is recalling a small amount of Lean Cuisine food because pieces of red plastic were found inside packages by five consumers.The...
Less Mobile Internet. Cheaper Price. but a Fair Deal?
New federal rules allow Metro PCS to offer a low-cost plan that blocks access to popular websites on the mobile Internet. Critics say it's a breach of net neutrality.Next time you surf the Web with a smart phone, ask yourself: Should your mobile device...
Libya No-Fly Zone: Moment of Reckoning for the United Nations?
The United Nations' early response to the Libya crisis shows it can be relevant, some say. Now the Security Council is poised to take up a no-fly zone.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was at the Holocaust Museum in Washington on Feb. 28,...
Meltdown 101: What Are Spent-Fuel Pools and Why Are They a Threat?
Spent-fuel pools are shielded only by the buildings at Japan's Fukushimi I nuclear power plant, and three have now been damaged by explosions. Low-level radiation leaking from the pools could dramatically worsen if the water levels drop low enough for...
'Presumed Guilty': New Film Exposes Flaws in Mexico Judiciary
A Mexican judge on Monday ruled that 'Presunto Culpable' (Presumed Guilty) can continue showing in theaters. Mexico City's mayor, after seeing the film, pledged to place cameras in his courtrooms.The fact that a documentary about Mexico's faulty judicial...
Q&A with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy
The third-ranking House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, discussed the need for another short-term bill to fund the federal government, the political risks of the Republicans' push for spending cuts, and the Obama administration's handling of the upheaval...
Radiation Exposure: How Big Is the Threat in Japan?
Radiation exposure: Adding to the monumental losses after a Japanese earthquake and tsunami, problems at four nuclear reactors have residents near and far concerned about radiation exposure.A fire at a fourth reactor of the 40-year-old General Electric...
Radiation Exposure: Why US Is Confident West Coast Isn't in Danger
Radiation exposure fears appear to have led to a run on iodine tablets in the US. But federal officals say that is an overreaction. They say weather patterns would disperse radiation from Japan to the point that it would present no health risk by the...
Rebels Claim Key Libyan City after Assault from Qaddafi Forces
While Qaddafi's forces attacked Ajdabiya, a key crossroads in the battle for control in eastern Libya, a rebel leader said today the city remains 'in the hands of the revolution.'A military spokesman for the rebel government in Benghazi, Libya, says...
Republicans Block Jerry Brown's Budget Move. What Are His Options Now?
California's governor is unable to persuade GOP lawmakers to OK his plan to solve a looming budget shortfall. Jerry Brown might try an end run, if it's legal, or present an all-cuts budget.It's the closest thing the modern West has to a saloon brawl,...
Ring of Fire: The Five Non-Japan Nuclear Sites in Quake Zone
The circle of seismic activity in the Pacific Ocean, known as the "ring of fire," stretches from Australia to Russia around to Alaska and America's West Coast and down to Chile in South America. It's an area responsible for 90 percent of the world's...
Rocket Fire Rains on Crucial Libya Town as Qaddafi's Forces Advance
Rebels fled from the eastern Libya town of Ajdabiya, seen as key to the success of the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi, as it came under a heavy air assault today.Muammar Qaddafi's forces started a sustained aerial barrage on the eastern Libyan town...
Russians Shouldn't Bury Lenin until They Uncover His Lies
Russians must face up to Lenin's brutal legacy - as Germans did Hitler's.Vladimir Lenin's embalmed body has been on display in Moscow's Red Square since 1924. Today, momentum is building to finally bury the man-god of Soviet Russia in a plot of common...
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
This true story of a courageous female entrepreneur offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women under the Taliban.In 1996, when the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, they forced womeninto the home. Girls couldn't attend school and women couldn'tteach...
Why Bahrain Is Unlikely to Turn into an Iran-Saudi Battleground
The intervention of Saudi forces has escalated tensions between Bahrain's protesters and the country's Sunni rulers, leaving at least one dead and drawing criticism from Iran.The intervention of Gulf forces to help put down Bahrain's pro- democracy uprising...
Will House Republicans Revolt against Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown?
House Republicans are set to put forward a new short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Its toughest opponents? House Republicans.House Republicans move to the floor on Tuesday a stopgap measure to keep government funded for the current...
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