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 30, 2011

A Primer on Libya's Key Cities
Reports from Libya are a constant flurry of cities gained and lost by Muammar Qaddafi's forces and rebel troops, and it's hard to keep track if you don't know where these cities are or why they matter. Here's an quick explanation, with cities listed...
Arizona Limits Abortions: How National Battle Is Being Fought in States
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this week signed legislation outlawing abortions performed on the basis of race or gender. Kansas and Ohio are among other states considering abortion restrictions.Abortion may not be high on the US congressional agenda or a main...
Cuba: What Jimmy Carter and Calvin Coolidge Have in Common
Jimmy Carter is the only US president, current or former, to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. His second visit to the island came this week after an official invitation from Raul Castro.Jimmy Carter and Calvin Coolidge have at least one thing...
Cut Oil Imports by One-Third: Did Obama Set the Right Goal for the US?
Cutting oil imports by one-third by 2025 might be less ambitious than it sounds. A better goal, some experts say, might be to more strongly encourage alternative fuels to make oil less important overall.Amid a spike in gasoline prices and a bout of concern...
Fairness - We're Wired for It
The debate over what's fair isn't just political rhetoric. It defines not only our individual interactions but also the very fabric of society.The word "fairness" seems to be everywhere in our political dialogue these days.Is it fair for Wall Street...
Fukushima Warning: US Has 'Utterly Failed' to Address Risk of Spent Fuel
Nuclear experts told Congress Wednesday that spent-fuel pools at US nuclear power plants are fuller than safety suggests they should be. They say the entire US spent-fuel policy should be overhauled in light of the nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima...
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Is it possible for one man to permanently alleviate centuries of hatred and misunderstandings?While employed at the New York Times, Joseph Lelyveld reported fromSouth Africa, and then from India. Decades before, one of theworld's most famous individuals,...
Housing Market: Which State Faces Biggest Foreclosure Risks? New Jersey
The US has 1.8 million units of 'shadow inventory' - distressed properties likely to hit the housing market. New Jersey tops the list, with Illinois, Florida, and California also among the most at- risk. The data, part of a new report, show both improvement...
In Energy Speech, Obama Exchanges the Ambitious for the Politically Possible
President Obama called Wednesday for a one-third cut in oil imports, to be achieved by increased domestic production, alternative energies, and higher fuel efficiency.Amid multiple pressures on US energy security, President Obama set a goal Wednesday...
In Rare Visit with Castro, Jimmy Carter Attempts to Restart US-Cuba Relations
During his three-day trip to Cuba, former President Jimmy Carter also met with detained American Alan Gross, who was sentenced this month to 15 years prison for espionage.Former US President Jimmy Carter aimed to hit all the right points on a three-day...
Japan Considers Unusual Fixes to Contain Radioactive Leak
Japanese and US officials are proposing resin, a giant tarp, and even robots in efforts to slow the leak of radioactive material from Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.As radiation continues to spread from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi...
Jerry Brown Abandons Key Part of His California Budget Plan. Now What?
Gov. Jerry Brown of California cited a long list of Republican demands as the reason he dropped his plan for a special election in June to approve tax extensions for the California budget.Gov. Jerry Brown has dropped his plan to broker a bipartisan California...
Man Who Posed as Former Special Forces Colonel Pleads Guilty
William Hillar used a falsely inflated resume, which included experience in the Special Forces, to gain work teaching classes and delivering speeches.A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to conducting a 12-year fraud by posing as a former US Army Special...
Mila Kunis Says Natalie Portman Did Most of Her Own Dance Moves in Black Swan
Mila Kunis, the 'Black Swan' co-star of Natalie Portman, and director Darren Aronofsky, have rushed to the defense of the Best Actress Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis makes ballerina dance double Sarah Lane's accusations appear petty.There's...
New Polls Make Tea Party Leaders Ask: Are We in Trouble?
Almost half of all Americans - 47 percent - have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement, almost twice as many as 15 months ago.A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Wednesday shows the tea party movement at a high point of unpopularity....
Nuclear Radiation in Pop Culture: More Giant Lizards Than Real Science
Anxiety over nuclear radiation isn't new, and purveyors of pop culture have profited handsomely. But even with more serious films on the subject, the public is still largely ignorant of the science.Fears about radiation escaping from the crippled Japanese...
Ohio Poised to Limit Collective Bargaining. Will Such Moves Save Money?
The Ohio House passed collective-bargaining legislation on Wednesday, and the bill heads back to the Senate for another vote. Gov. John Kasich promises to sign the bill into law.It's a familiar scenario these days, this time in Ohio: The Republican-led...
Pakistan Captures Accused Plotter in 2002 Bali Bombings
Umar Patek's presence in Pakistan raises new questions about ongoing collaboration between Southeast Asian Islamic militants and Al Qaeda.Authorities in Pakistan have detained an Indonesian militant accused of playing a key role in the 2002 Bali bombings...
President Assad's Defiant Speech Stuns Syrians Who Call for More Protests
In a long-awaited speech to the nation following multiple deadly protests this past week, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad failed to announce concrete changes or meet any of the protesters' expectations.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struck a defiant...
Qaddafi Claims Al Qaeda Could Overrun Libya. Could It?
While most experts say Qaddafi is grossly exaggerating the influence of Al Qaeda, new questions are being raised about its true scope as Washington debates arming the opposition.The young Qaddafi loyalist wove together a grim tale that fits the official...
ROTC Returns to Harvard: Does Officer Training Program Need Ivy League?
Harvard's ROTC re-embrace may herald a more representative military - if such programs multiply in the Ivy League and beyond.When Harvard put out the welcome mat earlier this month to reestablish a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, it signaled a...
The International Community Must Intervene - in Japan
Just as the international community had to come together to stem the financial meltdown from contaminating the entire world economy or prevent massacre in Libya, it must now intervene in Japan to prevent radiation from poisoning the planet.Once again,...
The Japanese Virtue of 'Gaman'
A Christian Science perspective: The fortitude of the Japanese people is one of those universal, old-fashioned values that is serving them well.It is a remarkable fact about Japan: despite the severity of the disaster, a culture of manners and civility...
Why Social Security Must Change Now
True, it is not in as dire shape as Medicare. But this bedrock program is still a concern, and in 2010, it actually ran a deficit.Don't mess with Social Security. That was the clear message of Senate majority leader Harry Reid and other Democrats when...