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 8, 2010

A Fresh Look at Childhood Obesity
A Christian Science perspective.Most people will admit to having unexpected learning opportunities when becoming parents. I had many, but now that childhood obesity is in the arena of public thought and discourse, one particular observation I had when...
After Iraq Election, Fragile Democracy Faces the Real Test
Sunday's Iraq election saw good turnout despite scattered violence. But with no party powerful enough to rule alone, the tough task of coalition building begins for the nascent democracy.The Iraq election has shored up the country's fragile democracy,...
AIG Restructuring: Can Taxpayers Recoup Bailout Funds?
The bailed-out insurer AIG is restructuring. This gradual make- over holds the best hope for US taxpayers to recover bailout money, say analysts."Long live AIG." That may not be what people want to hear from a firm that received one of the costliest...
An 800-Year History Lesson: Big Debts, Long Recovery
If the past can foretell the future, a recent book on 800 years of financial crises is rather scary. It suggests that the United States and other countries will emerge only slowly from what is often dubbed the "great recession."The stock market will...
Armenian Genocide Resolution: President Obama and the Price of Moral Courage
The Armenian Genocide Resolution passed by a House committee last week merely asks Obama to tell the truth. Given Turkey's strategic importance, that will be hard to do.A resolution approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, in recognizing...
At the Crossroads
A thorough - and sometimes painful - examination of the struggles of the US auto industry.Although Howie Long's NFL playing days are over, Chevrolet has enlisted the crew-cut former defensive end to put a fresh face on its newest commercials. Despite...
A Yellow Labrador's Nose for Home
Sam, the neighbor's dog, nudged his way into our life with a big grin and a high-speed wag.I needed something to wear to work, something to have for supper, something in my savings account. What I didn't need was another dog. But Sam had other ideas.Sam...
Congress Tries to Alter Obama's Plans for NASA
Upset over Obama's plans for NASA, two US lawmakers from Florida plan to introduce a bill that would keep the space shuttle launching through 2011 and throw a lifeline to the endangered moon exploration program Constellation.Pushback on President Obama's...
Eric Massa Exits House, but Not Quietly
Eric Massa of New York, facing a House sexual harassment probe, resigns his seat - but he has slammed fellow Democrats, claiming they want him out because he opposed their healthcare reform bill. He'll speak out again Tuesday on TV talk shows, perhaps...
FCC Broadband Plan: It Must Spur Competition
The FCC broadband plan to bring fast Internet service to all American households must encourage competition to bring down prices, improve service, and increase accessibility.The Obama administration wants to make sure all Americans have access to broadband...
Gender Selection: In India, Abortion of Girls on the Rise
Gender selection via abortion appears to be on the rise in India - and more common among the wealthy. India's upper classes tend to have fewer children and more access to ultrasounds that reveal their babies' sex. The gender imbalance means fewer women...
Global Warming Doubts Could Hamper Climate Legislation
With more people expressing doubts about global warming, passing climate legislation in Congress will be more difficult.A recent poll suggests that high-profile controversies regarding climate science are weakening public confidence in the validity of...
Has Blogging Peaked?
The demands of blogging have pushed many to abandon the form for faster, simpler word bursts on Twitter or Facebook.Today, there is increasing evidence that the art of blog writing is losing ground to even faster forms of communication, from 140- character...
Healthcare Reform Must Not Ignore the Millennials
Healthcare reform will be a crucial test of the Millennial generation's pro-government sentiment. Congress can't afford to lose the support of young voters.Almost everyone seems to be talking about my generation. With good reason. The Millennials (Generation-Y)...
Healthcare Reform: Obama Makes Big Push in Glenside, Pa
At Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., Obama acknowledged Monday that trying to pass healthcare reform will be a heavy political lift.President Obama is in do-or-die mode on healthcare reform. In a campaign-style speech at a university in Glenside,...
In Iraq, the Methboub Family Waits - and Copes
The Methboub family, which the Monitor has followed since 2002, work to free a son from jail and anguish over a daughter's soured marriage. They had little hope Sunday's election in Iraq would change their lives significantly.Expectations of good news...
International Women's Day: Which Nation Has Smallest Pay Gap for Women?
Several European nations boast smaller pay gaps than the United States, says a new study released on International Women's Day.Women in the United States have made big strides in reducing the wage gap with men over the past three decades, but pay for...
Iraq Election Turnout Down, Likely Months before New Government
Iraq election turnout fell relative to Iraq's last parliamentary elections in 2005. The first indication of results is expected Wednesday, but it will likely take months to build a coalition government.Iraqi election workers began tallying votes from...
Joe Biden Seeks to Boost Peace Talks in Israel, Settlements Notwithstanding
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Monday after Israelis and Palestinians agreed to restart peace talks. But the issue of Israel settlements came to the fore again, with 112 new housing units announced for the West Bank.US Vice President...
Nigeria Violence: Muslim-Christian Clashes Kill Hundreds
As many as 500 people were killed Sunday in Nigeria violence that pitted Muslim herders against Christian farmers near the volatile city of Jos.The central city of Jos is on high alert after Sunday's violence in Nigeria in which a late-night attack by...
Obama Administration: More Civil Rights Enforcement in Schools
The Obama administration intends to step up enforcement of civil rights laws that apply to schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement in a speech in Selma, Ala., timed to commemorate the 45th anniversary of civil rights marches there.Education...
Obama Stumps for Healthcare Reform
President Obama visits Philadelphia and St. Louis this week to try bolster public approval of health care reform.President Obama is pumping up the volume on his appeals for public support of US healthcare reform.On Monday he will try to persuade voters...
Oscar Winners 2010: Full of Drama
Oscar winner 'Hurt Locker' beat out 'Avatar' for Best Picture, while Sandra Bullock won Best Actress, beating out 16-time nominee Meryl Streep.Last night's Academy Awards ceremony was chock-full of drama as the Oscar winners were announced. Sandra Bullock...
Packing 400 Lunches - and Love - to Serve the Homeless
Kansas City's 'mother of the streets' rises at 4:30 each morning, packs 400 decorated bags, and then seeks out the homeless.For years, Marcia Merrick began her day making lunches for her two children. Her kids are grown up now, but Ms. Merrick still...
Post Recession, a New Era of Consumer Caution
A year after the Dow reached a 12-year low, investors and consumers are warier and thriftier. The change could last.As a credit counselor, Rodney Tullie has been helping consumers manage debt problems for two years. That's been long enough to witness,...
Robert A. Harding, Former Army Intelligence, Tapped to Lead TSA
President Obama has nominated Robert A. Harding, a retired two- star general with an Army intelligence background to lead the TSA, which is responsible for US airport security.President Obama has nominated Robert A. Harding, a former Army officer with...
Roy Ashburn: Where Do Gay Republicans Fit among Conservatives?
Roy Ashburn, a Republican state senator in California, said Monday that he is gay. The disclosure raises new questions about gay Republicans' place within the conservative movement.In a Monday morning interview on a California radio talk show, Republican...
Sanctions against Iran Will Only Bolster Its Regime
Sanctions against Iran are a bad idea. The West should let democracy takes its course.On her recent visit to the Persian Gulf, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated an obvious fact that is finally becoming clear to outsiders: Iran is moving toward...
Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor Staff
HBO's World War II blockbuster 'The Pacific,' Norah Jones's new tour, 'Up in the Air' on DVD, and more.Brave heartsImages of young soldiers slogging through the heat and witnessing combat horror in foreign lands is always a good reality check for a generation...
South Africa Lions: Global Financial Crisis May Starve Lions
In South Africa, lions at SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Center may be have to be put to sleep if their food runs out. A drop in donations since the global financial crisis has gutted funds for the lions' food.After running wild through the world's...
To Advance Healthcare Reform, Obama Comes Down on Insurers
In his healthcare reform rally in Pennsylvania Monday, Obama vilified insurance companies for denying coverage and raising premiums. In defense, the insurance industry cites soaring costs.Don't shoot the messenger. That's the response of insurance industries...
Why Americans Are So Angry
From 'tea party' protesters to antiwar advocates, Americans on all sides of the political spectrum seem angry about something. But for all the tumult, the disaffection today is far less than in many periods in the past.Heather Gass always felt she had...
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