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 4, 2010

Abortion and the Health Care Bills: Let's Welcome the Debate
The issue of federal funding for abortions -- indeed abortion itself -- can't be ignored. This divisive issue needs legislative solutions, not more court decisions.Congress has never really had a full-throated debate over abortion, one that would help...
Afghanistan War: NATO Unfolds Blueprint to Rebuild Marjah
Western and Afghan officials have outlined ambitious plans for a new Marjah that include erecting new schools, reforming the police force, and upending the drug trade. Rebuilding Marjah and other towns is now seen as critical to NATO's Afghanistan war...
After Banking Bust, Iceland Turns to Free-Market Innovation
Iceland hopes to "reboot" the country after its banking bust, with leaders founding a Ministry of Ideas whose best recommendations are aired on a popular radio show each Friday morning.Seeking a new global role for Iceland following the banking bust...
A Future of Peace and Hope in Iraq
A Christian Science perspective.As the situation on the ground in Iraq is becoming more stable and the dust is beginning to settle, a new generation of youth is preparing to take advantage of the opportunities that relative peace will afford them. Many...
Alice in Wonderland: Movie Review
In Tim Burton's hybrid 'Alice in Wonderland,' Johnny Depp plays a gentlemanly Mad Hatter to a very grown-up Alice.The betting line on the new Disney 3-D "Alice in Wonderland" wasthat it would be marvelous because the imaginings of its director,Tim Burton,...
Among the 'Best and Brightest,' Rami Won't Vote in Iraq Election
Facing the Iraq election, a budding playwright-actor wants a more optimistic role - such as living in another country.In the soft light filtering in from the shattered windows of the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute, Rami Hussein raises his hands to direct...
As Florida Keys Residents Confront Rising Sea Levels, What Lessons?
Waters around the Florida Keys are nine inches higher than a century ago. Efforts to battle rising sea levels make the Keys 'a canary in the coal mine,' an indicator of what other areas might need to prepare for.On many mornings over the past 22 years,...
Australian Town Confronts Hidden Costs of Mining Boom
The Australian mining boom has put food on the table for many communities like Mount Isa. But residents there are now suing the local mine's owner and the government after tests showed their children had high levels of lead in their blood.Daphne Hare...
Behind Supreme Court Case: Do Gun Rights Protect against Tyranny?
The US Supreme Court is considering what could be a landmark decision on individual gun rights. An unspoken argument is that armed citizens would make any usurper think twice before subverting the Constitution.More than 10,000 words were spoken during...
Brooklyn's Finest: Movie Review
Cop movie 'Brooklyn's Finest' is a morality tale that puts a bleak cast on the profession.Cop movies and TV shows are so omnipresent that it's difficultimagining anything radically new happening to the genre. The best onecan hope for nowadays is a variation...
Chile Earthquake: Residents Wait for Aid in Tsumani-Hit Coastal Towns
Makeshift signs posted along the road to Constitucion, one of dozens of coastal towns socked first by the Chile earthquake and then by a tsunami, offer a sad synopsis of the recovery effort to date: "We need food. We need diapers."The damaged highway...
'Day of Action' Highlights Education Woes
In California and across the US, students and faculty protested tuition hikes and cuts to education funding in a national 'day of action.'The national day of action student rallies that began in California and have spread nationwide to protest cuts in...
Duluth One-Ups Google, Kansas, in Bid for Super-Fast Internet
Duluth, Minnesota, pledges to rename its first-born children as part of a YouTube stunt to capture Google's broadband network. But it'll face competition from Google, Kansas (a.k.a. Topeka).Topeka, Kansas, may have renamed itself Google in a bid to convince...
Germans to Debt-Ridden Greeks: Sell the Acropolis. and a Few Islands
Two German MPs have kicked up a furor in the Greek debt crisis by suggesting that Greece sell venerated icons such as the Acropolis as well as uninhabited islands.Greece's tourism slogan is "a masterpiece you can afford." But when they coined the phrase,...
German Terror Trial Convicts Four for Plotting Attacks on US Targets
A German terror trial that convicted four Muslims of planning an attack on US targets inside Germany shows the country is taking terrorism more seriously.The conviction of four Muslim men here for plotting to bomb German-based American targets is the...
Global Warming? Scientists Find Methane Source in Arctic Seas
Researchers have located large emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. They now want to determine if the emissions are tied to global warming.Scientists studying global warming in the Arctic have discovered a previously...
Haiti, Chile, Now Taiwan: Earthquake Escalation?
The 6.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake that hit on Thursday - on the heels of quakes in Haiti and Chile - raised concern of an accelerating trend. But the statistics say otherwise.The 6.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake that hit Thursday on the heels of massive...
Healthcare Reform: Three Ways the House May Derail Obama's Plans
President Obama is meeting with House Democrats who could ruin his hopes for passing healthcare reform by Easter. Three groups, in particular, have significant reservations.President Obama has begun his final lobbying push for healthcare reform. That...
Hillary Clinton Fails to Convince Brazil to Support Iran Sanctions
Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Brazil doesn't support Iran sanctions. He wants more negotiations. The US worries about the growing closeness of Iran and Brazil.The visit by US Secretary of State Hillary...
House Passes Jobs Bill: No Giant Leap against Unemployment
Positive signs suggest that the jobs bill passed by the House Thursday could help curb unemployment, economists say. But it is not expected to be a major kick-start to job creation.The House of Representatives passed a jobs bill Thursday in a move that...
In 'Open Carry' States, Guns and Starbucks Mix Uneasily
The Starbucks coffee chain will allow customers in 'open carry' states to bear arms openly. Gun-control advocates are protesting, but Starbucks says it doesn't want to take sides.Starbucks has become something of an unwilling pawn in a growing dispute...
Iraq Election: Young War Generation Yearns for Old Stability
Three million young people voting for the first time in Sunday's Iraq election will take their frustration to the polls.Radio host Shahad Abdul Kareem, the rhinestones on her T-shirt and sequined headband sparkling, sits in the semidarkness of the Voice...
John Rockefeller Leads Charge against EPA on Greenhouse Gases
Sen. John Rockefeller of West Viriginia, a major coal-producing state, wants Congress to shape regulations for greenhouse gases. He introduced legislation Thursday that would delay EPA plans.To the applause of coal workers and dismay of environmentalists,...
Nada's Uncles Will Tell Her How to Vote in Iraq Election
The Iraq election hold little promise for a girl aspiring to be a lawyer in Fallujah.Nada Hatem Farhan toys with a heart-shaped red pen at the small desk in her bedroom and talks about the gap between the life she expects to have and the one she really...
New Violence in Sudan, Darfur One Year after Indictment of Bashir
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, a year ago Thursday. Now, reports of violence have cropped up in southern Sudan, Darfur.One year ago Thursday, the International Criminal Court (ICC)...
Northern Ireland Proves Peace Is Possible
Northern Ireland's politicians on both sides of the divide have shown that they are not afraid of late nights and hard work if the end result is stability. Israelis and Palestinians could learn a lot from that.Thousands of lives were lost during the...
One Young Voter Hopes Iraq Election Will Right Wrongs
A Sadr City youth hopes the Iraq election is a way to leapfrog connections and bribes to get justice.Youssif Mukhtar wants to right the wrongs of the injustice he sees around him. But first he has to get through high school.Like that of many Iraqis whose...
Race to the Top: Which States Made the List of Finalists?
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Thursday that 15 states and the District of Columbia are finalists for Race to the Top education grants. The winners will be chosen in April.States competing for billions of dollars in education stimulus funding...
Sander Levin, Chair of Ways and Means, Forms Powerful Brother Duo
Sander Levin is now part of one of the most powerful brother acts in Washington since the Kennedys. He was named the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday. His brother, Carl, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.Rep. Sander...
Suicide Bombs before Iraq Election Shows Al Qaeda Still Active
Suicide bombs in Baghdad killed at least 7 people on Thursday, creating worries about security for the Iraq election and the ongoing activities of Al Qaeda in and around Baghdad.As early voting begins for the Iraqi election this weekend, tribal sheikhs...
Terribly Happy: Movie Review
Set in a remote Danish town, 'Terribly Happy' follows noirish plot twists as the locals apply their own rule of law.As the first word in the title "Terribly Happy" suggests, thesecond word is only appropriate in an ironic sense. Henrik RubenGenz's film...
The Death of American Virtue
More than a decade later, an in-depth look at the Monica Lewinsky scandal.Ask any historian: Nothing beats metaphors born of presidentialscandal. When our highest elected officials transgress, their sinsbecome symbols. Teapot Dome wasn't just a crooked...
The Obama Bid to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons Boosts US Security -- Minus the Threat of Armageddon
The Obama plan to rid the world of nuclear weapons would mean more US focus on non nuclear weapons, which would give the US more military leverage, without causing a nuclear Armageddon.As tensions over Iran and North Korea's programs rise, President...
Turkey Recalls Ambassador after US Resolution on 'Armenian Genocide'
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Washington after a US congressional committee passed a resolution that would require President Obama to use the term "Armenian genocide" to refer to the World War I mass killings of Armenians.Turkey has recalled...
Utah Fights for States' Rights with Land Push
A bill passed last week that would give Utah the power to seize federal lands is meant to provoke a legal challenge on land and states' rights.In a move meant to provoke a legal challenge over limits placed on federally controlled land in Utah, lawmakers...
Will Obama's Healthcare Plan Reduce Costs?
Congress and ordinary Americans debate whether Obama's healthcare plan will reduce costs or increase them.As President Obama tries this week to put his healthcare plan on a fast track toward passage, he's still struggling to persuade Americans that the...
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