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 14, 2010

Abby Sunderland Sailing Ordeal: A New Low for Reality TV?
The parents of teen sailor Abby Sunderland, who was rescued this week after attempting to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone, drew more criticism as word of a reality TV deal surfaced.The parents of a Abby Sunderland, already...
Amanda Knox Not Guilty, Says Italian Mafioso
Amanda Knox is serving a 26-year sentence for murder in Italy. Will new testimony - and forensic evidence - be enough to overturn her conviction?The extraordinary saga of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate in...
America's Debt Is Creating a Security Threat to Europe
The US and the West need vigorous economic growth. In order to to that, the US must first reduce the tax and debt burdens of unsustainable entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.America's spiral of debt isn't just hurting our economy,...
A Passion for Learning Results in a School for India's Poorest Children
Babar Ali, just a teenager himself, has started a free school in his parents' backyard for the poorest children in his village in India's West Bengal region.In a poor village four hours drive north of Calcutta, India, a young boy named Babar Ali runs...
Belgium Elections: Beginning of the End of a Nation?
Will Bart De Wever's Flemish party victory in Sunday's Belgium elections mark a north-south split that leads to an independent nation of Flanders?Sunday's Belgian elections brought an unexpectedly big win for a Flemish separatist.The result leaves the...
Conspiracy Theories Rife in Wake of Kenya Bomb Blasts
Kenya analysts say Sunday's Kenya bomb blasts are an attempt to rile the political environment ahead of a referendum on a new draft constitution. Conspiracy theories abound.The first salvoes appear to have been fired in a campaign to intimidate Kenyans...
Even If New York Averts Government Shutdown, Its Budget Woes Escalate
New York State lawmakers are likely to approve another short- term fix to prevent a threatened government shutdown. Delay in closing an $8.5 billion budget gap is only making things worse, some analysts say.In the absence of an actual budget, the New...
Flag Day: What Are the Rules for Displaying an American Flag?
Monday is Flag Day in the United States. Flag Day commemorates the day in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted the American flag.Across the country today, Americans will be waving the Star Spangled Banner to celebrate Flag Day.Although it is not...
Gulf Oil Spill: BP Worried about Its Own Bid to Capture More Oil
The Coast Guard told BP to ramp up its collection efforts in the Gulf oil spill more quickly. BP detailed its plan late Sunday, but it also expressed doubts about success and safety.In response to prodding by the Coast Guard, BP will attempt to more...
Home Sales Silver Lining: Immigrants Set to Drive Up Demand
Homes sales have taken a beating in this recession. But the growth of the immigrant community should result in more home buyers, according to a Harvard study.Here's one bright spot in the housing market: Demographic trends suggest that the US will have...
Hostages Freed Ahead of Colombia Election Runoff
Three high-level hostages were freed in a surprise jungle raid this weekend, boosting the campaign of conservative presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos just days before the Colombia election runoff.Three high-ranking Colombian police officers and...
If Chicago's Gun Control Law Is Overturned, What Next?
The Supreme Court will decide soon if Chicago's controversial handgun ban is unconstitutional. Both sides say such a decision would spur a slew of challenges to gun control laws elsewhere.Every spring, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley stands before a table...
Iraq Parliament Sits; Politicians Say New Government Months Away
Three months after elections, Iraq's parliament met for the first time in a short meeting to swear in new members. Politicians say negotiations on forming a new government could still be months away from completion.Iraq's parliament was sworn in Monday...
Israel Announces Gaza Aid Flotilla Inquiry, Turkey Not Satisfied
Israel opened a limited investigation into the legality of its raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. Irish and Canadian observers will participate. Israel and the US hope the move will reduce the country's international isolation, but critics say plan doesn't...
Kyrgyzstan Violence Sends Uzbek Refugees to the Border
Ongoing Kyrgyzstan violence has sent 100,000 ethnic Uzbek's fleeing to the country's eastern border. The interim government has charged that gangs tied to ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev are responsible for starting the fighting.Roughly 100,000 minority...
Obama Launches BP Oil Spill Offensive
President Obama is touring the Gulf coast this week, will give a prime-time Oval Office address Tuesday, and hosts BP officials at the White House Wednesday.Nearly two months into the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama is making...
Pressure Building to Cut US Deficit
The public pressure for reducing the country's ballooning deficit is rising, but will policy makers listen?You won't get much debate in Washington or elsewhere if you say the United States must at some point seriously reduce its ballooning budget deficit....
Scientists on Hunt for Climate-Change Clues Explore Rare Tropical Glacier
A team of scientists is climbing Indonesia's tropical glacier, Puncak Jaya, to dig out ice cores and study them for past patterns of climate change. They will also study samples from China, Peru, and Kenya.Indonesia's towering Puncak Jaya mountain on...
South Africa World Cup Safe ... So Far
High violent crime rates have been one of the chief concerns leading up to the South Africa World Cup, but there haven't been many incidents to mar the Cup so far.If the doomsayers had been right, all the tourists who had flown to South Africa for the...
Supreme Court Gives Hope to Some Death-Row Inmates
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that, under extraordinary circumstances, courts should accept death row appeals even after a one-year statute of limitations has expired.The US Supreme Court has made it easier for some death row inmates to overcome a one-year...
Supreme Court: Judges Have Leeway on Criminal Restitution Deadline
A federal law mandates that judges decide restitution in criminal cases within 90 days of sentencing. But the Supreme Court ruled Monday that judges could impose the dollar figure after the deadline so long as they said beforehand that they were going...
Supreme Court Refuses Maher Arar Torture Case
The US Supreme Court declined to take the case of Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who alleged that US officials deported him to Syria in 2002 knowing he would be tortured during terrorism interrogations.A Canadian citizen has lost his bid to hold US officials...
Supreme Court to Hear California Prison Overcrowding Case
A federal panel ordered the release of 38,000 from California's prisons to alleviate strain on inmate health care. Gov. Schwarzenegger wants the Supreme Court to overturn the order.The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to examine whether a three- judge...
Teacher Bailout, Teacher Reform?
In weighing another bailout for teachers, Congress has the opportunity to motivate states to change seniority rules that restrict flexibility in hiring and firing.President Obama is trying to save the Gulf Coast, and also jobs - particularly up to 300,000...
Ted Kennedy and the Lost Notebook: FBI Was Watching Him
FBI files on Sen. Ted Kennedy kept between 1961 and 1985 are full of death threats and clues to the senator's relationship with the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.Sen. Ted Kennedy's just-released FBI files are a fascinating window into the complex relationship...
What Could $1 Trillion in Mineral Wealth Mean for Afghanistan?
US and Afghan officials estimate $1 trillion in untapped Afghanistan mineral wealth that they say bodes well for the country's economic future. But others are skeptical.US and Afghan officials claim to have discovered more than $1 trillion in untapped...
Will Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Suffer If BP Makes Dividend Payments?
President Obama wants BP to set aside more money for its Gulf oil spill liabilities. Rising estimates of cleanup costs are putting financial pressure on the firm.It's crunch week for BP and President Obama.The oil company's board of directors was meeting...
Without a Paddle
How a grueling kayak race helped heal a bruised ex-husband.At 50, Christian Science Monitor staff writer Warren Richey hit a badstretch. He and his wife had just divorced. He was struggling to keepup with alimony, child support, and his elementary school-age...
World Cup Goals
A Christian Science perspective.After several weeks spent in South Africa earlier this year observing preparations for the International Football Federation's 19th quadrennial World Cup tournament, I concluded that the "rainbow nation" was open to a...
World Makes Progress against Slavery, but 13 Nations Lag
The US State Department's annual report on modern-day slavery cites greater determination worldwide to stamp it out. But 13 nations are on the list of sluggards neglecting the issue.The United States is hailing growing determination in most corners of...
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