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 October 4, 2010

2010 Senate Races: Four Key Debates This Week Could Be Game- Changers
Many voters don't tune into the campaigns until debate season, which this week includes clashes in four 2010 Senate races: Connecticut, Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois.It's debate season, and for Senate and gubernatorial candidates, these televised...
A Traditional German Dish Gets a Curry Make-Over
In a home that bridges two cultures, Wiener schnitzel gets a curry make-over to appeal to the spicy palates of the children.The first thing I noticed when I entered Lydia's living room was a beautifully framed photograph of her and her husband on their...
Bob Dylan in America
Bob Dylan was not so much a sponge as an alchemist, taking common materials and creating new art.Writers and critics (and lately, the artist himself) have slowly beenunmasking the elusive Mr. Dylan for decades now, with 150 tomesdedicated to penetrating...
California State Budget Deal Has Holes, Analysts Say
The California state budget accord to be voted on Friday relies on $5 billion in federal money, $10 billion in Wall Street loans, and some pretty big assumptions, say some political observers.California officials are high-fiving themselves over the announcement...
Campaign Financing Machine Cranks Up for Midterm Elections
Special interest groups are spending five times as much on this year's midterm elections as compared to 2006. Many of their donors can't be traced. Congress must require disclosure.Every election season seems to bring a new money machine that's primed...
Deadline Extended in Bid to Keep Israel-Palestinian Talks Alive
Palestinian leaders say continued settlement expansion in the West Bank could halt peace talks by the end of the week. Is an acceptable compromise in the works?Sputtering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks received another reprieve over the weekend when...
Did Militant Israeli Settlers Burn Mosque near Bethlehem?
Many Israelis suspect militant Israeli settlers, seeking to incite religious violence and undermine peace negotiations, attacked a Palestinian mosque near Bethlehem.Israel is worried that Jewish militants torched a West Bank mosque overnight Monday in...
Dilma Rousseff Tops Brazil Election, but Can't Avoid Runoff against Jose Serra
The late surge by Green Party candidate Marina Silva has sent the Brazil election into a runoff ballot Oct. 31. Top candidate Dilma Rousseff is still favored to take over for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.A late surge by the Green Party candidate in Sunday's...
Disappearing Trees and the Slap of a Tail: The Beavers Had Arrived
But the beavers' persistence was no match for a front-loader.Unbidden and unnoticed, they crept into our corner of rural New England early last fall. Initially, we paid no mind to the branches in the middle of our wide, full brook - assuming they'd fallen...
Europe Travel Alert: Eight Steps Americans Can Take
You have booked tickets for the Paris International Photo Fair or perhaps your son is already in Berlin studying German. Now that the US State Department has issued a "travel advisory" for Europe, what should you do? Cancel the trip? Bring junior home?...
Germany Finishes Paying WWI Reparations, Ending Century of 'Guilt'
Few people in Germany noted the country's final $94 million WWI reparations payment on Sunday. Some historians say that's for the best.To some historians, World War I ended Sunday.Amid the news headlines marking the 20th anniversary of German reunification,...
How Colombia's President Santos Aims to Tackle Decades of Violent Land Disputes
Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos's new attempt at land reform will begin with the restitution of 5 million acres over four years - an area about the size of Massachusetts.Colombia has tried this before.In 1968, the government encouraged peasants...
Hybrid Cars, Electrics Zoom Past 100 M.P.G
Hybrid cars are finally on track in the US as automakers reach for new refinement on electrics.Thanks to hybrid cars and electrics, the auto industry is about to put a fresh charge into the American car. Thousands of orders have already been placed for...
Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant Delayed: Stuxnet Not to Blame, Official Says
Iran officials said a leak at the Bushehr nuclear power plant will prevent it from beginning operation this year. The delay comes as experts suggest the facility might have been targeted by a foreign government using the Stuxnet computer worm.Iran's...
Iraq Shakes Up Rankings of Oil Nations. Who's on Top?
With new estimates released Monday, Iraq jumped a spot in the rankings of nations with the biggest oil reserves. If oil prices surge, these energy behemoths will benefit the most. Here's the new order of the Top 5 nations.With new estimates released...
Junk Car or Work of Art? Supreme Court Declines Free Speech Fight
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take the case of a Texas businessman who says a 1988 Oldsmobile in front of his store is art, not subject to a city junk-vehicle ordinance.As any visitor to a museum of modern art may attest, what qualifies as...
Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of October 4, 2010
Readers write in about the American two-party system, global education of women, race in the South, and the Middle East peace talks.Two-party system falls shortThe article "Power sharing: better for Obama?" in the Sept. 20 issue primarily deals with...
Mind the Gap between Stimulus and Response
The Monitor's language columnist has mixed feelings about the way the telecommunications industry talks about 'human latency.'If you're a lover of language, isn't it a great feeling to discover a new term that fits an idea that you've been carrying around...
Moscow Ex-Mayor Starting Movement to Promote More Democracy
Moscow ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov, dismissed last week by President Medvedev, says he is going to launch a political movement to counter an antidemocratic drift. Many activists are skeptical of Luzhkov's pro-democracy credentials.Yury Luzhkov, the long-serving...
Nobel Prize for Robert Edwards: The Controversies Behind IVF
Although in vitro fertilization has brought joy to many families, the Nobel Prize for its co-developer is also a reminder of the bioethical questions raised by IVF technology.The Nobel medicine prize committee acknowledged the role of British biologist...
Obama as Roman Emperor -- the Rise and Fall of the Propaganda Master
President Barack Obama's campaign of images, emotions, and themes won him tremendous popularity - and the presidency. Now, his poll numbers are dragging, his followers disillusioned. To understand the 'ruler cult' cycle, we must look to ancient Roman...
Q&A with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
At a Sept. 17 Monitor lunch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the response to the 9/11 attacks, securing the US southern border, and the current US threat level.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano heads a $56 billion department...
Rahm Emanuel: Will Blagojevich Retrial Mar His Image?
When the Blagojevich retrial begins a month before Chicago's mayoral election, Rahm Emanuel's name is expected to appear prominently in testimony. That's posing a problem for his image- makers.Rahm Emanuel stood on commuter train platforms here during...
Russian Weapons Dealer Viktor Bout Stalls Extradition to US
Viktor Bout has stalled his extradition to the US. But the delay may be short-lived in the case of the 'Merchant of Death,' accused of supplying dictators and warlords with weapons.The long-delayed extradition case of Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian...
She Recruited Facebook Friends to Save Gulf Coast's Hermit Crabs
When park ranger Leanne Sarco saw oil-covered hermit crabs on the Louisiana beaches, she started her own project to clean and save them.Leanne Sarco remembers the day she discovered oil in her lagoons. On the first day, a sheen appeared on the ocean...
Signs of a Biotech Backlash?
Genetically modified seeds are still popular, but farmers question the high costs and the rise of herbicide-resistant weeds.On the eve of planting, Paul Taylor, a corn-and-soybean farmer in north central Illinois, made a quick decision.The signs were...
Tender Is the Pork Chop
Underrated and overcooked, the pork chop has had a tough history.Give me a pair of thick, pan-fried pork chops, cooked to a perfect pinkness, with homemade applesauce and sauerkraut on the side, and I'm in hog heaven.My fondness for these porcine poppers...
The Muse of Murder Mysteries Turns out to Be Quite Vocal
A retired college professor tries his hand at writing murder mysteries and finds the characters leading the way.When I retired from teaching college English, I felt I'd done just about everything I'd looked forward to as an eager undergraduate who'd...
The Power Behind Peacemaking
A Christian Science perspective.The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that began on Sept. 2 started with hopeful prospects. The early picture was encouraging, with the United States pledging to bring about an accord between the...
Top Bing and Google Search Tip: Cut to the Chase
When using Bing and Google, eliminate words that search engines will regard as noise, or that introduce ambiguity.Americans make 16 billion online searches a month. That number is way higher than it needs to be, suggests Frederick Savoye, general manager...
Top Picks: Patrick Stewart, Nat Geo 'Making History,' Rahim AlHaj, and More
Patrick Stewart in new 'MacBeth' film, National Geographic's 'Making History,' Iraqi musician Rahim AlHaj's new CD 'Little Earth,' and more recommendations.Stewart's 'MacBeth'British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, of "Star Trek" fame, created a sensation...
Uncle Sam's Shameful Treatment of Today's American Indians
One hundred and thirty four years after the Battle of Little Bighorn, the United States is still cruelly punishing the native Americans for their resistance to white encroachment in the lands west of the Mississippi. We treat Iraqis and Afghans better...
US Jobs: In China Trade Fight, Does Protectionism Help, or Hurt?
Congress is considering legislation that would punish China for devaluing its currency, a policy the Obama administration regards as hindering US jobs growth. But some say protectionism is even more costly.Almost everyone in Rumford, Maine, (pop. 4,953)...