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 January 24, 2011

After Albania Violence, a Fragile Calm
Albania was quiet Monday after deadly protests Friday. Prime Minister Sali Berisha last week accused Socialist opposition leader Edvin Rama of attempting a 'Tunisian-style' coup.International calls for calm and suspension of protest took fragile hold...
After Nuclear Talks Fail, Iran Rails at 'Enemies' - and Leaves Door Open for New Round
Iran responded to the failure of nuclear talks last weekend with dual-track rhetoric, saying that 'there is hope' but accusing the West of 'blocking progress.'Iran is reacting to the collapse of nuclear talks in Istanbul with the rhetorical equivalent...
After Tumultuous Week, Ireland Hits Fast Track on Rebuilding Government
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen resigned as party leader, the ruling coalition collapsed, and six ministers quit. Some say the volatile week may actually help the country get back on its feet.Ireland's ruling party has lost its chief, public confidence...
A Nobel Peace Prize Winner Finds Spiritual Values in Planting Trees
Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement, says spiritual values are the key to healing ourselves and our environment.On a visit to Japan, Wangari Maathai learned the story of the hummingbird and the forest fire. While the other...
A Speech That Reaches Hearts and Minds
A Christian Science perspective.When Abraham Lincoln stepped to the podium to address a joint session of the US Congress on Dec. 3, 1861, he strongly took issue with those who sought to "destroy the Union." He began this State of the Union address by...
As South Sudan Prepares for Independence, Old Hurts Linger
Many South Sudanese are still skeptical of the chances of real peace, although South Sudan's leader has urged forgiveness for the north for its actions during Sudan's civil war.They call him "Commander Dan." He arrived 24 years ago, and they say here...
A Statistical Look at the State of the Union
Two years into Obama's presidency, many Americans might describe the state of the Union as: better, but far from great. Although the recession is officially over and the economy on the mend, jobs are not being created fast enough. Mortgage rates are...
Big Brother at Wyoming Schools? Legislature Considers Filming Teachers
Wyoming lawmakers propose installing video cameras to help evaluate teachers' performance. But educators are concerned about privacy issues, among other things.Teachers in Wyoming might someday have to add an extra step to their lesson plans: Smile for...
Blizzard Calculations
With the heat out and no water, a self-professed fat cat reassesses her creature comforts.The refrigerator is 42 degrees F. The house is 42 degrees F. Therefore, the house is a refrigerator. Beside this syllogistic proposition, there is an irony here...
Can Mayors Make Jared Loughner the Poster Boy for Gun Control?
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to force Congress's hand on gun control, suggesting that new laws could have kept guns out of the hands of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner.As Congress begins its new session, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
Flotilla Aid Fails to Deliver in Gaza
As much as 60 percent of the aid was damaged or otherwise unusable. Some still hasn't been distributed.More than seven months after Israel diverted a Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla" with lethal force and agreed to help transfer its supplies to Gaza, Israel...
From Bureaucrat to Businessman: Orszag's Path Reveals What Really Seals Deals
Peter Orszag is an economic policy wonk who was director of the Office of Management and Budget. But Citigroup hired him less for his PhD or analytical dexterity than for his 'social capital.' It's a potent reminder that in business, as in politics,...
From Tunisia to Wikileaks to the Stuxnet Worm, a Cascade of Cyberevents
Digital advances such as the Internet are pushing events ever faster, for good or ill. The world needs to get ahead of this train to determine its path.The number of major "cyberevents," to use a new term, seems to be accelerating with the speed of a...
How Leaked Palestinian Documents Will Affect Abbas, Peace Process
Al Jazeera has begun to publish 1,300 documents that detail far- reaching Palestinian concessions on Jerusalem and borders. The offers were rebuffed by Israel.A trove of secret documents obtained by Al Jazeera shows that Palestinian negotiators offered...
Jack LaLanne Remembered: Five of His Amazing Feats
Jack LaLanne, the 'Godfather of Fitness,' died on Sunday at the age of 96. He often marked milestones by putting his fitness and athleticism to the test. We remember Jack LaLanne by looking back at his five most amazing feats.Jack LaLanne, the 'Godfather...
Jared Lee Loughner Case: Does Tucson Shooting Deserve the Death Penalty?
As the Justice Department decides whether to seek the death penalty for Jared Lee Loughner, the brutality of the Tucson shooting may reinvigorate US support for capital punishment.Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of killing six people and wounding...
Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of January 17, 2011
Readers write in about the debate of health care and the individual mandate in President Obama's new healthcare law.Debate over health careThe editorial "Health mandate's day in court" (Dec. 27) demonstrates knowledge of the Constitution, but also reveals...
Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of January 24, 2011
Reader write in about how to define Constitutional rights in America, the motives of suicide terrorists, and new ideas that require new light bulbs.How to define 'rights'In the Jan. 17 commentary "Do you have a 'right' to a job, home, or health care?,"...
Oprah's Sister: How Oprah Came to Learn a Family Secret
Oprah's sister: Oprah said on her show Friday that she had been 'keeping a family secret for months.' On Monday, the television host revealed that she had a long-lost half sister.On Friday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," one of the world's most...
Palestine Papers: 5 Disclosures That Are Making Waves
Al Jazeera's trove of documents on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which the news organization has dubbed the "Palestine Papers," landed with a resounding thud on desks in Jerusalem and Ramallah yesterday.Al Jazeera has so far only released some...
Palestine Papers: America's Approach to Peace Talks 'A Failed Policy'?
The Palestine papers, leaked documents purporting to reveal details of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, may create obstacles to ongoing talks - or sweep away failed strategies and allow new progress.The 'Palestine papers' released Sunday by Al Jazeera...
Palestine Papers Backlash? Protesters Rally for Mahmoud Abbas at Al Jazeera Office
Amid Palestine Papers revelations, Mahmoud Abbas got a rare show of public support, though some question if it was staged.Protesters stormed the headquarters of the Al Jazeera television station in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday afternoon,...
Parsing Our Words Carefully
A verb rooted in the world of picky grammarians finds new roles in the larger public discussion.In journalism, three data points can make a trend. I'm going to lower the bar here: If within one morning newscast I hear the same unusual verb twice in completely...
Rahm Emanuel Ruling: Big Setback at a Crucial Time in Chicago Mayor's Race
Rahm Emanuel does not meet the residency requirements to run for Chicago mayor Feb. 22, an Illinois appeals court panel rules. Rahm Emanuel will appeal to the state supreme court, but a verdict in his favor is hardly assured.Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral...
State of the Union: The Crafting of a Speech
A former White House speechwriter tells what goes into drafting the State of the Union address and how the annual message to Congress has changed since the days of quill pens.The election was over. He'd won. But there was still something gnawing at Woodrow...
Supreme Court Declines Appeal in Lottery Winner's Excessive Force Suit
Robert Swofford, a former Army special forces captain and lottery winner, is free to pursue his case against sheriff's deputies who shot him without warning, after the Supreme Court declined to hear the deputies' appeal.A Florida man has won his bid...
Supreme Court: Man Can Sue Firm That Fired Him in Retaliation against Fiancee
The Supreme Court ruling focuses on a case in which a woman filed a sex discrimination complaint against her employer, which three weeks later fired her fiance. The justices said the fiance can sue the employer for illegal retaliation.The US Supreme...
Tax Breaks for Wealthy Donors: Schools Struggle, While the Rich Fund Golf Tourneys
Tax deductions for charitable giving mean the rich can fund their pet causes while the government loses vital tax revenue. This loophole effectively takes the public good out of the hands of voter- elected representatives and subjects it to the whims...
The Five Coldest Places on Earth
Noticed a chill in the air? You're not alone. A blast of subzero temperatures has swept the Northeast, closing schools, stalling cars, and collectively freezing billions of nose hairs. The coldest temperature on Monday was recorded in New York's Adirondack...
The Land the Super Bowl Forgot: Is L.A. in Line for a $1 Billion Stadium?
One company has vowed to build a $1 billion stadium to help L.A. entice the Super Bowl, the Final Four, and an NFL team. But there are skeptics as well as cheerleaders.The countdown to Super Bowl XLV began in earnest Monday, and for the 18th year running,...
The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family
Filmmaker Peter Firstbrook Traces Barack Obama's family back 700- plus years to the Sudan.Barack Obama never lived in Kenya and he met his African-bornbiological father only once (at the age of 10, when his fathervisited him in Hawaii for part of a day)....
The Super Bowl Just Aggravates Our Addiction to Hyperbole
The Jets are out, the Steelers are in. The Green Bay Packers ousted the Chicago Bears. And now we'll be subjected to weeks of adrenaline-pumping adjectives - a trend that has spread to politics and media, corroding our discourse.Americans have become...
Tucson Shooting Spotlights US Shift on Gun Control
Since the Tucson shooting on Jan. 8, federal gun control advocates have made little headway and many states are considering expanding gun rights. Why?Far from launching a flurry of comprehensive gun-control bills in Congress and statehouses, the Jan....
Tunisia's Opposition Defends Unity Government as Pressure Mounts
Protesters from Tunisia's interior - where the revolution started - arrived in the capital yesterday, significantly increasing the pressure on the week-old unity government.Tunisia's opposition leaders appear to have miscalculated by rushing into a unity...
Yemen Releases Jailed Activists in the Face of Tunisia-Inspired Protesters
Yemen today released nearly three dozen activists, including Towakil Karman, who had led Tunisia-inspired protests last week calling for President Saleh to step down.Protesters in Yemen succeeded in securing the release of nearly three dozen jailed activists...

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