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 August 11, 2010

14th Amendment: Is Birthright Citizenship Really in the Constitution?
Congress could deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, say some experts. But others believe that changing citizenship policy requires changing the 14th Amendment.Is "birthright citizenship" - the policy of granting US citizenship...
A Character Not Listed in TV Dramas: The City Itself
As 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' ramps up, the role cities play in storytelling is seen in the tone, shaping of other characters, and cultural backdrop.Casting for the new NBC spinoff "Law & Order: Los Angeles" is well under way, but perhaps the most important...
All Dressed Up but No One to 'Meet' With?
In an age of webinars and other online encounters, being able to press actual flesh still matters - and so it's important how we describe our 'meetings.'This column started in some retronymic musings about "meetings." It's morphed into some thoughts...
Alleged Global Credit Card Fraud Kingpin Arrested in France
Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin had been indicted by a US federal grand jury in November on charges that he engaged in an illicit international network to facilitate credit card fraud.French authorities have arrested a man alleged to be one of the most...
As the Electricity Flicks off, a Mother in Zimbabwe Contemplates the Paths Not Taken
Her son and friend look for treasure at the bottom of the garden, and she discovers her own."Can we go to the tunnel, Mum?"I close my laptop with a sigh. In the kitchen, I collect the things two small boys will need for a picnic: a flask of homemade...
China's Energy Crackdown: More PR Than Big Efficiency Step?
As part of a China energy crackdown to meet efficiency targets, leaders are directing 2,000 factories to close. But it appears many of the locales have already been shuttered.The Chinese government's much-ballyhooed new pledge to close thousands of energy-guzzling...
Dan Rostenkowski: A Washington Giant, a Casualty of Scandal
Dan Rostenkowski, once called one of the nation's most power politicians, died Wednesday. His lengthy political career in Washington began in 1958 and ended amid scandal in 1994.In his time, Dan Rostenkowski was a giant of Washington. The 18- term Democratic...
Fewer Frogs? Amphibian Census Flawed by Tin-Earred Researchers
Wrong ribbit? North American Amphibian Monitoring Programs sends volunteers to listen for and count frogs and toads. But a new study shows that even expert observers (or listeners) make errors that may have skewed frog population assessments.To get a...
Flight Attendant's Job: Harder Than It Used to Be?
Flight attendants, including JetBlue's now-famous Steven Slater, often deal with annoyed or irate passengers. But the climate in which they work is more stressful than it used to be, experts say.Whatever caused JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater...
For Alaskans, Ted Stevens Leaves a Larger-Than-Life Legacy
Former Sen. Ted Stevens, who died this week in a plane crash, is remembered by Alaskans as an architect of the state who had a hand in all aspects of modern, oil-rich Alaska.In the gleaming international airport named for Ted Stevens, Alaska's current...
Guilty Plea in $15 Million Illinois Ponzi Scheme That Scammed 300 Investors
William Huber pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a multimillion Ponzi scheme in the latest example of investment advisers bilking their clients.A former Illinois investment adviser has pleaded guilty to defrauding 300 clients out of $15 million, in...
Hacker's Extradition for Cyber Heist: Sign US Is Gaining in Cyber Crime Fight
US investigators may be gaining ground in the fight against international cyber crime. Recent extradition of an alleged hacker from Estonia is latest victory in prosecuting such cases.The cyber attack on the Atlanta-based subsidiary of the Royal Bank...
High-Stakes Hinge Moment for Hezbollah and Lebanon
Facing pressure over the Hariri assassination, Hassan Nasrallah and his Hezbollah organization are growing anxious.Could this be the beginning of the end of Hezbollah?For the first time since its official emergence in 1985, Lebanon's powerful Shiite...
If US Cuts Lebanon Army Aid, Would Hezbollah's Sponsor Iran Step In?
Iran, a key supporter of Hezbollah, offered to underwrite the Lebanese Army after a top US congressman said Monday he had blocked $100 million in military aid. But some doubt it would substantially fill the void.After Rep. Howard Berman (D) of California,...
Indonesia Cleric's Arrest Highlights Work of US-Trained Counterterrorism Unit
The arrest of Indonesia cleric Abu Bakar Bashir highlights the ongoing counterterrorism work of the US-trained Detachment 88. Some groups are concerned over the police unit's alleged use of torture.An elite US-trained Indonesian police unit set up to...
Is Ground Zero Mosque Imam Best Choice for Diplomatic Mission to Mideast?
The State Department plans to send Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the controversial ground zero mosque, to the Middle East as part of a public diplomacy mission to explain how Islam is perceived in America. Critics are complaining the imam is too...
Kigali Grenade Attack Follow Kagame's Rwanda Election Win
Two days after President Paul Kagame won a smooth Rwanda election, a grenade attack rocked the capital, Kigali. Such incidents demonstrate the need for Mr. Kagame's authoritarian style, say his supporters.With few strong opponents running against him,...
Let's Take the Long Way Home
How do you say goodbye to a once-in-a-lifetime friendship?The chief heartache of Gail Caldwell's love letter of a memoir,Let's Take the Long Way Home, is also its main subject: The personshe wrote it for will never be able to read it."I was 51 when Caroline...
Mugabe and the White African: Movie Review
'Mugabe and the White African' traces one family's fight to save their farm in the face of Mugabe's brutal tactics.During Zimbabwe's struggle for democracy, Robert Mugabe may haveseemed - may in fact have been - a genuine freedom fighter. Inhis 30 years...
North Korea Offers to Pay off Czech Debt -- with Korean Ginseng
The Czech Republic suggested barter when North Korea said it would be hard put to repay a $10 million debt left from cold-war days. But it was thinking zinc ore, not Korean ginseng.North Korea, the world's most recently declared nuclear weapons power,...
Primary Results: Dems Go Establishment, GOP Goes 'Tea Party'
Tuesday night in the 2010 primaries produced a mixed outcome - establishment victories for the Democrats and tea party victories for the Republicans.In the establishment versus outsiders frame of the 2010 primaries, Tuesday night produced a mixed outcome:...
Radioactive Smoke? Russia Wildfires Rage near Chernobyl
Greenpeace says Russia wildfires are spreading across six provinces that were heavily contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. One Russian official accused Greenpeace of 'panic- mongering.'The cloud of toxic smog that has blanketed Moscow for weeks...
Rescue Teams Race against Pakistan Floods and Pirate Bandits
Despite warnings of Pakistan floods, many people are now marooned on rooftops or in trees by a surging tide infested with snakes. Bands of boat-borne bandits also threaten citizens.The small rubber boat manned by two Pakistani Navy personnel churned...
Retro Revival Trend Fueled by New, but Old-Looking, Video Games
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" rides wave of nostalgic enthusiasm for retro revival video games.When "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" made the leap from black-and- white comic books to the silver screen, Hollywood ditched the ink aesthetic for real actors...
Rod Blagojevich Jury Deadlocked on Some Charges. Now What?
The jury weighing 24 criminal charges in the corruption trial against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is deadlocked. That doesn't necessarily mean a hung jury.The jury deliberating the fate of Rod Blagojevich is deadlocked on some of the 24 counts...
School Bullying Summit's Big Hope: An Anti-Bullying Tipping Point
The Department of Education convened its first summit on school bullying Wednesday. It comes as state lawmakers nationwide step up their efforts to pass anti-bullying laws.In the wake of several high-profile bullying incidents, the Department of Education...
Space Station Spacewalk Saga: Faulty Pump Removed, More Work Ahead
Astronauts removed a malfunctioning International Space Station cooling pump in a spacewalk Wednesday after an initial attempt failed Sunday. The astronauts will need to install a new pump next week. Until then, the space station crew must curtail its...
Spain and Economic Security Worldwide
A Christian Science perspective."It's a sign of the fragility of the world economy," reported the Monitor, "that the debt problems of Greece, a nation the size of Ohio, can throw global markets into turmoil." Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain...
The Other Kashmir Problem: India and Pakistan Tussle over Water
Water disputes have joined territorial disputes as a flashpoint between India and Pakistan, which both control parts of the Kashmir region. As both countries race to build a dam there, they could fight hard for control of the major rivers.Amid a summer...
Top 4 Ways to Get a Flight Attendant to Go Steve Slater
After an altercation with a passenger, JetBlue flight attendant Steve Slater quit his job on the spot and made a heroic (albeit possibly criminal) slide from an exit hatch. Yes, passengers can be incredibly obnoxious. Here's a list of what annoys flight...
Top 5 Most Stressful Jobs
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater - who quit and made a dramatic exit down an aircraft emergency slide on Aug. 9 - is the latest symbol of stress on the job. But he's hardly alone. With more employees electronically tethered to their jobs 24/7,...
Top Picks: Daffy Duck Toon Classics, Maine's Culinary Delights, Music for Haiti, and More
Classic Daffy Duck toons out on DVD, mouthwatering 'Fresh From Maine' cook book, 'Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti' CD, and more top picks.Go north, foodiesMaine may have only 125 growing days a year, but its best chefs manage to stay local and organic...
Trade Deficit Rises Faster Than Expected: How Worrying Is That?
The US imported $49.9 billion more in goods and services than its exported in June, up from $42 billion in May. Such a large trade deficit is unsustainable and a drag on the economy, experts say.Sagging exports and a rise in imports pushed the US trade...
US and UN Aid for Pakistan Floods: It Helps Fight Taliban, Effects of Global Warming
The lives of 14 million Pakistanis are disrupted by massive flooding. The US must prepare for more security crises triggered by erratic weather, perhaps caused by global warming.The world cannot help but feel compassion for Pakistan, where 1 in 12 people,...
Why Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts over Land Turn Epic
The importance of place to Jewish and Muslim identity intensifies Israeli-Palestinian conflicts over land, as illustrated by the disputed construction of a museum affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Jerusalem's Mamilla cemetery.Standing outside...
Winner Declared in Close GOP Runoff for Georgia Governor
Former US Rep. Nathan Deal is the GOP nominee for Georgia governor, after 'mama grizzly' Karen Handel concedes. Republican voter turnout was high, indicating an invigorated GOP base."Mama grizzly" Karen Handel conceded a vitriolic Georgia Republican...
'You're a Little Late Today' - a Meeting in the Park
The man and the cat were well acquainted enough to sit quietly side by side.Hibiya Park is located just across a busy road from the impregnable stone bulwarks that defend central Tokyo's most imposing landmark: the stately and majestic home of Japan's...