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 14, 2011

2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards: A Look at the Winners
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. The following titles are aptly crafted to shed light on real issues even as they engage young literary minds.The...
5 Must-Read Books about Martin Luther King Jr
What better way to honor Dr. King than to learn more about his life and legacy?What better way to honor Dr. King than to learn more about his life and legacy?#5 The King trilogy, by Taylor BranchBranch's Pulitzer-prize winning trilogy consists of "Parting...
A Dance Legend Goes Shoe Shopping
With flair and regal bearing, Ruth St. Denis made every excursion a performance.When I need a gift or a pair of shoes these days, I browse online or drive to the mall. Seldom do I see a familiar face behind a cash register. Indeed, it's often hard to...
After Tucson Shootings, Sarah Palin Isn't Retreating, She's Reloading
In many ways, Sarah Palin mirrors the ethos of the gun-rights movement she promotes: never back down. Criticized for her rhetoric in the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, she's since posted a combative defense on Facebook and signed up to speak at a...
A Tribute to Martin Luther King
A Christian Science perspective.I work for a quasi-judicial regulatory civil rights agency that enforces the Fair Housing Act. This position provides me with many opportunities to consider the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to the pursuit...
Australia Floods Pose a Political Test Not All Pass
While Prime Minister Gillard has been criticized for her response to the Australia floods, Queensland Premier Bligh has struck the right note of strength and emotion.The Australia floods that have submerged much of Queensland are raising the political...
Barney's Version: Movie Review
In a lively adaptation of Mordecai Richler's book 'Barney's Version,' Paul Giamatti plays an incorrigible scamp who falls for the love of his life at his own wedding - among other escapades.The late Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler was so marvelously...
Blame Game Begins in Wake of Deadly Brazil Floods
As the Brazil floods continue, some blame municipalities for allowing residents to build in insecure areas, while others blame the federal government for misallocating funds.With rain still falling in parts of Rio de Janeiro and the death toll from massive...
Crowdsourcing: The Art of a Crowd
Crowdsourced art, also known as wiki-art, erases the line between artist and audience.It used to be that artists painted, sculpted, or collaged images drawn from the world or their imaginations into original compositions. Now artists make collages from...
Egypt Government Bears Brunt of Coptic Christian Anger
As protests continue in the wake of a Jan. 1 church bombing, the fault lines are growing between the Egypt's Copts and its secular regime.Sweet, smoky incense filled the dim sanctuary of one of Cairo's Coptic Christian churches recently as congregants...
Events in Tunisia Bear out Hillary Clinton's Warning to Arab World
The president of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, flees the country amid unrest one day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a warning to Arab states that refuse democratic reforms.A day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton...
Even with Brazil Flooding Expected to Continue, Many Remain in Perilous Areas
Rescue workers are encouraging residents of hillside slums at risk from Brazil flooding to seek safety. More rain is expected this weekend.Ilderjone Dias stares down at the mud. A roof is poking up from the hardening brown sludge, and Mr. Dias points...
Four Challengers Try to Unseat Michael Steele as Republican Party Chair
The Republican National Committee votes Friday on the chairmanship. As this term of Michael Steele draws to a close, the Republican Party is $20 million in debt.Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is in the fight of his political life,...
Gabrielle Giffords Shooting: Are Members of Congress Safe Back Home?
Congress is a near-fortress, but the Gabrielle Giffords shooting raises questions about security for members of Congress in their home districts.The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona and three members of her staff during a public event...
Gates: Nuclear Talks Possible If North Korea Stops 'Dangerous Provocations'
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Seoul Friday for a meeting with South Korean President Lee, who stressed the need for US cooperation to solve the North Korean nuclear issue.US Defense Secretary Robert Gates today hinted that Washington might be...
Higgins, Logue, and 'The King's Speech'
A current film adds another language coach to the pantheon of cultural heroes - and this one actually lived.Move over, Henry Higgins. Here comes Lionel Logue.You could free-associate for some time before the terms "speech therapist" and "hero" popped...
Hillary Clinton: Don't Be Suspicious of US-China Relationship
Hillary Clinton spoke Friday about US-China relations ahead of a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington next week.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday said that the "positive, cooperative, and comprehensive" relationship that...
How Tucson Kept Westboro Baptist Church Protests out of Town
A Westboro Baptist Church spokeswoman is expected to get air time on two radio talk shows in exchange for the called-off protests. Critics say the church will get more exposure that way, but one of the talk-show hosts says the deal was worth it.United...
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi May Face Greatest Challenge Yet with Teen Prostitution Inquiry
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was today notified of the inquiry, a day after a court overruled a law that allowed him immunity from criminal prosecution.A day after losing his immunity from criminal prosecution, Italy's flamboyant prime minister...
My Lost Daughter
When I picked up the phone, a young voice asked an unexpected question.The phone rang. The breathless voice of a teenage girl. "Is this Bill Delaney?""Yes.""Well, I think you're my father."What? Where? When? How? Who?All I said was: "Are you sure you've...
New 'Green Hornet' Has No Buzz. Are Minor League Superheroes Striking Out?
What do the weak reviews for Columbia's new Seth Rogan vehicle, 'The Green Hornet,' mean for the league of second-tier superheroes set to swoop into theaters this summer?"The Green Hornet" heads into the holiday weekend with less-than- boffo reviews.Does...
New Zodiac Signs 2011: Can One Guy Just Change the Zodiac like That?
In a newspaper interview, astronomer Parke Kunkle pointed out a fact that astronomers have known for millennia, prompting an uproar among those who believe in astrology.A newspaper interview with an astronomer has rocked the astrological world, leading...
NFL Playoffs: If Your Team's out, Which One Should You Root For?
Whether it's Jets vs. Patriots, Steelers vs. Ravens, Packers vs. Falcons, or Seahawks vs. Bears, here are some unconventional ways to pick a favorite if your own team is out of the playoffs.The NFL playoffs promise captivating viewing for fortunate fans...
NJ Gov. Chris Christie Wants to End Teacher Tenure - and He's Not Alone
Just this week, state officials in New Jersey, Florida, and Idaho have called for the elimination of teacher tenure, and more states plan to join the debate.In their bids to reform K-12 education, state leaders in New Jersey, Florida, and Idaho have...
Ouster of Tunisia President: An Opportunity for Arab Autocrats to Respond to the People
The Arab world nervously watches Tunisia as protests force a longstanding repressive ruler to flee. Is revolution in the air?Arab spring? Or Arab winter?That choice is now before the autocratic rulers in the Middle East and North Africa as they nervously...
Rabbit Hole: Movie Review
'Rabbit Hole' explores the stark divide between two parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, and how they negotiate grief over the death of their son.In movies about the consequences of grief, nothing is gained if thegrief overwhelms not only...
Sri Lanka Floods Provide Chance for Government, Tamil Tiger Reconciliation
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has undertaken few reconciliation measures since defeating Tamil separatists. Current Sri Lanka floods provide a chance for him improve relations.Flooding in Sri Lanka has now affected more than a million people, many of them...
The Dog That Never Was
Despite the 'Beware of Dog' sign, no canine - friendly or otherwise - managed to take up residence.We didn't have a dog, but my father, a practical man, decided not to remove the "Beware of Dog" sign that the house's previous owners had left on the driveway...
The Games Sisters Play
As the eldest of four, she had to set an example, but also got to plan the fun.It's my first memory: My mother has yanked me from the back seat of the car out onto the shoulder of the highway. She clutches my wrists and glares down at me, says she's...
The US Is Wrong about Iran. Cutting a Deal Is the Only Win-Win Solution
The US approach on Iran - sanctions and threats - will only drive Iran towards weaponization and undermine negotiations set for Jan. 21 in Turkey. A US-Iran deal, however, would allow Iran enrichment capabilities in exchange for a non-weapons pledge.While...
Top Picks: Easy Decorating, 'Birds of the Gods,' and 'Colstrip Montana'
An iTunes app for wall art, birds of paradise in a PBS special 'Birds of the Gods,' 'Colstrip Montana,' a book that changed landscape photography, and more recommendations.Tales of TV's early daysEver wonder what Albert Einstein's favorite TV show was...
Tunisian Protesters Notch Historic Victory, but Face Uncertain Future
Tunisian protesters are celebrating the ouster of President Ben Ali, and looking forward to establishing a democracy. But the corrupt and powerful system that Ben Ali is still in place.Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country Friday,...
Tunisia under State of Emergency after Government Falls
Pushed to the brink, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dissolved his government and called for fair elections in six months. But protesters are unrelenting.A wave of street protests, unlike anything the Arab world has seen since Lebanon's Cedar...
Unlike Arizona Shooting, Violence against Politicians Rarely Has Mexico Mourning
Three Mexican mayors have been assassinated this year, but such killings draw little attention as they are increasingly common and many Mexicans believe slain politicians often have drug ties.Three mayors have been assassinated in Mexico since the New...
US Sends Ambassador to Syria for the First Time in Six Years
US ambassador Robert Ford faces a daunting list of diplomatic concerns in Syria. If he fails to make headway, the Senate could bring him home by year's end.After nearly a six-year frost in US-Syrian diplomatic relations, newly appointed American ambassador...
What Obama Should Tell China's President Hu: No, You Can't
Because of economic interests, Western governments have too long given China a pass on a litany of egregious global and domestic abuses. But increasing Chinese aggression can no longer be ignored. When President Hu arrives next Tuesday, Obama must draw...
Will Gov. Jerry Brown's California Budget Run into Legal Roadblock?
Governor Jerry Brown might need two-thirds of the California legislature to support $12.5 billion in spending cuts - and that's just the first step towards his balanced budget.California Gov. Jerry Brown's bold bid to fix California's chronic budget...
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