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 December 23, 2011

Air Jordans: 'Sneakerheads' Flock to Grab Retro Kicks (VIDEO)
Air Jordans went on sale Friday and police were called out to control 'shop mobs' across the US - some using pepper spray to subdue crowds. Critics say Nike deliberately limited production in order to create a frenzy.With nary a whisper of advertising,...
China Makes Record Purchase as Eurozone Puts Assets Up for Sale
China's $3.5 billion investment in Portugal power producer is its largest yet in Europe, and signals willingness to buy assets even as it balks at purchasing bonds from indebted eurozone countries.China's Three Gorges Corp. has bought a 21 percent share...
Christmas in the Alley
A Christian Science perspective.It was the day I moved the office from one part of downtown Chicago to another. There was little light coming from the pre- solstice sun. I was sitting in my car, trapped between the moving truck and a bottled-water truck,...
Czechs, World Leaders Remember 'Irreplaceable' Vaclav Havel at Funeral
World leaders inside Prague Castle, where Vaclav Havel's state funeral was held today, as well as thousands of Czechs gathered outside, marked him as an unforgettable part of both Czech and global history.Vaclav Havel, the humble Czech playwright who...
Dickens of a Christmas: Celebrating the Tale of a Redeemed Scrooge
The bicentennial of Dickens's birth provides a chance to understand why his 'A Christmas Carol' helped Christians refocus on the meaning of Christmas.The meaning of Christmas is most often told through the story of the Nativity, but coming in a close...
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Movie Review (VIDEO)
Wrenching and at times exploitive, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' takes on 9/11 events as seen through the eyes of an 11-year- old boy.In the 10 years since 9/11, debates have periodically raged about whether it was "too soon" to make movies about...
Fellowship of the Christmas Ham
Amid the nearly intolerable stress of the holidays, I smiled as I wrote 'pick up ham' on my Christmas to-do list. It was strange that I felt sentimental about my annual trip to the ham store. But it always put me in a festive mood, reminding me of the...
Good Living Street
An Australian art critic probes the past of his family - Austrian Jews who enjoyed one of Vienna's grandest eras, only to lose it all in the face of World War II.Australian art critic and environmental lawyer Tim Bonyhady has written a book of multilayered...
Has Obama's 'Let's Talk' Approach Worked with US Adversaries? A Report Card
One of Obama's objectives entering the White House was to show that dialogue could be more effective than confrontation with US adversaries. From Iran to Burma, here's how it's going.When Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2009 on the heels...
If Ron Paul Wins in Iowa, Does That Make the State Irrelevant?
Some Republicans worry that if Ron Paul wins in Iowa, the state will be seen as ridiculous for backing a fringe candidate. But others say it would be a 'victory for retail politics in Iowa.'While the national headlines have swirled in recent days around...
Is Indian Investment in Ethiopian Farms a 'Land Grab?' (VIDEO)
Investment by Indian-owned Karuturi Global has raised questions about whether Ethiopia is literally giving away the farm, or conversely, launching a 'green revolution' to help Ethiopia feed itself.When an Indian company invests hundreds of millions of...
North Korea Uses Kim Jong-Il Funeral to Send Olive Branch and Warning to South
North Korea welcomed plans for two private 'condolence delegations' from South Korea to Kim Jong-il's funeral, but condemned the South's refusal to send official delegation and warned darkly of consequences.North Korea is turning the funeral in Pyongyang...
One Year after Tunisian Revolt Began, Little Has Changed, Residents Say
The self-immolation of vegetable seller Mohammed al-Bouazizi on Dec. 17, 2010, did much to set off the Arab uprisings; but Tunisians in his town say the regime has changed in name only.It was supposed to be a day of national pride, the anniversary of...
Payroll Tax Cut Extended, but Battle Resumes after Break
The House and Senate approved Friday a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut, setting up a sequel to the three-month-long battle over one of President Obama's top legislative priorities.The House and Senate convened today in a short session with...
Pew Study: Female Vets More Critical Than Men of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars
Military women are also a more racially diverse group than US men in uniform, and they're less likely to be married, according to a study released this week by the Pew Research Center.One of the most comprehensive studies of women's changing role in...
Religiously Active People More Likely to Engage in Civic Life, Pew Study Finds
The Pew study authors say their findings counter the view that religiously active people are less engaged with the secular world. Increased trust of others and optimism about one's impact on the community are cited as factors.Religious activism is good...
Retailers Gearing Up for Big Pre-Christmas Shopping in Next Two Days
Fathers and other pre-Christmas procrastinators are expected to hit the stores in force on Friday, kicking off a calendar-enhanced flurry of holiday shopping that should warm retailers' hearts.It's beginning to shape up as a perfect storm - in a good...
Social Media Helps Far-Flung Families Connect This Holiday Season
Without platforms like Facebook, Skype, and Google +, it would be much harder for some far-flung extended families to stay connected this holiday season.Gathering family for the holidays isn't what it used to be.And that's a good thing for Carol Meerschaert,...
Unemployment Extension 101: What the Payroll Tax Deal Means for the Jobless
Congress' short-term reauthorization of the unemployment program is a holiday gift for some 2.9 million Americans who would have otherwise lost their benefits - but the fight is far from over.Congress' decision to reauthorize the current federal unemployment...
US-Russia Ties: Chill over Syria Replaces Warmth of Obama's 'Reset' Policy
Obama once touted improved US ties with Russia as a major achievement. But the contentious wrangle over Syria at the UN is threatening to undo the 'reset.'Remember President Obama's "reset" of US-Russia relations? It may be time to hit the "alert" button.The...
Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong-Il - Moral Opposites
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was a victim of communist dictatorship; North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was a communist dictator. It is time to correct a historic injustice and award Havel the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously for his lifetime achievements.Last...
Vaclav Havel: Crisis of 'Human Spirit' Demands Spiritual Reawakening
Vaclav Havel spent his life fighting for freedom and democratic expression. His legacy stands in sharp contrast to that of Kim Jong- il, who ruthlessly denied his people a voice.The mingled images of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong-il lying in state this week...

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