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 March 22, 2010

Afghan Warlord Hekmatyar Talks Peace, but Brings Little to Table
Afghan warlord Hekmatyar has sent delegates to Kabul for more preliminary peace talks. But his Hizb-e-Islami group lacks teeth on the battlefield and is unlikely to sway more powerful insurgent factions, the Taliban and the Haqqani network.Afghan President...
After Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill, Why Mess with Reconciliation?
House Democrats don't like the health care reform bill they passed Sunday. They only did it because the Senate promised it would 'fix' the bill. And that's where reconciliation comes in.The White House signing ceremony is typically the climax of a reform...
Attorneys General in 11 States Poised to Challenge Healthcare Bill
As soon as President Obama signs the healthcare bill into law, the attorneys general say they will challenge its constitutionality. The mandate to buy insurance is at the center of the controversy.Attorneys general from at least 11 states say they will...
At Washington's Immigration Reform March, a Warning from Latinos
Immigrants and activists turned out by the tens of thousands to urge President Obama to keep his campaign promises on immigration reform.From the tens of thousands who rallied for comprehensive immigration reform in Washington on Sunday, the message...
'Ave Maria' at Graduation? Supreme Court Declines Case
A superintendent banned an instrumental performance of 'Ave Maria' at a high school graduation ceremony because it seemed too religious. On Monday, the Supreme Court turned away the case.The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case charging...
Biased TV Stations Intensify Divides in Thailand Protests
As Thailand protests enter their second week, rival TV stations are airing nonstop coverage or highlighting the protests' negative impacts.Red-shirted protesters in cars, pickup trucks, and motorbikes snaked around the Thai capital on Saturday, the latest...
Briefing: Strains in US 'Special Relationship' with Israel
The 'special relationship' the US and Israel have long enjoyed is being tested again today as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses AIPAC, the most powerful Israel lobby in Washington.Amid unusually high tensions between the US and its closest...
Egypt Names Ahmed El-Tayeb Sheikh of Al-Azhar University
Ahmed el-Tayeb, who holds a PhD in Islamic philosophy from the Sorbonne, is expected to be a better face for Egypt's Al Azhar University, which was once preeminent in the Sunni world.As Egypt gears up for a succession battle over who will fill President...
French President Nicolas Sarkozy Reshuffles Cabinet after Election Drubbing
French President Nicolas Sarkozy started to reshuffle his cabinet Monday after a resurgent left beat his center-right party in regional voting. The losses have some questioning Sarkozy's shot at reelection in 2012.French President Nicolas Sarkozy began...
Germany Social Welfare Ruling Sees 'Right' to Social, Cultural Life
Last month a Germany social welfare ruling blocked entitlement reductions on the grounds that all citizens have a right to participate in social, cultural life.A landmark court ruling has opened a battle over what social welfare model the traditionally...
Google Ends Internet Censorship, Dares China to Make Next Move
Google's decision to stop Internet censorship of search results in China puts a global spotlight on China, online free speech activists say.After two months of negotiations with Chinese officials over the country's Internet censorship rules, Google pulled...
Health Care Bill Victory: Obama's Historic Moment
With House passage of the health care bill late Sunday, President Obama has succeeded where presidents going back decades before him have failed. But it was a hard-fought victory, costing him dearly in public approval and political capital.Barack Obama...
Health Care Reform Bill 101: What Does It Mean for Kids and Families?
It will affect families differently, depending on their incomes, home states, and job situations. In general, the health care reform bill expands coverage for kids, adolescents, and young adults."Wow, this new healthcare bill looks like a big deal. How...
Health Care Reform Bill 101: What Does It Mean for Seniors?
Some seniors may lose Medicare benefits they now enjoy. Many others will gain from an enhancement of Medicare's prescription- drug program.Many senior citizens worry about the effect that the health care reform bill may have on them. After all, they...
Health Care Reform Law Is Only Half a Loaf
Democrats have now cemented the idea of expanded health care insurance coverage in US politics. The GOP erred on that point. But both parties must now get medical-cost containment done right.Americans can expect a host of political and legal challenges...
Health Care Vote Results: Bill Passes, Obama to Sign It into Law
The health care vote results came in late Sunday night, with the House passing the bill, 219 to 212. President Obama is set to sign the bill into law this week. After that, the Senate will take up 'fixes.'The House of Representatives passed health care...
Helping Young People Champion Religious Tolerance
Eboo Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core as a way for young people to better understand and defend religious diversity.Eboo Patel begins a speech to high-schoolers by recalling his own diverse group of high school friends, which included a south...
Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: New Israeli Settlements Complicate US Goals on Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the AIPAC conference Monday that new Israeli settlements in occupied Arab lands not only hurt US standing in the peace process, but they also complicate the US bid to win additional sanctions against Iran.Israeli...
How Gerrymandering Undermines Democracy
In a democracy our legislators should work for us, not the other way around. Redistricting needs reform.With Congress deadlocked, pundits have been pointing fingers every which way at potential culprits for the lack of congeniality in Washington. Many...
How Key Democrats Voted on Health Care Bill: Pelosi's Scorecard
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the formidable task of persuading 216 Democrats to vote for a Senate health care bill that many did not like. This is how she succeeded - and failed.When Massachusetts elected Republican Scott Brown to fill the Senate seat...
Islamic Countries Pledge $850 Million to Develop Darfur
The $850 million pledge for development projects in Sudan's troubled Darfur region comes out of a one-day donor conference of Islamic countries in Cairo Sunday, just one month after a significant Darfur peace agreement.A donors' conference composed mainly...
Labor Reforms? Japan Limits on Part-Timers Please No One
In Japan, labor reforms approved last Friday to protect temporary workers - now about one-third of the workforce - were met with criticism on both sides. Firms say they need a flexible workforce, while laborers say too many loopholes remain.Japan's center-left...
Mark Twain: Man in White
A close look at the last four years of Mark Twain's life.Persons attempting to find a motive in Mark Twain's doings aremany. Those trying to find a moral in his life most often end upcontradicting one another. But anyone hoping to find a plot in itwould...
Mexicans Skeptical of US Immigration Reform in Wake of DC March
Sunday's march in Washington for immigration reform made front page news in Mexico, where many complain that the US focuses too much on Mexico's brutal drug war and not enough on immigration reform.A day after thousands of immigrants - undocumented and...
Minor-League Baseball: New Jersey Players Swing for the Bigs
One-time major-league stars now playing in minor-league baseball look for a shot at redemption with New Jersey's Newark Bears.Tike Redman, the former outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, is standing at the ready in shallow center...
Netanyahu Faces 'Difficult Choices' Going into AIPAC Speech
Going into his AIPAC speech today, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces stern US warnings, Palestinian exasperation, and a fractious coalition government and rising violence back home.Monday's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
New Health Care Bill Pros and Cons: Will It Cut Costs?
The Congressional Budget Office says the new health care bill will be deficit neutral. But economists aren't sure. What are the financial pros and cons of the bill?The vote in the House of Representatives is over, but a key debate about the new health...
Prophecies Worth Believing In
A Christian Science perspective.Prophecies. Thanks to the Internet and radio and television talk shows, among other sources, prophecies seem inescapable. One side declares: Iran will be a danger to the world. Another replies: No, it won't. The euro will...
Republicans' New Health Care Reform Bill Rallying Cry: Repeal It
Republicans couldn't stop Democrats from passing the health care reform bill Sunday. Now, they vow to make the bill - and big government spending - the core issue of the 2010 elections.Republican lawmakers and activists had no trouble segueing to their...
Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor Staff
'The African Queen' on DVD at last, Jamie Cullum's latest burst of talent on a new CD, a tale of forgiveness on Lifetime, and more.Griffin-style gospelIn a way, Patty Griffin's voice has always sounded filled with the spirit: In songs dating back to...
Supreme Court Declines Case: US Can Move Detainees without Notice
The Supreme Court declined to hear a case on whether federal judges can require the US to give 30 days notice of any plan to move Guantanamo detainees to another country.The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by a group of Guantanamo...
Supreme Court Denies Michigan's Asian Carp Injunction Request
Michigan had asked the Supreme Court to order Chicago to close two locks to stop the invasive Asian carp from getting to the Great Lakes.The Supreme Court has denied Michigan's second request for an injunction ordering Chicago to close two navigational...
The Nuclear Waste Problem: Where to Put It?
Currently, the US has no permanent disposal site for nuclear waste. A new presidential commission is exploring ways to solve the problem of storing highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel.President Obama's new Blue Rib-bon Commission on America's Nuclear...
The Real Hero of Health Care Reform: Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi, not President Obama, deserves the bulk of the credit for creating a majority for health care reform in spite of tremendous odds.The House's passage Sunday night of a reform package will inevitably be seen as President Obama's biggest achievement,...
Washington and Tehran Rhetoric Heats Up over Iran Nuclear Program
The rhetoric between US and Iranian leaders has taken a sharp negative turn over the Iran nuclear program. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Iran's government a "menace" while Supreme Leader Khamenei said the US is not to be trusted.The United...
World Water Day: Dirty Water Kills More People Than Violence, Says UN
Saving half the water lost through leaky pipes and ill- maintained sewage networks could supply 90 million people with clean water, says a UN report released on World Water Day.Dirty water is killing more people than wars and other violence, the United...
World Water Day: Thirsty Gaza Residents Battle Salt, Sewage
Untreated pools of sewage, some as large as 100 acres, seep back into the sole aquifer that provides freshwater for Gaza's 1.5 million people. Aid workers are looking at new ways to replenish the aquifer, this World Water Day.Activists around the world...
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