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 September 22, 2010

Afghanistan Election Investigators Face Threats, Bribes
Corruption pressures test the integrity of rag-tag provincial committees as they sift through Afghanistan election complaints.Seated around a room are an investigator, a legal scholar, and three judges. Their mission: Decide how to handle election complaints...
A Football Education at the Seat of Some Serious Huskies Fans
Even as the finer points of the Huskies' plays escaped him, the heady ambiance and roar of the crowd captivated.In 1960 the Washington Huskies defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 44- 8, in the Rose Bowl and brought respectability to West Coast football....
Almost Orphans: Two Children Receive Unexpected Help
Yollanda and her teenage brother find a band of mothers in Zimbabwe quietly rallying to their aid.The woman is well drawn. She wears a floaty purple dress and high heels. She has a wide smile and long, flyaway hair. Ten-year-old Yollanda lingers over...
An Al Qaeda Affiliate Getting Rich in Niger
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb says it kidnapped five Frenchmen and two Africans from a Niger uranium mine. The group appears to be cultivating revenue streams.The Saharan chapter of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Tuesday for the abduction of five...
Autumnal Equinox Pop Quiz (Hint: It's Not about Horses)
The annual September, fall, or autumnal equinox often stumps people, but this year it coincides with Jupiter's closest pass to Earth in a decade and accompanies a large harvest moon.Need an excuse to celebrate tonight?Try welcoming the fall equinox,...
Autumn Begins: Will Weather Pattern Leave Leaf-Peepers Blue?
On first day of autumn, thoughts often turn to the coming blaze of fall foliage. But in New England, an unusually hot and dry summer may portend a shorter, and paler display this year.Autumn has arrived, and with it visions of leaf-peeper caravans snaking...
Bishop Eddie Long Case: Will It Alter Black Church's View of Gays?
Bishop Eddie Long, one of the most powerful men in the black megachurch movement, faces allegations of taking sexual advantage of two teenage boys. In 2004, Long created a ministry to 'deliver' men from homosexuality.In 2004, Eddie Long, one of the richest...
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind
A phone call that started off badly spun into a day full of curious conversations."Hello. Who is this?" There was a second's worth of silence on the other end of the phone. "Who the heck is this?" was the response that shocked me more then surprised...
Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Chicago Youth Violence 'Devastating'
The most somber note in Wednesday's Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters came when Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked about the murders of young people in Chicago.Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a largely upbeat message about progress...
Education Secretary Arne Duncan Will Campaign for Democrats
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says education should put politics and ideology aside, but said he would hit the campaign trail in October.While Education Secretary Arne Duncan says education should be the one issue where "we put politics and ideology...
Edward Albee: American Playwright's Goal Is to Stir Humans to Change
Albee views drama as a catalyst and creates plays that hold up a mirror to human behavior and make people think.In 30 plays over half a century, Edward Albee has outraged, engaged, entertained, and puzzled - some would say baffled - the public. The octogenarian...
Fed Up with Plague of Kidnappings, Mexicans Turn to Mob Justice
In the latest example of vigilantism in Mexico, townspeople near Ciudad Juarez killed two suspected kidnappers Tuesday.A mob in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua killed two suspected kidnappers in the country's latest bout of vigilante justice.Townspeople...
Florida Surprise: How a Democrat Could Be Elected Governor
In an election cycle tilted toward Republicans, Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor in Florida, is holding on to a modest edge in the polls.Alex Sink strolls into the dining room at Kingsway Country Club, in Lake Suzy, Fla., dressed casually...
Foraging along the Seafloor of the Bay of Fundy
At low tide, the Bay of Fundy is a bounty of soggy greens and skittering crabs.We set up our tents in the fog. Nova Scotia is famous for its gray weather, and mist subsumed the campground. On a clear day, we might see the rocky beach and grassy marshlands,...
Frankenfish -- Genetically Modified Salmon -- Take Food and Ecology to a New Level
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears close to approving the 'frankenfish' salmon. That raises all sorts of questions.Today, the "frankenfish" - a genetically modified salmon. Tomorrow, a "frankenpig"?Probably. The Food and Drug Administration...
How a Campaign Manager Spent $250,000 He Embezzled from Chris Shays
Michael Ian Sohn, the former campaign manager for former Rep. Christopher Shays, pleaded guity to buying a $13,000 engagement ring, theater tickets, a bed, and more with campaign cash.The former campaign manager for defeated Connecticut Congressman Christopher...
In Philadelphia, a Michael Vick Atlanta Never Knew
Quarterback Michael Vick has won the starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles by changing who he is - both on and off the field - after spending 20 months in prison for dogfighting.This is not the Michael Vick that fans here in Atlanta knew before he...
Iran's Ahmadinejad, at UN, Has Much to Say, but Will There Be Talks?
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the world stage again at the UN, says Iran is ready for a dialogue on its nuclear program, but Western powers say they have received no formal response from Iranian officials on when the talks would start.With Iranian...
Iran's Ahmadinejad Wants Talks with West. Iran's Hard-Liners Balk
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said this week he's open to talks, has lost the backing he enjoyed in the immediate aftermath of last year's election.Since his arrival in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's...
Iran's Limited Enrichment Plan Can Work: The West Should Take It Seriously
Alastair Crooke, a former MI6 agent in the Middle East, explains why the West needs to adjust its approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions.With the recent activation of the Bushehr nuclear reactor - a fully International Atomic Energy Agency-safeguarded...
Jesse Jackson Jr.: Is He in Serious Trouble?
A Chicago businessman has alleged that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was involved in an illegal scheme to win the appointment to Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Jackson has denied the charges.Allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. offered to raise $6 million...
Job Hunting? Here's a Tip from a Spider
A Christian Science perspective.Years ago, while going through a divorce, I needed to find a job. I felt apprehensive and unsure of myself as I hadn't worked outside the home for years and didn't think I had any valuable skills. However, a delightful...
Kids Jokes: When a Sense of Humor Is Wanting
Her children would tell jokes and laugh uproariously. The problem was they weren't funny."Knock knock," my daughter, Lael, said as we sat down for supper one night."Who's there?" I replied."Banana.""Banana who?""Banana head."And with that Lael, age 7,...
Newt Gingrich Is Right: Obama Shares Anticolonial Values -- American Values
The US civil rights movement was influenced by anticolonial ideals - such as equality and freedom.By now, you've probably heard about Newt Gingrich's weird comments last week linking President Obama's worldview to "Kenyan, anticolonial behavior." But...
Notes on the Underground
A little book on the origins of the names of stations on London's Tube prompts the Monitor's language columnist to consider the magic of place names.I didn't get around all that much on my recent trip to London; yet in another sense I traveled all over...
Obama at UN Summit: Foreign Aid Is 'Core Pillar of American Power'
At the UN Wednesday, President Obama unveiled a plan to revitalize US foreign aid programs, which have been marginalized since the end of the cold war.President Obama on Wednesday unveiled a policy directive that defines the pursuit of global development...
Obama Touts New Patient Protections in Health-Care Reform
Several patients' rights provisions of the new health-care reform law go into effect Thursday. President Obama is still working to sell the American public on the merits of the reforms.Six months ago Thursday, President Obama signed landmark health-...
Pakistan: Study Shows Appreciation for US Disaster Aid
A survey of Pakistanis living near the worst-hit areas of 2005 earthquake finds enduring positive attitudes toward foreigners, including Americans.Is all that foreign aid flowing into Pakistan in the aftermath of last month's massive floods changing...
Paris Hilton, Meet Japan's Hardline Policy on Drugs
Paris Hilton was denied entry to Japan Tuesday because of her conviction for cocaine possession in the US earlier this week.Paris Hilton left Japan today having never made it further than a hotel outside Narita International Airport, after having been...
Privatizing Electricity Puts Nigeria on the Right Track: IEA Economist
The chief economist for the International Energy Agency says oil- rich Nigeria has the capacity to extend electricity to all its 150 million citizens.Nigeria is going the right route by privatizing its electricity sector, says the chief economist for...
Q&A with 'Tea Party' Leaders Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe
At a September 13 Monitor breakfast, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey and president Matt Kibbe discussed the potential Republican House majority and addressed recent criticism of the tea party's diversity.Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe are chairman and president,...
Temple Mount Riot Shows Tough Balancing Act for Mahmoud Abbas
The Temple Mount riot in Jerusalem erupted after a Palestinian was killed by an Israeli security guard. Rising tensions are a challenge for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hinted Tuesday night...
To Fend off Carl Paladino in New York, Andrew Cuomo Gets Angry
A recent poll showed Republican Carl Paladino narrowing the gap on Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial race. Cuomo has responded by showing his angry side.Maybe New York State needs a new line on the ballot: the Anger Party.The first...
Top 5 Millennium Development Goal Success Stories
Ten years ago, at the crack of a new millennium, the United Nations gave the world's poorest countries 15 years to halve their poverty rates, reverse the spread of AIDS, enroll 100 percent of their children in elementary schools, and give 100 percent...
Top Picks: 'Casino Jack,' Martha Stewart, Museum Day, and More
'Casino Jack' documentary about Jack Abramoff out on DVD, Martha Stewart now on Hallmark Channel, free pass to museums on Museum Day Sept. 25, and more recommendations.A story of corruptionThe title of Alex Gibney's newest documentary, "Casino Jack and...
Top Picks: Robert Plant, Cuba's Unique Flora and Fauna, Patrick Dougherty's Sculptures, and More
Robert Plant's new album 'Band of Joy,' PBS documentary on 'Cuba: an Accidental Eden,' sculptor Patrick Dougherty's new book 'Stickwork,' and more recommendations.Robert Plant's 'Joy'At first blush, Robert Plant's new album "Band of Joy" (Rounder Records)...
Vatican Bank Probe Revives Catholic Church's Past Financial Scandals
Italian authorities are looking into allegations of money laundering in the Vatican's bank, adding to the Roman Catholic Church's recent woes over sex-abuse scandals.The head of the Vatican's bank said he had been "humiliated" by the announcement of...
Who Deserves Blame for the Bad Economy? We Do
By neglecting Ben Franklin's gospel of thrift, Americans got into trouble.Let me get this right. We are in a painfully stubborn recession that began in the last years of George W. Bush's presidency. And, if polls are right, President Obama, in office...
Why Democrats Are Pushing a Series of Bills Doomed to Fail
Democrats have put three hot-button issues atop their agenda this week - 'don't ask, don't tell,' immigration reform, and campaign finance reform. They likely won't pass a thing on any of them. But they aren't too worried by that.In the last days before...
Wyclef Jean Drops Bid for Haiti Presidency. Is 'Sweet Micky' the Next Best Thing?
Wyclef Jean said the decision came from 'weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection.' The hip-hop star's absence opens the field to other candidates.Wyclef Jean officially dropped his Haitian presidential bid Tuesday but pledged to stay active in Haitian...
Yellow Dirt
A reporter uncovers the heartbreaking story of the uranium mining that poisoned Navajo lands and people.This story will break your heart.Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a PeopleBetrayed by Judy Pasternak traces 80 years of uranium...
Yemen Goes on Offensive against Al Qaeda
Yemen's government stepped up its battle against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with an offensive this week in a southern city. US aid to Yemen has doubled in 2010, with most going to military assistance.The Yemeni government's fight against Al Qaeda...
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: Movie Review
Woody Allen's latest comedy, 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,' hangs on two faltering marriages and the joy of delusion.Woody Allen makes a movie a year and, because his themes repeat, thefilms tend to run together. His latest, "You Will Meet A Tall...
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