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 5, 2013

Abdicating, Resigning, or Just Stepping Down?
We all know Pope Benedict XVI has left office.But did the departing pontiff abdicate, or resign, or merely step down?The last time something like this happened was in 1415. When Gregory XII resigned the papacy there were in fact three claimants to the...
Anger Courses through Nile Delta and Suez Canal, Spelling Trouble for Egypt's Morsi
This city in the center of Egypt's Nile Delta bears the telltale signs of a protest-turned-fight with police the street is littered with rocks, broken glass, and remnants of burned tires. The smell of tear gas lingers in the air, and boys collect the...
Argentina Begins Prosecution of Military-Era Human Rights Abuses
In 1980, a young, left-wing Argentine militant named Horacio Campiglia was abducted in Rio de Janeiro and then taken to a military base in Buenos Aires, never to be heard from again.In the southern cone, Mr. Campiglia's story is a familiar one he is...
Before More States Legalize Pot, Obama Must Enforce Federal Law
When US Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. testifies before Congress on Wednesday, we hope he finally makes clear that federal drug law trumps state legalization of marijuana.Voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved legalizing recreational...
Chicago Homicides Drop Dramatically as Police Target 'Hot Zones'
Chicagos homicide problem saw unexpectedly dramatic improvement in February, falling to levels not seen since 1957 as city police stepped up a new strategy to rein in chronic violence. Last year ended with more than 500 homicides in Chicago, a 16 percent...
China-Japan Island Dispute Opens Door to Misunderstandings
After five months of naval maneuvering around a group of uninhabited rocks in the East China Sea, Japan and China remain deadlocked in a potentially disastrous game of chicken over their rival territorial claims.Few on either side of the dispute are...
China's Next Leaders Aim to Launch New Economic Era (+Video)
Chinas parliament opened its annual meeting here on Tuesday amid high hopes that the new government it will choose will tackle long- awaited economic reforms and rampant official corruption.But Xi Jinping, the ruling Communist Party leader who is due...
Consumer Optimism Takes a Dive, despite Buoyant Stock Market
Americans overall economic mood has soured significantly during the past month, as rising gas prices, higher payroll taxes, and disarray in Washington have all taken a toll on consumers.Thats the finding of a new Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll, conducted...
Desire, Prayer, Promise
Fresh starts; inner yearnings; deep desires; coming home; the emergence of great and simple things to feel a basic, unmistakable clarity, shining out a path in the midst of us; even when the noise of the world tries to splinter our gaze.I remember the...
George Zimmerman: Why Did He Suddenly Abandon 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing?
The Trayvon Martin case may have brought renewed focus on new "stand your ground" self-defense laws around the country, but the defendant in the case, George Zimmerman, said Tuesday he may not use the law in his own defense after all.In a move that bewildered...
Hugo Chavez Era Ends: Will US-Venezuela Relations Improve?
The passing of Hugo Chvez removes one of the prickliest thorns in US relations within its own hemisphere and could portend brighter days for US-Venezuela relations eventually.But any warming in ties won't happen overnight, especially after the Venezuelan...
Hugo Chavez Legacy: A Wedge between US, Latin America (+Video)
In December 1994, Miami and the Clinton administration hosted the first Summit of the Americas, an event that drew the leaders of every country from Canada to Chile but Cuba. It was perhaps the zenith of the quest to cast the Western Hemisphere in Washingtons image,...
Immigration Officials Tight-Lipped about Detainee Release. What Is Known?
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said last week it was releasing a "few hundred" detainees to save money ahead of the automatic spending cuts in the sequester. A few days later, the Associated Press reported that the move involved closer...
Mystery Drone near JFK Airport: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Investigation
The news that a commercial pilot has reported seeing a drone loitering near his aircraft as he was preparing to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday raises some intriguing questions as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to...
New Facebook Lawsuit Says Company Hid Important Information
Another new Facebook lawsuit? A disgruntled shareholder has filed suit against Facebook, alleging that the California company intentionally hid important revenue information in the lead-up to last year's IPO. According to Reuters, the shareholder, Gaye...
No More Big Banker Bonuses? Europe Set to Crack Down
When European finance ministers meet today in Brussels, they will discuss a limit on bonus payments for bankers. And here is the surprise: They might actually agree on such a cap.Europe is undergoing a shift on executive pay that seemed unthinkable in...
No More Telecommuting? Not a Problem for Most American Workers
The hubbub surrounding Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to suspend telecommuting at the Internet giant had not yet faded when word came this week that Minnesota-based Best Buy, the electronics retailer, now wants its corporate employees, who...
Second Sinkhole Appears. Does Your Insurance Cover Sinkholes?
Its been an eventful geological week in Florida. Just days after a massive sinkhole opened up in Tampa suburb, swallowing an entire home in the process, another smaller (yet sizable) sinkhole appeared a few miles away, in a residential neighborhood between...
Sign of Good Times? Stocks Surpass 2007 Peak as Dow Hits All-Time High
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to a new record level Tuesday, closing well above a peak set before the US economy entered a recession in 2007.Its been a long time coming.Almost 5-1/2 years have elapsed since the Dow stock index last stood above...
SimCity Review Roundup: Bigger, Better, and a Whole Lot Busier
SimCity, the sixth installment in the SimCity franchise, debuted today on PCs in the US (a global release will follow on the 7th, with a Mac launch sometime after that). Because SimCity requires an Internet connection to play or at least to save your...
Storm Kings
When settlers first ventured into the wilderness west of the original 13 American Colonies, they encountered a strange phenomenon. In the silent woods, they found strips of flattened and downed trees, often in paths several hundred yards wide and miles long....
Three Questions to Ask about US Drone Strikes
The white paper released in Feb. 2013 detailing the Obama administrations policy on the use of drones for targeted killings has stirred plenty of controversy. Questions about the policy came up again during the Senate confirmation hearing for John Brennan, President...
White House Opposes Restrictions on Unlocking Cellphones
The White House and the Federal Communications Commission have joined opponents criticizing the Library of Congress' new provisions against unlocking cellphones.Under current law, consumers cannot take phones they have purchased from one network and...
Why North Korea Threat to Abandon Armistice Rings Hollow
If North Koreas bellicose declaration Tuesday that it was threatening to withdraw from the Korean War armistice in response to annual US-South Korea military exercises sounded a little familiar, theres a good reason.Pyongyang had already announced its...
Will China, Japan, and South Korea Hit the 'Reset' Button for Asia?
As new leaders take office in Japan, China, and South Korea in an unprecedented coincidence of power shifts, a fresh opportunity has arisen to hit the reset button on fractious relationships beset by territorial disputes, nationalism, and history.It...
Will China's New Leaders Really Take on North Korea?
Western analysts are still poring over the evidence from North Korea's recent nuclear test its third for clues about what exactly the secretive Communist nation detonated Feb. 12.Pyongyang claimed that its scientists had successfully miniaturized a...

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