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 12, 2013

An American Pope? What Could Help, or Hinder, Two Cardinals' Chances
Americans were dark horse long shots, as usual, to become pope as cardinals closed the doors of the Vaticans Sistine Chapel Tuesday and began a conclave to choose a new holy father to guide the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics.This time around, however,...
Can You Hear Me Now? Mexico Proposes New Telecom Laws
The Mexican government is taking aim at the system that enriched the countrys billionaires with a proposed reform of its telecommunications industry.Backed by all three major political parties and President Enrique Pea Nieto, the reform would open the...
Controversy Spurs Pentagon's Hagel to Review New 'Nintendo' Medal
Since its debut last month, the new Distinguished Warfare Medal promptly dubbed the Nintendo medal by troops has been a magnet for controversy. Now, new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is apparently reconsidering whether such a medal which could be...
Curiosity Hits 'Pay Dirt': Mars Was Habitable, Evidence Suggests
The verdict is in: Mars's Gale Crater was habitable in its distant past, perhaps during the same period in which microbial life was establishing itself on Earth between 3 billion and 4 billion years ago.That is the conclusion scientists have reached...
Debt-Laden Detroit Makes One Last Bid to Avert Fiscal Takeover by State
Officials from the nearly bankrupt city of Detroit made a last- ditch attempt Tuesday to stave off losing control of city finances to a state-appointed emergency manager, arguing that more time is needed for fixes applied as a result of a state-city...
Falkland Islanders Choose UK, but Will UK Always Choose Them?
Spare a thought for the worlds loneliest new political minority: the three people on the Falkland Islands who voted on Monday against the windswept South Atlantic archipelago remaining British. Giggles greeted the announcement of the "No" figure in a referendum...
Giant African Snail Killed to Protect Australian Crops
Take look at the Giant African snail (Lissachatina fulica), and you can't help but be reminded of a scene from the 1996 movie Crocodile Dundee.Our Australian hero Mick Dundee is approached by mugger in New York City. Dundee's girl warns him, "he's got...
Hungary's Homeless May Soon Have a New Label: Criminal
Already struggling through the harsh Hungarian winter and high unemployment, Hungary's homeless population may soon face a whole new challenge to life on the street: being branded criminals.On Monday, the Hungarian parliament overwhelmingly approved...
Illinois and Greece as Penitent Cookers of Books
Streetlamps are an efficient policeman, said famed jurist Louis Brandeis. The same can be said of honest accountants. When they shine a light on shady statistics, it encouages the practice of financial integrity.Take, for example, news on Monday that...
In Blow to Inquest, Key Suspect in Russian Spy Murder Refuses to Cooperate
The murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London just over six years ago, using what must be the world's most exotic poison, radioactive polonium 210, has never been solved and remains the subject of conflicting narratives and still-deepening...
Iraq War: On the Road to Baghdad for 17 Days
When I crossed into Iraq from Kuwait on March 22, 2003, I was reminded of the scene at the end of the movie "Field of Dreams." A glowing line of car headlights snakes into the distance as the sun sets over Iowa, the cars heading to the baseball field.But...
Iraq War: The Day the Conflict Changed
For a long while the Iraq war kept its distance from the enclave centered around Baghdad's Hamra Hotel.In the prosperous Karada neighborhood, just across the Tigris River from the heavily fortified Green Zone, we Western journalists, along with everyone...
Is Ivory Coast Zeal to Prosecute Former Bad Guys Setting Up War in West Africa?
These days, Noel Evrard tries not to sleep in the same place for too long. He goes out less. He minds who he calls and who he talks to. When he meets people, he makes sure someone knows where hes going and who he is visiting. Mr. Evrard, an ex-campaigner...
Key Signs That Al Qaeda's Islamic Extremism Is Moving into Southern Africa
I pointed out to you the stars, and all you saw was the tip of my finger. This Tanzanian proverb should resonate deeply with anyone who fears the spread of Islamic extremism in Africa. On Tanzania's island paradise of Zanzibar, the killing of a Catholic...
Not Guilty Plea for James Holmes but Insanity Option Still on Table
A judge on Tuesday entered a "not guilty" plea for James Holmes, the Colorado movie-theater shooting suspect, over his lawyers' objections that he was not yet ready to enter a plea.It was Mr. Holmes's first public appearance in nearly eight months, and...
Obama Launches 'Charm Offensive' on Capitol Hill. Does It Have a Chance? (+Video)
Just as he did at the start of his first term, President Obama is heading up to Capitol Hill to make a rare, personal appeal to lawmakers, on their own turf, for an ambitious agenda.But this time, lawmakers have a four-year record of negotiations with...
Paul Ryan's New Budget Whittles Spending Faster, Still Guts 'Obamacare'
Rep. Paul Ryans budget is back and the new budget looks a lot like its predecessors.The House Republican budget, which Democrats deride as an antigovernment slasher novel and Republicans hail as their courageous blueprint to save the nation from fiscal...
Readers Write: Why Suicide Rate Fell in Japan; Gun Ownership for Self-Defense Is Based on Fear
The real reason suicides fell in JapanThe Feb. 4 One Week dispatch "Suicides fall in Japan" reported some good news: The number of suicides there fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years. But the analysts' references in the article give too much...
Republicans and Democrats Begin Budget Duel Universes Apart
House Republicans and Senate Democrats laid out their budget principles on Tuesday, leaving Americans in no doubt that the differences between the two parties are as stark as ever.Republicans tore into President Obamas health-care reform law and shielded...
Samsung Debuts First Official Photo of the Galaxy S4
On Thursday, Samsung reps will take to a stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York and unveil the latest Samsung smart phone, which will almost certainly be called the Galaxy S4 (or S IV, if you're being persnickety).The Galaxy S4, of course, is the...
Soda Ban Overturned, but the Battle Is Far from Over
A New York judge took the fizz out of New York City's attempt to ban large sugary beverages at restaurants, handing the soft drink and fast food industries a major victory and sending a pointed message to the mayor and the city's board of health about...
Ten Years after Invasion, Iraq Remains Dangerously Divided
Outside the Iraqi parliament, a tan-colored crane lifts slabs of concrete. Soldiers maneuver them into place, adding a second layer of blast walls near the entrance to what is already one of the most fortified buildings in the Iraqi capital.Around Baghdad's...
Venezuela Challenger: 'Chvez Is Not My Opponent'
In his bid to win Venezuelas presidency, Henrique Capriles Radonski has reminded supporters and opponents of the obvious: Hugo Chvez is not his opponent.Interim President Nicols Maduro is not Chvez and you all know it, he said in a press conference Sunday...
Wanna Z10 Phone? It Might Just Save BlackBerry
Today, BlackBerry the company formerly known as RIM will begin taking pre-orders for its Z10 smart phone. The stakes are extremely high. In recent years, BlackBerry has watched as its competitors, including Apple and Samsung, take bigger and bigger...
Want to Really Know People? Take a Look at Their Facebook 'Likes.'
It takes half a second a momentary flick of the wrist and depression of the index finger on the mouse to "like" something on Facebook. But as a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge has discovered, viewed in aggregate, all those...
What's in Paul Ryan Plan? Surprising Numbers from GOP House Budget
Paul Ryan, in his latest House budget plan, is certainly ambitious in his goals.Balance the budget in 10 years. Avoid the military cuts occurring in the current federal sequester. Streamline the tax code without raising taxes. Make entitlement programs...
When Humor Hurts
Most of us love to laugh. Humor can lighten a mood, break the ice in stiff situations, and bring people together. A genuinely good joke or comic remark may add needed perspective and insight, even to political and social problems. Mary Baker Eddy, the...
Who's on the Short List to Be the New Pope?
In a ceremony steeped in centuries of ritual and arcane tradition, 115 cardinals entered the marble-floored Sistine Chapel in the heart of the Vatican on Tuesday at the start of what could be days of cloistered deliberations. Only one will emerge as...
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