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 1, 2004

A Day with Nothing More Urgent Than This
At the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, the sandhill cranes are not yet awake. It's early February, barely dawn, and a brightening sky throws pewter light over the shallow pond in front of me, its surface rough with ice. Backed...
Behind the Media's New Propriety ; from Super Bowl Antics to Howard Stern's Racy Shows, an 'Indecency' Crackdown Is Part Grass Roots, Part Politics
In the weeks of introspection that have followed the spectacle of Janet Jackson's breast-baring Super Bowl debacle, the American entertainment industry is searching not just its airwaves, but its soul.Last week, the nation's largest radio company, Clear...
Democrats Energized for a Big Vote ; Tuesday's 10-State Primary Could Seal the Nomination for Kerry. the Race Has Also Forged an Unusual Sense of Party Unity
After more than a year of intense campaigning, and some of the sharpest swings of momentum in political history, the Democratic primary race is nearing a possible conclusion - and in many ways winding up exactly where it began.If Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts...
Focusing on War's Fuzzy Front Line
Daniel Schorr, news analyst for National Public Radio and a weekly columnist for the Monitor, delivered the second annual memorial address honoring Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent who was murdered in Pakistan two years ago. Excerpts...
Greens Seek Pan-European Political Clout
Thirty years ago a handful of ecology-minded activists threw themselves into the European political fray and succeeded, over time, in turning what had been radical environmental demands into mainstream, conventional concerns.Now the Greens are going...
Haitians Now Ask: 'What Next?' ; after Aristide Fled Sunday, a Key Concern Was How to Restore Order
Deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide liked to say that his country had suffered 32 coups, and he that he would die before becoming No. 33.But in the end, Mr. Aristide - who was returned to power in 1994 by the United States - fled his office...
Haiti: Opposition - and US - Must Step Up to Bat
Just as dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier defied rumors and the reality that he could no longer govern, right up to the moment he abruptly fled this Caribbean nation in 1986, Haitian President Jean- Bertrand Aristide said he'd see his five-year term through...
How Should Police Read Teen Suspects Their Rights? ; the Case of a 17-Year-Old before the Supreme Court Could Result in a Special Miranda Rule for Juveniles
The US Supreme Court is in the midst of what could become a major reassessment of the rules surrounding when police must give Miranda warnings to criminal suspects.In broad terms, the high court is being asked to decide whether police may deliberately...
How the Poverty Gap Fell - and Why Few Are Cheering
The poverty gap between the races has narrowed in the United States since 1995. The difference in poverty rates between non- Hispanic whites and minorities dropped 19.4 percent in the seven years to 2002, claims a study by Neil Wollman and colleagues...
If an Old Boss Smears You, Hire a Detective
After submitting dozens of resumes to potential employers and getting no response, Paul became suspicious about what his former employer was saying about him.The New Jersey bank manager, who asked that his full name not be used, hired a detective to...
Iraqi Council Fights the Clock - and Itself ; Deadline for an Iraqi Draft Constitution Passed Saturday
Iraq's interim Governing Council missed a deadline for drawing up a temporary constitution, with deep divisions emerging over the political status of Islam, Kurdish autonomy, and women's rights. All are key topics that will define the future Iraq.Some...
Judged by the Content of Your Credit Report
Imagine sitting across a table from people who want to make a quick judgment about your character. You're speed-dating, or applying for a job, or even meeting "the parents."Then they pull out a thin file containing your entire ... credit history.Face...
Just This Once, California
A set of ballot propositions promoted by California's new governor to solve his state's financial crisis can only start frugal instincts atwitching.Should any state borrow $15 billion to cover a mammoth deficit? Isn't that like taking out a new credit...
Korea Talks: No Deal, but New Will ; Negotiations Ended Last Week without New Accords but with Consensus on the Goal of a Nuclear-Free Korea
Six-nation talks here designed to dismantle North Korea's two nuclear programs have concluded with no dramatic breakthroughs. Official state delegations from Asia and the US could not agree on a final statement, or on what working groups will be established;...
Letters
Time for Congress to act on tobacco, quit playing politicsRegarding your Feb. 25 editorial "Smoking Out Tobacco Bills": The Monitor is correct in its call for Congress to enact comprehensive tobacco legislation - legislation that will provide the Food...
Readers Seek Tips on Treasury Inflation Protected Securities
Q: Not too long ago, I read about a Treasury security whose rates fluctuated in accordance with interest rates. I would like to save what I've accumulated in some way that reflects inflation changes. I'm 75, widowed, and not comfortable with risk.P.S.,...
Reporters on the Job
* Haiti or Bust: It's a journalist's plight (or fortune) to be desperate to reach the very places other people are desperately trying to flee. Take Haiti (page 1).On Friday, staff writer Howard LaFranchi arrived in Miami only to discover American Airlines...
Responding to the Loss of a Child ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Sunday night, the Academy Awards recognized a spate of movies that dealt with the death of children. This topic, not often covered in Hollywood, presents powerful drama about an unthinkable topic. A number of the movies were up for the Academy's highest...
Sex Abuse in Church, beyond ; Catholic Church Becomes First Group in US Society to Report on Scope of Alleged Abuse
As Roman Catholics faced this weekend the staggering realities of their long-running sexual abuse crisis, the church's effort to set things right raised compelling questions for other American institutions.The largest US denomination became the first...
Suppressed Album Finds Voice on Web
The symbolism couldn't be more perfect. A DJ superimposes lyrics from Jay-Z's Black Album over spliced bits and pieces of the music from the Beatles' White Album. The result, aptly titled the Grey Album, blew critics away - Rolling Stone hailed it "an...
Teen Drug Use Drops, but There's Still a Lot of It
If Robert France ever had any doubts about whether to experiment with Ecstasy, the club drug known as the love drug, they were resolved at a recent party.A girl there had taken her first Ecstasy pill and the warm feelings and confidence brought on by...
The Gospel According to Gibson
Mel Gibson's aim with "The Passion of the Christ" was "to have a profound effect on people, to change them." For many crowding into theaters in the early days of his film's release, he succeeded, at least in the first part of that goal. In some theaters,...
Tough Line on Graft in Georgia
As this Caucasus nation continues its political transition after November's "rose revolution," a campaign against corruption is taking center stage.But some observers are worried that the campaign has a dark side - that zeal for law and order has led...
We Are Bidden to Buy
We went to the farm auction on a whim. I parked our battered Jeep Cherokee in a yard among 40 or 50 supersized pickups, many with cattle trailers. I picked through some of the box lots of miscellaneous items and ate a hot dog. My husband, John, went...
What Impact the Stewart Trial Will Have on Wall Street ; A Guilty Verdict Would Signal That Even the Mighty Will Be Prosecuted, While an Acquittal May Discourage Certain Cases
This may seem hard to believe, but the Martha Stewart trial is actually bigger than the celebrity herself.Monday, as the government and defense begin their final arguments, lawyers believe even more than they did at the outset that the verdict will have...
Who Failed Haiti, Who Builds It
Helping to shoo a duly elected president from his country doesn't always support the global expansion of democracy.But then, by diplomatically nudging Haitian President Jean- Bertrand Aristide into exile, the United States, France, and other nations...
Would You Hire This Man? ; Charles Cullen Kept Getting Hired and Fired until His Murder Arrest. Why Job References Say Too Little
At many American companies, managers face gag orders that make prisoners of war look positively chatty. Forget "name, rank, and serial number." When someone asks for references on a potential hire, these bosses are supposed to reveal only job titles...