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 June 18, 2004

Acknowledge Dad's Role beyond Barbecue
It seems redundant to note that Father's Day is slated for mid- June, roughly the same time most schools let out for summer break. It's generally understood that Father's Day is simply a greeting card proliferator, a faux holiday; and yet the inspiration...
A Mandolin for All Seasons
It's 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon and Lucky Checkley is happy. He should be tired, as he just finished his 10th public performance with the New York Mandolin Orchestra, but Mr. Checkley is a man who never stops moving.Now, after the theater empties out,...
A Morals Campaign in China ; Wary of Creeping Individualism, Beijing Cracks Down on Discos, the Internet, and Hair Dye
As China rapidly gains a greater share of the world's attention and wealth, its leaders have begun a quiet campaign that blends traditional Chinese and patriotic communist messages to ensure the country doesn't lose its soul.Described as an "ideological...
A Perfect Storm of Issue Films ; 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Is at the Forefront of a Slew of Political Documentaries
Here's a free sample of dialogue from "Fahrenheit 9/11," the new Michael Moore documentary: "Governor Bush, it's Michael Moore," says the filmmaker. "Behave yourself, will you?" answers George W. Bush, the Texas governor soon to become the American president....
Bomb Targets Iraq's Effort to Build Security Force ; an Attack Thursday on an Iraqi Army Post Kills 35 Iraqis; Many Were Potential Army Recruits
Thursday's downtown car-bombing was the latest in a string of attacks designed to sow chaos and undermine US plans for the country. Insurgents targeted recruits to Iraq's security service - sending a warning that the path to Iraqi independence will probably...
Clinton Peddles a Book, Polishes an Image
The red carpet is ready, the paparazzi corralled behind police barriers, and curious bystanders collecting on the corner."I'm excited," says Mary DiLucia, who happened by the Hollywood- esque scene on her way home from the library.The big star they're...
Court's Door Open for More Voucher Cases ; the Supreme Court Says Federal Courts Can Review a State Tax Plan Benefiting Parochial Schools
The US Supreme Court has set the stage for a new round of contentious litigation over the constitutionality of providing public tax revenue to parochial schools.Two years ago in a landmark decision, the high court upheld a school voucher program in Cleveland...
Fatherly Expressions
The words for a male parent - father and daddy, for instance - are used outside the family in other expressions, too: in politics, nature, geography, literature, and culture. See if you can identify the phrases here, or the person to whom they refer.1....
Father's Day Renewed ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
When I'd written the last check for my daughter's wedding in Zambia, I breathed a sigh of relief. We'd always be their parents, but the kids were on their own. As we boarded the plane back to Ethiopia, where we are currently working, I was thinking about...
For Single Guys, More Hurdles to Adoption
Six years ago, a 7-year-old Cuban-Puerto Rican boy named Jeremy was living with a foster family in Massachusetts and wondering if anyone would ever adopt him. After all, most adopters want infants. At 7, he might be considered too old.But Matt Paluszek,...
'Global South' Flexes Its Trade Muscle in Brazil
"The South shall rise again," the old saying goes. But these days it may apply less to America's faded confederacy than to the up-and- coming trading power of the global South.At trade talks among 180 nations in Brazil this week, the world's poorer countries...
Honoring Our 'Pop' Culture
A drumroll, please, for this year's award-winning fathers: Daddy Longlegs Award: To the father in the flapping bathrobe who chased and flagged down the school bus so he wouldn't have to drive the kid to school again.Fatherland Award: To the father who...
Iran Defiant over Nuclear Censure ; A UN Watchdog Is Expected to Criticize Iran for Lack of Nuclear- Programs Cooperation
Pressure is building over Iran's nuclear programs, as the UN's nuclear watchdog expects to vote Friday to strongly rebuke the Islamic Republic for inadequate cooperation.The degree of frustration with Iran - and its frequently changing explanations about...
Letters
Covering organ trafficking in the MonitorRegarding your June 9 article "What is a kidney worth?": I am a living donor, having given my kidney to my niece four years ago. How much was my kidney worth? To Diane, it meant 3 1/2 years during which she taught...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESAround the World in 80 Days (PG)Director: Frank Coraci. With Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile de France, Jim Broadbent. (120 min.)Sterritt ** Another adaptation of Jules Verne's ingenious novel about a 19th-century man circumnavigating the...
On 9/11, Defenders Just Improvised ; the Sept. 11 Panel Finds That the National Security System Was Utterly Unprepared for the Challenge Posed by Al Qaeda
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, many brave Americans did whatever they could to defend the nation against a threat they did not fully understand.At one point a Federal Aviation Administration manager ordered a nationwide grounding of all aircraft -...
On Iran, US Tries Diplomatic Approach
Two years ago in a speech at the West Point commencement, President Bush enunciated his doctrine of preemption. He said, "We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge."Having shot its "preemption"...
Out on the Mojave: Space Shot for the Common Man
Down Route 58, past tangles of scrub brush and 20 miles of landscape that ripples in the heat of the high California desert, America took its first steps into the space age in the 1960s.For the generation of test pilots who would become America's first...
Reporters on the Job
* The Hairstyle Tells All: When the Monitor's Robert Marquand arrived in Beijing about 3-1/2 years ago, there was no mistaking the appeal of the punk look among China's younger crowd. "There were all sorts of 14- to 24-year-olds in platform shoes and...
'Terminal' Is Interminable ; Watching Spielberg's Film Is like Being Stuck in an Airport
And you think heightened safety measures make air travel too much of a bother? Consider the plight of Viktor Navorski in "The Terminal," the new Steven Spielberg movie.Played by Tom Hanks, he's an Eastern European who lands in New York expecting a brief,...
The Mystique of Blind Justice
In a democracy, judges are supposed to decide cases strictly on their merits. That's especially true of Supreme Court justices. Equally important is that they also act impartially - especially in politically charged cases.Thankfully, the Supreme Court...
The True Value of Daddy's Little Helper
I am standing by the kitchen window on this, one of the first days of real gardening weather here in central Maine. I watch as my 8-year-old son, Anton, works, unbidden, pulling weeds from his small strawberry plot. Every so often he pauses, like the...
Tiptoeing around 'Under God'
The US Supreme Court failed the nation when it ducked the issue of whether the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance recited in public schools violate the Constitution. Some may applaud the court's cleverness in avoiding a highly controversial...
Tree Cutting by the Numbers ; Environmentalists Try Fighting Alaska Logging for Economic Reasons
Past the whitecaps of Icy Strait, concealed behind a mountain ridge, Floyd Peterson drives his all-terrain vehicle along a remote logging road in America's largest national forest.He suddenly stops and shakes his head. Beside the road is a swath of ancient...
Tuning In: On TV This Week
Friday June 18Phil of the Future (Disney, 7p.m.): Exclusively for the preteen demographic, this new comedy series sends a "normal" 22nd-century family back in time to the early 21st with a few high-tech gadgets. Still, the kids in the family just want...
TV Horror with Bite
Horror fans rejoice. It's time to hide behind the sofa again. For decades, vampires on television have been known to recoil from a mere whiff of garlic or the sight of a high school vampire slayer with a wooden stake in her backpack. About as scary as...
Why the Lure of Logos Wears Thin
Decide for yourself whether it is an occasion for sartorial sadness, or glee: The baby boomer in the hot-pink Lacoste polo shirt just might have become an endangered species.Like bright-colored cotton after too many washings, brand allure in the world...