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 February 20, 2004

Advertising or Advocating? ; CBS Stirred Controversy by Refusing an Advocacy Ad. but Some Say It's an Entire System That's at Fault
There were advertisements for beer and bikinis, jokes about flatulence, and a halftime peep show featuring Janet Jackson.But a 30-second ad about the Bush administration's run-up of the federal deficit? Now that's too much. That was the one thing CBS...
A 'Hostile' Takeover Bid at the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club - America's premier environmental group, with 750,000 members and considerable political clout - is the target of an unfriendly takeover attempt.A combination of animal-rights and anti-immigrant activists is aiming to take control of...
Britannia Rules the Comedy Circuit
In a crowded basement in the heart of London theaterland, Richard Vranch is directing an exhilarating performance of "Nelson and the Cheese Grater."It's a surreal tale, full of historical adventure, nautical ribaldry, and formidable quantities of mature...
Canadians Can't Take a Joke - It's about Time, Eh?
This past week, Canadians displayed uncharacteristic intolerance in the wake of a sketch by US talk-show host Conan O'Brien in which Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a puppet, taunted French-speaking Quebeckers with lines like "You're in North America,...
Can a Merger Ease America's Love-Hate Cellphone Linkup?
During the course of one day, Stephanie Skaarup's emotions toward her cellular service can range from elation to fury.Ms. Skaarup was recently able to let her son, Nick, run free in a Boston mall because she knew she could reach him via their handsets....
'Fail-Safe' Logic - Perfect Sound Bite
As I listen to the ongoing media debates and diatribes about US policy in the Persian Gulf, I sometimes hear echoes of a familiar voice. It's the voice of Walter Matthau portraying Professor Groeteschele in the 1964 film version of "Fail-Safe." The professor...
Farmers' New Hotline in India Sizzles with Requests ; Thirty Years after the Green Revolution Helped Large Farmers Make India Self-Sufficient in Food, a New Project Aims to Help Small Farmers Get Better Yields and Better Prices
India is now famous (or perhaps, infamous) for its burgeoning telemarketing and calling-center businesses. In Bangalore, Hyderabad, or Bombay, one can find buildings full of Indian employees wearing headphones, taking GE customer-service calls, and watching...
In Alaska, Cold Competition Is Warm Comfort
Inside, I have a fire going, a pot of beans on the stove, and my dogs at my feet. I'm about to type up notes from last night's school board meeting. Outside, it is clear and white, with ice clogging the beach. The snow is so deep that the full-keeled...
Iran, Iraq, and Two Shiite Visions ; as Shiite-Run Iran Begins Its Elections Friday, Shiites in Iraq Follow a Different Vision toward Their Own Democratic Debut
The Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala are back in business - teeming with thousands of pilgrims drawn from across the Middle East and Asia.After decades of persecution by Saddam Hussein's regime, the Shiite resurgence in these two holy cities presents...
It May Be Time to 'Rope' Meg In
Boxing is an easy sport to dislike, given the brutality at its core. It's given us some good movies, though, from "Fat City" and "Raging Bull" to the first couple of "Rocky" pictures. Unlike them, "Against the Ropes" often takes its eyes off the prizefighter,...
Letters
Primary process steals many voters' chance to chooseRegarding Rob Richie and Steven Hill's Feb. 18 Opinion piece "Reform primaries - include more voters": I'm a two-time loser. I was a dedicated campaign volunteer for Sen. John McCain in 2000 and for...
Magic Merger?
Everybody knows that when a balloon gets blown up too big, it pops. That's an image called to mind over the megamedia merger proffered by the country's largest cable company, Comcast, to obtain entertainment giant, Disney.Now the Federal Communications...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESAgainst the Ropes (PG-13)Director: Charles S. Dutton. With Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Tony Shalhoub, Charles S. Dutton. (111 min.)Sterritt * See review, page 15.The Big Animal (Not rated)Director: Jerzy Sturh. With Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Blazej...
Movies and the Message ; Movies Overtly about Religion, like 'The Passion, Don't Open Every Weekend. but Spiritual Themes Often Crop Up in Film. Think 'Groundhog Day' and 'Cool Hand Luke.'
After months of controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," it might seem as though filmmaking and religion simply do not mix. But a visit to your local video store would prove otherwise. Throw a dart and you're likely to hit a...
Next Customer, Please? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
For several weeks, my job had been grueling. Working the 3:30 p.m. to midnight shift at the airport for a major airline and dealing with sometimes impatient, complaining, and often impossible passengers was less and less appealing.Even though I knew...
Not Everybody Loves Raymond
Once upon a time, people went to a movie just because a favorite star was in it. That tradition has faded, but expectations still rise when a major name signs on to a project. Sometimes those expectations are rewarded.And sometimes they're not. Welcome...
'Pit Bull' Dogs Iraq Museum Looters
The pit bull cuts a Napoleonic figure in the low-lit auditorium. "What I'm here for today is to give you the facts of what happened at the museum, and the facts are pretty interesting," Col. Matthew Bogdanos tells a crowd of defense and art history specialists...
Put Fan and Fred on a Leash
As government sponsored enterprises, the mortgage-finance companies known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need a tougher overseer than the one they have got in the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). And though both should accept efforts...
Reporters on the Job
* Can You Hear Me Now? Staff writer Scott Baldauf went to the new farmers call center in India (page 7), but listening in proved more difficult than anyone expected. "I got a reminder of how 21st- century technology can come grinding to a halt because...
Savoring Summer in the Depths of Winter
Canning cherry juice in winter feels like an anachronism. During the summer harvest season, canning kettles reside in a corner of my kitchen. My family is reminded which week of summer we are experiencing by the contents of the jars cooling on the counter....
Sordid Culture in College Sports? ; Alleged Incidents of Sexual Misconduct at Colorado and Elsewhere Point to Possible Crisis in College Athletics
Angela Cox attends the University of Colorado. But her lament could apply to just about any institution of higher learning with big-time sports programs. "This school is about classes and learning. It shouldn't be about football," says Ms. Cox, a junior...
Thai Entrepreneurs Turn Bird Nests into Nest Eggs
For residents of southern Thailand, it's been a rough start to the year. A series of attacks by alleged separatists on security forces and schools has spooked domestic tourists. Now, a deadly outbreak of avian flu in other parts of Thailand and Southeast...
The Building Pressure on Stewart to Testify ; as the Prosecution Wraps Up Its Case, Defense Lawyers Are Laying out Their Strategy for Refuting Damaging Testimony
Clerk: "State your full name for the record."Witness: "Martha Stewart."This could well be one of the most anticipated moments in courtroom drama since O.J. Simpson took the stand. Although it's not certain yet whether Ms. Stewart will testify, her lawyers...
The Privilege of a 'War President'
The issue is not how many of his assigned duties George Bush actually performed in the Air National Guard. Nor is the issue why Bush refused his periodic physical examination and stopped flying in 1972 shortly after drug testing was introduced - a coincidence,...
We Await Awakenings Here at 'Cicada Central'
Looking across the frozen tundra of the farm this week, I find it hard to believe in the enormous reservoir of life waiting just below the cold, white, wind-sculpted surface.I don't mean the soon-to-run maple sap or the first cheerful appearance of Harbinger...
Where the 'Deaniacs' Go Now
Hours after Howard Dean made his exit from a presidential race that he, more than anyone, had dominated and defined, his online supporters began grappling with the obvious question: What next?"I've been thinking about this all day long," posted one....
Why Russians Look to Putin ; with Approval Ratings above 70 Percent, Putin Is Expected to Easily Win a Second Term Next Month
For more than four years, his public approval ratings have stayed at above 70 percent - undented despite mass poverty, urban terrorism, and an unresolved war in Chechnya.Running for reelection in a vote set for March 14, President Vladimir Putin is apparently...