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 December 24, 1990

15th-Century Tale with Plenty of Panache
THE year is 1462: Trebizond, the last bastion of the Byzantine Empire, has fallen to the Ottoman Turks; cultural and scholarly riches from ancient Greece are carried off to the princely courts of Italy. Florentine and Venetian banks control the routes...
Alone at Christmas?
CHRISTMAS would be different this year, and for the first time in my life I wasn't looking forward to it. The trees, the lights, the carols, all the usual yuletide reminders, didn't cheer me. It was my first Christmas Eve without family and, worst of...
Are We Backing the Wrong Man?
WE in the West have failed to understand the essence and forces of the current revolution in the Soviet Union and, as many times before, find ourselves on the wrong side.A popular view holds that a well-educated leader realized the inadequacy of the...
A Ride on the Christmas Express
WE live within the sound of trains. From our backyard, or even from the living room when the wind is blowing in the right direction, the bells at the crossing gate and the groan of the diesel sound downright close. In fact, when our neighbor has her...
A Victorian-Style Novel That `Delivers'
THINK, if you will, of an earlier age in the chronicles of English literature - an age when authors such as Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope flourished. Remember a period in which verbosity was no crime and a novel was needed to fill the long spare hours...
Corporate Director: No More a Soft Touch
IT'S hardly surprising that NCR Corporation took out large advertisements last week urging people to call the 19 board members of mighty American Telephone & Telegraph Company - who were individually identified, along with their telephone numbers - to...
Democracy and Schools
IT is hardly news that America's urban schools face unprecedented challenges.When political bickering on city councils and school boards prevents development of solutions to these myriad problems, it is usually the superintendent who gets the ax. Right...
Do Not Fold, Mutilate, or Trash Your Calder Would Be Nice in Blue? Cap That Spray Can; New Law Defines Artists' Rights
KENNETH SNELSON is an artist with an "ancient horror story" to tell.In the early '60s, he was asked to produce two giant aluminum and stainless steel sculptures for the Tower of Light pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Awarded a $35,000 commission...
How to Tell a Story
Bedtime is the most natural and easiest time for parents to begin to learn how to tell stories to their children, Norma Livo says, though long car trips can be saved by a story "strung out over several hundred miles.""Stories from literature the parent...
Interactive TV Offers Viewers More Choices per Channel
THERE is a new and exciting television technology on the horizon, and if test runs in Springfield, Mass., and Montreal, Canada, are anything to go by, it could trigger a viewing revolution-in-the-making.The system is called ACTV Interactive Response...
Intrepid Reporter Samples Rodeo Drive Shopping (Sort of) Alongside Michael Jackson (Maybe?) and a Possibly Henpecked Jack Lemmon
I AM a fellow with middle-class values and a lower-class, or journalist's, salary, but this year I decided to do my shopping on Rodeo Drive.I figured that, even if I couldn't afford the $22,000 watch at Fred Joailliers or the $280 nylons at Fogal, I...
Jailed Dissident at Center of Kenya's Struggle for Reform
AS a young man, he championed the cause of the poor and landless. He verbally attacked the wealthy. He carried his radical views to parliament when elected in 1979, running afoul of powerful politicians, and later fled into exile in Norway.Today, Koigi...
Lebanese Conflict Turns Political
IN the streets of west Beirut, the grim features of former Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini have been replaced by those of another bearded but more kindly sage: Santa Claus.Thanks to the Greater Beirut plan, which came into effect on Dec. 3,...
Like Scrooge, We Have A Choice of Futures
MANY Americans watched some months back as President and Mrs. Bush took us on a televised tour of the White House. The mood was warm, gracious, leisurely. It was a time when we were still savoring the good news from Eastern Europe, before Saddam Hussein's...
Meeting Soviet Citizens' Spiritual Needs
HEADLINES and newscasts from Moscow graphically portray a superpower fallen to its knees economically and teetering on a shaky base politically. The Soviet Union, after harvesting a bumper crop of 240 million tons of grain, faces severe shortages of...
Moscow Weighs Shevardnadze's Resignation Liberals Say Foreign Minister's Dramatic Exit Signals Gorbachev's Increasing Isolation
IN the aftermath of the dramatic resignation by Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, before the assembled Soviet parliament on Friday, this icy capital has been abuzz with troubling questions.Why did a man considered President Mikhail Gorbachev's...
News Currents
MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENTS</P><P>US Defense Secretary Richard Cheney yesterday warned Iraq the clock was ticking toward war over its invasion of Kuwait.... US forces in the Gulf have been put on a high state of alert in case Iraq tries to...
`Odyssey' Encourages Active Learning
STUDENTS can often be some of the most trenchant opponents to education reform."Kids resist change," says Craig Simpson, who teaches "Odyssey," an innovative, interdisciplinary course at Andover High School in Andover, Mass. "By the time they get to...
President Walesa Faces Political Tests
LECH WALESA was sworn in Saturday as Poland's first freely elected president since before World War II.In the presidential oath ceremony, Mr. Walesa proclaimed the birth of a new Poland and celebrated the passing of four decades of totalitarian rule....
Rebels Close in on Somalia Capital Promise of New Elections Is Unlikely to Defuse Growing Resentment of Strong-Arm Military Rule
WITH rebels in control of territory just 30 miles from Somalia's beleaguered capital, some critics of the government say the 21-year military regime of Maj. Gen. Mohamed Siad Barre could fall within six months.Other Somali and diplomatic analysts say...
Reform Alliance Gathers Steam with Bottom-to-Top Support, the Coalition for Essential Schools Pursues Grass-Roots Change
`ALL of my predictions about what would happen have been wrong," says Theodore R. Sizer about the high school-university partnership he started in 1984.This Brown University education professor's goal of working with a handful of high schools in a bottom-up...
Shared Control Tests Christian Churches' Mettle CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY
ALL across the Holy Land, the rain that fell last Friday to end a protracted drought was welcomed as a blessing.Except, that is, at the Church of the Nativity, built over the manger where Jesus is said to have been born. Here monks readied basins and...
Sings like an Angel, Laughs like a Texan Edie Brickell and New Bohemians Win over Audiences with Their Country-Flavored Rock Songs of Love and Loss
SHE'S a bohemian artist par excellence, a Renaissance woman who sings like an angel, writes like a poet, dresses like a hippie, and laughs like a Texan.Edie Brickell is woman-rocker chic, from her commanding voice to her touching, witty rock-and-roll...
Teaching Tale-Tellers to Tell Tales Norma Livo Says That Stories Can Help Children Learn Everything from Literature to Math. INTERVIEW: EDUCATOR
NORMA LIVO tells stories - lots of stories. She tells them professionally on the stages of theaters and in libraries, schools, churches, parks, and nursing homes.She teaches others to tell them, too. Dr. Livo is a professor of education at the University...
The Light of Christmas
CHRISTMAS is a season of natural, spontaneous joy - or of forced gaity. Often the relative degrees of genuine joy and its manic counterfeit are related to events and conditions in the world at large.Last Christmas was, for many of us, a special occasion....
US Paying Lion's Share of Gulf Bill Bush Must Lean Harder on Allies, Congressmen Say
AS the costs of Operation Desert Shield continue to mount, many members of Congress are complaining that the United States is footing too much of the bill.The tab for maintaining the multinational force deployed against Iraq could run to $30 billion...
Washington Assesses Shevardnadze Shocker Immediate Concerns in Wake of Soviet Foreign Minister's Resignation Center on Gulf Crisis, Pending US-USSR Arms Control Agreements
THE Bush administration is proceeding on the assumption there will be no change in United States-Soviet relations, despite uneasiness caused by Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze's abrupt resignation and warning about gathering forces of dictatorship.The...
White House Takes Heat for Furor over Minority Scholarship Policy Congress Members Are Expected to Press for Return to Former System
MORE heat than light now surrounds the wreckage of the Bush administration's policy changes on the legality of minority scholarships.Supporters of minority scholarships are angry that the administration even tried to change the 25-year-old concept of...
Woolworth Store Has Lively Sales in East Germany Boom in Remote-Control Toys, `Capitalist' Game
WHILE Americans could well spend 4 percent less on Christmas-season shopping this year as a reaction to a sluggish economy, Germany is experiencing a "boom year," according to economic reports. German holiday shoppers are expected to spend up to 10 percent...