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 11, 1994

A Doctor Finds That Prayer Heals
WHEN a medical doctor undertakes to write about prayer, he runs the risk of alienating those who consider prayer "unscientific," as well as those who think they know more about prayer than he does. Why do it, then? Because, as in the case of fellow surgeon...
After 64 Tries, Claudia Shear Finds Her Calling in a Monologue Two Off-Broadway Attractions Have One Thing in Common: Frustration
BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE One-woman show conceived and written by Claudia Shear. At the Cherry Lane Theatre indefinitely. BOOTH Play by Austin Pendleton. At the Theatre at Saint Peter's Church through Feb. 13.</P><P>THE 65th time was...
Ahmadi Muslims Call for Justice in Pakistan
In response to the opinion-page article "Pakistan Falls Short on Religious Freedom," Jan. 5: I am a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat, the sect which is blatantly persecuted in Pakistan. Ahmadis are peace-loving and law-abiding citizens; but for the...
A Lovers' Quarrel over Nielsen Ratings
THE laugh is on the networks again, as far as those notorious "Nielsens" are concerned.Last week, ABC, CBS, and NBC announced they had had it with Nielsen Media Research for an array of reasons and were launching a costly effort to come up with an alternative...
Bay State Chief Gets Tough on Violent Youth
AS Americans wrestle with heightened concerns over guns and violence, political leaders across the country are calling for action.In Massachusetts, Gov. William Weld (R) is the latest political leader to advocate tough anticrime measures. His push for...
Bentsen Says Deficit Is Coming Down
WHEN the Senate begins debating the proposed balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution later this month, Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen will not be pulling for his old team.A resident fiscal conservative in the Clinton administration, Mr. Bentsen...
Bosnian Serb Troops Stand Defiant on Mountains above Capital, Soldiers Say They Won't Withdraw, Are Ready for Strikes. REPORT FROM THE SERB FRONT LINE
LIKE a miniature model lying at his feet, the shell-battered buildings and streets of Sarajevo sprawl beneath Zoran Divcic's mountainside bunker.With bone-chilling clarity, one can see through a gauzy haze of snow and mist the burned-out hulks of skyscrapers,...
CBO's Hard Choice on Health Package Congress's Budget Arm Gives Fuel to Republican Argument of Bigger Deficit
THE meticulous, widely respected director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Robert Reischauer, clearly did not seek to inflict political damage on the Clinton health-care plan this week.He was careful to minimize the import of his differences...
Chiapas Rebellion Sparks Indian Dissent across Mexico
LIKE a match tossed on the parched political tinder of the Mexican countryside, the Chiapas rebellion is beginning to ignite brush fires of discontent elsewhere.Emboldened and encouraged by the armed New Year's Day uprising of Indians in Chiapas, Mexico's...
Children's Book Award Winners
* The two highest honors for children's literature were announced this week in Los Angeles at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA). Author Lois Lowry was awarded her second John Newbery Medal for "The Giver," and illustrator...
Clinton Adds an Ounce of Prevention to Drug War
THE United States "war on drugs" took a more peaceful turn this week.President Clinton and his top drug fighter, Lee Brown, proposed a higher budget for the gentler side of the narcotics war, including another $360 million for drug treatment.President...
Decision Seals US Role in Europe's Security
`THIS decision could have been taken earlier."Speaking on French television Wednesday night - just after NATO's ultimatum to Bosnian Serbs to withdraw their guns from around Sarajevo within 10 days or face airstrikes - former French President Valery...
Despite Deal, Palestinian Rule Still Far Off
AN Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank city of Jericho and the Gaza Strip could still be months away, Israeli officials warned yesterday, despite the agreement reached with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Cairo late Wednesday.Prime Minister...
Events
U.S. SOLDIERS SPARK CONTROVERSY US soldiers in Colombia who have unwittingly sparked a major political crisis and inflamed nationalist sentiment insist they are doing nothing more sinister than building a school and clinic. The soldiers showed visiting...
German Workers Threaten Strike Government Fears Unrest Will Disrupt Recovery and Social Stability
LARGE-SCALE worker unrest looms unless labor and management in Germany's metalworking and electrical sector can reach a wage compromise during contract talks today.Heading into the talks, the positions of IG Metall, the metalworkers' union, and Gesamtmetall,...
Germany Will Join 1994 World Recovery
LAST year, world output of goods and services grew a bit more than 2 percent - modest indeed considering population growth. The volume of world trade rose less than 3 percent, down from 4 percent the year before.But 1994 will be better economically,...
`Goalie-Cam' and a Blimp Will Enliven TV Coverage
CBS Sports may have fumbled away its pro-football coverage to the Fox network, but it's on a roll when it comes to the Winter Olympics. After a hiatus in covering any Olympics since 1960, CBS is about to begin the middle chapter of a Winter Games trilogy...
Governor's Race Takes New Turn in California Three-Way Contest among Democrats Could Shift Debate to the Left - and Victory to the Incumbent
WHAT may be the nation's marquee governor's race this fall is taking on a new cast that complicates the contest for Democrats and could enhance the prospects for embattled Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.The surprise entry this week of liberal, former antiwar...
Hosokawa Keeps Japan's Political Tug-of-War in Balance
POLITICS in Japan used to be a crashing bore. Not any more.If Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa looks a bit breathless as he arrives in Washington today, it's because he has taken the Japanese public for a roller coaster ride during the past two weeks,...
How They Play the Games
THERE'S a fading newspaper page taped to the wall beside my desk. The page is from Aftenposten, Nor-way's largest newspaper. A photo of Adrian Nordvik at age 5 takes up the top half of the page. His proud grandmother Kjellaug (who is also my step-grandmother)...
`Just' Praying?
NOT long ago I was watching an instructional video in which the speaker told his audience that if they were in trouble, they shouldn't "just" pray--they should do something! As he continued his talk, it became evident that while he respected people's...
Mark Rothko: The Man Behind the Paintings A Courageous Biographer Threads His Way through the Private and Tortured World of One of the 20th Century's Most Important Artists
BIOGRAPHIES of artists can sometimes seem peculiarly irrelevant. They can leave the reader panting to get back to the immediate experience of the art they love or admire - and away from words. They can also foster the conclusion that biography is just...
More Mutual Fund Data Flood Burgeoning Market but Investors May Find the Services More Confusing Than Instructive. INFORMATION EXPLOSION
RUNNING down a list of 4,000 mutual funds to pick a winner could challenge any investor. But factor in the scores of magazines, newsletters, rating services, computer software, television and radio programs each pushing different funds and strategies,...
NATO Sets a Marker
THE first NATO ultimatum in 45 years - the first serious threat in 22 months to Serb aggression in Bosnia - may have a salutary effect and be instructive for all concerned. Initial reports indicate that the Serbs will back their heavy weapons 12 miles...
NATO Strikes Could Hit Big Guns above Sarajevo, but Won't End Fighting
BY threatening airstrikes if Bosnian Serbs do not move heavy artillery back from the hills surrounding Sarajevo, NATO has taken a large step down the risky road of military involvement in the Balkans war.NATO bombs, or the threat of NATO bombs, could...
Nuclear Power Won't Replace Oil
Regarding the opinion-page article "US Needs Fresh Approach to Nuclear Energy," Jan. 31. I am not disputing the author's argument for the need to develop safer nuclear power technology. I do, however, disagree with the way he presents his information.He...
Ohio Program Helps Break Hold of Welfare
* Here's a novel way to reduce welfare dependency.Several cities are getting fathers of welfare families to pay their child support. Unemployed dads get a temporary waiver if they go through training to find employment. The Monitor profiled one such...
Reforming Health Care Two Critical Questions Are Missing from Debates over Proposed Changes
ALTHOUGH it is difficult to draw all the threads of health-care reform together, what portends to be the largest change in one major aspect of our lives since the introduction of Social Security demands our thoughtful consid- eration and involvement.After...
Russia Vows to Side with Long-Allied Serbs NATO's Ultimatum Is Testing the US's Fragile Partnership with Russia, European Unity, and the Role of the UN Secretary-General
THREE years ago the Soviet Union was willing to turn its back on its longtime ally, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in favor of a partnership with the West. But Russia today is not so willing.The Russian government is now opposing a similar Western alliance to...
Since Quake, More Los Angelinos Consider Pluses of Telecommuting
EMPLOYERS and employees, tired of long commutes and earthquake-damaged freeways, are taking a new look at work-at-home technology in the Los Angeles area. Their decisions in the next few weeks will give a short-term boost to a trend known as telecommuting.But...
Take Heart: Think Summer Berries!
CAN'T we think of something cheerful to cheat the chill of these cheek-chapping winter days? How about Henry David Thoreau, the transcendental philosopher of Walden Pond, who once wrote that he preferred the surliness of the woodchopper with his axe...
UN Role in Final Call for Airstrikes Could Undermine Its Neutrality Secretary-General Will Be Directly Involved in NATO's Decision
THE ball that UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali hit to NATO early this week is at least partly back in the United Nations court.After scores of civilians were killed in two mortar attacks on Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, last weekend, Mr. Boutros-Ghali...
US Enlists Culture to Expand Its Exports `Amerika Hauser' Will Help Firms Access Europe's Market
THE United States intends to add a little commerce to its cultural activities in Germany.In an effort to retool its foreign policy for the next century, the US is launching a diplomatic initiative here that it hopes will lead to increased exports to...
Washington Moves to Curb Illegal Immigrants
RESPONDING to public outcries, Washington is moving urgently on several fronts to secure America's borders against illegal immigration and other crimes.On Capitol Hill, House Republicans yesterday rolled out a tough, 70-page bill designed to crack down...
White House to NASA: Jettison Some Projects Even as Space Shuttle Does Well, New Budget Cuts out $260 Million and Would Favor Space Station over Science
WHILE Discovery's Russian/American crew solved problems in space this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was handed a daunting challenge right here on Earth: the 1995 Clinton budget.For the first time in 21 years, NASA would take...
Winter Demand for Salt Takes a Toll on Miners
THEY toil not in vain, especially at this time of year. Yet salt miners must be careful not to overdo it.That's the government's advice for those salt-of-the-earth workers who have been pushed unusually hard this winter to keep up with the record demand...
Winter Snow Could Keep Some Kids in Classrooms till July
SCHOOL until the Fourth of July?Don't laugh. Kids may be in school longer this year because snow and bitter cold have just about obliterated the calendar at school systems in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states."I can tell you, the entire state is...
Women Score Gains in Oscar Nominations
`SCHINDLER'S LIST," Steven Spielberg's searing Holocaust drama of death and salvation, captured 12 nominations for the 66th Academy Awards, including best picture and best director."The Piano" and "The Remains of the Day" earned eight nominations each,...
World's `Cradle of Skiing' Ushers in Heirs of the Sport but the Snow in Norway Is at Least as Deep as the Controversy in America over Figure-Skating Rivals
EVEN before they begin Saturday, something feels right about these Olympics, the XVIIth Winter Games.Mostly, the feeling stems from the location.Norway calls up all the appropriate images: ski sweaters with snowflake and reindeer designs; ski jumpers...
Worth Noting on TV
* SATURDAY</P><P>Olympics (CBS, 8-11 p.m.): The opening ceremony of the XVII Olympic Winter Games from Lillehammer, Norway. Also, highlights of ice-hockey games and the downhill practice runs of men's Alpine skiing. * SUNDAY</P><P>Olympics...