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 January 8, 1991

A Rose Is a Rose Is a `Genus Rosa' Tony Lord Makes Sure That, When It Comes to Naming Plants, Gardeners around the World Speak the Same Language
POET T.S. Eliot may have thought that "the naming of cats is a difficult matter." But it's nothing compared to the naming of plants. All those complicated Latin names for gardeners to contend with, as if growing them wasn't tricky enough! Things like...
A Suggestion to President Bush on the `Vision Thing'
DEAR Mr. President:</P><P>At your recent White House parties you have been to all appearances your old self, no different from the way we saw you before the Gulf crisis. You have been the same warm, open, cheerful George Bush. If Saddam...
Brazil's Stagnating Pop Scene `Brega,' a Syrupy Ballad Style, Dominates the Field, Blocking the Emergence of Vital Trends. MUSIC
ARMED with my little Walkman radio, I was ready for the best in Brazilian music as soon as I stepped off the plane in Rio. But when I flicked the dial I thought I was back in New York: Sinead O'Connor droning "Nothing Compares 2 U," a cut from Iggy Pop's...
Communists Revise Strategy in Bid to Govern
THE caller put on hold at Italy's Communist Party headquarters is treated to an electronic version of the Beatles' "Yesterday."It's a strangely nostalgic ballad for a political party that is changing its name, its symbols, and working seriously toward...
Consumer Debt Seen as Risk to Economy Economists Say Home Mortgage Market Is Vulnerable
WALL STREET economist A. Gary Shilling asks if consumer debt will be "the next big problem" for the United States economy."The home mortgage market is vulnerable to mounting delinquencies, foreclosures, and losses to mortgage holders in a general business...
Deciphering Plant Names
Take gentians, for example: There is a splendid autumn-flowering one called Gentiana sino-ornata `Angel's Wings.' Here is how its name carves up (according to the international system for plant naming).1."Gentiana" is the genus (plural: genera) of this...
Dixon Sets a New Tone for D.C
WASHINGTON, D.C., got a potent breath of hope and optimism last week at the inauguration of its new mayor, Sharon Pratt Dixon. The city needed that. Its agonies under former mayor Marion Barry, who faces six months in jail for cocaine possession, have...
Don't Shun Society
`WHO needs people?" I heard a woman say in a fit of exasperation. In fact, I've sometimes felt that way myself. So why not drop out of the tussle with society and its problems and opinions?While it's true that we sometimes do need to take time out to...
Duvalier Supporter Leads Coup, Claims Control of Haiti
ROGER LAFONTANT, a supporter of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier took Haiti's president hostage and claimed power in a coup early Dec. 7.The move came one month before the planned inauguration of a populist priest who won a landslide victory...
False Boom, Real Bust It's a Recession out There!
THE Federal Reserve has finally decided to take serious action in response to what its chairman, Alan Greenspan, euphemistically calls the "meaningful downturn" of the economy. Yet it is not clear that the cut in the discount rate will do much to change...
Guatemala Shifts Right with Choice of President
EVANGELICAL Christian Jorge Serrano Elias walked away with Guatemala's presidential election after capitalizing on popular disillusionment with more mainstream leaders.His election marks a shift to the right and raises concerns about the potential for...
Gulf Crisis Tests Japan's Position in World Community Does Political Leadership Match Economic Superpower Role?
JAPAN is struggling hard not to be a loser in the Gulf war before the first battle.So far, almost everything the government has done - from hostage-handling to diplomacy - has been criticized both at home and abroad."Unless we can make a contribution...
Hong Kong Emigres Find Mixed Welcome in Western Canada
VANCOUVER, Canada's third-largest city, has already had an influx of Chinese immigrants. But the city is bracing for more as a result of new federal legislation.Though wealthy and not-so-wealthy Chinese immigrants have brought prosperity with them, they...
Hong Kong's Exodus Leaves Behind Neediest Elderly Face Abandonment as Families Flee Chinese Takeover in 1997
GRASPING a cane, Kau Tsang glances around his new home, a six-man room with beds separated by light blue curtains in a Hong Kong shelter for the poor and frail."I can accept living here," says Mr. Tsang after a pause. "But I would like to follow my son."Until...
In Italy, Tide Turns against `Politics as Usual' European Unity Lends Urgency to Latest Drive for Political Reform
WHEN a leading Italian economic daily, Il Sole/ 24 Ore, recently reported the surprise resignation of an important industrial-finance company's president, the paper dutifully noted high in the story that the departing executive was a socialist.What might...
Keep Heat on Salvador
THE shooting down of a United States army helicopter in El Salvador last week and the deaths of the three crewman is deeply regrettable. If, as some reports suggest, the Americans were shot by leftist guerrillas after the helicopter crashed, the incident...
Moscow-Seoul Axis Faced with Economic Crisis, Moscow Has Turned to the Pacific Rim for Assistance, and South Korea Has Proven an Enthusiastic Partner
`WE will let the fruit grow ripe and when the fruit grows ripe, we will eat it." Mikhail Gorbachev, June 5, 1990, San Francisco."We have sowed seeds of freedom, prosperity, and cooperation." Roh Tae-Woo, Dec. 15, 1990, Moscow.During an historic summit...
News Currents
MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENTS</P><P>Iraq and the United States vowed not to yield over Kuwait and said their armies were ready for battle.... After two days of talks, Saudi Arabia and Syria Sunday appeared split on whether to destroy Iraq's...
Nomads of the '90S
WHEN a collection of possessions that once belonged to American immigrants went on display at Ellis Island last fall, an advertisement for the exhibit posed an agonizing question: "If you were leaving home to start a new life, what would you take with...
Northwest Timber Seeks New Niche Some Companies, Failing to Heed Warnings, Overcut on Their Private Old-Growth Lands. CHANGING INDUSTRY
THE Pacific Northwest's timber industry is undergoing evolution, if not a quiet revolution.Under growing pressure from increased competition on a global scale, declining demand for lumber, and an uncertain supply of timber, companies in Oregon and Washington...
On the Trail of Western Writing
THROUGH 10 authors, William Bevis traces four phases of regional writing: 19th-century fiction of empire and hope; romanticizing of the West that followed its settling; "realistic revolt" in reaction to the romanticizing; and "modern" writing where the...
Playing `Kick the Can'
I HAVE to say it: If you haven't played "Kick Can" you haven't lived.You don't have to call it that. In some places it's called "Kick the Can" or "Kick the Tin." In Sydney, Australia, there are kids who know it as "I-acky." It's played all over the world...
States Finance Small Companies California a Leader among State and City Programs That Guarantee Loans to Small Export Firms. BOOSTING US EXPORTS
LAST year, Custom Wheel Lights Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, a manufacturer of high-intensity sidelight wheel reflectors and decals, faced a problem common to small businesses everywhere: the need to secure adequate financing. Unable initially to get help...
Thatcher Opts for Anti-Europe Role Former British Leader's Decision to `Go on Fighting' Revives Tory Dispute over Unified Europe
MARGARET Thatcher has served notice that she intends to throw her prestige and energies into a campaign against "creeping federalism" in the European Community.That decision promises to put her on a collision course with her successor as prime minister.The...
The New Wave of American Business Regulation
YOU do not have to be a steady reader of the Congressional Record to spot the current upturn in federal regulation of business. Congressional action on well-intentioned but costly legislation is proceeding at a very rapid pace. The new Clean Air Act...
Thirsty State Looks to Sea for Water Drought, Population Growth Combine to Make Costly Use of Seawater a More Viable Alternative. CALIFORNIA: DESALINATION
PARCHED by four years of drought - and with forecasts of more to come - California is turning to seawater to help quench its growing thirst.The state's average influx of 600,000 new residents a year over the 1980s has accelerated the depletion of many...
UN President Urges Israel to Accept A Peace Conference
UNITED Nations General Assembly President Guido de Marco urged Israel yesterday to accept an international peace conference on the Middle East, saying it was in the Jewish state's own interests."I do insist and hope that Israel will realize that what...
Use a Different History Lesson in the Gulf
A COUNTDOWN of great foreboding dominates our passing days. So, in the somber spirit of New Year 1991, I offer the following conundrum:Think of a national leader who came to power after a long and careful apprenticeship and served mainly in the realm...
Zimbabwe Seeks Its Own Culture A Decade after Independence, Nation Moves Uneasily to Define and Adopt Postcolonial Tastes. ETHNIC AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
IN this southern African country of roughly 10 million people, Western culture has all but usurped the place of an African one. "This isn't Africa," author Chenjerai Hove says of Harare, the capital city. "This is Europe."Indeed, after a few days here,...