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 April 26, 1995

A Brief Sketch of Russian and Soviet Film History
Filmmaking in Russia and the Soviet Union has a long, dramatic history.While most films seen in Russia between the 1890s and World War I were imported from European countries, a distinctive Soviet style emerged soon after the establishment of Communist...
A Look of Love on an Old Tram in Prague
THERE were worse places for an Irishman to be sitting than in a tram in Prague on March 17, the National Day of Ireland's Saint Patrick.After all, the Celts originated from this part of Central Europe, and many made their way to the Celtic fringes of...
A Mega-State Department?
SEN. Jesse Helms, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has proposed legislation to consolidate foreign affairs agencies under the Secretary of State. The functions of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and the Agency for International...
A Plunge of Bungee-Jumpers
The Home Forum received hundreds of postcards in answer to a little challenge issued on this page, Feb. 22, about collective nouns. Here are some of your more creative ideas.I HAVE always been quite clear about why I am not a bungee-jumper. Now I think...
Artistic Freedom Brings Difficult Choices for the New Guard of Russian Filmmakers with State Support Gone, Directors Must Seek Their Own Funding and Distribution
The bride -- the great-granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln -- is about to give her consent to the groom -- a famous Russian conductor -- when a man rushes in, trips over her veil and announces the imminent arrest of the couple and their guests.The scene...
A Year Later, S. Africa Blacks Seek More despite Progress MANDELA'S DILEMMAS
MILLIONS of impoverished South African blacks danced euphorically in township streets a year ago after casting their first-ever votes.Now they trudge the same dusty lanes that are fetid with uncollected rubbish, wondering when the houses and jobs promised...
Baseball Opens with a Big League Cast Teams Try Cheap Hot Dogs and $1 Seats to Lure Back the Fans
AH, opening day in the major leagues. The crack of the bat. The smell of the hot dogs. The anger of the fans.After an eight-month strike that enriched no one but lawyers, the 1995 baseball season has finally begun. Players and owners don't yet have a...
Berklee College of Music Turns 50 with Industry Savvy as Its Goal School's Results-Oriented Style Draws Students from around World Series: The College Kicks off Its 50th Anniversary with an April 29 Concert; Additional Events Continue throughout the Summer. While Known for Its Jazz, Students Study Everything from Rap to Country., LIZ LINDER
Four young men clasp hands in greeting, then settle in to do what aspiring jazz musicians have done for decades: jam together on a stage the size of a postage stamp in the local hangout. The only difference is that these players are students at Berklee...
Bible Story of Ruth Propels New Opera A Jewish Composer and African-American Cast Link Up
BORN to Orthodox Jewish parents in Brooklyn, Noa Ain began looking early in life for ways to broaden her experience. Yet when her Polish Catholic fiance asked her to move with him to Warsaw in 1975, she felt her resolve slipping."I never wanted to live...
Bosnia's Wheels of Justice
IN 1991, a year before Bosnian Serbs began systematically killing their neighbors, Radovan Karadzic gave a speech in Sarajevo claiming he would "burn down" the city if Bosnia tried to be independent. No one paid much attention. In multiethnic Sarajevo...
Britain's Problems Call for 'Fair Play'
THE Conservative government in Britain has lost support on a massive scale for one simple reason: It has discarded the very British concept of "Fair Play."In the 1980s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher introduced what was called "the poll tax" after a...
Diving for Sunken Treasure -- of Stone off the Coast of Egypt, Ruins -- Believed to Be Remains of the Pharos Lighthouse, One of the Seven Wonders of the World -- Are Competing for Survival with a 15th-Century Fort
Some say there's an ancient monument under every square inch of Egypt. This is an exaggeration, but in some places more than one monument shares the same locale.Just off the coast of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria what is believed by some to be...
Flying Safe on the Skyways: Tracking the Best, Worst
SUMMER'S coming in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it hordes of tourists all wanting to be somewhere else as fast as possible.Many of them will take to the skies. Nearly 1.2 billion people travel the global skyway each year. By 2000, the number is...
France's Far-Right Vote
DEEP discontent with the status quo was the message of voters in first-round balloting for the French presidency April 23. They seemed eager to back just about anyone except Jacques Chirac, who had been leading in the polls.Mr. Chirac, from the center-right...
Glasnost-Era Movies Provide a Window onto RussianThoughts and Issues Film Series Shows How Creative Energies Were Set Loose When Gorbachev's Policy of 'Openness' Revived Soviet Culture
While audiences go to movies primarily for entertainment and amusement, cinema also serves as a social weather vane, indicating the general state of mind in a country or region. Look at the films produced during a particular period and you'll see many...
Gripe on Mexican Labor to Get NAFTA Hearing It Is First of Its Kind to Have Cabinet-Level Consideration in the US
THESE days, the only thing with less clout than the Mexican peso is the Mexican worker. At least, that's the opinion of American union leaders, who won a significant battle when United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich submitted a complaint to Mexico...
High-Tech Silicon Chip Gives Your Car 'ESP'
YOUR car has hit a patch of "black" ice, sending it swirling like a whirling dervish until it plows backend-first into a snow pile. If only you'd seen that slick spot. But you're okay, and so is the car.Thanks to some breakthrough technology, such a...
How Oklahoma Plays Inside the Beltway Clinton Gets Boost as Focus Shifts to Thwarting Terrorism
AS with any profoundly important event, the devastating bombing in Oklahoma has begun to alter the American political landscape.After a solemn weekend fulfilling his role as the nation's "lead mourner," President Clinton has charted a multitrack approach...
Kassebaum: A Wary Prarie Populist
TO understand where the Republican effort to reinvent government is headed, keep an eye on Nancy Kassebaum, the junior senator from Kansas.As the Senate seizes more of the spotlight in coming months, Senator Kassebaum, a Republican, will be at or near...
New Hampshire Very Closely Reads Candidates' Lips
AKING the pledge."Although most Americans probably associate the phrase with Alcoholics Anonymous, the run-up to the 1996 presidential primary in New Hampshire is highlighting another meaning: promising not to raise taxes.Tax policy has emerged as the...
Page-Plant Reunion Rocks, Laurie Anderson Intrigues
Jimmy Page and Robert PlantAt Meadowlands Arena.'Are you ready to rock?" singer Robert Plant yelled to the sold-out Meadowlands Arena. When the crowd shouted in the affirmative, one of Plant's fellow musicians walked to the front of the stage and proceeded...
Right-Wing Militants Mix Political Fantasy, Violence
SEEDS of hatred that erupted with terrible violence in Oklahoma last week have been sown by reactionary groups across the United States.In Montana, for example, March began with a cold wind whipping snow, and insurrection, across the Northern Plains.On...
Standards, Training Are Key to Qantas's Good Record
HAVING one of the world's best airline safety records may seem like a blessing, but at Australia's Qantas Airlines, company spokesmen are hesitant to toot their corporate horn.Quantas has not lost a single airliner in its 50-year history. But Quantas...
The News in Brief
The USRumors and false leads abounded as the FBI combed the country for "John Doe 2," a suspect in the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. Officials cleared an Army deserter arrested in California. Mark Koernke, who broadcasts a militant...
The Spotlight Intensifies on Simpson Case's Judge
ACADEMICS have vilified him for being too lenient. Many in the press complain he is too slow. Politicians have lambasted him for grandstanding. And performers from ventriloquists to "The Dancing Itos" poke fun at what they call his "inscrutable Asian"...
The White-Black Duo Who Negotiated South Africa's Peace Tell Their Secrets
SOUTH Africa's last white and first black presidents disagree on many issues, but agree on one major point -- the secret to the success of their country's peaceful transition to black rule.President Nelson Mandela and his white predecessor Frederik de...
To Fly Safely
MY pilot friend and I had flown in a single-engine plane to a nearby airport where I had to conduct some business. When we had started off, the weather had been fine and the winds calm. But even as we left the neighboring airport, the winds strengthened....
Ukraine Plays a Waiting Game with G-7 on Closing Chernobyl
UKRAINE'S vow to close the Chernobyl nuclear plant by the year 2000 could mark the beginning of the end to an era of worry born nine years ago on April 26: The station's fourth reactor spewed a three-mile-high radioactive cloud into the atmosphere in...
Voices of Literature: Nobel Winners Gather for Olympiad
ITA DOVE, poet laureate of the United States, called it a gathering of some of the world's most creative minds.Eight of the 16 living Nobel Prize winners in literature met in Atlanta this week for readings and discussions that touched on topics from...