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 August 27, 1998

A Humble Kitchen Gadget I Cannot Live Without
Pasta machines, omelet pans, yogurtmakers. These are but a few of the kitchen tools that any connoisseur of good food can't live without. Anyone who has spent any time in the kitchen knows how critical the right utensil is to food preparation. I have...
Are We Alone? SETI Answers Call
SETI - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - is a quest that does not die. When Congress yanked NASA's SETI appropriation four years ago, the public stepped forward and filled the funding gap. The quest may have a high giggle factor in Congress...
Biography as Travel Guide
History and I had a bad start. After memorizing the names and dates of all the kings of England (starting with Ethelred the Unready, with whom I felt a peculiar kinship), I quickly concluded, at about the age of 7, that this must be the nature of history,...
Censuring Clinton: Idea Ignites Debate on and off the Hill Some Lawmakers and Pundits See It as Best Option - Depending on What Starr Report Says
Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R) first suggested it last March. Now it has resurfaced as Congress tries to figure out what to do when independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends over a report alleging that President Clinton has committed "high crimes...
Closure for Nixon Generation
NIXON IN WINTER: HIS FINAL REVELATIONS ABOUT DIPLOMACY, WATERGATE, AND LIFE OUT OF THE ARENABy Monica CrowleyRandom House, 428 pp., $30Memoirs are valuable historical records. They are also filled with minefields. Their raison d'etre: Narrate a life...
Counting Controversy
Counting people can be a pretty simple process, but not when the numbers reach into hundreds of millions. At that point, you rely on the best possible estimate, using the best statistical tools.That's what the US Census Bureau has been gearing up to...
Defoe's Life Is like Footprints on the Beach
DANIEL DEFOE: THE LIFE AND STRANGE, SURPRISING ADVENTURESBy Richard WestCarroll & Graf427 pp., $26Today, if we think about Daniel Defoe at all, it is as the author of the world bestseller "Robinson Crusoe" or the recently televised "Moll Flanders." Few...
'Drug Czar's' Plan to Shore Up Leaky Border Meets with Skepticism A Question of Demand, Not Supply; Gen. McCaffrey Wants Someone to Coordinate Antidrug Efforts on Southwest Border, but Some Experts Point to Deeper Problem
In a high-profile display of the tactical sensibilities for which he was tapped, "drug czar" retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey this week proposed an aggressive plan to shore up federal antidrug efforts along the US-Mexico border - the main corridor for narcotics...
Integrity - and Safety Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Recent events have many people asking themselves what they can do to help make the world a sounder, safer place to live - specifically, one that is sounder in moral fiber and safer from terrorism.What can one individual do? I've been praying about these...
Is Anyone Else out There? without Strong Scientific Evidence, Many People Still Believe in a Universe Teeming with Undiscovered Intelligent Lifeforms
In the 21st century, the search for alien civilizations could begin at home - your home. That is, it could be your home if you're willing to devote some personal computer resources to processing data from the powerful new alien signal detector at the...
Isolation Shrouds White House Political Problems Mount for Clinton as Key Advisers Lay Plans to Leave and More Party Members Distance Themselves
Call it the island presidency.As Bill Clinton strolls the sands of Martha's Vineyard, his administration is in danger of being cut off from crucial sources of energy and political support.Key staff members who have been driving his agenda are laying...
Letters
Responding to Terrorism"New Rules in New Kind of War" (Aug. 24) indicates that cruise- missile strikes such as those against Afghanistan and the Sudan are to become a typical response to acts of terrorism against the United States. I suggest that we...
Magazine with the Yellow Cover
FROM BOTSWANA TO THE BERING SEA: MY THIRTY YEARS WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICBy Thomas Y. CanbyIsland Press288 pp., $24.95With exotic locales like Botswana and the Bering Sea in its title and chapter names like "Duel in Space" and "The Mystery of the First...
Mexico Ready to Scrap Its Tough Labor Laws Measures Meant to Protect Workers Inhibit the Creation of New Jobs, Reformers Say
In the lobby of the cavernous Confederation of Mexican Workers headquarters, a giant bust of revered labor leader Fidel Velasquez watches over the organization he ruled for more than half a century.Some Mexicans say that, if you listen, you can hear...
Mrs. Clinton Could Relate to Mrs. Harding's Troubles
FLORENCE HARDING: THE FIRST LADY, THE JAZZ AGE AND THE DEATH OF AMERICA'S MOST SCANDALOUS PRESIDENTBy Carl S. Anthony.William Morrow626 pp., $30People titillated by the controversies and scandals surrounding the Clintons will be enthralled by this encyclopedic...
Needed: Global Solutions for International Financial Crises
Nothing will affect the future of Latin America (and the rest of the developing world) more than the movement of international capital. Unprecedented inflows of foreign capital have fueled Latin America's growth in the 1990s, and offer the region its...
Needle in a Haystack? No Problem
In the first part of "Saving Private Ryan," Captain Miller, played by Tom Hanks, has learned that he must take several men into hostile territory and find a missing soldier. As he and his puzzled sergeant walk back to his company, through scores of men...
New Wall for 'Fortress Europe' Disdain in Spain
Dozens of Spanish soldiers sit under straw umbrellas every 50 yards along a chain-link fence - in North Africa. Their job: to repel the wave of Africans trying to reach the wealth and safety of Europe across the Mediterranean.This tiny enclave, Melilla,...
Real Peace after a Horrible Crime
FORGIVING THE DEAD MAN WALKINGBy Debbie MorrisZondervan251 pp., $19.99Debbie Morris endured a horror no one would want to read about. But the way she endured and eventually triumphed makes her story essential.Almost 20 years ago, as a high school junior...
Safari Never Bugged This Brave Explorer
AN AFFAIR WITH AFRICA: EXPEDITIONS AND ADVENTURES ACROSS A CONTINENTBy Alzada Carlisle KistnerIsland Press244 pp., $24.95The shelves of books recording expeditions to Africa sag under the sheer volume of volumes. Yet this new and unique view by Alzada...
Scanning a Poet for Adventure A New Biographer Claims Wordsworth Was a Counterrevolutionary Spy
THE HIDDEN WORDSWORTH: POET, LOVER, REBEL, SPYBy Kenneth R. JohnstonW.W. Norton960 pp., $45How strange that allThe terrors, pains, and early miseries,Regrets, vexations, lassitudes interfusedWithin my mind, should e'er have borne a part,And that a needful...
Scientist Probes beyond 'Genes Are Everything' Thesis Interview Tim Tully
The spiral staircase leading to Tim Tully's office and laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York represents the helical structure of DNA. The view from his office window - serene, lush grounds - contrasts with the chaos that reigns within....
Tax-Cutting Frenzy Living It Up Today at the Expense of a Tenuous Financial Future
The Congressional Budget Office's recent estimate of a 10-year, $1.6 trillion budget surplus has put would-be tax-cutters in a frenzy. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia, notes that, even if $600 billion is allocated to Social Security, $1 trillion...
The Big Guns: Angola and Rwanda
Now that at least four nations and two rebel groups have troops in Congo, will this nation at the heart of Africa split up?"You could have a de facto partition of Congo which could persist for some time," says Barnett Rubin, director of the Center for...
The IMF Fire Brigade
Most fire departments think it wise to assure access to some water before going out to fight a blaze in their district.But some members of Congress appear determined to cut off the water supply to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - the firefighter...
The Limits She Overcame the Drama of Heller Keller's Life Extends Far beyond Her Breakthrough at the Well
Helen Keller was the perfect celebrity for an age inventing remarkable methods of communication. At the start of the 20th century, from a life of apparent darkness and silence, she offered tireless dedication to the handicapped, inspirational writings,...
The Mighty Fruit Fly, Atlas of DNA Research
A tethered fruit fly flaps its wings in a virtual reality simulator. Muscles stretch and contract as the fly heads toward a vertical black stripe, a desirable target in the mind of a fly. The simulator blows the fly off course, and the fly works quickly...
The Monitor's Guide to Bestsellers Hardcover Fiction
1. RAINBOW SIX, by Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95In this bloody tale, John Clark returns as the head of a new counterterrorist group battling an international conspiracy of... ecologists?! Not only is there no sense of morality on the part of the characters,...
The News in Brief
The USRain and wind gusts in excess of 100 m.p.h. hit the southern Atlantic coast as the edge of Hurricane Bonnie reached shores left virtually vacant by the retreat of a half-million residents in states from South Carolina to Virginia. Weather forecasters...
There's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity
THE FATHER OF SPIN: EDWARD L. BERNAYS & THE BIRTH OF PUBLIC RELATIONSBy Larry TyeCrown Publishers320 pp., $27.50In the age of the spinmeister, where perception is everything and imagemaking seems to be the only heavy industry left in America, "The Father...
To Stop Russia's Slide, Banks Rush to Merge Central Bank Halted Trading in Dollars Yesterday. Weak Banks Try to Find Partners
As Russia edged closer to financial meltdown with further plunges in the ruble yesterday, ordinary Russians lined up at banks desperate to withdraw deposits. Their panic has spread to the big banks, run by oligarchs, who are casting off old rivalries...
Two Women and Way Too Much Water
'Let's go camping," my friend Marilyn said early one warm summer day. "I have a new tent, and I'm eager to try it out."I hadn't been camping since the 1940s, when I spent the night in a tent with friends on top of Mt. Kearsarge. But based on my vague...
Why It's So Hard for US to Pick Terrorists' Pockets US Vowed to Shut Down Osama Bin Laden's Assets, but Stealth World of Offshore Banking Is Hard to Crack
From the moment American officials identified Osama bin Laden as the man behind the East Africa embassy bombings, they knew the best way to get to the man was to go for his piggy bank.Take away Mr. Laden's estimated $1 billion in oil inheritance, the...
Why Zimbabwe Entered the Fray Africa's War of Nations, with Congo as the Pawn; Fighting Came to Congo's Capital Yesterday, the Latest Development in a War Drawing in at Least Six Armies
The folks back home may be unimpressed, but Zimbabwe's involvement in the Congo war quickly looked like a military success. Zimbabwean forces rushed to defend the capital, Kinshasa, for President Laurent Kabila, and, in the east, their airstrikes Tuesday...