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 7, 1998

American Offers East Germans Views of Old Life
It took 40 hours of videotape to transform Bill Meyers from a retired Delaware schoolteacher to a cult figure in eastern Berlin.More than 10 years ago, Mr. Meyers taped dozens of interviews with East Germans before the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the...
Anti-Milosevic Serb Professors Plan a New School A Movement, Still in Need of Classrooms, Proposes Courses Taught by the Top Scholars.; BUCKING STATE-RUN SYSTEM
It's almost deja vu for Zagorka Golubovic. Except this time it's even worse.In 1968, when she was an anthropology professor at Belgrade University, her classroom criticism of Yugoslavia's Communist regime helped spark six days of protest in which 25,000...
Asia Crisis: What Lies Ahead
The worst of the economic storm in Asia is probably over.But flotsam stirred up by the crisis will wash ashore in the United States for some time, experts say.Last week, for instance, Boeing announced that it would cut 20,000 jobs by 2000 because of...
Balkan Filmmakers Find Action at Doorstep
By the end of the Serbian film "Bure Baruta" ("Powder Keg"), all the main characters have been killed off.Mane, a musician who has returned to Belgrade to claim a lost love, is hit over the head with a shovel and drowns in the Danube River. Sveta, a...
Bye-Bye to Brazil's Bio-Paradise? Disappearance of the Richly Diverse Atlantic Forest Has Been Slowed by the Rise of a Benign Use: Ecotourism
Sloshing through the green tangle of Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, park guide Antonio Toninho stops short and holds up a finger."Monkeys," he whispers.The guttural grunts, he says, are a prediction of another day of heavy rain by some of this pristine...
Canceled Checks or Canceled Account
Q. My bank was recently sold to another bank, and I no longer receive my canceled checks. Instead, I get photocopies, showing only the front of the check. I need to see the front and back of each check, however, to prove that my checks have cleared....
Clinton's Risky Strategy : Attack Legal Team Will Criticize Starr and 'Partisan' Inquiry, but Tactic Could Anger Undecided House Republicans
President Clinton and his legal team are preparing to mount an aggressive, lengthy defense this week in a last-minute bid to sway a too-close-to-call House vote on impeachment - a vote that could decide Mr. Clinton's place in history.The thrust of the...
Coming at You from All Sides 360-DEGREE REVIEWS
Having the boss review your work is nerve-racking enough.How about throwing in comments from your co-workers, subordinates, and customers?They're called 360-degree reviews or multi-rater reviews. Companies have been using this controversial technique...
English on the Chopping Block
House majority leader Dick Armey, defending the conservative position on social issues, commented recently, "Both myself and Senator Lott believe very strongly in the Bible."Allen Quist, a Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota in 1998, stood...
Free Air Time: Why Many Politicians Paid Instead
In politics, front-running candidates are an unusually risk- averse breed. And sometimes, that means turning down a chance to appear on television - even if it's free.That's what the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a Washington group trying to improve...
Get Focused, Get Profits
The way to greatness, says mutual-fund manager William Nygren, is to think small.As in "very few." As in 15 companies in the portfolio for his Oakmark Select Fund.Having just a few companies to watch lets a portfolio manager give "concentrated attention"...
Gore Gains Rivals for Next Race DEMOCRATS IN 2000
If Vice President Al Gore thought he could walk to the Democratic nomination for president in 2000 without breaking into a sweat, he should think again. The club of contenders has grown, and it's expected to increase again by the end of the month.Former...
In Some Places, Warm Weekend Baffles Minnesotans Can't Go Ice Fishing, New Yorkers Ice Skate in Shorts, and Skiing Is the Pits Everywhere
Marty Richardson knows the ways that long winters can affect his fellow Minnesotans. Whenever the snow lingers around till the end of April, residents of this Nordic state get antsy for the outdoors.But last week, as unseasonably balmy temperatures settled...
Investors Go 'Internuts' for Net Stocks INTERNET OVERDRIVE
John Glenn knows it, and so do Internet investors: There's nothing like riding a high G-force rocket.Internet stocks this year have blasted off in one of the most spectacular ascents of an equity sector ever, blazing gains that range higher than 600...
Iraq and North Korea: End the Double Standard
There's a double standard in US policy toward Iraq and North Korea. Both the North Korean and Iraqi regimes are notorious dictatorships whose pursuit - and possible possession - of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) pose clear regional threats and endanger...
Letters
Suggestive imagery in TV and advertisingYour writer came up with "Just Shoot Me" as an example of a "good sitcom" in "What makes a good sitcom? Strong writing " (Nov. 27). After several paragraphs of gushing prose, we are informed, "Not that "Just Shoot...
Macedonia Bucks Balkan Unrest the Country's New Government, Which Includes Ethnic Albanians, Offers Stability in Region
It's a poor country still struggling to learn democracy. Around it are hostile neighbors; inside are disgruntled ethnic minorities.By conventional Balkan wisdom, Macedonia is another conflict zone waiting to happen.But despite the odds, this tiny, mountainous...
New Airline Seats May Be Coming, for Safety Not Legroom FAA Meeting Tuesday Will Take Up Issue of Requiring New Protective Features
Almost 12 years ago, Congress mandated that the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) consider new regulations to make seats tougher so they would be more likely to protect passengers in a crash landing.After years of hearings and studies, it appears the...
Saving Next Generation of Black Farmers Many See Encouraging Young People as Key to Stopping Steady Decline of Black-Owned Farms
Joe Bryant Jr. peers across his farm from the grassy edge of a two-lane highway, and shakes his head in wonder."I never thought I would be back living and working only half a mile from where I was born," he says, recalling his long journey back home.Even...
Shoveling Snow Was Child's Play
The first snowstorm of the season has arrived, and it's one of the best because the roads and sidewalks are so warm I don't have to shovel anything. All the snow will melt if I'm just a little patient.There is a definite pattern to my snow-shoveling...
SOS for SS Will Boomer Clinton Rescue Boomers' Social Security?
America's public pension system is like a secular religion - with two sharply different creeds.One side of the schism, the social orthodox, says there's nothing wrong with Social Security that a small ratcheting up of taxation can't fix.The other side,...
Spend a Dollar, Save a Nation
Pull up a chair, young 'un, and listen about the days of darkness.Back in the '73 it was, long before you can remember, laddie, and things were bad, very bad.How bad was it? Why, most every day, we had to wait in line at the gas station, and that was...
Taiwan's Maturing Democracy Settles Down with Moderates Dec. 5 Elections Seat Nationalists Who Don't Want Independence
Two years after the US deployed aircraft carriers to protect Taiwan's emerging democracy from Chinese missile threats, this weekend's elections have temporarily calmed the perpetual storm with Beijing by giving a boost to the ruling party.In a poll...
Teaching Fire-Starters Some Restraint
Last year fires engulfed 7,800 square miles of Brazil's rain forest - an area almost the size of New Jersey.Next year, with a little help from La Nina, newly trained farmers should be able to lessen the blaze.La Nina's fire-prevention assistance will...
The Daffy Deftness of a Dancing Dog
You can't, so they say, teach an old dog new tricks. That, in my experience, just isn't true.But what about a young dog? Can you teach it old tricks?In the case of our dog, there's no need to. All the old tricks seem already built in, and then some....
The Importance of One Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I was staying in a cottage near an ocean beach to do some writing. A storm had raged all day - rain pouring, wind howling, surf pounding.By late afternoon there was a clearing. The rain stopped, the wind dropped to a brisk sea breeze, and sunlight started...
The News in Brief
The USAttorney General Janet Reno is to tell a special court today whether she is ordering an independent-counsel investigation of President Clinton over Democratic campaign financing during the 1996 election. Reno had received strong recommendations...
The Politics of Pardoning a Spy for Israel Even the Thought of Clemency for Jonathan Pollard Upsets US Intelligence Officials
To many Israelis, he's a long-suffering patriot who's earned his freedom.To the American intelligence community, he's a snared mole, lucky not to have been executed: At minimum he should serve his entire life term in prison.When President Clinton agreed...
They're Baack. Yikes! It's That Time of Year Again When We Work Our Way through the Annual Performance Review
Here it comes again.That time of the year that most employees enjoy about as a much as a flat tire.And it's not much fun for the boss, either. Performance reviews. And just about everybody has a horror story to tell - the supervisor who doesn't do them...
Why Brazil's Homosexuals Find Asylum in the US Rio, a Magnet for Gay Tourists, Is Also Tolerant of Anti- Homosexual Violence. A Top Judge Met Activists on Friday
Flavio Alves has become the third Brazilian homosexual in the past five years to receive political asylum in the United States on grounds he would be persecuted in his native country.Two weeks ago the former Rio resident convinced a New York immigration...
Yearly Event Can Be a Work-in-Process
Hey Boss!You've just finished the last of the performance reviews for employees in your charge, and you heave a sigh of relief. You won't have to think about them for another year.Wrong. The key to successful reviews is planning. And that starts the...