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 October 2, 1998

Blew Your Coup? Some Who Failed Turn to Ballot Box Hugo Chavez Tried Toppling Venezuela's Leader. Now He's Ahead in Preelection Polls
Can democracy teach old saber rattlers new nonviolent tricks? The question leaps out around the world - from the Philippines, where once rebelling Gen. Fidel Ramos served as elected president for six years, to Venezuela at this moment.Here polls show...
Dialogue on Race
To little fanfare, the advisory board to the President's Initiative on Race last week submitted its report, concluding a year of meetings and public hearings. Response ranged from ho-hum to sharp criticism for not going far enough.The board recommended,...
Farm Worker 'Shortage' Stirs Fight over Foreign Laborers Labor Advocates Worry That a Bill Will Allow Growers to Hire Low- Paid Migrants
It's harvest time around the country and from Massachusetts to Oregon, farmers are bringing in the apples, pumpkins, cherries, and other produce that will be piled high in supermarkets and roadside stands.But the picture behind the annual autumn scene...
Find Joy in Living! Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The French expression for it - that keen or buoyant enjoyment of life - is joie de vivre. Is it really possible to have this kind of joy in your life every day?It's not only possible, but it is God's command for us and demand on us.No matter what the...
From Coast to Coast, Blockbusters Hook Crowds Boston Exhibit Shatters Stereotypes of Master Monet
So you think of Claude Monet as a successful 19th-century French painter who made a lot of pretty pictures?Well, check your impressions at the door of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. Because here, in the sweeping, stereotype- shattering show...
Germany's 'New Center'
Power shifts to generation with a different sense of national identityFOR the first time in the half century of the post-Hitler German Republic, the electorate has been bold enough to oust an incumbent chancellor and vote for change.In the 1960s, when...
He's a Poet, but They Don't Know It
As I recently reported with zealous accuracy. I lately took up poetry as a nonprofit amusement. It has been a great pleasure to me and has stimulated some meditations of high quality. To show the eager masses how I've been doing with the wing-ed word,...
In Washington, Van Gogh Could Set Museum Records
Already the largest crowd-drawer in the history of the National Gallery of Art, the Vincent van Gogh retrospective, opening Sunday, is a very special kind of show.Its 70 paintings come from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, founded by Vincent's nephew,...
Iran Hears Echoes of a 'Sacred' War A Decade of Brutal Conflict with Iraq Shaped Iran's Relations with Other Islamic States, and West
Among the most devout Muslim believers, every communication begins: "In the name of God...."And so it was that Ali Zakani began to tell of the spiritual and ideological import of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s - a conflict that for some Iranians sparked...
'La Separation' Separates from the Pack
France has been showering American moviegoers with riches since the days of silent cinema. None of this year's French offerings is more captivating than "La Separation," which tells a small but insinuating story with characters so tenderly written and...
L.A.'S Look at Picasso: 'Cynical Road Show' or Classroom for Cubism?
It's almost unfair to debate whether a career retrospective of such a 20th-century art icon is good. Almost by definition, significant works from every period of the single most influential artist of this century are worth seeing.A current exhibition...
Learning Life Lessons from a Colony of 'Antz'
'I've always loved ants," says Dan Aykroyd, with just the hint of a smile. "They crawl across my desk and they're really like dogs, you know? They'll stop, they'll stand on your finger, they'll look at you, and if you put a paper clip on them they'll...
Letters
Scrutinize the Experts - Not the HeroesYou cannot libel the dead because they have no standing in civil court, but you can destroy your own journalistic integrity by printing such sour commentary as "How Closely Do We Look at Our Heroes?" (Sept. 25)....
Leveling on Sea Level
Take "maybe" out of concern about rising sea level. Forecasts of how high manmade global warming could raise the ocean by the year 2100 are iffy. But for many coastal dwellers the challenge of a rising sea is already upon them. They need to respond now...
Lyle Lovett Looks Back at His Lone Star Roots Texas Tradition
TEXAS TRADITIONLyle Lovett's familiar smirk practically travels down the phone line from his home outside of Houston. He is talking about a personal failing, namely, hisinability to dance. "When I write a song, I start with a lyric, with an idea of what...
Making and Baking History
While it may be true that it takes a village to raise a child, in our house it takes a family to make a cookie.I was six years old the first time my grandmother let me help her make cookies. To understand what a momentous occasion that was, you have...
Modernist Buildings in a Fix
To devotees of modernist architecture, the futuristic style of Brasilia represents innovation and progress.To others, this totally planned capital looks as if extraterrestrials landed on Brazil's central plateau.That pyramid-shaped waffle? A theater....
My Fall TV Season Entry: 'Fantasy Landfill'
I'm always amused by the media circus that ushers in the new fall TV season. In fact, little of what emerges from the annual network blitz is really new.This time around, viewers are being offered the standard menu of familiar plots and personalities.There...
Network TV Tackles 'Crime and Punishment'
One of the most difficult stories to retell on network TV has to be Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment." The great Russian novel of sin and redemption doesn't shout "mass appeal." It is intellectually complex, profoundly moral, and intense, dealing...
Older Jets: Wired for Safety? FAA Unveils Plan for Closer Scrutiny of Wiring on Planes, amid Concern over Crashes
Hundreds of thousands of feet of wiring - more than 200 miles - lace the insides of a large commercial jet, controlling its most vital functions.Yet for decades this web of bundled threads constituted a blind spot in the usually cautious world of aviation...
Orchestras Hit High Note
Some of America's best symphony orchestras are on an uptick. Young people who follow the Beastie Boys are also applauding the beauty of Bach.Plenty of them were listening appreciatively to Beethoven's Ninth at a free concert last Sunday on the Boston...
Rural Aussies Fear Being Unlinked If Prime Minister Wins Saturday's Election, He May Privatize Telecommunications. Rural People Want Service Guarantees First
"Distance is as characteristic of Australia as mountains are of Switzerland." Thus begins Geoffrey Blainey's famous 1966 opus, "The Tyranny of Distance." In it he argues that distance - from Australia to other continents, and from point to point within...
Russia Needs Oil Riches, but Communists Block Foreign Deals Delays by Hard-Liners Could Lose Russia $25 Billion in Foreign Investment
It was meant to be Russia's Alaska, a rich new source of oil that would attract billions of dollars of foreign investments for a country desperate for revenue.The offshore fields were supposed to develop Sakhalin, a remote fishing island 5,000 miles...
Selling Fleece of Endangered Vicuna: Does It Cut out the Illegal Hunters? Critics Say Poachers Are Back despite Effort to Let Peasants Sell the Fleece to Global Buyers
During the ancient empire of the Incas, the vicuna was a sacred animal. Its silken fleece was so valued that killing one was a crime. But the Incas did shear the animals in special ceremonies presided over by the ruling Inca himself. Only nobility were...
Settling Jones Lawsuit Could Bolster Clinton It Would Let the President Move on to Other Business and Make It 'Unlikely' That Judge Would Hold Him in Contempt of Court
An out-of-court settlement between Paula Jones and President Clinton would plunge the chief executive deeper into debt - but it may well be worth the cost.Even though Ms. Jones's sexual-harassment suit was dismissed in April, Mr. Clinton's lawyers are...
Texas Becomes Its Own Pollution Cop EPA Lets State Do Its Own Monitoring of Water Discharges, but Critics Worry It Will Lead to Lax Oversight
Texas has never been a state preoccupied with conformity. The right to secede remains a cherished tenant of the Texas constitution even today. But many environmentalists say a new deal with the US Environmental Protection Agency that gives the Lone Star...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt (the first set of '+' marks in each review) unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (the second set of '+' marks in each review) reflect the sometimes...
The News in Brief
The USFederal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan defended the Fed's involvement in the bailout of a speculative hedge fund. The failure of Connecticut-based Long-Term Capital Management LP "could have potentially impaired the economies of many nations,...
The Sports E-Mailbag: Taking Back the Barbs
One of the many delights of sports is that legions of people care about them, often passionately.Nowhere is this more apparent than in the delicious e-mails you devotees of The Sporting Scene bull's-eye into the computer of Your Humble and Obedient Columnist...
Tom Bradley's Politics of Dignity
I covered Tom Bradley, on and off, for more than 20 years but never really knew him. He was a stoic, his face seldom reflecting pleasure or pain. The former Los Angeles mayor, who died Tuesday, was the same in the best and worst of times. He'd go for...
What's on TV
TV highlights for the week of Oct. 3-9. Shows listed are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times are Eastern; check local listings.SATURDAY 10/3Epicurious (Discovery, 9:30-10 a.m.): A fascinating new food show that takes place in the...
With Surplus, Tougher Choices Washington Debates Whether First Black Ink since Days of Bell- Bottoms Should Go for Tax Cuts or Saving Social Security
It's back - something that hasn't been seen in the power corridors of Washington for almost 30 years.No, not long sideburns. Black ink.After decades in which big federal deficits seemed the natural order of things, as fixed as the stars and the moon,...