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 28, 1990

ACLU Says Laws Needed to Ensure US Workers Privacy on and off Job
HOW much privacy do American workers have from their employers when they are at work? When they are at home after hours? And to what extent is it proper for employers to monitor them?These questions are being discussed in Washington now, with the release...
A Hammer Theology
JUDGING by some recent headlines - "Public Grows Weary of Homeless Problem," "Charities Say Donations Down" - it seems that compassion fatigue has settled over the land like bitter stove ash on the festive holiday snow. Mayor Ray Flynn joins those passing...
Angolans Wary of Experiment in Democracy after Weathering 15 Years of Civil War, Political Leaders Are Breaking Political Molds
AFTER 15 years of one-party rule, this oil-rich former Portuguese colony faces a long and hard road to a multiparty democracy, a goal now agreed upon by the ruling Marxist government and its rebel opponents in the long and bitter civil war."A multiparty...
Are There Safe Havens?
THE lines are long -- longer than those we used to see on television showing people in Eastern Europe waiting to buy bread. They are refugees waiting for precious water in a desert.Refugees in the Middle East have been in the news recently. There have...
A Star's Activism, on Screen and off Martin Sheen's Causes Have Made the Past Nine Years the `Most Difficult and Happy' of His Life. FILM: INTERVIEW
MARTIN SHEEN careened around the freeways in his 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser looking for the Los Angeles General Hospital. He wanted to visit a man who had been nearly killed by Los Angeles Raiders football fans while he walked through their rooting...
CANYON CANNONBALLS after 15 Years of Languishing Underground, `Dry-Land Luge' Is Trying to Go Legit
It might be the fuel-deprived future from a Mad Max film.On this bleak stretch of road high above a sage-filled canyon, four figures in tattered leather jumpsuits recline on aluminum sleds. Donning metal-studded gloves and helmets with smoke-tinted visors,...
Caste Dispute Deepens India's Political Crisis
ATUL BANDHU says that being a Brahman, a member of the highest Hindu caste, never used to matter much when it came to getting a job.Not, that is, until the Indian government began pushing a plan last fall that creates public-sector job quotas to assist...
China's Nuclear Plan - on the Line DAYA BAY PROJECT
AN international team of nuclear experts has urged China to take steps to improve safety at the nation's largest nuclear power station before fuel loading begins in 15 months.Concluding a three-week inspection, the team of International Atomic Energy...
Clips from Boston's `Newspaper Row'
THE recent passing of my longtime friend Max Grossman excites good memories of his newspaper yarns that are worth sharing.Born at Odessa, Russia, Max came to America as an infant and grew up in the Boston area. In the 1920s he began writing for the Sunday...
Congress Approves Gorbachev Nominee Although Yanayev Is Seen as Bureaucrat, He Won Election to the Newly Created Post of Soviet Vice President
SOVIET President Mikhail Gorbachev hit a bump on his road to unchallenged presidential authority yesterday.The president was clearly irritated when the results of the vote on his nominee for vice president, Communist Party functionary Gennady Yanayev...
Data Services May Gain in US Slump Outsourcing Can Cut Costs for US Companies
A vaulting-pole hangs in the office of Josh Weston, chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing Inc.The pole is a symbol he likes, because it involves setting higher sights - something he is doing despite recession and layoffs in corporate America.While...
Environment vs. Oil: `Battle of the Decade'
THE 400,000 United States troops who will be on duty in Saudi Arabia by the new year are, surprisingly, not what Daniel Yergin is referring to when he writes: "The stage has been set for one of the great and intractable clashes of the 1990s...."Certainly,...
History of Poverty Programs Series: NEW APPROACHES TO WELFARE. Part 1 of a 2-Part Series. Second of Two Articles Appearing Today
History of Poverty Programs 1935: Aid to Families with Dependent Children adopted as part of the Social Security Act of 1935. AFDC designed for widows and wives of disabled workers. 1964: Pres. Lyndon Johnson launched Great Society Programs....
Hondurans Stake Their Claim Indigenous Peoples Mount Defense of Their Land and Culture from Spreading Colonization
`PRETEND you are a hawk flying and looking down along the Patuca River. You are going upstream and you see the village of Krausirpe. Now where do you look to find Krautara?"The Tawahka Sumu Indians crowd around the map of their home, the Mosquitia rain...
Indians and Whites Mix in Minnesota
`THE SNAKE GAME," Wayne Johnson's first novel, is a series of linked stories that feature a common setting - northern Minnesota - and a set of characters, Indian and white, who interact with one another over a specific time period: 1951-1983. It opens...
Jordan's National Charter Seen as Aid to Country's Survival
KING Hussein and the leaders of all major political groupings in Jordan have reached an agreement that officials hope will help ensure the survival of the country as a sovereign entity as it faces the prospect of increased regional turmoil.Agreement...
Link between Pornography and Abuse of Women
The article "`Porno' Violence in Media Targeted," Dec. 4, discusses the sex-related violence in pornography and novels. These are symptoms of a terrifying reality orignating in the family - that (a high percentage) of women (and some men) have been sexually...
News Currents
MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENTS</P><P>Israel's chief rabbis declared yesterday, the 10th of the Jewish month of Tevet, traditionally a day for fasting, as a time for praying that the Gulf crisis does not erupt into war.... The largest US amphibious...
Readiness in the Gulf
THE element of surprise has been, since the dawn of warfare, a central tenet in military planning. Protecting this edge requires secrecy, to keep from enemy eyes vital information about an army's intentions and capabilities. History is replete with examples...
Refugees and Due Process
THE recent decision by the Justice Department to reopen the cases of 150,000 Salvadorans and Guatemalans denied asylum in the United States was a victory for due process of law. On review, all these individuals may not be granted legal residency in the...
Retail Receipts Fall to Decade Low, Say Analysts SALES SLIP
BEHIND all the holiday tinsel, fake cotton snow, and colored ribbons left over down at the local shopping mall, there's a lot of hand wringing under way in the front offices of major US retail stores.Despite exceptions by a few national chains - mainly...
Ruiyin's New Job and China's Future
RUIYIN comes from Tangshan, far in the north. A stocky, big-boned woman with a ready smile. Ruiyin says she was visiting an aunt in Guangzhou (Canton) when she heard that foreign factories in Shenzhen were recruiting Chinese workers. Curious, she accompanied...
Slump Endangers Welfare Reform US Family Support Act of 1988 Is Going into Effect as the Economy Falters, Making It Difficult for States to Come Up with Matching Funds to Help Turn Welfare Parents into Wage Earners Series: NEW APPROACHES TO WELFARE. Part 1 of a 2-Part Series. First of Two Articles Appearing Today
SINCE Aid to Families with Dependent Children was established in 1935 as part of the United States Social Security Act, the federal government has been wrestling with whether such assistance helps people become self-sufficient or perpetuates dependence.Observers...
Stopping Saddam's Bomb War Isn't Required. There Is Still Time to Starve Iraq's Nuclear Weapons Program by Cutting off Its Suppliers in the International Marketplace
PRESIDENT Bush is prepared to wage war in the Persian Gulf, in part to destroy Iraq's emerging nuclear capability.Such a plan, though, could cost tens of thousands of American lives, while only dealing a setback to Iraq's nuclear ambitions, as the Israeli...
The UN: Slow and Inefficient, but It Works
AS Jan. 15th approaches, confusion continues over American reactions to the collective response in the Persian Gulf. The projection of military power was supposed to distinguish the United Nations from its defunct predecessor, the League of Nations....
Those Festive Lights Strings of Colored Bulbs, Though Merry and Bright, Present Difficulties
A WORD about Christmas tree lights.But it's after Christmas, I hear you cry.That, however, is just it. This is the only safe time for balanced assessment. If I said what I am about to say before Christmas, if I were to cast aspersions on the annual extravaganza,...
We Need a Temporary Solution Congress Has Been Wrong to Block an Interim Storage Site for Hazardous Nuclear Waste until a Permanent Burial Site Is under Construction
IT'S increasingly doubtful that we will meet our responsibilities to store high-level wastes from nuclear power plants. Not because of any lack of will on the part of Congress, but a flaw in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.Today, high-level wastes from...
What Makes This Recession Unusual
RECESSIONS do not follow standard patterns.Of course, by definition a recession involves slower activity in a broad cross section of the economy. But each such slump has some individual characteristics.The last recession eight years ago was a severe...