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 March 1, 1996

An Ironic Catalyst for Peace
CRITICS of the Persian Gulf war abound during this year's fifth anniversary of its end. But one of the things they overlook is that the Middle East peace process, a startling development given nearly 50 years of Arab-Israeli hatred, is a byproduct of...
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An Uncle's Advice on Customer Relations
The greatest wonder of the modern world is that I grew up to be the honest, sincere, righteous, dignified, genteel, and upright gentleman you now behold. I owe this to my teachers and parents, who held me under rigid discipline 50 weeks in every year.The...
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A Ring on Her Finger Wherever She Goes
From earliest childhood I dreamed of marriage. It had nothing to do with watching movies like "Cinderella" or playing with dolls or the way in which girls of my generation were raised.My mother didn't seem to care whether I got married or not. But she...
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At First Asia-Europe Summit, Talk of Trade May Quell Cry for Rights EX-COLONIZERS PAY RESPECTS
THE meetings today and tomorrow between European and Asian leaders in Bangkok demonstrate that, at least in economic terms, East Asia is the center of the world.The United States has worked hard in recent years to ensure a major role in Asia. The US...
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Benin: A Model of Openness in Turbulent Africa This Small West African Country, Which Votes on Sunday for President, Used to Have a Repressive Regime. Now the Press Is Free; Activists Breathe Easy
IN this tropical port city, Beninese still talk about the seaside building - now the government spokesman's office - in which former Communist autocrat Mathieu Kerekou is said to have had dissenters tortured during his 17-year regime. But they no longer...
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Candidates' Attacks on the UN Could Boomerang on the US Dole and Buchanan Play on Ignorance, Conspiratorial Fears
THE United Nations has become a political pawn in the American presidential-election debate. Some Republican presidential candidates - notably Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan - are offering dark rhetoric about the UN, much of it misleading, some of it nonsensical.Senator...
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Carolina Vote Tests Role of Religion in Politics of South Catholic Candidate Draws Protestant Crowds
THE brightly illuminated edifice of the Evangel Cathedral looms large over Interstate 85 here in upstate South Carolina, a bastion of Christian conservatism.Inside of this vast charismatic church, Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan holds...
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China Military Thumps Chest at More Agile, Potent Taiwan
IN his seminal treatise on military strategy, "The Art of War," ancient Chinese scholar Sun Tzu wrote that the best commander is one who achieves victory without actually fighting a battle.More than 1,600 years later, China's Communist leaders are trying...
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Come to the River of Love
TODAY is the 109th World Day of Prayer. It will be observed by people of all circumstances-from those in rural hamlets to those in highly industrialized cities around the globe. It unites Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian women-and...
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Economic Forecasters' Finger-Crossing Time
THE possibility of recession in the American economy gives Alan Blinder, whose term as Federal Reserve vice chairman expired Jan. 31, "some," but not "severe," concern."The economy is muddling along a little below the trend rate of growth," says Mr....
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Editorial Letters
The Flat-Tax DebateRegarding the editorial "Flat Taxes and Fair Taxes," Jan. 29: The effect of a single-income tax rate will be to remove the progressivity of the present system that taxes persons with high incomes at a higher rate than persons with...
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Ed Secretary Plugs Reading as Congress Eyes Cuts
WITH the future of his department poised on the congressional chopping block, Secretary of Education Richard Riley used his annual State of the American Education address this week to defend public education against a firestorm of attacks.The speech,...
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Freeze Frames the Monitor Movie Guide
MARCH 1, 1996Movies containing violence (V), sexual situations (S), nudity (N), and profanity (P) are noted. Ratings and comments by the panel (blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other viewers. Look for more guidance in...
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Genetically Altered Tomatoes - Not Rotting at Grocery Stores
The genetically modified tomato has not exactly died on the vine. But some are questioning its longevity."We are still in limited supply. Demand is high," reports Carolyn Hayward, spokesperson for Calgene Fresh in Davis, Calif., the biotechnology company...
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Grammy-Award Night Delivers a Few Surprises, Departs from Tradition Alanis Morisette's Win Reflects a Move toward Rewarding Raw, Adventurous Songwriting
ALANIS MORISETTE'S "Jagged Little Pill" won best rock album and album of the year as the Grammy Awards broke with tradition and embraced the not-so-romantic view of life.Other big winners Wednesday night included Hootie and the Blowfish, which won awards...
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Guns and Safety
ON Jan. 1, a new law went into effect in Texas, allowing residents who had obtained permits and completed a training course to begin carrying concealed weapons. Proponents of the law said it would make Texans safer, giving them a chance to defend themselves...
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Labor's Keating Fights to Hold Job in Australia's Nose-to-Nose Race AUSSIES CHOOSE TOP MATE
AUSTRALIANS vote for a new government tomorrow after a tight, but unemotional race in which two top candidates hacked at each other's credibility - leaving voters unenthused about either.After a five week campaign and billions of dollars in promises,...
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N. Ireland Deal Aims to Show IRA Benefits of a Truce
FOR decades, the terrorists of the Irish Republican Army have claimed to be the true voice of the Irish people. But their current isolation was evident in the Irish village of Gorey in Ireland on Wednesday.On the day the British and Irish premiers launched...
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Oh Those Pesky Plastic Peanuts
Islit open the package with a kitchen knife and there they were, plastic "peanuts" covering everything. I tried to scoop off enough of them to get at what was underneath, but they wouldn't go. They stuck to my hands, my shirt, my hair. And I couldn't...
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OUT ON VIDEO A Weekly Update of Video Releases
*AMARCORD - One of the most popular Italian films ever made, Federico Fellini's flamboyant portrait of a seaside village during the Fascist era is still as lively, colorful, and poignant as in 1974, when it was new. It's still a bit disappointing, too,...
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Pakistan and the Bomb
'NUCLEAR proliferation" is not one of those phrases that sets bells ringing in a campaign rally, as Sen. Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana has found to his chagrin. Who's afraid of the atom bomb? No nuclear device has been exploded in anger in more than 50...
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Philly Flower Show Celebrates Spring in Its New 'Digs' City's Convention Hall Offers Improvements
Like a root-bound plant suddenly transplanted to a larger pot, the Philadelphia Flower Show opened this week in new and bigger quarters. The week-long event - the world's largest indoor exposition for the flower trade - runs through March 3 here at the...
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Priority: Safer, Saner, Stronger Communities
LAST fall, I met Michelle Pinedo, a 17-year-old California girl striving to make her way in America. Four years ago, her older brother was killed in front of the family home, the victim of a drive-by shooting. Michelle attends high school with 5,000...
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Prosecutors' Bias? Some Say It's Plain as Black and White
MARVIN GREEN was 23 years old when he was arrested in Kansas on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs.Police found 5 grams of crack cocaine in a car he was riding in. The driver escaped, leaving Mr. Green facing up to 40 years in prison,...
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Show Yourself, Mr. Dole
IF Senate majority leader Bob Dole were president, he'd be accused of running a Rose Garden campaign for the Republican nomination.For the last year, the GOP candidates have been criss-crossing the country, speaking to Rotarians, women's clubs, and any...
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The 20th Century's Abstract Art: An Expression of the Inner Life in the Ultimate Art-History Text, Which Artists Will Have Major Chapters and Which Will Only Be Footnotes?
'THE modern painter cannot express this age - the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio - in the old forms of the Renaissance," said painter Jackson Pollock.Yet a major exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum demonstrates that modern forms use the...
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The News in Brief
The USTwo polls conducted in South Carolina showed Senator Dole with 11 and 16 point leads over Pat Buchanan in tomorrow's 37-delegate Republican presidential primary. Surveys also found Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes trailing behind with about 10...
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TV Industry Problem: Rating 400,000 Shows LOOK OUT, POWER RANGERS
NOW that television executives have bowed to public and political pressure to rate their TV programs, they face the daunting task of devising a system that will work.Politicians have long lobbied for a rating system on grounds that it will prompt Hollywood...
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Why a Man Who Knows Racism Fights Affirmative Action
AS a young child in Louisiana, Ward Connerly, who is black, says he had to wait in a car while an aunt who could pass for white bought food for the family at restaurants.In college, he saw blacks and foreign students with dark skin excluded from the...
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Worth Noting on TV
*SATURDAYSpace Cases (Nickelodeon, 9-9:30 p.m.): The latest addition to SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) is this "Star Trek" clone for kids. Two centuries in the future, five Starcademy students from different parts of the galaxy are stranded on a...
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