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 20, 1990

A Father to the Fragile World
THE other day it happened. I was banging the dust out of the old catcher's mitt in the meadow behind my house with my young son when my father dropped by. He's 60 now and lives a couple of states away, but he just happened to swing by and, as if no time...
A New Role for CSCE with a New Order Emerging in Europe, the Helsinki Process Could Provide a Needed Mechanism to Help Mediate Conflict between or within States
IN the wake of the 1989 revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, new conflicts have become possible, both within and between liberated states. And following the collapse of the old security order on the continent, there is no agreed means for preventing...
A Plea for Good, Honest Cooking Fifth-Generation Chef Horst Mager Urges the Food Industry to Shed Its Faddish, Deceptive Ways
HORST MAGER would like to see a little more truth in America's food business.The food industry reflects our society at large, says the culinary celebrity of Portland: too many fads and gimmicks. A fifth-generation chef who has opened seven restaurants...
Christmas Caring despite Hard Times
IN our corner of Maine this will be as tough a Christmas as has been seen in some time.Business, says one merchant, is "simply wretched." A car dealer tells you he's had huge losses this year and is simply fighting to stay in business.Another storekeeper...
Christmas Spirit Four Albums Stand out among This Year's New Releases. RECORDINGS
EVERY year some interesting new releases are added to the plethora of holiday record albums in the stores, and this year is no exception.Some of the newer approaches to Christmas music introduced in recent seasons remain popular. Mannheim Steamroller's...
De Klerk Parries Mandela's Challenge
SOUTH African President Frederik de Klerk's rebuff of an African National Congress threat to call off talks could force the ANC to make critical choices about the future."There is an ambiguity on strategy and tactics between the ANC leadership and its...
Education's Gain
FORMER Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander will start his new job as education secretary with a least one issue settled. He and President Bush agree that college scholarships aimed at minorities should be preserved. Last week's Education Department ruling...
Gorbachev Fights for Union Treaty While Conservatives Back Stronger Central Power, Republics Increasingly Go Their Own Way
OPPOSITION leader Nikolai Travkin stood at the podium in the vast Kremlin Palace of Congresses and assailed every point of the president's program.As Mr. Travkin finished, President Mikhail Gorbachev spoke from behind him on the dais."You obviously didn't...
Guidance for Do-It-Yourself Earth-Keepers
EARTH DAY 1990 spawned a whole library of "how to" books on protecting the environment. "Think globally, act locally" is their theme, and your home and backyard - and most of all your conscience - are their target. Polls say the vast majority of us would...
High Fuel Costs Give Rail an Edge Railroads Pay Less for Diesel Fuel, and Use Less of It, but Trucking Offers Door-to-Door Delivery. TRUCK VS. TRACK
AIDED by last summer's surge in the price of diesel fuel, railroads are beginning to nibble at the trucking industry's dominance of the $200 billion-per-year freight hauling business.At the same time, a national recession could reduce business for all...
In Sync with Maturing Baby Boomers the Utne Reader - America's Fastest-Growing Magazine - Is Finding a Niche as a `Readers Digest' for Thirtysomethings
IT'S magazine quiz time. What United States magazine has: A greater percentage of baby boomers reading it than People magazine? Better-educated readers than the Atlantic? Subscribers in more professional/managerial positions than those at The New Yorker?...
Japan's Prime Minister Fights Party Intrigue, Sharp Drop in Polls Move to Reinstate Discredited Ruling Party Politicians Threatens Kaifu's Political Future and Prospects for Reform
SULLIED by a past money scandal, top politicians in Japan are devising a cleansing ritual for themselves unlike anything performed in Shinto or Buddhist sanctums.The ritual, a shuffling of the Cabinet and high posts in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party...
Louisiana Pockets Oil Price Windfall from Mideast Row
ALTHOUGH public demonstrations in Louisiana in recent weeks indicate a growing concern over the buildup of United States troops in Saudi Arabia, the conflict in the Persian Gulf has had one positive effect here: Since August, the spot oil price of Louisiana...
Man Is Not Cursed
THROUGH the centuries the belief in the power of a curse to cause harm has haunted mankind. Perhaps because of this, individuals and even nations unaware of God's all-inclusive power and goodness have feared most of all throughout the ages that God had...
News Currents
MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENTS</P><P>The United States and Iraq have pledged no concessions only four weeks away from a United Nations deadline for Baghdad to leave Kuwait or risk attack by US-led forces. Neither side budged in a dispute over...
On the Election Trail in Backcountry Zaire Series: ZAIRE. Part 1 of a Series. Third of Three Articles Appearing Today
IN this isolated village, peanut and fruit farmer Kawenga Bamana will help determine a question just beginning to emerge across Africa:Can some of Africa's long-time, often dictatorial leaders of one-party nations manage to stay in power, even if they...
Panama Struggles with Democracy a Year after Invasion
ONE year after United States invasion forces chased out Manuel Noriega and installed an affable labor lawyer as president, Panamanians are wondering what went wrong.President Guillermo Endara's arrival ended 21 years of military rule and made Panama...
Peace Dawns in Angola
FOR the first time since Angola became independent in 1975, it looks as though the former Portuguese colony in southern Africa can anticipate the end of civil war.In the mid-'70s Angola became a major staging ground for Moscow's strategy to end-run the...
Planning an Issue - an Exercise in Give and Take
ERIC UTNE presides over the bi-monthly Utne Reader articles meeting with a dreamy intensity.The magazine's founder and its current president/editor-in-chief is unimposing as he sits in his striped rough-weave yellow shirt, pastel cotton sweater, earth-tone...
Program's Aim: Permanent Shelter US-Backed, Privately Funded Drive Has Ambitious Goal of Meeting Key Need of Street People. NEW HELP FOR HOMELESS
AFTER months of unremitting bad news about homelessness in America, suddenly there are two kinds of news - bad and good.The bad news is that homelessness is rising in America's cities and that, unless action is taken, it is likely to rise further as...
Progress in Meeting Needs of Children Moves Slowly Experts Prod Bush to Expedite a Key UN Convention
SOVIET President Mikhail Gorbachev's recent decision to donate $1 million - including the cash from his Nobel Peace Prize - to health care for Russian children may look like an isolated move. But advocates of the very young see it as one more small sign...
Sampling a Bounty of Environmental Books Some of the Season's Best Titles View the Natural World from a Political, Literary, Photographic, or Practical Perspective
BOOKS about the environment - inspirational as well as instructive - have been around since the writer of Genesis described God's pleasure at the sight of creation. That such books just keep coming is proof of the infinite wonder of nature and of mankind's...
Sculpture Pulled out of Thin Air Series: ART NOW. Part 6 of a Series
YOU could say Zadok Ben-David's sculpture is about illusions. The word "magic" springs easily to mind when people talk about it. Like a magician, (and he is actually an amateur magician) he likes to produce a sense of wonder by apparently performing...
Showroom Scruples
AUTOMOBILE showrooms have traditionally been a male domain, featuring a masculine decor and a mostly male sales staff. New research confirms this impression. A study commissioned by the American Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, indicates...
Steep Price for Football Glory
WHEN coach David McWilliams leads his Texas Longhorns onto the field for the Mobil Cotton Bowl in Dallas New Year's Day, he will be carrying in his pocket a new contract guaranteeing him an annual base salary in excess of $100,000. A group of wealthy...
The UN Security Council Can't Substitute for Congress
THE administration's success in getting Security Council approval to use force against Iraq and its failure thus far to seek congressional approval raise an obvious question: Does the Security Council resolution represent authority to use force under...
US Food Credits for Soviet Union Signal Warming of Once Icy Ties Easing Stiff Trade Laws Helps Gorbachev, Soviet Jews, and US Farmers. ANALYSIS
PRESIDENT Bush's agreement to waive until next June some restrictions of the 1974 trade act and to grant up to $1 billion in agricultural credits to the Soviet Union has domestic and foreign policy advantages for the White House.It also illustrates how...
Zaireans Challenge One-Party Past Series: ZAIRE. Part 1 of a Series. First of Three Articles Appearing Today
INSPIRED by last year's success of Eastern Europeans at overthrowing dictators, many Zaireans appear to be running out of patience with their own government."People are suffering," says Ampole Donatien, an auto repairman in Kinshasa, who earns $25 a...