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 April 4, 1997

Andrew Jackson: 'Most Dangerous Man in America'
Jackson: a NovelBy Max ByrdBantam Books 421 pp., $23.95 Reading this novel is a little like thumbing through an old family album. The snapshots may scatter around in subject and setting, but after a while you begin to feel that you know these people....
Chivalry of the Speedway Knights New Speedway Opens for 'Regular-Guy' Drivers, Legions of Fans
Stock-car racing was born in the piney woods of the South, on narrow lumber roads and dirt tracks lined with hay bales. Its early legends were cotton farmers, mechanics, or one-time moonshiners who didn't mind scratching up a pretty paint job.They drove...
Democracy's Advocates Face China's Wrath in Hong Kong Many Fear Being Pushed to the Sidelines, Losing Their Public Forum Series: Handing over Hong Kong, July1, 1997. an Occasional Series
Unemployment hardly exists here, but Fred Li already knows he will be out of a job at midnight, June 30. Mr. Li is a member of the Legislative Council (Legco), which will disband when Hong Kong becomes part of China.Like his Democratic Party colleagues...
Freeze Frames: The Monitor Movie Guide
Here are the week's reviews of both the latest releases and current films, rated according to the key below ("o" for forget it). The capsule reviews are by Monitor film critic David Sterritt; the one liners from a panel of at least three other Monitor...
Gingrich Abroad: A Study in Not Walking Softly
When diplomats speak they tend to be, well, diplomatic. Deliberate vagueness and discreet imprecision are their common tools. Their goal: greasing the inevitable frictions that arise among the nations of the world.This is not the rhetorical approach...
How US Now Picks Friends in Africa Dictators like Mobutu Are out, Economic Reformers Are in. Will Zaire Rebel Fit Bill?
The United States is quietly letting Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko slip from power, no longer willing to support its former cold- war protege.After helping Mr. Mobutu take power by force 31 years ago and then supporting him as a foil against communism,...
Ickes Papers Force White House Damage Control
It is a truism in Washington that you shouldn't put anything on paper or on tape - at least if you don't want it to come back to haunt you.President Nixon learned that the hard way with his Oval Office taping system. So, too, did former Secretary of...
In a Russia Torn by Past, Some Come to Praise Lenin, Some to Bury Him
Russia's ongoing wrestling match with its tortured past took an unusually violent turn this week, when unknown bombers blew up a statue of the country's last czar, Nicholas II.But it is Nicholas's nemesis, the man who ordered his death, Vladimir Lenin,...
Is Environmental Education Just 'Green' Propaganda?
'Don't waste things!" teachers have been exhorting children for generations. "And if you make a mess, clean it up!"Sound advice for life, perhaps. But when those lessons in personal conduct and civic virtue extend to complex and controversial issues...
Just Perfect for Girls like Us
Put that dress on, now! I mean it!" said Sara, one hand on her hip, the other shaking a finger at me. "I don't want to have to tell you again!"My four-year-old daughter was helping me select my wardrobe for the day."But Sara, I don't want to wear a dress,"...
Mideast Tale of Brothers at Odds Palestinian Rift Divides Family
When Jibril Rajoub arrives at a demonstration of Palestinian stone-throwers, the crowd parts. With a boxer's physique and a sandpaper voice, he shoves protesters aside, reminding them who's boss. Mr. Rajoub is the Palestinian Authority's "preventive"...
Next Time in Mexico, Beware Frisky Police since 1994, Crime Has Soared. to Combat It, Police Conduct Random Searches - a Lot
The bus driver has a decal of Disney's Thumper on the side window. Above the front window is a red fringe with dangling balls, and, as always, the radio blasts nonstop.This is a crowded local bus, rumbling out of Mexico City, carrying me and my wife...
Nissan Wakes Up ... Catches Up with Its Z's
The folks at Nissan know they can't build a classic car overnight.But they might be able to rebuild one.Exit Nissan's racy sports car, the 300ZX, which the company pulled from the lineup this year. Enter Nissan's hoped-for classic, the 1972 Datsun 240Z,...
Not 'Mrs. Eddy's Bible'! Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The handyman who comes every few months to help me with painting jobs around the house grew up in the American South. His family honored the Bible as central to everyday life. Sometimes he and I spend so much time sharing our personal insights into...
Out on Video
THE DEVIL PROBABLYFrench filmmaker Robert Bresson is a deeply religious artist, concerned with struggles between good and evil in a sadly imperfect world. This somber masterpiece looks at the dark side of youthful idealism, tracing the ultimately vain...
Readers Write
Anthony Lake and Senatorial 'Swinery'The vilification of Anthony Lake by senators at his confirmation hearings ensures that decent Americans will refuse to serve their country for fear of being treated like criminals. We needn't wonder why Americans...
Reunite the Plains Tribes and Their Bison
The livestock died by the thousands, the drifts reached 25 feet, and the wind chill whipped at 95 degrees below zero. The Dakotas have been our home for centuries, but nothing could have prepared us for the brutality of this past winter. There was no...
Selena's Music and Struggle Become the Song of a People INTERVIEW DIRECTOR GREGORY NAVA
'Innocence" is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of a rock star. But the celebration of innocence is the essential experience of the popular new movie "Selena," says its director, Gregory Nava. The film portrays the revered Mexican-American...
Stop the Peace Saboteurs
Peacemaking has run into trouble in various parts of the world. The Middle East, Northern Ireland, Haiti, and Rwanda come to mind. But Cambodia, the small Southeast Asian country whose tragic history coined the phrase "killing fields," is a particularly...
The Art of Affordable Collecting Set a Goal, Do Your Homework, Visit Galleries, Fairs, Auction Houses, and Most of All, Follow Your Passion Series: GIFT OF THE HENRY L. HILLMAN FOUNDATION
Not many thrills in life exceed the thrill of the chase. Pursuing another addition to a growing collection keeps the eyes sharp and the legs strong. As Raymond Nasher, whose collection of modern sculpture is on view at the Guggenheim Museum, says, "Collecting...
The News in Brief
The USThe Federal Communication Commission temporarily stopped collecting payments on more than $10 billion owed by companies that made winning bids in an auction to provide mobile-phone and data services. The FCC said it was considering a request by...
Time Is Relative; and, Speaking of Relatives
When I reviewed the affairs of last year to tot up my minuses and pluses, I was much put out to find last year had ended three months ago. I mentioned this to my wife, and she said, "It did? I didn't know that!" Then again, there is the story about Uncle...
Unabomber Case Finds Parallels in McVeigh Trial TERRORISM ON TRIAL
One year after his arrest, the man the federal government has accused of being the Unabomber is slowly heading toward his day in court.Already, the pending case of Theodore Kaczynski bears similarities to the current trial of another accused domestic...
What's a Poor G-Man Supposed to Do?
Consider the dilemma of Louis Freeh. In June of last year, the FBI director complains of having been "victimized" in handing over some 600 personnel files for political use in the White House, and he angrily promises that it will not happen again.Then...
What Would the Founding Fathers Say? A Group in Congress Is Unwisely Targeting Certain Federal Judges for Impeachment
More than 200 years ago, the founders of this nation created a form of government that masterfully provided checks and balances to ensure individual liberties and prevent tyranny by the majority.The separation of powers among three branches of government...