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 January 29, 1998

A Backlash Solidifies Democrats with Clinton's Approval Rating Higher Than Ever, Party Officials around the Country See Contributions Flowing
Even hard-core Democrats are surprised by the way the country has rallied around President Clinton since the allegations of sex and a coverup hit the White House just 13 days ago.His approval ratings are soaring (for now), party activists are galvanized,...
A Challenge to the Printer's Art Tricky Photograph
'What's this?" you ask. "Is the Monitor printing a cheesy photo to remind me that Valentine's Day is coming?" Actually, no.This is our entry in a printing contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association, a Park Ridge, Ill.-based newspaper industry...
'A Little Square Now Is Good' Clinton's Public Defenders: Two Familiar Faces
If you were listening but not watching the screen, you might have thought your television had jumped from C-SPAN to the Church of the Loudly Devout channel.But it was Al Gore.His uncharacteristically charismatic introduction of President Clinton to an...
Ambitious History of Atlantic Slave Trade Bogs Down in Detail
THE SLAVE TRADE: THE STORY OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE: 1440-1870By Hugh ThomasSimon & Schuster 908 pp., $38 Hugh Thomas is, quite simply, a phenomenon. This remarkably productive, popularizing historian has written a dozen or more books over a 35-year...
An Undisposable Nuclear Controversy A Coalition of States and Utilities Is Suing Federal Government over Finding Waste Site
Ever since nuclear power plants began to generate electricity in the 1950s, the single most-pressing problem has been where to store waste that remains dangerously radioactive for at least 10,000 years.Some 40 years later, the federal government's reply...
A Parent Learns to Stop, and Sift the Gravel
Everyone knows that supermoms juggle their time differently than when they were only career-oriented. And it was no surprise that my son became my first priority. I never guessed, though, that my son's view of the world would completely change my own.As...
Are Media Standards Drooping? in Rush to Investigate Monica Lewinsky's Allegations, Critics Say Rumor Is Presented as Fact
As a stream of unsubstantiated allegations feeds the media frenzy engulfing the White House, an unsettling question has occurred to some reporters.What if there's an innocent explanation? What if former intern Monica Lewinsky, desperate for love and...
Be Super Resourceful Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Some of the movies I like aren't too deep. Recently I was watching a video, in which a spy would have failed in his mission about two dozen times - had he not thought up 24 novel ways to get out of different tight corners!Most of us don't deal with the...
Bomb Signals New Strategy Abortion-Clinic Attack Mirrors Recent Trend - Intent Was to Harm People, Not Destroy Property
When a bomb ripped through an abortion clinic here last week, rattling windows miles away and killing an off-duty policeman, a new reality in the abortion movement was cemented.While violence has long been a component of the fight against abortion, the...
Boston Families Pay for Crimes of Sons Judge Rules Tomorrow on Eviction of Three Families under a Law Aimed at Curbing Public-Housing Crime
Tomorrow night could be the last night that three families in the lunch-pail neighborhood of South Boston spend in their own beds.They face eviction from their public-housing apartments - but not for anything they did. Rather it's what their teenage...
Britain Links Its Support of US against Iraq to Help on Belfast Blair Sees Clinton Thursday. Sources Say He Wants Stronger US Hand in Northern Ireland
President Clinton is getting solid support from Britain over Iraq and his personal problems - but he will likely have to pay a price later this year.Prime Minister Tony Blair flies to Washington Wednesday for his first talks as British leader with Mr....
California Dreaming Returns for First Time in Six Years, More People Are Moving into the Golden State Than Are Leaving It
The California mystique is back.Ever since the Gold Rush, California has been known as the cradle of the American dream, a land where ordinary people have a chance at a better way of life.For many, that dream ended in the late 1980s, when the state suffered...
Celebrating - Cautiously - a Year of Peace in Guatemala
In a halfway house for former guerrillas in the Guatemalan city of Quezaltenango, a young artist unveils his latest effort, a woodcut depicting a Mayan goddess riding a motorcycle. When asked about the image, Nicolas de Paz says it depicts an important...
Clinton Boosts Global Ban on Biological Weapons US Will Propose an Inspection System to Strengthen 1972 Treaty, Ending Internal Feud
Even as the United States has been girding for war to compel Iraq to cooperate with international monitors searching for biological weapons, it has been grappling with how its own biotechnology industry might do the same thing.Not that there are any...
Clinton Tries Long March Back He Takes His Presidential Persona on the Road, but Grand Jury Keeps Hearing Witnesses in Probe of His Credibility
For President Clinton, it's now a waiting game.He has delivered a polished State of the Union address, members of both parties agree, diverting national attention for an evening away from talk of scandal to talk of issues. His wife has come out in forceful...
Congress Gets an 'A' for Voter Participation as Lawmakers Return from Recess, They'll Have a Hard Time Besting Last Year's Best-Ever Voting Record
Members of Congress go to great lengths to carry out their most fundamental responsibility: casting their vote.That sense of obligation has fluctuated over the years, but of late it's been on the rise. In recent years, lawmakers have been carried on...
East Coast Chefs No Longer Hooked on Serving Swordfish A Sworded Issue
Restaurant diners who live by the swordfish may go hungry - for a while. Bringing attention to overfishing in the North Atlantic, prominent chefs on the East Coast are campaigning to "Give Swordfish a Break." So far, about 30 have formed a pact not to...
First Lady Stands by Her 'Partner' Clinton's Public Defenders: Two Familiar Faces
In a graduation speech to Wellesley College classmates in 1969, Hillary Rodham defined politics as "the art of making what appears impossible, possible." If so, this may be her finest hour in politics.At least for a headline or two, Hillary Rodham Clinton's...
Hands off the Cookie Jar
Both President Clinton and GOP congressional leaders have sworn off the old voodoo economics. Or so they say.Neither side wants to dent coming federal budget surpluses. Mr. Clinton demanded, in his State of the Union address, that surpluses be reserved...
Hanoi's Toughest War: Managing the Market New Party Leader
Vietnam's Communist Party has weathered five wars over six decades, but its latest fight is with a longtime foe willingly let in: capitalism.Never comfortable with having to adopt free-market ways in 1986 in order to keep popular appeal, the Marxist...
His Support Surging, President Opts for Silence Approval Rating Hits Historic High as Clinton Stays Focused on His Social and Economic Agenda
The White House switchboard put the call through to the small inner core of Oval Office staff."This is Kevin Spacey," said the star of "L.A. Confidential" from a cell phone as he sped along the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, Calif., the roar of the...
How Vietnamese See US Now Saigon Bygones
'I believe enemies can one day become friends," says Xuan, a young Vietnamese executive. Then she pauses, somewhat uneasy with discussing the Vietnam War with an American. Sitting at a rooftop restaurant and dressed in a dark blue business suit, she...
Iran's Rising Star Scenes from A Life in Filmmaking
When she is filming the night scenes of her next movie, Iranian actress Mahaya Petrosian must quickly get used to working the night shift.During the day, her mother disconnects the phone so her increasingly well-known daughter is not disturbed from her...
Italy to Britain: 'Pizza Image Doesn't Cut It'
A favorite Italian food is occupying center stage in a diplomatic flare-up between London and Rome."It is deeply insulting," Prime Minister Romano Prodi has said, for Britain to have produced a European Union logo with a pepperoni pizza representing...
Learning Your A, B, Seeds A Few Tips on Starting Those Special Plants Indoors, and Getting a Jump on Spring
I grew my first plant from seed in kindergarten. Each child was given three bean seeds, soil, and a Dixie cup. Every morning, we would rush past the teacher, Mrs. Hitch, to the windowsill to check the beans' progress.The slender, pale-yellow shoots that...
Letters
Religion and Politics: a Good Mix?I would like to comment on Godfrey Sperling's well-written column, "Remember the Separation of Church and State" (Jan. 13).I am firmly convinced that the current crusade to make a political force of conservative Christianity...
Listen Up
PARADISEBy Toni MorrisonRead by the author Random House Audiobooks $25.95 Four cassettes, 6 hrs. Abridged Toni Morrison's compelling readings have become essential adjuncts to her literature. "Paradise" is the fifth novel she has recorded. (Previously...
Mightiest in Japan Humbled Finance Ministry, Key to Asia's Revival, Was Raided Monday as Criticism Mounts
In early December, a pair of Japanese lawmakers decided they were too proud to beg.During the annual budget process, politicians and government officials visit the Ministry of Finance to ask for funding. "Ask" is too nice a word. They are there to plead....
More Favorite Family Recipes
A few months ago we asked our readers to send in their favorite family recipes. The response has been dramatic. We can't run them all, but we will publish a few from time to time.We have enjoyed reading them, and especially testing and tasting them....
No Welcome for Welfare Wanderers A Burst of New State Laws Are Passed to Lower Welfare Benefits Paid to New Residents
Monique Ruffin came to Seattle in search of a better life. Recently divorced, the mother of four moved from Louisiana to look for a job here and to be near her family.But dwindling resources and no job meant welfare. Much to her surprise, though, she...
Photos from Coast to Coast Capture Lives on the Way Up
PURSUING THE DREAM: WHAT HELPS CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES SUCCEEDBy Stephen ShamesAperture 160 pp., $40 For decades, photojournalist Stephen Shames took pictures of people in trouble. Homeless families. Kids in gangs, on drugs, as prostitutes. Victims...
Presidential Crisis Tempers Student Idealism
When he was in high school, Jason Rawn ran through Little Rock delivering "Elect Clinton" fliers to schools and businesses for the Young Democrats of Arkansas. When Mr. Clinton won the presidency in 1992, Mr. Rawn rejoiced."His victory was a big deal...
Revise the Counsel Law
When Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr veered to investigate allegations of a sexual relationship between President Clinton and a former White House intern, he kicked up a storm of questions about the law underlying such counsels' authority....
'Romantic' Views Behind the Face That Is Chiseled on Mt. Rushmore Two Presidents' Powerful Humanity
T.R.: THE LAST ROMANTICBy H.W. BrandsBasic Books 897 pp., $35 Like the Cheshire cat, most of the image of Theodore Roosevelt has faded from the public mind, leaving only the huge, toothy smile and wire-rimmed glasses. This year marks a century since...
Russia's 'Barometer of Planet' Feels the Heat School near Moscow Was Once Model of International Learning. Now It Struggles as an Orphanage
Ivanovo, a small textile-producing city 140 miles northeast of Moscow, is known today mostly as a particularly depressing example of post-Soviet economic collapse.But in its Soviet heyday, it was renowned as an incubator of worldwide Communist revolution.From...
Seeking Communal Roots in Multiethnic India
THE IDEA OF INDIABy Sunil Khilnani.Farrar Straus Giroux263 pp., $22 THE LAST DAYS OF THE RAJ By Trevor Royle John Murray 291 pp., $22.95 (paper) The modern state of India came into being on the stroke of midnight, Aug. 15, 1947. In the same moment, the...
Starr Wants to See Cards before Cutting a Deal with Lewinsky Trading Immunity for Testimony Is Thorny Process for Prosecutors, Especially When the Stakes Are High
On the street they call it a get-out-of-jail-free card, and drug dealers, con men, and other assorted crooks qualify for it nearly every day.So what is taking independent counsel Kenneth Starr so long to arrange immunity from prosecution in exchange...
State of the Union Proposals: Will They Fly?
Social Security"Save Social Security first," urged the president.Clinton proposes that Congress not spend any budget surplus until it fixes America's federal retirement nest egg. The program is expected to go bankrupt in 2029, as the baby-boomer generation...
Strange New Land of 'Surplus' Clinton Today Unveils First Balanced Budget in 30 Years, Changing Dynamic of Governing
The last time the United States had a balanced budget, Simon and Garfunkel were recording "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" was the top show on TV, and Lyndon Johnson was finishing his last year as president.Today, as another...
The News in Brief
The USPresident Clinton used his State of the Union address to underscore US economic strength and his own leadership. The speech, touching on a wide range of domestic and foreign-policy issues, included a warning to Iraq, a challenge to Congress to...
The Pope Came, Saw, and Had an Impact
Two old lions, Pope John Paul II and Fidel Castro, circled each other last week in this Cuban capital. It was purrs instead of roars - claws were sheathed, all outward signs were respectful. But the two were at a most serious zero-sum game in which one...
Toni Morrison's Feminist Portrayal of Racism
PARADISEBy Toni MorrisonAlfred A. Knopf 318 pp., $25 Reading a novel by Toni Morrison is an act of faith. She demands much from her language and her readers, but when that faith is rewarded, the effect is stunning. In "Paradise," her first novel since...
Two Presidents' Powerful Humanity the Convictions of John Quincy Adams Were as Firm as New England Granite
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: A PUBLIC LIFE, A PRIVATE LIFEBy Paul C. NagelKnopf, 419 pp., $30 No president looked more hard-boiled than John Quincy Adams. The familiar portrait, done late in life, suggests a man whose convictions were as firm as the granite of...
US Sanctions Fail to Bring Democracy to Burma Many Americans Want to Help the Nation Shed Its Oppressive Junta. but How?
Sipping a cool lime soda in the colonial splendor of a Rangoon hotel, Seattle-born lawyer John Pierce doesn't regret setting up business in Burma. "It's the quality of life," he muses, contentedly. "There's entrepreneurial freedom here. There are opportunities."Nine...
Utah Takes Lead in Movement to Abolish All Property Taxes
Perhaps it was inevitable.In a time of bounty and unparalleled tax cuts, it should not be surprising that one state might take the ultimate step and suggest doing away with property taxes entirely. But now that Utah is considering it, many are worried...
Washington Interns: Lots of Gofer Work, Little Glamour
The daily duties of the job can seem mundane: answer phones, make copies, run errands. But the location - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - has thousands of college students and recent graduates competing fiercely each year for a job at the heart of the Washington...
Whitewater Prosecutor Losing Perception War the Intensity of the Latest Crisis, So Far, Has Tarnished Starr More Than Clinton
Many Americans would prefer to forgive or forget accusations of private sexual indiscretions by President Clinton. But one thing they will not tolerate is a prosecutor they suspect is waging a politically motivated witch hunt.That's the story that emerges...
Why Women Still Support Clinton despite Allegations of Marital Infidelity, Many Women Are Not Rushing to Judgment
'I don't care about his personal life!" asserts Caroline Kenner, her voice as flaming as her red hair. "Clinton's a good president ... that's what matters."This Silver Spring, Md., woman is not alone - especially among women - in her opinion of President...
With Mr. Wiggly, Life Was All Fun and Games
For years, my grandmother refused to play games. Any game. When pressed, she admitted that, when she was a girl, she and her father had been playing a game when she got angry and refused to speak to him for days. Afterward, she was so ashamed of herself...
Yes, Great Players Can Make Good Coaches Larry Bird Enjoys Immediate Success with the Indiana Pacers
In addressing a throng of reporters upon his return to Boston recently, Larry Bird slipped in a startling offhand remark about his feelings as a new coach."I don't know how much longer I'm going to do this," said the rookie mentor of the National Basketball...