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 November 22, 1996

A Freshman's Baptism in Capitol Hill's Ways Series: First Year on Capitol Hill, Part One of an Occasional Series. One of One Stories Appearing Today
Within 24 hours after Anne Northup (R) was elected congresswoman, people started calling her for help in their travails with the federal government - everything from missing Social Security checks to passes to visit the White House. Now just two weeks...
Arkansas Has More Than Whitewater Governor Tries to Buff State's Image
As Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tells the story, he was on a flight from Utah when his seatmate offered to tell him a joke - "It's about this politician from Arkansas." Replied Governor Huckabee, as he rolled his eyes, "Wait a minute, let me tell you...
Avoiding Cliche, 'Shine' Finds High Drama in Music an Australian Film Tells the True Story of a Pianist's Rocky Career
For most moviegoers, film music is just a series of "unheard melodies," in the words of one critic. But now and then a movie puts music in the foreground, making the audience aware of it as a living part of the story.Such a film is "Shine," made in Australia...
CD Reviews
POP/ROCKPhil Collins - Dance Into the Light (Atlantic): Phil Collins jumps on the world-music bandwagon with this album featuring African rhythms. From its encouraging, upbeat title track to the playful Paul Simon-like "Wear My Hat," Collins introduces...
Clinton Preps for Welfare Reform, Act 2
Long before the ink was dry on welfare reform - even before he actually signed it - President Clinton talked about "fixing" it.The provision that denies benefits to most legal immigrants disturbs him. So do reductions in the food-stamp program, especially...
E. Europe Swings Back to the Center Elections Show Voters Want Realistic Promises in the Rocky Road to Open Markets
If Geza Jeszenszky needed a reminder of being held accountable, point taken.In July 1994, Hungary's former foreign minister saw an exasperated electorate oust his conservative-nationalist party from power, replacing it with mostly ex-Communists - part...
Finding the Refugees: The Numbers Game for Rwanda
Shakespeare once wrote: "What's in a name?" Here in Rwanda people are asking: "What's in a number?"Ever since fears of a Rwandan refugee crisis emerged three weeks ago, wildly conflicting reports have emerged about exactly how many people face bleak...
Freeze Frames
Freeze Frames: The Monitor Movie GuideHere 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...
Frugal Texans Build Cutting-Edge Telescope STAR HOUNDS
Astronomers often refer to their telescopes as "light buckets." The bigger the bucket, the deeper astronomers can peer into the heavens.Last week, engineers at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory here hoisted the final piece of machinery -...
Guys with Swing Show That Jazz Is the Thing
What I loved about the trombone were all the things that Mr. DeVoe scorned: its large, slushy sound; how you could slide around the notes and up to them and away; its capacity to blat. J. C. Higginbotham and Benny Morton were my first heroes. The 3 Deuces...
Jordan's Desert Calm Shattered by Speedsters
Or Jordan's nomadic Bedouins, it's an invasion of infinite curiosity: Their featureless southern desert is now crawling with foreign aliens and a menacing-looking UFO.They keep their camels back and approach the machine reluctantly - soldiers and camel...
Keeping Balance
Whether President Clinton likes it or not, the balanced- budget amendment will be back on the nation's agenda when the new Congress convenes in January.The latest word from the administration is that Mr. Clinton doesn't like it any more than he did a...
Letters
In Defense of Defending Ourselves in CourtI read with grave concern the Nov. 14 opinion-page article, "Defending Yourself: Legal Cons, and Pros." Unfortunately, it presents only the rarefied perspective of a judge sitting up there on a Massachusetts...
Lobsters Debut and Disappear in Germany
Now we read that an enterprising Swiss has opened a Down East restaurant in Germany's great Hanseatic city of Hamburg and is doing a tremendous business with Maine lobsters. I believe it, and am here to state that the most wonderful sound in the world...
Math Chat
Hours, Days, and YearsOld junior challengeIf you live for 6,000 years, how many days will that be? Answer A good start is (6,000 years) x (365 days per year) = 2,190,000 days. An extra day in a leap year every four years adds another 1,500 days to make...
Stage Set for Clinton-China One-on-One Leaders of a Superpower and a Rising Power Try to Steady Rocky Relations
Secretary of State Warren Christopher's meetings in Beijing this week have laid the groundwork for a summit in Manila between the Chinese and American presidents that is expected to further a rapprochement between the world's present and potential superpowers.Senior...
'Strange Justice' in an Age of Media Mergers CONFLICTING INTERESTS?
Prof. Anita Hill, who challenged the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas five years ago, is leaving the University of Oklahoma Law School. "To pursue other opportunities," she says. One thing that lies ahead is the publication of her autobiography...
That Goldilocks Feeling Hits Tutsis in Rwanda Hutus Who Fled in 1994 Now Want Their Old Homes Back Series: A Rwandan Hutu Refugee Returned to His House to Find It Inhabited by Tutsis. Some Families Have Agreed to Cohabit with Their Occupiers, but This Boy Had to Stay with a Neighbor. Many Hutu Civilians Won't Go Home for Fear Neighbors Will Accuse Them of Genocide., JEROME DELAY/AP
Jean-Marie Vianey returned to his village last Sunday after a 2-1/2-year absence in Zaire to find Mukangabo Mujimimana and her family eating their evening meal in his home.The sight was disappointing for Mr. Vianey, who walked barefoot for 18 days with...
The 'Ansel Adams of the Everglades' Clyde Butcher Hopes His Images of South Florida Will Convince People That It's Worth Saving
In a quiet voice that belies his imposing presence, photographer and environmental activist Clyde Butcher explains how he became known as the Ansel Adams of the Everglades: "I never fully understood Florida until I got wet."His subject is the beleaguered...
The News in Brief
THE USStay away from drugs, liquor, and sex. That's the message Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala hopes to convey to nine- to 14-year-olds in a new campaign to steer them from danger and into school, sports, and the arts. She was expected...
The US and China: A New Consensus Stable Relations Are Vulnerable to Disruption by Human Rights Abuses or Other Excesses by Beijing
At least temporarily, the United States and China have halted last spring's dangerous drift toward rivalry and acrimony. Secretary of State Warren Christopher visited Beijing this week. President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin meet in Manila...
The US Has a Lot to Lose at the UN Washington's Push to Oust Boutros-Ghali Puts More Important Goals at Risk
On the heels of President Clinton's reelection, another "election" is getting under way. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the United Nations secretary-general, is seeking a second five-year term in the top UN post. There is a problem, though - he faces steadfast...
Top Run: Rocketing toward Mach 1 on Wheels
The jet fighter pilot worms his way into the cockpit of the missile-like vehicle, then waits for the wind to die down.Inside, British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green can't see over two turbojet engines that sit like fat torpedoes on either side of him.With...
Ups and Downs in Mexico
Mexican politics continues its roller coaster ride toward reform. In July the long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) seemed ready to cooperate in efforts to change electoral law and allow fairer competition. But the PRI has now backed...
Waking Up to God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
How wonderful it would be to wake up happy each day. This would make quite a difference to us and to the world.One day I heard a group of friends discussing what they did on waking each morning. One of them recommended deep breathing. Another did push-ups,...
Wartime Dealings in Gold, Jewish Money, Haunt Swiss Nation's Banks and Politicians Consider Creating Reconciliation Fund
Switzerland seems stuck inside an Escher painting. Every time the government thinks it has made two steps forward regarding its handling of World War II-era accounts and Nazi gold, it finds it has actually taken two steps back.Pressured by Holocaust...
Working Poor Need Jobless Benefit Change
Congress killed President Clinton's universal health-care plan in 1994. It passed a welfare-reform bill this year. Next year, Washington may tackle unemployment insurance. "I hope and expect that when Congress meets again, it will consider some of the...