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 February 20, 1998

An Unused American Tactic: Trying Saddam for War Crimes but Arresting Him, Setting Up a Tribunal Would Be Difficult
Amid worldwide debate over the effectiveness of bombing as a means to pressure Saddam Hussein, experts say the US and its allies are overlooking a weapon of unlimited power that could help turn the tide against the Iraqi leader.Justice.International...
A Treasury of Paramount Musical 'Shorts'
Jazz is jumping on home video. Music fans, movie buffs, and anyone with a nostalgic streak will find much to enjoy in "Hollywood Rhythm," a new four-cassette series from Kino Video. It's devoted to the rich trove of musical shorts produced by Paramount...
Dispel South Asia's Nuclear Cloud
As the world's attention is transfixed on bombing Saddam, the risk is growing that South Asia's undeclared nuclear powers, Pakistan and India, will conduct a new round of nuclear tests and missile deployments following the current elections in India.South...
Dog-Food Makers Say 'Improved,' but Who'd They Ask?
The folks at Nike recently shook up Madison Avenue by changing their corporate slogan from "Just Do It" to "I Can." Marketing experts are now anxiously debating how the switch may help or hurt public opinion.At least Nike is trying to bring some intelligence...
Easy to Build, Hard to Detect: How to Track Biological Arms?
Iraq's prolonged cat-and-mouse game over its biological arsenal has thrown the spotlight on the difficulties the international community faces in trying to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction.Since 1972, some 140 nations have signed a cold-war-era...
Entertaining the Kids
School vacation week is winding down. You and the children have baked enough heart-shaped, jelly-coated cookies for the next three Valentine's Days, watched the "101 Dalmatians" video at least that many times, and nearly broken the record for the longest...
Iraqis Already Pay the Price of One 'Weapon' While US Bombs May Soon Drop on Iraq, the Country Buckles under Years of Sanctions
For many Iraqis, American bombs would be only one more "weapon" bringing tragedy to their lives.In daily life for seven years, people here in Iraq have paid a very real human cost. Millions lack enough food and medicine. Death rates, especially for children,...
Italy's Singing Sensation Wins Fans Worldwide Andrea Bocelli Credits Television with His Rapid Rise
Luciano Pavarotti has said, "There is nobody better."He has performed for Pope John Paul II and shared the stage with Bryan Adams, Bryan Ferry, and Pavarotti himself. His fan club includes actresses Isabella Rossellini and Julie Andrews.His name is Andrea...
Letters
Gen-Xers and the Government's MoneyAs a so-called "Gen-Xer," (as well as a writer who has covered "Gen-X issues") I take exception to one aspect of "Selling Skeptical Gen-Xers on Social Security" (Feb. 12): I must confess that your depiction of my generation...
Lewinsky Story Slows Down, Grand Jury Pace Speeds Up Analysts Say Clinton Has Little Choice but to Come Forward and Tell His Side of the Story
At the end of another week in the Monica Lewinsky saga, the story has settled into that familiar feeling of water dripping on a rock.New droplets of information, or alleged information, continue to emanate from the murky reaches of the various teams,...
Monitor Quiz: 19th-Century African-American Ingenuity
Eighteen sixty-five saw the end of the American Civil War. Later that year, slavery was abolished with passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment (1868) granted citizenship to black Americans and established protections for...
Newsmagazines Woo Viewers as Must-See TV Drama
Unlike Karla Faye Tucker, who was executed in Texas earlier this month amid global attention to her case, Patrick Rogers bided his time on death row in relative obscurity.But as his execution day approached, producers at "Dateline NBC" began chronicling...
Nuclear Disarmament with Low-Tech Approach Arms-Control Advocates See a Way to Prevent US or Russian Missile Attacks: Rocks and Dirt
Rocks and dirt don't sound like a recipe for averting an atomic cataclysm.Yet, piling tons of debris atop the lids of nuclear-missile silos that would take days to clear is among a host of steps - collectively called "de-alerting" - gaining support as...
Of Stars and Storms and the Other Snow Birds
At Fort Kent chere Rosee, so petite,Would sleep in a tent with one sheet,But when it would snow And go fifty below, She'd head for Miami, toot sweet. It does not drop to 50 below every day at Fort Kent, and often the summers will be fairly mild, but...
On Figure Skates, Americans Rule
Finally, it is America's time to show the world how good good can be. At last - at last - it will be the women's figure-skating long program taking over today in Nagano. It is the most anticipated winter Olympics event by millions of people from coast...
Peru's Family Planning Became Coerced Sterilization Probes Find Some Doctors Bribed, Pressured, or Deceived Women into Being Sterilized
When Victoria lost her new-born baby in 1996, she was devastated."What kept me going was the thought that next year I could try again," the Peruvian woman says. "I was so sad but I had the hope that I'd have another chance."That hope evaporated when...
Powerful Impressions, Stitch by Stitch
Quilting has traditionally been a woman's art in Western society. But New York artist Michael A. Cummings is changing all that. Mr. Cummings sews right in his home, an 1886 house in Manhattan, and stitches at a sewing machine in his drawing room under...
S. Africa Rolls Up Welcome Mat for Ex-Officers This Week, It Tries to Deport Three Zairean Generals It Accuses of Plotting a Rebellion
Last year's downfall of a dictator in Zaire (now Congo) has ricocheted into South Africa.Three former military officers of late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko are trying hard not to be booted out of South Africa, which once gave them refuge as a way to prevent...
Sports 101
Q: Why are professional hockey players allowed to participate in the Olympics?A: According to "The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics, 1998," by David Wallechinsky, Olympic ice hockey remained a sport for amateurs until Communist Czechoslovakia joined...
Steamy Sitcoms Fog Up the TV Screen under the Mantle of Laughter, Sitcoms Tend to Normalize Sexual Exploitation
Let's be frank. Sex is everywhere on the small screen these days. It's casual, it's cheap (devoid of consequences), and it's fantastical. Real life is seldom this lurid or this easy. Predatory self-interest is sometimes satirized, but more often touted...
Strange Days: Life with El Nino Readiness Is Key to Coping with Barrage of Storms, as Another One Pounds West Coast
For his 30-minute morning commute, Malibu filmmaker Jim Oliver packs his briefcase, his lunch, and a suitcase containing two changes of work clothes and pajamas."With all the roads to my house being closed for flooding, mudslides, rockslides, I never...
Tending Social Security
President Clinton last week scheduled the first of four regional forums on overhauling the Social Security system. It is set for April 7 in Kansas City. And he will join in a teleconference on the subject March 21 sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust.This...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt (the first set of '+' marks in each review) unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (the second set of '+' marks in each review) reflect the sometimes...
The News in Brief
The USPresident Clinton warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein not to be emboldened by raucous protests expressed at an internationally broadcast town meeting at Ohio State University. He made the comments to reporters after his national security team...
The Paradoxes of Punishment A Rigid Approach to Moral Questions Can Have an Unintended Result
The two big news stories in the world today present a bizarre parallel that's worth exploring.One story involves the gathering of United States military forces to strike Iraq. Saddam Hussein has been flouting the UN resolutions that were the terms of...
Three Musketeers of US Foreign Policy Cooperation - on Display in Ohio This Week - Is a Hallmark of This Troika
At least one morning a week, usually Wednesday, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets Defense Secretary William Cohen and National Security Adviser Samuel "Sandy" Berger at the White House for breakfast.The private, informal agenda-setting session...
Verboten: 'Heard the One about Clinton?' Polite Society in D.C. Avoids Off-Color Presidential Jokes
A wave of biting "blue" humor still ripples across the country at the president's expense. But official Washington is doing its snickering in private.For late-night television impresarios Jay Leno and David Letterman, the material was irresistible. They...
Wearing A Golden Nest Egg Women's Wealth
Anilu Anand, a middle-class Indian housewife, sports three 22-carat gold bangles on her right wrist, two 22-carat gold rings on one finger, a 22-carat gold necklace with a 22-carat gold pendant, and a pair of 22-carat gold posts in her ears."This is...
What's on TV
Pick Of The WeekOprah Winfrey Presents: 'The Wedding'Sunday and Monday, Feb. 22 and 23 9-11 p.m. (ABC) TV highlights for the week of Feb. 22-27. All times are Eastern; check local listings. SUNDAY 2/22 Oprah Winfrey Presents: 'The Wedding' (ABC, 9-11...
What's Your Pleasure? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Do you ever try to please everybody and end up pleasing nobody? Are you so busy pleasing others that you leave yourself out? Some people even engage in unethical behavior in order to please others.For those who find themselves in this mind-set, there's...
When Birches Bend and Other Lessons of Winter
Birch trees still bend, just as Robert Frost said they do, decades ago, before I ever met a birch.When I met Robert Frost in the pages of an anthology of poets judged safe for schoolchildren, I was living where birches don't grow, and I was of an age...
Why 'Titaniacs' Flood Theaters
They hold crying parties and jump into ice-filled bathtubs while the soundtrack plays. Others leap onstage during the film to reenact key scenes. Still more sit adoringly through the three-hour epic as many times as their purses permit and flood the...
Woody Allen Takes Manhattan
There's a Woody Allen quite different from the one we've seen in films since the 1960s, and to discover this Woody Allen you need to be in Manhattan on a Monday evening.Then Woody Allen the jazz clarinetist regularly performs with his New Orleans Jazz...
Yet Another Administration Awash in Leaks
The leak is about as old as the secret. People who control secrets hate leaks, except when they create them. That is why it is said that the ship of state is the only kind of ship that leaks from the top.Unplanned leaks tend to enrage those who control...