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 3, 1999

Addled in Seattle
Ever since a group of colonists got dressed up as Indians and threw British tea into Boston harbor, Americans have put faith in the restriction of trade as a noble weapon for lofty goals. This mercantile method of manipulation, for instance, helped...
Altered State of American Family ; Recent Studies Show That Fewer Adults Are Now 'Married with Children,' Causing Repercussions throughout Society
In just one generation, attitudes toward marriage and family have shifted so dramatically that the very fabric of society has been inexorably altered - leaving pundits and ordinary Americans alike struggling to ascertain whether the changes are progressive...
Amid Casinos and Cactus, a New Musical Sound Evolves ; as Las Vegas Grows, the Strains of Lounge Music Give Way to Musical Innovation, and Major Record Labels Are Taking Note
Seattle had grunge, Southern California had punk rock, and Miami had a Latin explosion. Now the self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, is emerging with a sound all its own. It's part Wayne Newton, part Rage Against The Machine...
Amid Tear Gas, All Globalization's Foes Emerge ; Free Trade Is Popular, but Critics in Seattle Range from Idealists to Bitter Turf Defenders
If nothing else, massive demonstrations at the World Trade Organization conference in Seattle have unexpectedly sparked widespread debate about one of the most powerful trends of the late 20th century: economic globalization. To boosters, free trade...
A Stocking Chock Full of Musical Goodies
Tis the season of music overload. It's that time of year when record stores stock their shelves with a windfall of new albums and boxed sets. Sony takes on 100 years of music, the Grammy set features 40 years of musical gems, and longtime pop musicians...
Best Look Yet at an Epic Silent Movie
Movies are fragile. Store them improperly - or don't store them at all and throw them away like last month's magazines - and they decay, dissolve, disintegrate, or disappear. A vast proportion of our cinematic heritage has vanished forever. It's...
'Contact' Dazzles, 'Kate' Is a Glorious Revival
The fall season of new musicals on Broadway has two hits - "Contact," subtitled "a dance play," and a delicious revival of "Kiss Me, Kate." A third less-fortunate musical idea - a retread of the film "Saturday Night Fever" - has landed with an expensive...
Etc
HO, HO, HO, HOLDUP? Two banks in Switzerland have ordered their branches not to admit anyone dressed in that seasonal red costume with the white beard and trim and shiny black boots. The reason for the new policy, said spokesmen for UBS and Raiffeisenbank:...
Feast of Dedication ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
HANUKKAH, OR THE Jewish Feast of Dedication, begins at sundown today. It continues for the next eight days. More than just a lighting of candles, this dedication is a remembrance of the marvelous power of God to light the way and reward the faithful....
Finger-Pointing Misses the Point in Close Game
The drama was so intense that it seemed it might be too much for a body to bear. Indeed, there were many in the crowd who buried their heads in their hands, unable to watch. So it was at the Nebraska-Colorado football game here last weekend. Nebraska,...
Grin and Bear It: It's Only $1 Million
WARM and fuzzy they were not. Relations between the US and the People's Republic were decidedly frosty before President Nixon went to China in 1972. But the historic visit yielded two of the most powerful envoys of a renewed friendship - a pair of...
It Takes a Family to Raise the Global Village
Any thinker would agree with the general sentiment in John Brandon's opinion piece that many of the world's children live in appalling circumstances ("The exploited child," Nov. 22). But the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is not the answer...
Mission to Mars Searches for Signatures of Life ; in the Shadow of Past Failures, Probes Are Set to Land Today
More than a century ago, H.G. Wells penned "The War of the Worlds," a tale of technologically advanced Martians that invaded Earth in a quest for water. Today NASA turns the tables with its latest conquest of the Red Planet, this time in the form...
No Need to Go to Spain to Roll through Madrid
You no doubt didn't hear that our Maine town of Madrid has voted to go out of business. The citizens just threw their hands in the air and gave up, and henceforth will revert to an unorganized wilderness township, its affairs handled by the state...
Oil Could Turn Tables in Sudan War ; Clinton Is Set to OK Aid to South's Rebels, Offsetting Northern Pipeline Profits
Sudan's ability to extract 150,000 barrels of oil a day might persuade the Clinton administration to provide food aid to rebels in the South. Sudan's new oil wealth, first unearthed at the end of August, could shift the balance of Africa's longest,...
Our Shared Journey Home
There's been a litany here for years. It goes like this. Our daughter Christina might ask: "When can I have my own bedroom?" The answer would always be: "When Daddy's a professor." Another daughter, Emily, might remark: "Will we ever stop moving and...
Polls: Reading Blank Minds
It's bad enough that most voters don't vote. In 1998, the turnout was 36 percent, along with 1986 the lowest since 1942, when a lot of Americans were away fighting the war. But now most Americans won't even respond to opinion polls. The response in...
Prisons, Race, and Society
Sasezley Richardson, a 19-year-old African-American, was carrying a bag of diapers down a quiet street in Elkhart, Ind., last month when he was fatally shot. Two white teenagers charged with the murder were looking for any black person to kill, allege...
Scandal Tarnishes Kohl Legacy ; the German Parliament Opened an Inquiry Yesterday into Secret Party Accounts
Germany is being buffeted by its biggest political storm in a decade, as respected former chancellor Helmut Kohl this week admitted his role in a scandal involving secret party bank accounts and suitcases stuffed with cash. Mr. Kohl, a towering figure...
Scrooge Is Back! ; Patrick Stewart Joins the Exclusive Club of Classic Christmas Curmudgeons
Charles Dickens, some say, invented Christmas - at least as we celebrate it today. The stories he wrote about the season exult in hearth and home: the simple joys of family and friends, the delicious treats of the season. The deeper theme of redemption,...
Sports 101
Scoring is up, physical play is down, and the game is more fluid and exciting. What's going on with pro basketball? New rules. They were put into place this season to increase scoring and limit physical play. The changes were made by a cross section...
Star of the Silver Screen(ing) Room ; Gregory M. Lamb
Did you go to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend? I did. Our family group wanted to see "Toy Story 2" but switched to "Sleepy Hollow" (a bit too gruesome for most of us) when Buzz Lightyear and his buddies were sold out. We were hardly staring at...
'Sweet' Hits Sour Note; 'Legend' Overcooked
Music lovers often think of their favorite art as a universal language with a unique capacity for bringing people together. Some of today's filmmakers appear to see the matter differently, though. A surprising number of recent movies show musicmaking...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Red stars denote the reviews of Monitor movie critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor panel ( blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs,...
Today's Story Line
With the death of Hsing-Hsing, the last of a pair of pandas that China gave to former President Nixon, we find the cuddly animals are now worth millions. And we learn what China is doing with the money it's raking in from their rentals. Quote of note:...
Trio of Films Show Faith in Religious Themes ; 'Affair' Makes Spiritual Leap
Religiously inclined movies as different as "Dogma" and "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" have settled into multiplexes, and more pictures with religious themes continue to arrive. Today brings no fewer than three, although only "The End of...
TV Treats for the Holidays ; amid the Standard Christmas Fare Are a Handful of Shining Stars
Longtime seasonal family favorites like "It's a Wonderful Life" (NBC, Dec. 19, 24) and "A Christmas Story" (TNT, for 24 hours, Dec. 24) light up the tube each December, amid less-inspiring fare such as the usual run of Santa cartoons. Many weekly...
USA
Seattle police arrested at least 450 people, as protesters continued to violate a security zone around World Trade Organization venues in the downtown area. Sporadic face-offs with the demonstrators lasted into the early hours yesterday as WTO ministers...
War of Words: Virtual Media versus Mainstream Press ; WTO Provides a Glimpse into the Future of Media Coverage - Information la Carte
Deep Dish Television. RealNetworks. Free Speech TV. Paper Tiger. Just to name four. When network television comes to mind, these names don't. You certainly won't find them in TV Guide. But do not feel ill- informed; a Nielsen rating they have never...
Western Slopes Put Their Safe Ski Forward ; to Quell Concerns about Dangers, Resorts Make Safety a More Prominent Priority
Ski patrols have always been as ubiquitous on the slopes as ear muffs and neon body suits. But this year their presence will be more prevalent than ever at premier resorts - and they'll have a new mission: pulling over reckless skiers. Call it NYPD...
Where Personality Rules and Political Parties Don't Stick ; Many of the Dozen Entities in the Running for Dec. 19 Elections to the Duma Weren't around a Year Ago
Russia's campaign season is in full swing ahead of Dec. 19 elections to the Duma, Russia's powerful lower house of parliament.Russian elections tend to resemble a popularity contest among political gurus, many of whom consider themselves above the...
World
Self-rule powers were transferred to the joint Protestant- Catholic administration of Northern Ireland by the British government, and all claims to the province were formally renounced by its southern neighbor. In Dublin, the Republic of Ireland Cabinet...