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 16, 1999

A Most Unforgettable Meal
My uncle Rebel Green went to the "big" war in Europe sometime in 1918, having been told by Uncle Sam that the kaiser needed a comeuppance. At that time, he was just an ordinary semieducated 18- year-old from the deep hollers of Spruce Pine Creek in eastern...
A Place to Pray ; Religious Architecture Is a Record of the Way People Express Their
Drive or amble around this gray Northern English city, and you continually catch fresh glimpses of its most prominent architectural edifice. In its elevated position, it magnificently dominates even the nearby Norman castle. Durham Cathedral, acknowledged...
Backlash against Urban Sprawl Broadens ; Movement Gains Momentum as the Resolve to Rein in Development Spreads
As Americans prepare to merge with the new millennium, evidence is mounting that their decades-long use of the "yield" sign for unchecked development may soon be replaced by another: "Wrong Way - Go Back." Long equated almost reflexively with progress,...
Blessings on the Road Less Traveled
Can't meet you this time," my brother said when I called to ask him to pick me up at the airport. He'd be in Ireland then. I'd have make my own arrangements for the three-hour final leg of the trip to our mother's house. It wasn't easy. The bus from...
Corporate Do-Gooders
Multinational corporations are often portrayed as heavies on the global stage - out to fatten profits anyway they can. But there's another side to this picture: partnerships between UN agencies committed to improving conditions in poor nations and companies...
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JUST DON'T MAKE A HABIT OF IT Apparently disciplinary action won't be taken against one of the crew members aboard a Scandinavian Airlines plane bound from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Oslo earlier this week - even though he used the public address system...
Europe Puts Mute on Kid Ads ; the EU Is Launching a Study of Children's TV Ads, Already Limited In
With the pre-Christmas TV advertising blitz in full swing, and your kids presenting you with computer printouts of their holiday wish list, you think there is no escape from Pokmon, LEGO, Teletubby, and Barbie ads? Think again. Think Sweden. Or Norway,...
General Brings New Style to Boot Camp ; at Tough-as-Nails Parris Island, Marine Leaders Work to Flunk Fewer
Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney is no ordinary Marine Corps base commander. For one thing, the well-proportioned General Cheney is a practicing triathlete and master swimmer. He devours The Wall Street Journal daily and The Economist weekly, and is an expert...
Globalization Myths
The global economy is under assault by a strange alliance of radical groups and mainstream environmental organizations. The outfits from the far left are longtime opponents of the capitalist system, so their opposition to trade between nations is not...
Great Works of Western Literature Infused with a Religious View of The
Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe (1958) A Job-like story in which a powerful, wealthy Nigerian named Okonkwo loses all that he has to British colonialism but seeks redemption from his country's native system of beliefs. The Pilgrim's Progress By...
Holy Wars -They're Back ; from the Crusades to the Killing Fields of the Balkans, Tempering
One of the surest ways to launch a war in antiquity was to desecrate the temple of a rival's god - or to run off with his wife. Missing wives no longer launch a thousand ships, but religious identity is reemerging as a powerful theme in international...
Idea-Men vs. Triangulators
Monday's GOP presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, wasn't exactly what one would call compelling television. The people over at Monday Night Football were never in jeopardy of losing the ratings war. But as the final GOP presidential debate of the...
Moderation in the Media: Japan's Press Heeds Call ; the Government Chastises Reporters for Monday's Close Scrutiny Of
Whether Japan's Crown Princess Masako is pregnant, no one seems able to say. But one thing is for certain: This country's media went into overdrive covering her condition. Newspapers published extras. Camera crews used helicopters to follow the princess's...
'Peanuts': Oasis of Optimism in a Jaded Time
Rats, Charlie Brown! You're leaving. Fifty years after walking onto America's comics pages, the world's worst baseball manager but best-known comic strip character is saying goodbye. His creator, Charles Schulz, announced this week he is retiring. His...
See through the Mask ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Some people wore ski masks in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. But they had no intention of skiing. On one level, that's just as well, since there's seldom much packed powder downtown, despite the beauty of the surrounding peaks. What Seattle did have...
Skepticism on Syria-Israel Talks
With the resumption yesterday of the Syrian-Israeli track of negotiations, there's a near consensus that a treaty is almost in hand. As a longtime Syria watcher, I have some reflections to offer.*Syria's economy has fallen apart in ways that echo what's...
Subway Standoff Shows Workers' Rising Fortunes ; New York Avoids a Transit Strike. Settlement Symbolizes How Municipal
After years of belt-tightening, municipal employees are starting to catch up as they tap into the budget surpluses in most cities and states. Although their new contracts are not fat - and they don't look anything like the money flowing on Wall Street...
The Ascent of Maverick Politics ; Candidates Who Buck Their Parties Have a Long History in the US. Can
Call it one of the most uncommon political gambits of the year: two of the leading presidential candidates crossing party lines to call for an overhaul of the nation's political system. Tonight as Republican John McCain and Democrat Bill Bradley join...
The Ascent of Woman ; Though More Active in Organized Religion Than Men Are, Women Can Still
The emergence of women as a professional force to be reckoned with will be on the short list of the stories of the 20th century, maybe even of the millennium. Even a cursory historical look confirms the modern women's rights movement as nothing less...
The Bible's Place, Not Its Essence, Has Changed ; the Book of Books Still Plays a Central Role in an Information Age
What is the Bible? The answer to this question is perhaps more complex than most of us realize, and it's vastly different from that of 1,000 years ago. The text of the Scriptures hasn't varied; it is essentially the same as at the beginning of this...
The Changing Nature of Science, Theology, and Medicine ; at the Outset of the Millennium, Religion Was the Queen of The
One of the most dramatic stories of the last thousand years is the evolution of Western culture from its medieval to its modern phase. This massive evolution of thought involved equally massive changes in Western science, theology, and medicine - changes...
To Be Alone with One's God ; in the Sanctuary of Consciousness Shines a Light
In the sanctuary of consciousness shines a light. It illumines the human condition and is spiritual in nature. Organized religion reflects this light, even though at times it has blocked it out. Today, the Monitor explores the history of religion over...
Today's Story Line:
A Russian general predicts Grozny will fall "in days." But taking the last city in Chechnya isn't likely to be the end of the rebels. The mountains are a better battlefield. Quote of note: "Taking cities is very important from a political point of view,...
Training Doctors to Heed Patients' Spiritual Histories ; in Medical Schools, More Future Physicians Learn of Link Between
Physician Dale Matthews still remembers the woman who came to his office, complaining of shortness of breath. What he most recalls, though, is how taken aback he was by his patient's response after he diagnosed a serious heart problem. "She looked me...
Tutsi Rulers Try Their Hand at Social Engineering ; the Majority Hutus Are Being Uprooted from Their Homes in Rwanda And
At the foot of Rwanda's volcanoes stands the house of Alphonse Bizimana. It's made of corrugated iron; the kitchen consists of a single pot balanced on a small gas stove. The latrine is outside. Nothing, except for 10 yards of carefully cultivated land...
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President Clinton launched new peace talks between Israel and Syria, saying: "We have never had such an extraordinary opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement." The president was to meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian...
What Mideast Peace Talks Mean for the US ; Outcome of Syria-Israel Parley May Cost US Billions and Change Its
By making broad concessions to long-time rivals, Israeli and Syrian leaders are laying their reputations on the line during peace talks this week. The same can be said for the Americans, whose success or failure at facilitating an agreement will resound...
Why Grozny's Fall Won't End War ; Russian Officials Predict Taking the Chechen Capital within Days. But
The Russian military machine is closing in on the beleaguered Chechen capital of Grozny, with the latest fighting reported north and southeast of the city. But analysts warn its seizure would represent a Pyrrhic victory. It is a David versus Goliath...
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Muslim rebels appeared to be holding their own against better- armed Russian troops in Chechnya's capital. But Grozny remained under heavy attack, and rebel reinforcements were finding it difficult to reach the city through the Russian encirclement....