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 8, 1997

A 'Do It Yourself' Quest for Spirituality
THE THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO GOD: Overcoming the Obstacles to BeliefBy Tom Harpur Prima Publishing, 199 pp., $20 Canadian author Tom Harpur sees in today's flight from mainstream religions a spiritual quest on the part of many individuals that won't...
An Edgy Peace Partner King Hussein Worries about a Steady Erosion of Hope
One day last November, King Hussein of Jordan left his palace in Amman and drove 60 miles south to the prison at Swaqa. There he picked up a prisoner and took him to his home in the capital.The king had pardoned Laith Shbaylat, serving a three-year sentence...
An Impromptu Ride on the Marrakech Express Two Adventurers Toss Travel Schedules out the Window as They Discover the Marketplaces and Merchants of Morocco
This was to have been a quiet vacation in the south of Spain - my idea. We would drive to the Alhambra, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain; walk scented gardens; and learn about Arab culture.A toll-studded drive along the coast road from France brought...
Australia Delivers World's First Dose of Legal Euthanasia OUTBACK'S ASSISTED-SUICIDE LAW
The isolated, frontier-like Northern Territory in north-central Australia is beginning to draw worldwide attention as the first open and legal test of euthanasia, or doctor-assisted suicide, anywhere in the world.So far, two Australians, the most recent...
Australia Takes Barriers off World's Greatest Reef Pristine Areas Will Be Opened to Fishing to See How Long It Takes Stocks to Replenish
His part of northeastern Australia seems blessed with more than its fair share of colors. The mountains above are a palette of incandescent blues and greens. The emerald sea below is home to flamboyantly colored tropical fish that dart about the nearby...
British Workers Flock to Hong Kong Jobs before July Handover Series: Part of the Ongoing Series, Handing over Hong Kong, July 1, 1997
Last summer Martin Armor was earning very little money in a factory in an economically depressed part of South Wales. So he decided to do what thousands of others Britons have done over the past 100 years: Seek his fortune in Hong Kong.He got a job as...
Can Shoppers Judge a Snack by Its Label? Usually Food-Labeling Law Has Been Key to Improved Nutrition Reporting, US Study Says
For Peter Paul Mounds lovers, sorry, there really are 190 calories in that dark chocolate-coated coconut bar.That's the good news - or bad news, depending on how you look at it - in a recent Food and Drug Administration study. It found that, in fact,...
Capturing Personal Histories in Art
Besides written autobiographies, other records, although less widespread, are also being kept as part of the movement to record the lives and experiences of senior citizens. On television - especially on public TV - the personal stories of older people...
Chileans Can't See the Native Forests for the Woodchips 'Tiger' Economy Chews Up Natural Resources
Jorge Patricio Manns stands on a bluff overlooking this southern Chilean seaport and scowls at an orangy-tan mountain of woodchips looming behind him."Do you realize how many {acres} of native Chilean forest are chopped up right there before your eyes?"...
Clouds over Korea
South Korea has undergone remarkable political change over the past decade. Its democracy, though young, is vigorous. Its economic growth has become legendary.But two clouds hang over the country's future: continuing tensions with communist North Korea,...
Even Kings of the Road Were Beginners, Once
This man was showing us his ancient photo album. "That's my first car," he said, as if he were modestly pointing out his family castle. He was not far from wrong: The splendid, endless machine, too large for the camera, sported running boards like magnificent...
Hong Kong without Britain
This year marks a milestone in world history: the end of the British Empire. With the December naming of Tung Chee-hwa as the first Chinese chief executive of Hong Kong, the transfer of the last major colony to China has begun its final stage. The flag...
Is Assault by State Official A Civil Rights Violation? High Court Hears Case of Sexual Assault by Tennessee Judge
A disturbing case of sexual assault by a Tennessee county judge could set an important new constitutional right for victims of abuse by state officials.At a Supreme Court hearing yesterday, justices heard arguments concerning the release of Judge David...
Journalists Tackle Tough Questions on Ethics
Some years ago I was a member of the Pulitzer Prize board that awarded a Pulitzer to Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke.She had written movingly and dramatically about "Jimmy's World," the life of a child drug addict in one of Washington's sleazier...
Long-Term Thinking Written for the Christian Science Monitor
Consider two companies. One is a shooting star, capitalizing on a current fad and reaping enormous cash rewards. It pays high salaries, but employee turnover is also high, and there's always the threat of layoffs. The other company is quieter and...
Media-Rich PCs on the Way
The personal computer of the future will have video that's as good as television, sound that stacks up to a high-end compact-disc player, and animation that's as smooth as a Disney movie. The question is: Who will build it?Apple Computer - which traditionally...
Millionaire's Ecological Plan in Chile Gets Chilly Reception
On a recent Saturday afternoon, "El Alerce," a Puerto Montt weekly newspaper named after the region's increasingly rare variety of sequoia tree, hit the newsstands with an alarming headline."Ethnic cleansing revealed in Palena" - a largely wilderness...
On Yankee Farms, Firs Supplant Spuds Private Lands Bolster Reforestation of Region
The potato farm in Houlton, Maine, had been in Leland Longstaff's family since 1875. But the Yankee farmer has always liked wood more than spuds, so 40 years ago he began growing something different on half of his 140-acre farm: red pine.Since then,...
Preserving the Past in 'Living Histories' Senior Citizens Enjoy Penning Their Memoirs and Adding Their Voices to Local Records
After 60 years, Celia Sloan decided her childhood memories were worth writing down.One in particular stands out to her: Outside her apartment building in Brooklyn, N.Y., a row of trees ran along Eastern Parkway. "Each of the trees had a fence around...
Readers Speak: Real Story of 1996 Is ... Space Probes
The votes are in. Our distinguished panel of judges (consisting of this reporter and his two beagles) has made its decision. And the winner is....First, a little background.Last week, The Christian Science Monitor ran an article about important 1996...
Riding Spirituality Trend, Angels Revisit Hollywood
Angels are back in style on the wide screen.John Travolta plays one in "Michael," the film about a down-to-earth archangel who visits our world because he's entranced by its beauty.Denzel Washington plays another in "The Preacher's Wife," about a heavenly...
Stop Land Mines Now
Dangerously waiting for unwary soldiers and civilians, including children at play, are an estimated 110 million land mines in more than 60 countries. Another 100 million are stockpiled. Mines kill or wound some 30,000 people a year, 60 percent of them...
Take Social Security Private? Be Careful
Merrill Lynch & Co. has described the impact of the baby boomers on the nation's retirement system as a "ticking demographic time bomb." Many Americans share this concern, and a presidential commission has now proposed fixes.But to economist Mark Weisbrot,...
Tax Cuts and Medicare Wait as Congress Focuses on Gingrich Allegations Top a Full Agenda as Lawmakers Roll Up Sleeves
The 105th Congress, which convenes this week, will face a heaping plateful of proposals that could reform Medicare, lower taxes, change the way Americans bank, and lower their electric bills.But before legislators get to the main course, they're likely...
The News in Brief
The USCalifornia's floods are among the most costly in the state's history, officials announced. They estimated the initial cost of damages in just nine counties at $775 million. States of emergency have been declared in 42 counties. All but about 1,000...
To Everything There Is A Season - and I'm out of It
The first snowfall of the season always catches me by surprise. The snow shovels are still lodged in the rafters above the garage. The garden hose is wrapped frozen around the outdoor spigot beside the house. This year our bed-sheet ghost was still hanging...
What You Don't Get from a Guidebook
Don't depend on guidebooks. They only undermine what used to be a dense network of local guides, who build up the local economy and encourage good relations with tourists. Use official guides. They will get you past the con men and can help you learn...