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 13, 2000

A Gauzy Autumn Blizzard Begins
One bright day recently, I glanced out the window and saw that at last the milkweed plumes were flying away from my meadow. I hurried out to see the show. All summer long I had watched milkweed go through its unique but quirky routine. This was the...
A Meeting to Adjust the World's Thermostat ; Diplomats Begin Talks Monday as Evidence Grows That Average Temperatures May Rise 10 Degrees This Century
With gale-force winds, pounding rains, and severe floods from a harsh North Atlantic autumn fresh in mind, delegates from more than 160 nations meet in The Hague today to try to throw earth's climate a lifeline. During the next two weeks, these delegates...
An Unexpected Haven from the Political Maelstrom ; in the Middle of a Tense Week of Election Bickering, the White House - during Its 200th Anniversary Celebration - Stood Apart as a Place of Calm
It could have been an awkward evening, to say the least. Four United States presidents and five first ladies gathered in a historic reunion to celebrate the 200th birthday of the White House. Just what would the Bushes and Clintons say to each other,...
Buying a Great-Rate Phone Card on the Web
Not everyone totes a cellphone, and even regular users of those devices sometimes get caught with dead batteries or areas of no coverage. In these cases, prepaid phone cards can come in handy for pay-phone calls, and can be cheaper than using calling...
Buying into Mutual Funds with Little Cash Up Front
Here's a Christmas gift idea that's likely to leave a toddler unimpressed, but could delight his parents: mutual-fund shares. The "Gift of Growth," brochure by Fred Alger Management Inc., a New York-based mutual-fund group, asks: "How many gifts...
Carbon 'Sinks' That Swim
As Americans debate butterfly ballots this week, the rest of the world is debating trees. More than 160 nations are meeting at The Hague to set final rules for reducing greenhouse gases in hopes that global warming can be slowed. Reaching an agreement...
Don't Forget the Other Race That's Still 'Too Close to Call' ; It May Be Days before Washington State Can Name Its Senator. the Outcome Will Affect Control of Congress
Mike Seely thought he had it all timed perfectly. Like most political operatives, after months of intense campaigning, he was more than ready for a post-election getaway. His destination: the teal waters of Tahiti. "I need it, and I'm really looking...
Hey Gringo, Need One of Our Observers?
Looking north to the election imbroglio their gringo neighbors are in, many Mexicans are enjoying a delicious irony. "Is the Mexican or the American election system more reliable and confidence- inspiring?" asked TV Azteca news anchor Javier Alatorre...
Key Decisions Go before Judges ; Lawyers for Bush Are in Federal Court Today to Stop Hand Recounts Taking Place in Florida Counties
The presidential election is swinging full speed into litigation mode, raising for the first time in American history the possibility that judges will play a key role in determining who is the next president of the United States. That is the ultimate...
Legal Advice Isn't Cheap. It's Free, and Online ; Regional Laws Limit Nationwide Web Services. but Their Basic Uses Build Them a Solid Case
When Paul Marston needed an attorney to incorporate his Kennebunkport, Maine, food shop, he went hunting for legal help on the Internet. "I saved money and it was painless," says Mr. Marston, who estimates that using a lawyer provided by the AmeriCounsel.com...
'Mine Elect' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Good words to consider this week! The full text from Isaiah is "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him" (42:1). The reassurance that God has conclusively elected each one of us as His...
Oasis of Democracyshrinks ; Kyrgyz Elections Conjure Visions of Authoritarianism
Accolades about democracy from American officials are rarely so positive - and perhaps so premature - as they have been about the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. President Askar Akayev was the "Thomas Jefferson ... of Central Asia," with "more...
Policing South Africa's Cops ; A Shocking Video of White Police Brutality against Blacks Sparks Anger and Demands for Change
The airing of a video showing six white police officers using three black men as live bait to train police dogs has caused race relations and confidence in the police here to plummet. The footage - a virtual flashback to this country's savage days...
Political Stalemate Will Endure, to Wall Street's Delight
Wall Street isn't scared by the prospect of political deadlock in Washington. "Gridlock will be a good thing," says Subodh Kumar, chief investment strategist with CIBC World Markets, with offices in Toronto and New York. "The ability to follow an...
Poor Nations Can't Afford Debate on Gene-Altered Crops
Recent world conferences on agricultural biotechnology have made it unmistakably clear that if governments foil the growth of this technology, mankind will be denied solutions to a host of problems that plague many nations, particularly in the developing...
Put Women at the Peace Table
The United Nations Security Council made history last month by calling for the inclusion of more women in peacemaking negotiations and peacekeeping forces worldwide, and within the UN peace- building system. It's about time, given the violent setbacks...
Readers Write
Technicalities first, then a president-elect As George W. Bush is claiming that he has won the election by a twig, it is important to note that putting too much weight on such a weak, premature count could snap voter confidence.It is essential that...
Shepard's Rare Portrait of Pooh - er, Growler
A magnificent bear. I have never seen his like. - E.H. Shepard Winnie-The-Pooh couldn't have put it better himself - in one of his less-humble moments, that is. As, for example, when he optimistically hummed his own praises in the "Anxious Pooh Song."...
Stars of All Stripes ; One Company Makes Its Case for the Advantages of a Multicultural Workforce
It's noontime at Obongo, a fast-paced Internet start-up in Redwood City, Calif., and the line for the lunch buffet already stretches around the corner of the lunchroom. But the spread on the counter isn't limited to the typical dotcom fare of pizza...
To Be a Good Cook,it Helps to Look like One
I'd never had one of my own. The time had come. So last Christmas season, I dropped hints here and there. Sure enough: My sister gave me one. And I love it. Although it's not technically a garment - rather, a shield for other garments - I dare...
To Borrow, or Not to Borrow, from an Annuity
Q I'm 50 and have a $60,000 home-equity loan at 8 percent interest, which I used for college expenses. I also have a $250,000 TSA (tax-sheltered annuity), earning, on average, 8 percent annually. My TSA allows me to borrow from it and charges a 3...
USA
Vote recounts and legal wrangling stretched into a fifth day in Florida, as the dispute that will determine who wins the presidential election deepened. A federal court hearing in Miami today is to address whether some ballots could be recounted by...
Why Correct Tallies Are So Elusive ; Elections Are Always Inexact. but with Razor-Close Votes, It Suddenly Matters
With the 2000 presidential election still tangled in the Florida saw grass, voters across the country are being confronted with a troubling realization: American elections are less exact than many people previously thought. From New Mexico to Massachusetts...
Winner Takes All (the People)
No matter who walks into the the White House on Jan. 20, he must not leave the losing side in the dust. The nation has endured a bare-knuckles election campaign, a razor- thin popular vote, and now courtroom wrangles over ballot counts and perhaps...
World
Despite the high cost in human lives and economic losses, Palestinians won't end their violent uprising against Israel until the latter withdraws from occupied areas, Yasser Arafat told the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The conference opened...
Wyoming Weighs the Price of Prosperity ; Methane May Lift the State Economy, but It Could Also Endanger Precious Water
For more than a decade, the people of rural Wyoming have held out hope that someday, prosperity would return to this sparsely populated corner of the American West. Beset by fluctuating cattle prices and slumping markets for oil, coal, and other...