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 June 18, 2003

A Bay State Morality, and Political, Play ; William Bulger Will Testify Thursday before Congress about His Fugitive Brother in a Saga Dividing Massachusetts
What to do about Billy Bulger?It has become a consuming question in Massachusetts these days: How to deal with one of the state's most revered and feared public figures who may have passively - or actively - helped his fugitive brother, James "Whitey"...
A Symbolic US Crackdown on Burma
When I was a correspondent covering Asia in the '60's, three countries resisted my efforts - and those of other Western correspondents - to visit.Despite cables I sent monthly for six years to Beijing asking to let me report on the then-closed country...
A Teen Improves with 'Crime and Punishment'
"Adolescence is difficult," was the mantra chanted by family and friends whenever our teenage daughter's behavior ran counter to all we knew of logic, proper conduct, and, at times, even sanity."Don't you remember your own teenage years?""Yes, yes, I...
Courting Campaign Reform
Any incorporated business has been banned from giving direct campaign contributions to candidates or political parties since 1907. Congress wisely knew how important it was to stem the influence of large amounts of money finding their way to politicians'...
Divorce Online: Faster, Cheaper, and Lawyer-Free
Until a few months ago, business cards were the only thing Valentino Agundez had bought online. But in March, she decided to use the Internet to purchase something more permanent: a divorce.The kindergarten teacher and her husband were already separated,...
Drugging Defendants ; Supreme Court Sets Limits, but Is That Enough?
A Monday Supreme Court decision sets limits on the practice of forcing medication on mentally ill defendants to make them competent to stand trial. The decision, while possibly influencing only a tiny portion of trials, could give weight to what appears...
Fast Food without the Fries ; in India and Pakistan, Street Vendors Whip Up Exotic Dishes and Offer a Lively Social Hangout
The routine at Joydev's railway-station stall in Bombay goes like this. Say "ragda-kachori," and swift hands behind the food stall crush a kachori (fried-dough ball) with one hand and pour steaming ragda (spicy gravy) over it with the other. Regulars...
Fox Is Popular, but His Party May Not Benefit ; Mexican President's PAN Party Is in a Dead Heat with the Opposing PRI as July Polls Loom
Polls show President Vicente Fox is more popular than ever with the Mexican people. But that doesn't seem to be helping his party in the run-up to next month's midterm elections.President Fox's National Action Party (PAN) is just neck and neck with the...
'Hearts Alike' - a Protection from Terrorism ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
We received word that a fundamentalist Islamic group intended to send a suicide bomber to blow up our building, preferably with us inside.We decided to suspend operations for several days and to enhance significantly the physical security on our perimeter....
How Al Qaeda Lit the Bali Fuse: Part Two ; Religious-Teaching Sessions That Included Films of Christian-Muslim Conflict in Indonesia Energized Young Men to Join in Jihad
The images from the hand-held camera jiggle as they zero in on a column of irregulars shouldering homemade rifles and dressed in T- shirts and sandals. They're marching off to wage jihad against Christians, according to the caption on the screen.As they...
How I Became a Chekhov Bookworm in the Big Apple
Having arranged a series of three seminars on the short stories of Chekhov, I am making use of every available moment, day and night, to read the assigned stories, lest I disgrace myself at the sessions being conducted by a distinguished Chekhov scholar.Reading...
How the Web-Savvy Retiree Picks a New Hometown
Your household goods are packed up and loaded on the moving van, and you're ready to go. You take a final nostalgic look at your neighborhood, but soon you're heading for your new home with a peace of mind you never expected.Among all the uncertainties...
India Winning Higher-Status Jobs from US
Remember that scene from "The Nutty Professor II" when Eddie Murphy morphs into a baby?It looks like Hollywood at its special- effects best. But the scene was produced in a studio 16 time zones - and a cultural world - away, in Bangalore, India.US companies...
In Russia, a 'Creeping Coup'? ; in a No-Confidence Vote Wednesday, Some See a Coming Showdown between the Kremlin and the Oligarchs
An unlikely coalition of liberal and communist legislators is set to launch a no-confidence vote against the Kremlin-appointed government of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Wednesday. It is the first twitch of parliamentary rebellion since President...
Is Bargain Aisle Also Deflation Alley? ; Low and Falling Prices Are Becoming Ingrained in the Consumer Psyche - for Better or Worse
Retiree Herb Tamres considers himself a "careful" shopper. He waits for sales. He remembers what he's paid for his groceries in prior weeks. So, as he walks out of a Stop & Shop in Oyster Bay, N.Y., he's pleased that he's got a pound of ham and cheese...
Letters
America's undemocratic treatment of IraqisRegarding the June 16 article "US anti- guerrilla campaign draws Iraqi ire": Censorship in a democracy is not a good thing. The "chilling effect" of L. Paul Bremer's actions is one of the scariest acts thus far...
Memo to 'The Ladies': Technology Is Cool
TWENTY YEARS AGO WEDNESDAY, at 7:33 a.m. on a clear Florida morning, a 32-year-old physicist with four degrees and a ready smile rode into history books with an impressive achievement: She became the first American woman in space.Fanfare accompanied...
Pentagon May Trade More Fatigues for Civvies ; in a Major Shift, Rumsfeld Wants to Give 320,000 Jobs to Civilians, Saving Money and People for Combat Roles
Today's military employs enough soldiers and sailors serving food to fill two entire Army divisions. It has so many graphic artists, pharmacy technicians, and stock clerks that they could staff an entire aircraft carrier themselves.Defense Secretary...
Reporters on the Job
* THE LANGUAGE OF CONFLICT: The Monitor's Nicole Gaouette says three years of reporting in the Middle East have taught her this lesson: Don't take anything anyone says at face value. Watch their actions more than their words."No matter what gets put...
Sir Walter Scott's Sweet Revenge - on Me
"Breathes there the man with soul so dead...." This bit of blather by Sir Walter Scott - all 16 lines of it - is the only poem I know by heart. I learned it twice - in two different schools. I've carried around favorite poems by Frost, Keats, Hopkins,...
The Curious Timing of Medicare Reform ; Political and Fiscal Forces Coalesce to Drive a $400-Billion Plan That Satisfies Few Lawmakers
The Medicare reform now on a fast track through the Congress - and, if passed, all but sure to be signed into law - would satisfy no one.Republicans had hoped it would leverage millions of seniors out of traditional Medicare into private, more competitive...
The Mideast Wars over Words ; When Israelis and Palestinians Hold Talks, as in Gaza This Friday, Euphemism and Subtext Are Usually the Rule
Israelis and Palestinians are discussing a cease-fire, but even as they use the same word, they don't mean the same thing.To Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a cease-fire means an end to all attacks against Israelis while his army continues using...
Welcome to Summer Camp! Now Hand over Your Cellphone. ; Today's Camp Directors Must Decide How Much of the Wired World to Let into Their Simpler, More Rustic Communities
All was quiet at Camp Belknap. After another full day of swimming, boating, and games, campers were asleep in their cots - except for one hungry boy. He tiptoed out of his cabin and headed for the camp's highest point. There, in the pitch dark, he pulled...
What's Left out of the Equation
Is it really possible to find the perfect neighborhood by clicking a few boxes on a website? (See story on page 17.) As someone who's moved countless times, I am skeptical.But beyond that, I'm not sure how I would even define my ideal neighborhood. My...
WMD Terrorism: The Next Phase?
The Sept. 11 attacks brought home to America the reality of terrorists organizing globally to cause casualties on a scale not previously experienced. Now, in the post-Saddam Hussein chapter of the war on terror, have we forestalled worse threats?The...