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 24, 1997

Britain to Toughen Movie Censorship, Citing a Link to Crime Blair Wants to Help Parents Shield Children from Excessive Violence and Sex in Films, Videos, Video Games
British film audiences will soon be watching movies that have been subject to much tougher curbs on depictions of violence and sex.Claiming strong public backing, Prime Minister Tony Blair has authorized a tightening-up of censorship of cinema and video...
Celebrating Christmases of All Kinds
A Marriage Of TraditionsAfter spending more Christmases abroad than at home, I have made a happy discovery: All I need on Dec. 25 is one element of the traditional holiday, one crystal to act as a catalyst, and I can construct the experience for myself.Twenty...
Christmas - in the 'Little Town of Bethlehem'
In 1868, a Boston-born Episcopal bishop, moved by the spirit of Christmas, published the words to a song of the season. His name was Phillips Brooks, and you learned his song when you were very young.O little town of BethlehemHow still we see thee lie!...
Cities Don't Spare Rod for Bad Schools Overseers Get Tough with Schools That Don't Perform, Forcing Them to Hold Classes on Saturday or Even Closing Doors
If the 1990s can be characterized by any single trend in public education, it would be this: Holding schools accountable for their students' performance.In the last six years, 22 states have passed laws that allow mayors and state officials to intervene...
For '90S Kids, the Boom Box's Blast Has Drowned out the Written Word
I've spent my entire adult life on college campuses - 10 years as a student and 33 as a professor. I've seen several generations of students come and go, and I'm often asked what changes I've noted among them. One change looms over all - a fault line...
For More Cops, Home Is Where the Beat Is Officers Prepare to Spend Their First Christmas in Houses That a New Federal Program Helped Them Buy
Christmas for Los Angeles Police officer De'Wana Hubbard arrived a few days early this year with the stroke of a pen on the dotted line of a real estate agreement.The two-bedroom house in central Los Angeles with its big front yard, long driveway, and...
Goodwill toward Men
It has been said many times, but bears repeating: Peace is more than the absence of war. That sublime refrain of the Christmas season, "on earth peace, goodwill toward men," sums up what's required. The two elements are inseparable. Goodwill, fostering...
Hungary Hums Old Communist Hits Album That Fueled 'Red Chic' May Be Released in the US
You won't find Marx strumming his favorite tunes. Or Lenin belting out the hits.But "Best of Communism: Selection of Revolutionary Songs" is one of the hottest-selling albums in Hungary this year. There's even a slim chance it may hit stores in the United...
Japan and Other Nations Try to Match US on Internet Business
Reiko Chiba led the glamorous life of a Japanese TV idol but by age 20, she gave it all up to do something more meaningful."What I was looking for was something to do for the rest of my life," Ms. Chiba says. What she found was the Internet.Now she...
Latin America Won't Wait for US on Trade
When President Clinton says he's going to make trade with Latin America a priority in 1998, Latin Americans increasingly respond: "We've heard that before."In fact, they heard it quite a lot in 1997, when Mr. Clinton took his first trip to South America....
Letters
Private Gun Ownership: Divided We StandDon Kates is absolutely right in his opinion article "Making a Case for Gun Ownership: Israeli-US Contrasts" (Dec. 16). Guns in the hands of responsible citizens pose no threat to public safety; it's guns in the...
Patty Loveless Sings from the Heart the Country Singer Has Come a Long Way from Her Humble Beginnings in Kentucky
As a small girl, Patty Loveless can remember watching her coal miner father return home from his job deep underground so blackened he had to scrub the soot from his pores with laundry detergent and boiling water.Those gritty memories of growing up in...
Serengeti of the Desert? Saudi Arabia Acts on a Wild Ambition through High-Tech Captive Breeding, the Kingdom Bids for Natural Restoration
Dramatic changes in the survival saga of Saudi Arabia's wildlife in many ways resemble tales of the expanding American frontier.Livestock grazing here has destroyed much of the natural ground cover, and the advent of firearms and four-wheel-drive vehicles...
Shop Trek: The Next Generation 'Shoppertainment' Is Coming Soon, to a Mega-Mall near You
I've just survived 12 straight hours of high-concept capitalism known as "shoppertainment."That means between the blur of ogling 200-plus retail stores - built in the shape of a racetrack for fast access - I also: a) rescued comrades from deep-space...
South Korea's New Leader: Symbol, and Test, of Democracy
The election last week of Kim Dae Jung as president of South Korea represents a victory for democracy in Korea. At the same time, it marks the rare elevation of a prominent Asian dissident to a position of power. It is, in fact, the first time an opposition...
The Coming of the Christ Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
For many people, Christmas is a deeply loved memorial of the birth of Jesus, the Founder of Christianity. They see this birth as fulfillment of the prophecy in the Hebrew Scripture concerning the coming of a Messiah, or Saviour, sent of God, who would...
The Monitor's Guide to Religious Bestsellers
The Monitor's quarterly review of the bestselling books on religion offers readers a one-stop opportunity to sample popular works that reflect the resurgent interest in things religious and spiritual. Such books, numbering in the thousands, continue...
The News in Brief
The USDespite its public rhetoric, Iraq is quietly acceding to the demands of UN arms monitors, a senior US official in Washington said. His comment came as the UN Security Council demanded that Iraq allow UN inspection teams unconditional access to...
Tommy Hilfiger Moves beyond Hip Clothes
His models are no gaunt, pale mannequins. Rap singers, rock stars, and basketball players swagger down his runways.He makes leather jackets for Puff Daddy and ties for President Clinton. He sells men's cologne with a guy's name on it. (Marketing told...
Tourism as Touchstone for Faithful HL: Holy Quest
It's 3 p.m. at the first station of the Via Dolorosa, and the crowd gathers.There are South African backpackers with pierced eyebrows and nose rings; young Japanese men with punkish long hair; elderly Irish ladies with prim woolen skirts and large crucifixes.An...
Unfair Fares? US Probes Airlines' Pricing Practices Start-Ups Allege That Big Competitors Use 'Predatory Pricing' to Force Them off Routes
The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation are both investigating allegations that some of the country's major airlines have been trying to drive start-up, low-cost carriers out of business in violation of antitrust laws.If the allegations...
US Downsizes Its Nuclear-Weapon Ambitions
For 16 years, the United States sought to survive the unthinkable, designing its nuclear strategy with the aim of emerging victorious from the rubble of a full-blown atomic conflict.At the height of the cold war, President Reagan gave orders for the...
US Goals in the Gulf Current Policy Isn't Sustainable and Should Be Changed
The US has vital interests in the Persian Gulf: to maintain access to energy resources at tolerable prices, to prevent any power from gaining control over them, and to ensure the security of regional friends and allies.The US policy of "dual containment"...