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 October 21, 2002

A Lebanese-Israeli Water Conflict Threatens to Boil over ; A Lebanese Facility That Opened Last Week Can Supply Water to 60 Villages
A tranquil stretch of shallow water some 20 yards across strewn with black basalt boulders and shaded by oleander and eucalyptus trees, the Wazzani springs seems an unlikely focus for a possible war between Lebanon and Israel.Yet a Lebanese plan to draw...
A Move to Build PCs without Windows ; Promising Cheap or Free Computers, Challengers Hope to Lure Users to Abandon Microsoft Software for Lesser-Known Linux
Within 12 months for sure, computers will be free."So says Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com and now chief executive of San Diego-based Lindows.There is a twist: no Microsoft Windows. Instead, these personal computers will run on Linux, an open-source...
As War Looms, US Talks to China ; as Storm Clouds Gather in Iraq and North Korea, the Leaders of China and the US Will Meet This Week
Long, long ago, way back when President Bush took office, many White House advisers said it was China that would be the No. 1 threat to the US.Now, tomorrow, China's head of state Jiang Zemin arrives in the US, not simply as one among a gathering of...
Can You Protest in a Public Mall? ; Las Vegas Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech in Enclosed Shopping Areas Backed by Public Money
Amy Donaldson was drumming up support for legalizing medical marijuana. The Rev. Mike Robinson was out recruiting on behalf of Jesus Christ. The casinos and the cops would have none of either.Both have been arrested in the past at a Las Vegas mall known...
China's Workers - No Longer a Privileged Class ; as State-Owned Enterprises Become Private, Workers Increasingly Face Layoffs and Poor Working Conditions
When Wang Lijun lost two coworkers on the job - one who fell to his death while cleaning train windows and another who died from exhaustion - he decided it was time to speak up. Rounding up 16 of his workmates at the Harbin Railway Bureau in the northern...
Emigration Pressures Spain ; Spain Will Spend More Than $21 Million This Year in Job Subsidies to Latin Americans
For 50 years, Cristina Barros lived in the same middle-class neighborhood in Cordoba, Argentina. But last year, she came to an agonizing choice: She would have to leave Argentina, or face penury.Like thousands of other Latin Americans of Spanish ancestry,...
For Army, a New Primer in Chemical War ; in High-Tech Gear, Soldiers Prep for Weapons That Could Be Merely Irksome - or Incapacitating
Staff Sgt. Edgar Rodriguez barks out orders, and dozens of infantrymen hastily pull on gas masks attached to olive-green hoods."You will be asked to hold your breath, break the seal, and then clear the mask," Sergeant Rodriguez instructs. "If you get...
Fraud Crackdown Cuts into Card Convenience ; Planning a Big Trip? Better Call Your Credit-Card Company before You Head out, or It Might Stop You from Charging
Not long after stating "your table is ready," restaurant host David Seymour has lately been forced to address a number of customers with a far less welcoming message: "Your credit card has been declined."Each month, Mr. Seymour personally turns down...
How Love Brought Me Home ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I will never forget my first school outing. We went to line the road for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Iran. The streets of Tehran were filled with schoolchildren waving British and Iranian flags. The motorcade passed us slowly. We could see the...
Japan Rides Hard Times with Tokens of 'Love'
A decade of economic lethargy means more Japanese are working for "peanuts" - and "thank yous" and "love."Each is a new local monetary unit. As the names suggest, they are the softest of currencies.In Yamato, near Tokyo, one rabu (love) will buy an hour...
Lacking Faith in Police, Colombians Turn to Bodyguards ; the Number of Bodyguards Has More Than Doubled in the Past Four Years
Single file, the 13 recruits march to the center of the concrete staging ground. One by one, they step forward into the line of sight of a one-man firing squad.The gunman raises his pistol, takes aim, and squeezes hard on the trigger. A deafening report...
Letters
Multicultural US needs choice in bilingual edRegarding your Oct. 17 editorial "School choice on bilingual ed" and Jonathan Zimmerman's Opinion piece "Bilingual ed: choice or coercion?": I grew up in linguistically diverse cities of the US, and speak...
Limits of a Whistle-Blower Culture ; Post Enron, Tattletale Stigma Fade, but Risks Still Outweigh Rewards
Who likes a tattletale?Sherron Watkins, an Enron vice president, was named Time magazine's "person of the week" in January after investigators seized her memo warning then-chief executive Kenneth Lay about suspicious irregularities in her firm's financial...
Manhunt for Sniper Is Now Largest of Its Kind ; Site of Saturday's Shooting Was outside the Killer's Predicted 'Comfort Range.'
To an anxious public accustomed to seeing brutal crimes wrapped up in an hour on TV crime shows, the search for the sniper terrorizing the greater Washington area seems painfully slow.Critics say there have been errors, leaks, and miscommunications that...
Moderate Muslims, Arise
Terrorism conducted in the name of Islam has been dealt a setback in the world's largest Muslim nation.Indonesia's president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, decided over the weekend to arrest the nation's leading radical Islamic cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, who's...
Negative Ads Aren't Debate
Despite the public's demand for a different type of politics, it seems candidates just can't break old habits.Campaigns for the midterm elections are awash in "soft money" (the kind to be banned after the election), and most of it appears to go into...
On His 60th Anniversary, All That Glitters Is Gould
Sixty years ago today, a young Maine writer's essays began to appear regularly in the pages of The Christian Science Monitor. John Gould was already a seasoned newspaperman, having filed stories for local papers since he was a freshman in high school....
Pragmatic Policies Evolve on Iraq, N. Korea ; the US Is Using Cooperative Diplomacy regarding Nations in So- Called Axis of Evil
For a group of leaders known for speaking of the world in terms of black and white, the Bush administration is lately demonstrating an ability to deal with the world in more nuanced shades of gray.In both the Iraq and North Korea crises, the America...
Probing Religion's Role in Economic Success
The economy of nations whose people hold firm religious beliefs, especially with regard to heaven and hell, tend to grow faster.Further, the stick represented by a fear of hell apparently stimulates growth more than the carrot of the prospect of heaven.These...
Reporters on the Job
* GIFTS FROM A BODYGUARD: In a nation where assassination attempts are common, reporter Rachel Van Dongen was surprised by the eagerness of the students at a bodyguard school in Bogota, Colombia (page 7). She watched as 40 transfixed recruits from mostly...
Rocks Have Been My Window to the World
I collect rocks, stones, pebbles - call them what you will. This mania began when I was a child in Glendale, Calif., and regularly climbed down into the Verdugo Wash on my walk home from school. Sometimes my younger brother came with me. A pretty stream...
'Surf City' May Go Plastic to Bulk Up Local Treasury ; Issuing Its Own Credit Card Could Refill City Coffers
City officials see the idea as a creative new way to fund parks, libraries, seniors' projects, and maintenance, from sewers to potholes.Opponents worry about the increased commercialization of public life, conflicts of government vs. private interests,...
The Parade to Refinance ; the Siren Song of Low Mortgage Rates and a Broad Need for Liquidity Push Many Homeowners into 'Cash-Out' Deals Worth More Than Their Original Loans. Wise Move?
With interest rates hovering near 30-year lows, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are refinancing their mortgages.The move can lower monthly payments, reduce the length of a current mortgage, or both.But lately, most people are refinancing...
The Pleasures of Collecting Broken Glass
Commuters driving along the Charles River from Cambridge to Boston may be curious about the behavior of an elderly man walking on the pathways by the road. He carries a small plastic bag. What is he - what am I - collecting, and why? The answer to the...
The Political Changes Patriotism Didn't Bring
It's time to say it again. The patriotic fervor in the days following Sept. 11 has been reduced to a murmur. Its promise for a new day in media coverage, politics, and civic responsibility has brought almost nothing. But it isn't too late.There is hard...
Weighing the Risks of Reverse Mortgages
Q: My husband is 63 and considering early retirement. As part of our financial package, he has included a reverse mortgage on our home. I like the security of sole ownership. Are there any risks to reverse mortgages?J.H., Del Mar, Calif.A: You need to...
Why Stop with Iraq?
If the US persists in enforcing regime change in Iraq, why not do so in every country where the ruler is odious and grossly mistreats his or her people?Among the many possible candidates for regime change are the cruel despots of Belarus, Burma (Myanmar),...
Year of the Endangered Moderate ; Control of the House May Now Pivot on a Few Races, in Which the National Party Struggle Overwhelms Local Issues
With just over two weeks to go until Election Day, the battle for control of the US House of Representatives is hinging on whether Democrats can defeat a handful of moderate Republican lawmakers who for years have managed to hold on to seats in Democratic-leaning...