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 16, 1998

A Double Answer to Baghdad
The world has been witnessing yet another round of Baghdad bazaar bargaining.The bazaar shopkeeper cannot be allowed to win his cat-and-mouse bargaining game.Why? Because he quite clearly has been hammering out in the back shop not some innocent civilian...
A Kosovo Voice for Peace Falls Flat A Decade Ago, Ibrahim Rugova Was Kosovo's Hope for Independence from Serbia. but His Authority Has Eroded, Leaving a Lasting Political Deal for the Region Up in the Air
When Ibrahim Rugova became leader of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians a decade ago, he was a man of the people - a consensus builder, a peacemaker, and the very emblem of independence.But Mr. Rugova has become a cloudy figure during this tumultuous year in...
Bob Lutz Is No Klutz in the Auto Business
Bob Lutz sounds like the mad heretic from Detroit, not a man who spent the past few years as a captain in one of America's most conservative industries.He may have just retired as president and vice chairman of one of America's biggest car companies,...
Court of Last Resort for Altering Fund-Raising? If Supreme Court Takes New Cases, It May Signal Justices' Desire to Review Groundwork for How Politicians Raise and Spend Money.; Campaign Finance
Remember the Lincoln Bedroom controversy? How about Al Gore raising funds in a Buddhist temple? Or Chinese agents seeking to buy influence among American politicians?A distant memory, all.After what the nation's been through this year with Monica Lewinsky,...
'Customized' News Available Via Monitor
Readers now have enhanced choices about the way they receive their news from the Electronic Edition of The Christian Science Monitor, as the paper rolls out its new Monitor Extra edition this week.Starting today, the Monitor is offering a personalized...
Different by Design
Well, this is definitely different, isn't it?Changes to the left of me.Changes to the right of me. Changes above me. Into the valley of design ... But lest you think I am making light of this brigade of changes, let me start by laying some technical,...
Don't Forget Haiti
Nobody is talking much about Haiti these days. Four years ago, as American troops ousted a military dictator and ushered home an exiled democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, optimism briefly blossomed. Perhaps the Caribbean nation...
Faith Ringgold's Patchwork Sojourn
A quilt is a quilt is a quilt, right? Wrong. There are Early American quilts, Amish quilts, and Appalachian quilts, with patterns ranging from Star and Diamond to Log Cabin and Lover's Knot. And then there are the quilts of Faith Ringgold.Ringgold doesn't...
Finance Sector Looks Better, but Don't Bank on It
Caught in a typhoon of world finance, bank stocks and mutual funds have whipped around like a kite for weeks, pulling other equities along on a ripping ride.Expect more tugging.The sector should continue as a high-profile bellwether, both leading and...
Investors Cautiously Return to Market
Call it the Alan Greenspan market.Spurred by recent interest-rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, continued low inflation, hefty consumer spending, and low unemployment, the stock market has resumed its upward roll.The Dow Jones Industrial Average has added...
Iraq Retreats, but for How Long? A Close Call on Saturday, and a Loss of His Allies, Pushes Saddam to Accept Inspections
Seven years after the end of Operation Desert Storm, the struggle between Iraq and the US has become a new cold war of threats, maneuvering, and tests of will.In the latest example of high-stakes Gulf brinkmanship, Iraq may have conceded just enough...
Islam and Christianity Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
According to the Islamic Calendar, Rajab 27, 1419 (which is approximately November 16 this year) marks the anniversary of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad into the Seven Heavens and his return to earth. Muhammad had traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem....
It's the Man, Not the Issues: A Vote for Ventura Explained
Like most Minnesotans, I'm aware that other parts of the US think there must be some kind of joke in Jesse Ventura's upset victory over established Democratic and Republican candidates for governor.The sound-bite mentality of the national media reduced...
Japan Hopes Coupons Clip Consumers' Stingy Ways
This is, quite literally, pocketbook politics.Japan's government has come up with a plan to ensure that tightfisted consumers and their money are soon parted: It's giving them coupons worth nearly $200 each.The aim is to snap consumers out of their slump,...
Jobs of the Future Let's Face It. Not Everyone Wants to Grow Up to Be a Fireman Anymore.; You Want Me to Do What?!
Greetings, Webmaster ...Who would have thought, even a few years ago, that the term "Webmaster" would enter the mainstream?But it's here, and it's just the vanguard of new job titles spinning through the workplace. They reflect changes in technology,...
Letters
Viewing '60s 'Right Stuff' with a '90s lensIn response to the opinion piece "Right Stuff, Wrong Time: Mercury 13 Women Wait" (Nov. 6) about the first women in NASA's astronaut program: This is an unfortunate case of a '90s lens applied (and an activist's...
Meteor Shower Will Be a 'Celestial Light Show' as Many as 10,000 Meteors an Hour Will Light Up Skies over the Next Two Days, Delighting Stargazers but Imperiling Satellites
"Stars fell like rain" was how ancient Chinese astronomers described the first Leonid meteor storm in AD 902. Subsequent stargazers likened the celestial display to a "night of raining fire." Others believed it surely heralded Judgment Day.While Leonid...
Mother's Priorities, and Mine
I had a modern upbringing, despite being born before World War II. Had a teacher at school asked everyone who lived with one parent to raise his hand, I would have been the only one in my class to do so. My father died weeks before my birth.Had the teacher...
Open Mind Requisite for Reopened Mutual Fund
Q. My mutual-fund company is urging investors to invest in a fund that was closed for several years but has just reopened. That suggests to me that the fund company needs the money. Returns are not that hot for the fund. Should one invest in a once-closed...
Remaking a Nation on the Streets Indonesia's Still-Angry Students Meet a Violent Response from Police as They Demand More Reform in the Post-Suharto Era
Six months after ousting an authoritarian ruler, the world's fourth-most populous nation remains violently split over how to form a new democracy.Indonesia's capital was rocked by protests, police killings, and looting over three days last week, leaving...
Switzerland Bandies Words over 'Linguistic McDonaldization'
The English language may be a uniting factor in Europe but is proving a divisive issue in Switzerland, already the Continent's most linguistically diverse country.Switzerland's largest German-speaking canton, Zurich, caused a furor recently when it decided...
Tales of Journey from Death Row to Freedom Conference Put on by Death-Penalty Critics Intended to Raise Question: How Many Innocents Are Being Executed?; Morality of Capital Punishment
It's the little noises in everyday life that remind Jay Smith he wasn't always a free man - that he spent six years on Pennsylvania's death row, just one failed legal appeal away from receiving a lethal injection.It's the jangling of car keys that reminds...
Talk Radio's Price: A Culture of Complaint How the Political Equation Is Skewed by Dittoheads and Dr. Laura Lackeys
The election of pro-wrestler-turned-talk radio-host Jesse Ventura and the current controversy surrounding the Internet photos of pop- adviser Laura Schlessinger remind us that talk radio is now firmly ingrained in American culture.Talk radio has sustained...
The News in Brief
The USPulling back from a military confrontation with Iraq, President Clinton said the US would support the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq. He said the decision was made after assurances from Iraq that its offer to allow inspections to resume...
The Talk in Europe: English Is a la Mode
When newly elected German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder met French President Jacques Chirac last month for a hasty summit, how did they communicate? In English.When the Swiss engineering giant Brown Boveri merged with its Swedish rival ASEA, which language...
US Flexes Powers of Persuasion 'Keep Markets Open' Is the US Message at Economic Summit. but Is Asia Listening?; Tattered 'Tigers'
A year ago, President Clinton dismissed financial turmoil in Asia as "a few little glitches in the road."Now, as Pacific Rim leaders gather in Malaysia for their annual economic summit, that regional glitch has turned into the worst global economic crisis...
Using Drama to Curb Teen Dating Violence
In a spare stage in a tiny high school auditorium, meet college- bound teens John and Mike, Laura and Kate.Tonight's skit: "When a kiss is more than just a kiss."Scene 1: A casual drinking party in Laura's home ends up in a sexual assault. Scene 2: House...
Wall Street Threatens Fed with Fit
Wall Street expects the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again tomorrow.And if it doesn't, many economists say the results won't be pretty."The stock market will take a serious dive," says Gordon Richards, chief economist of the National Association...
Warning! Bears Crossing Ahead
Despite stock gains in recent weeks, some longtime market watchers believe the bear market is still alive - and that investors lulled into complacency could lose much of their portfolios.Stock technicians and numbers crunchers call it a "bear trap" -...
Western States Hope There's Political Strength in Numbers Officials from Eight States Meet Today to Talk about an Early March 'Big Sky Primary,' Aimed at Raising West's Clout in Presidential Elections
History has it that protection in the wide open spaces of the old West meant circling the wagons - pulling together to form a united front.In a modern version of this tactic, a group of Western states - still big on space but relatively sparse on voting...
What I Learned in Algebra, and by Counting to 10
I remember clearly that when my daughter was 16 months old, she could count backward from 10. Savannah would sit in her car seat while we were stuck on a freeway, reciting "10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1" as though she were an astronaut who could escape the traffic...