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 March 18, 1999

Actress Battles Boxed-In Roles for All Indians
Shabana azmi, a member of India's Parliament, greets her visitors wearing a teeka on her forehead - the traditional red dot often worn by married Hindu women. Except she is not Hindu and, as a noted actress, is hardly traditional. She is a Muslim who...
Arafat's Response to a Recent Murder Case. Family Power Often Holds Sway over Rule of Law, as Shown by Arafat'sresponse to a Recent Murder Case
The usual white plastic chairs are lined up in the sand beneath the tarpaulin tent. The wreaths of drying flowers are still on their stands, the pictures of the departed inside them. Posted everywhere are messages of homage proclaiming that a native...
Asian Students Struggle with High Rate of Success
It's the season of disappointment for many minorities in America's most diverse state.Like pollen wafting on spring winds, the thin, instantly identifiable rejection letters from the state's public universities are landing in mail boxes across the state,...
A Spy in from the Cold, Sort Of
After years of clandestine operations throughout Europe, former Soviet spy Chingiz Abdullayev has traded in his old code names for a new moniker.Meet "Mr. Detective."That's what fans here of the spook-turned-scribe call Mr. Abdullayev, who emerged from...
Does a 10000 Dow Need a Warning Label? Only Biggest Firms Drive Index's Historic Advance, Leading to Questionsabout the Durability of Bull Market
No sooner did the Dow Jones Industrial Average blip past the 10000 benchmark than ebullient stock traders along Wall Street could be heard rejoicing, "Now we're heading toward Dow 11000."However brief, the Dow's historic spike above 10000 on Tuesday...
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NOT AS STRONG AS IT LOOKED Ever been to a museum and seen those "Please Keep Off" signs? Here's why they mean what they say: Experts at Canada's National Gallery in Ottawa may need years to restore a $35,000 exhibit entitled "Inquisitor's Dictionary"...
Finding Ways to Keep Working Farms Working
Mickey and Bill Bullock run the only working farm on North Haven, an island off the coast of Maine. In the summer, descendents of the Cabots, Lowells, and Duponts, who have summered here since the 1870s, line up to buy fresh organic vegetables from the...
First Tentative Steps FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES
Kismet's face would never launch a thousand ships.With Yoda's ears, Marty Feldman's eyes, and enough parts to please a hardware-store owner, the mechanical head might be dismissed as a curiosity. But it has a face with an attitude - or, more accurately,...
Focusing Driving on Both Safety and Pleasure Interview / Betty Lou McClanahan
If Betty Lou McClanahan's dream becomes reality, teenagers would borrow the family car to head for the mall - not to shop, but to practice their driving maneuvers on a course laid out in the parking lot."That would be a beautiful thing," she rhapsodizes...
Hard-Up Russia Keeps Selling off State Firms despite Financial Meltdown, Investors See Potential in Gas,telecommunications Firms
Financial collapse. Imploded banks. Debt defaults. Unstable politics. Russia doesn't present much to inspire investor confidence these days.But buried somewhere in the morass is a positive glimmer that few expected: continuation of Russia's privatization...
How to Make Train Crossings Safer as Roads, Railways Become Busier Train-Related Deaths Are Down, but Derailment in Illinois Shows Dangerof Collision with Cars
Taking the train involves no more danger than riding an airplane or an inner-city bus. It's far safer than driving on the highway.But overlay the highway and railroad networks and trouble lurks.Despite dramatic strides in cutting train-related fatalities,...
Ignorance of Slavery Allows It to Persist
DISPOSABLE PEOPLE: NEW SLAVERY IN THE GLOBAL ECOMOMY By Kevin Bales University of California 298 pp., $27.50Though legalized slavery is a thing of the past, slavery itself endures and evolves, largely because there's so little awareness that this ancient...
In the Internet Age, Politics Rallies to a New Tool by Announcing His Presidential Bid on the Internet, Steve Forbesillustrated That the Web Is Now a Major Part of American Democracy
When Steve Forbes announced his presidential candidacy on the Internet this week, he meant it as a mark of distinction, an online first.But while most Internet enthusiasts dismissed that "first" as a distinction without much meaning, they nonetheless...
Letters
The Amish and work rules: a Labor Department reply Your March 2 editorial ("Accommodating the Amish") charges that the US Department of Labor's enforcement of this nation's child labor laws impinges on the constitutional and religious rights of the Amish....
Microsoft Had More Than a Bad Day in Court
So how badly have things been going for Microsoft?Like a prizefighter who staggers back to his corner for a rest after a brutal round, Microsoft lawyers and officials must be grateful for the month-long recess in its antitrust lawsuit in Washington.On...
Mr. Khatami's Trip West
To many westerners, iranian politics is still epitomized by the steely glare of the late Ayatollah Khomenei. But Iran's public face is changing with the continued ascendancy of reformist President Mohamad Khatami.Mr. Khatami took his friendlier politics...
Not on the Public Dole, but Why? Sharp Drop in Food- Stamp Use Has Experts Concerned People Are Beingdenied Aid
Amid the rah-rah atmosphere of plummeting welfare rolls, declines in other forms of public aid to the poor - food stamps and health care - are sounding alarm bells.Food-stamp enrollment has shown a dramatic 28 percent decline in the past four years,...
Pell's Poster Child
In the past few weeks, members of Congress have vigorously debated funding of the federal Pell Grant program. What's at stake is obvious: the opportunity for poor and lower-middle-class students to attend college.But what's missing in the debate is typical...
Quiet Suspense Surrounds the Art of Intrigue
THE MUSIC LESSON By Katharine Weber Crown178 pp., $21Art and passion meet heavy wool sweaters and pots of tea in "The Music Lesson," by Katharine Weber. Patricia Dolan, a New York City research librarian, finds herself entangled in a sexual reawakening...
Religion Has No Bone to Pick with Science
ROCKS OF AGES SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN THE FULLNESS OF LIFE By Stephen Jay Gould Ballantine243 pp., $18.95Make no bones about it, Stephen Jay Gould has found religion. The popular paleontologist hasn't embraced any particular creed. That would violate...
Story of Faith Avoids Cynicism and Saccharin
EVENSONGBy Gail Godwin Ballantine408 pp., $25 Congress wrote God onto every dollar bill, but it's always been hard to find that statement of faith written in American literature. The Puritans had no use for such light diversions as fiction. And those...
The Day the Raven Visited Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
'Oh God, please! Just give me a sign!"Have you ever found yourself, as I have, uttering this kind of plea to God? Perhaps we're really just asking for His guidance. In that case, according to the Bible, our prayers will be answered.As the new millennium...
The Funniest, Most Formal Birds on Earth Even Scientists Have to Agree: They're Cute
WAITING TO FLY By Ron Naveen William Morrow 374 pp., $26My first close encounter with wild penguins was on a bleak, raw, overcast day in the Southern Ocean. I was on a ship in rolling seas 80 miles from the nearest land when two chinstrap penguins appeared...
The Virtues of Silence Sometimes, What You Don't Say Is More Valuable Than What You Want Tosay
I've always been a member in good standing of the "get it off your chest" school of thought. How dare they behave that way toward me? Boy, I'm going to tell them a thing or two, the first chance I get!Well, yes, but more often the answer should be no....
Today's Story Line
Most international investors have written off Russia as an economic backwater, but in one area - selling off giant Soviet-era enterprises - Moscow is showing resolve for free-market reform.As India suffers from a rise in violent Hinduism, one famous...
Town Meeting Time
As mouth-watering smells waft from casserole dishes warming atop a wood stove, the people of Strafford, Vt., open their town meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance: "... with liberty and justice for all.""We hope," a voice murmurs, audible enough to elicit...
USA
There was hope that President Clinton might broker a new Northern Ireland compromise on St. Patrick's Day. He was to meet with two politicians central to making last year's Good Friday accord work - Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn...
Weighing US Advantages in Global Marketplace
It is no longer merely a trend worth noting that American business increasingly competes in a global marketplace - it is the driver of the booming US economy. International trade is growing twice as fast as world production and cross-border investment...
Why an Airport Linking 112 Nations Needs a Disco Frankfurt's Airport Is Germany's Largest Employer and Europe's Largestair- Cargo Handler. It's Also a Crossroads for the World
The men in the subterranean levels below Frankfurt Airport are systematic and quick about their work. Their hope is that the jet- lagged transit passengers in Terminal 1 will never notice if nimble fingers have pried open their suitcases and probed the...
World
The dozens of ethnic Albanians whose murders in January triggered international outrage over Serb tactics in Kosovo were unarmed civilians, a panel of forensics experts ruled. The Finnish-led team's long-awaited findings disputed the claims of Serb authorities...