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 September 27, 1996

All You Need to Know about Onion Soup
Had you asked, I could tell you all you need to know about onion soup. For the good of mankind, I'll tell you anyway. In 1953 I was in Germany on an errand for Uncle Sam, and at the Railway Station Hotel in Tubingen I enjoyed an onion soup that they...
A Troubled Russia Faces Four Months on Hold Yeltsin's Health Makes Decisive Steps Unlikely
The plans for Boris Yeltsin's heart operation now put him out of active duty for a total of roughly four months. Few doubt that his formal powers and administrative duties will be competently managed in that period by Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin...
CIA to Take on Added Role: Catching Criminals Overseas NET AMERICANS, TOO?
A new law teams the Central Intelligence Agency with America's top law-enforcement organizations in an effort to bring international terrorists, drug kingpins, and nuclear-weapons peddlers to justice in US courts.It marks the first time since the CIA...
Clinton Gets a Break: Fed Keeps Rate Steady
It has been a good week economically for President Clinton.The Federal Reserve didn't raise interest rates when its policymakers met Tuesday. "It shows we've got a strong economy with no inflation," the president said during a campaign visit in New Jersey....
Coins, Prime Numbers, and Checker Boards
Old coins challenge question(thanks to Alice Loth)In the US, with our five coin denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50, it can take up to eight coins to make change (99). Which different five denominations would minimize the number of coins ever needed...
Delay in Gang Leader's Trial Blunts Crackdown Chicago Confronts Gangster Disciple Turf Wars Series: Bringing Down a Gang
Chicago police are bracing for intensified gang violence following this week's year-long delay of the drug conspiracy trial of Larry "King" Hoover, allegedly one of America's most powerful gang leaders.US District Judge Brian Duff's abrupt ruling marks...
Dole Launches the L-Word Strategy and Preps for Role as Mr. October Series: The 96 Campaign: Weekly Journal
Maybe Bob Dole is the most optimistic man in America after all.After an active week of campaigning through the electoral-college rich Midwest, the Republican presidential candidate headed down to Florida yesterday for some patio time.And why not? September...
Finding Ourselves Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
Yes, we can find out who we are. God created us in His own image. If we look in His direction, we can't help but see evidence of who we really are. You won't find your identity where God's likeness is not. You don't find it in the sinful, the sensual,...
Freeze Frames
Freeze Frames: The Monitor Movie GuideHere are the week's reviews of both the latest releases and current films, rated according to the key below ("o" for forget it). The capsule reviews are by Monitor film critic David Sterritt; the one liners from...
'Gold Rush' on Swiss Banks: Story of Nazi Loot Unfolds Past Dealings with Hitler's Germany Come under Renewed Scrutiny
Switzerland needs a symposium of star sleuths - Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, and perhaps Jessica Fletcher - to find out whether the tons of stolen gold Nazis stashed here during World War II still remain.No, this sinister story doesn't stem from mystery...
Grandmother's Leftover Legacy Lives On
By grandmother would never approve. I open the door to the basement, on the back of which we have cleverly hidden the trash can, and hold it in place with my hip.As I unceremoniously dump one-third of a saucepan of uneaten Cream of Wheat into the garbage,...
Household Incomes Rise Faster Than Inflation Rate
The economic expansion is finally paying off for most Americans.Between 1994 and 1995, for the first time in six years, the income of the typical household in the United States beat inflation.The Census Bureau reported yesterday that the median income...
How to Deal with Far Right Splits French Conservatives
France's extreme-right National Front party, which has played a pivotal role in French politics since the 1980s, is again setting the tone of the nation's political debate.Provocative comments last month from National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen advocating...
In Case of NATO Failure, Bosnians Keep a Backup: Imported Islamic Fighters
The Bosnian government has learned from its desperate position during the war that security and force are more important than Western allies for the survival of a Muslim state here.While the United States and its Western allies dithered over whether...
Jewels of the Sea Fight for Survival in Fragile Ecosystems Scientist Seek Protection of Coral Reefs That Are Threatened by a List of Human Activities
Tourists lolling in crystalline waters here may not be aware of the miles and miles of coral reefs that lie off this Atlantic coastal town. Some visitors may be equally ignorant of the contribution these reefs make to their vacation and the part tourism...
Letters
ComEd Defends Its PricesThe front-page article "Competition Hoped to Bring Cheaper Power," Sept. 16, cites Chicago-based ComEd's higher electric rates, as compared to neighboring utilities. There are good reasons for that, as I mentioned to your reporter....
Miami's Vice Returns, but Not on TV While Drug Enforcement Agencies Focused on the US/Mexico Border, Drug Lords Returned to South Florida
The latest wrinkle in South Florida's evolving drug trade is revealed by Polaroids taped to a wall in Terminal E of Miami International Airport. The mugshots on the US Custom's "Wall of Shame" are of heroin smugglers - lots of them.Not only are Miami...
Middle East Peace Rocked by Stones, Bullets, Mistrust Israeli Rigidity Meets Arab Frustration
As violence seared the streets of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, including unprecedented gun battles between Israeli troops and Palestinian police, concern over a total breakdown in the peace process reached new heights.Yesterday the death toll...
President Who 'Feels Others' Pain' Should Take Steps to Help Burundi
While President Clinton rides high in the polls, his counterpart in Burundi remains in hiding in the US ambassador's residence, the victim of that country's sixth unconstitutional change of government in its 35 years of independence. But President Sylvestre...
Sensitive 'Secrets & Lies' Reflects Creative Journey INTERVIEW MIKE LEIGH
Mike Leigh is on a roll.His new movie, "Secrets & Lies," is coming to American theaters after opening at the prestigious New York Film Festival and winning the highest prize at this year's Cannes filmfest, where it also earned the best-actress award...
Sound-Bite Statistics: 'Yes, But' Is the First Victim
President Clinton brags about a 9 percent decrease in violent crime. Robert Dole blames him for doubled drug use among teenagers. Statistics and politics make a heady mixture. It has been said that figures don't lie, but liars figure.But this is more...
The News in Brief
THE USSaying "parents may rush to the hospital, but they shouldn't be rushed out of it," President Clinton signed a bill that would force insurance companies to pay for at least 48-hours of hospital care for new mothers. Later, he was to visit Capitol...
Those Volatile Voters
At this point in the fall political campaign, things have reached the point where, if you believe the partisans, the public has a choice between the "extremist" Republicans and the "radical" Democrats.Both sides, of course, are trying to claim the great...
US, Commonwealth Must Keep Pressure on Abacha as It Is, Nigeria's Dictator Senses Tacit Acceptance of His Tyranny
Indications have grown in recent weeks that Nigeria's dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, will prolong the political process that purportedly will return his country to democracy. It is scheduled for completion in 1998. Reduced pressures on him from the United...
US, Iran Play a Game of Influence, Perceptions Two Nations See Each Other through a Glass Darkly; National Pride Clouds Their Views
"Sacred Defense Week" in Iran kicked off with pomp and circumstance: a parade of menacing military hardware in Tehran, matched by customary anti-West rhetoric.Burnished missiles, tanks, and artillery rolled past the review stand; paratroopers stormed...
Why Foreign Policy Gets No Respect to Know the Facts Could Be to Love the Plan
"Unpopular actions to advance US security and prosperity."This is how the Clinton campaign recently categorized the administration's main achievements in Latin America and the Caribbean. These included US military intervention in Haiti to restore President...
Worth Noting on TV
SATURDAYBraveheart (HBO, 8-11 p.m.) This epic won the 1995 Academy Award for best picture. Mel Gibson stars as William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero who fought to free his people from the tyranny of King Edward I of England. Gibson also got...