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 18, 1998

Alone at Christmas? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Sometimes Christmas doesn't seem so merry. Most everyone I know has spent at least one Christmas unhappy and/or alone. If this looks like it will be that kind of a Christmas for you, I'm hoping that telling about one of mine can help.I'd moved to Geneva...
America's New Rationale for War Strikes against Iraq's Secret Weapons Are a Military First
With volleys of missiles and laser-guided bombs unleashed against Iraq, the United States and Britain have opened a new chapter in the history of warfare.In the past, massive military might has been employed to repel invaders, capture and hold territory,...
A Risky Game of 'Gotcha'? Speaker-Elect's Revelation of Extramarital Affairs Points to High Impeachment Stakes
As America's capital city slogs to the end of a year filled with high-profile yet tawdry revelations, new scandals are underscoring the bitterly partisan, dog-eat-dog atmos-phere that has emerged here.On the eve of the opening of the House impeachment...
Art across America
CALIFORNIALos AngelesLos Angeles County Museum of Art Picasso: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art Through Jan. 4. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, and prints explore the artist's development over six decades, from 1904 through 1971....
Biblical Epic Misses Spiritual Dimension 'THE Prince of Egypt':
Even in a year when feature-length animations have flourished, "The Prince of Egypt" stands out as a particularly ambitious project. Its subject is the early life of Moses, from his childhood in the Egyptian court to his leadership of the Hebrews out...
Carving out Free Air Time on Digital TV Report Raises Debate over What Networks Should Give Public for Use of Its Airwaves
After a year of fierce debate, a report that has the potential to refocus American television will be handed to Vice President Al Gore today.Its goal is to set out how the nation's broadcasters should best serve the public, in exchange for the estimated...
Fanciful 'Fox' Mixes Music, Storytelling NEW OPERA FOR KIDS
The repertoire of serious opera for children is small. Indeed, it's hard to think much past Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors."So when Tobias Picker, an up-and-coming composer in the opera world, chooses the genre for a follow-up after...
Hitching a Ride on a Cosmic 'Rubble Pile'
This weekend, a tiny spacecraft begins the most critical phase of a 35-month journey. It will end with the probe orbiting - or even landing on - an asteroid that may provide a window on the evolution of the solar system.On Sunday, the Near Earth Asteroid...
Impressions of Winter Harsh French Weather Made for Beautiful, Daring Paintings
Impressionists and winter landscapes. It's one of those pairings that seems so right, so natural. And yet not until this year has a museum picked up on the theme. In Washington, the Phillips Collection's "Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige" presents...
Iraq and Impeachment
President Clinton did the right thing in launching air strikes, with Britain, against Saddam Hussein's war machine. He did it at the right time: while the weather allows, while troops are ready, before the Ramadan holy month began, and before Saddam...
Joe DiMaggio: Still America's Hero
The thoughts of the sports world these days are focused on Joe DiMaggio, our greatest sports hero.There are those who contend such a designation perhaps belongs to Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, or Jim Thorpe. They are wrong. While each of the contenders is...
Just like the Gulf War, Only 'Smarter' Missiles HIGH TECH WEAPONS
Many of the images are the same. Western correspondents in downtown Baghdad, wearing flak jackets, trace bright lines in the illuminated night sky. Anti-aircraft fire chatters away in the background.While Operation Desert Fox may look like a rerun of...
'Monsters' Melds Inventive Music with Visual Magic
Minimalist music stirs debate as vigorously today as in the swinging '60s when it was new. It remains alive and well in theaters, concert halls, and music stores everywhere. More evidence comes from the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music...
Muscle-Tainment! Professional Wrestling May Be Hot, but Its Critics Are Steaming Too. the Fake Falls Are the Least Concern
Around me is a sellout crowd of 19,000 roaring, screaming fans in Boston's Fleet Center. In the ring is wrestling's current megastar, a 252-pound nihilist bruiser known as Stone Cold Steve Austin. He is body slamming The Rock, a 275-pound muscled fireplug...
New York's Big, Big Band Hits the Road
Broadway shows often tour America's hinterland. Now New York's magnificent orchestra is finally doing the same. That's great news for anyone on the seven-city tour who'd like to hear what one of the world's great musical institutions looks and sounds...
Oscar-Winner Aims for Humor Laced with Hope Interview / Robin Williams
Robin Williams was completely happy. There he was, pedaling his bicycle down a country road 20 miles from his home north of San Francisco, when all of a sudden, a car pulled alongside. A kid's head popped out the window, asking "Is that Robin Williams?"As...
Poignant 'Parade' Probes America's Heart A Brilliant New Musical Drama about Courage and Prejudice Makes for Thrilling Theater
Six years in the making, the musical drama "Parade" just opened at New York's Lincoln Center, and the American stage will never be the same.Brilliant yet terrifying, filled with complex themes elucidated with the clarity of a white-hot spotlight aimed...
Sports 101
Nokia, Fedex, and Tostitos have all grabbed a piece of the college bowl action as sponsors of games. So have Builder's Square, Jeep, and Toyota. Even the Internet is logging on with the Insight.com bowl in Tucson, Ariz., and the Micron PC Bowl in Miami....
The 'Away' Person's Guide to Mainespeak
In my vacant idleness, it befell that I thought what a nuisance I have been over the years as my several editors have wearied long over the solecisms that adorn my Down East composition and intrude on the uninformed cognoscenti of our readership. It...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt (the first set of '+' marks in each review) unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (the second set of '+' marks in each review) reflect the sometimes...
The News in Brief
The USAs cruise missiles slammed Iraq for the second night in a row, Defense Secretary William Cohen said there had been "no American casualties" and "we are achieving good coverage of our targets." Officials indicated there could be as many as four...
The Pressures and Pitfalls of Bidding to Host Olympics in Salt Lake City, Site of 2002 Games, Evidence of Payoffs Sparks an International Outcry; COMPETING CITIES
From city council chambers here in Salt Lake City to boardrooms in far-off Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee is coming under unprecedented scrutiny for how it chooses cities to host the Olympic Games.The selection process has always been...
The Sound of My Father's Writing
It sounded like thunder, the percussive strokes of my father's fingers on his Royal manual typewriter. It is my earliest emblem of written language and a persistent mnemonic for Dad's verbal gifts. His typewriter was a word engine: a gleaming black mechanism,...
US Attacks Push the UN to Rethink Its Role Security Council Debates New Diplomatic Effort on Iraq. Russian Envoy to US Recalled
As bombs have rained down on Iraq, Russia and China have repeated their calls for an end to the military strike. But during a United Nations Security Council meetings, most diplomats here appeared to have resigned themselves to this idea: The United...
What's on TV:
SUNDAY 12/20Nagano '98 Olympics (Showtime, 8-10 p.m.): All that glitters is not gold. Bud Greenspan has fascinatingly spotlighted the theme in six previous Olympic films. This, his seventh, is his best yet. These are personal stories of athletes told...
Will Partisan Rancor Immobilize Washington? Clinton-Congress Tensions May Imperil America's Future - at Home and Abroad
Washington's turmoil over this week's astounding juxtaposition of war and impeachment hints at how President Clinton's problems may have affected the ability of the US government to function.That doesn't mean the US has been plunged into a crisis of...