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 February 18, 1998

A Graceful and Daring Novel about Old Age
VISITORSAnita BrooknerRandom House 242 pp., $23 Reading a story by English novelist Anita Brookner is like watching someone weave tweed. The movements are small and apparently repetitive, but the cumulative result is subtle and rich. In "Visitors," her...
At Home with Words
The attic's fall from graceAttics have long been the home of aspiring artists and old furniture. Though an attic has always been located just under the roof, this room has changed drastically over the years."Attic" dates back to ancient Athens, the city-state...
Calling All Backyard Bird Counters Survey Invites Amateur Birdwatchers to Record Their Sighting Online
Joe Hawkins will be scanning birds this weekend from his kitchen window. He'll be in the company of thousands of others.Birders from Goosetown, Wis., to Pigeon Creek, Ala., are expected to flock to the same Internet site (birdsource.cornell.edu) as part...
Cross Country: One Person against Wild Primal Performance Art
The weather, for much of the time, has been rainy and snowy and miserable and awful and despicable in the Japanese Alps at the winter Olympics cross-country venue. Then sometimes it has deteriorated from these levels.Doesn't matter. Nothing could be...
Curbing Global Warming, Not Prosperity
Last week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on global climate change, beginning a process of Senate review of the international agreement reached last December in Kyoto, Japan. There likely will be critics on the left and right, denouncing...
Drug Couriers Pay a High Price for 'Easy Money' the Young and the Credulous
Staring out from behind the bars of the Bang Kwang prison, Dieter still has a look of innocence about him.Not that he tries to deny his guilt. "They told me that I'd get $17,000 if I carried just two kilos {4.4 lbs.} of heroin through Bangkok," the young...
Families Can Visit the 'Cybrary' for Best of the Web
I found some great children's sites on the Internet the other day. And I did it with the help of librarians.The American Library Association has put together a cyber-collection of more than 700 fun and useful Web sites for children. A "cybrary," if you...
For Tijuana's Imagemakers, Name Game Is Serious Business
Dallas survived "Dallas." Miami may have even profited from the pastel hues and cool style of "Miami Vice."But when Mexico's largest producer of television dramas came up with the idea for a soap opera called "Tijuana," the city fathers of this much-maligned...
Gandhi May Swing India Vote 'The Sonia Factor' May Keep Hindu Nationalists from Winning Majority
With voting now under way, opinion polls in India point to another divided parliament, with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies within striking distance of a majority for the first time in India's history.Despite a series...
Heirs of Christian Right Push Agenda Harder with GOP New Leaders, Citing Override of Gay-Rights Law in Maine, Unfazed by Sagging Clout
For the Christian Coalition - the brand name of religious conservatism - the signs of trouble are unmistakable.In 1997, donations plummeted from the previous year's record revenues, staff were laid off, and minority outreach programs ended. The coalition's...
How the Cold War Never Became a Nuclear War
WAGING PEACE: HOW EISENHOWER SHAPED AN ENDURING COLD WAR STRATEGYBy Robert R. Bowie and Richard H. ImmermanOxford U. Press 317 pp., $49.95 'Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy," is an admirable, detailed, and authoritative...
Ideal Drug 'Mules': Young, American Women
When two Peruvian men asked Krista Barnes and Jennifer Davis if they wanted to go to Peru to pick up some cocaine, the Los Angeles roommates thought it sounded like an easy way to make money.They were promised $5,000 each to go on an all-expenses-paid...
If Diplomacy Fails, Steely Resolve Required
This, as Margaret Thatcher once said with understandable impatience to George Bush, is no time to go wobbly. The occasion then was Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. The advice is just as appropriate to President Clinton as he confronts Saddam today.Even...
Jacksonville Rides Jaguars into an Age of 'Urban Cachet' Football Pride and Unmatched Job Growth Put Florida Boomtown on the Map
On Blount Island, a brief boat ride from downtown, one engine of Jacksonville's economy is humming.Hundred-acre fields are filled with ship containers ready for export to Puerto Rico, thousands of cars are driven down gangplanks as if on a moving assembly...
Letters
Follow Europe's Lead on Nuclear WasteAs mentioned in "An Undisposable Controversy" (Feb. 3), the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada is the right place for an interim facility to store the United States' spent nuclear fuel. Research is increasingly convincing...
Like Titanic, to Run Full Speed Ahead Is to Court Environmental Disaster
It is especially when trying to speak of unfamiliar territory that a person of words finds the metaphor most useful as a tool. How else can you describe what is unknown except in terms of the known?That is why metaphors have been indispensable to humankind's...
Making the Case for Bombing Faced with Criticism of War Talk, Clinton Uses Airwaves and Town Meetings to Clarify US Intentions
As the biggest American military force assembled since the 1991 Gulf War awaits orders to attack, the Clinton administration is going on the offensive to shore up support at home for possible airstrikes on Iraq.From a televised speech yesterday to unprecedented...
Math Chat
Old Milk Bottles and Hotel ExpensesFalling elevatorsSuppose cartoon character Wile E. Coyote finds himself in a broken, brakeless elevator plummeting downward. Could he save himself by jumping up just before the elevator hit bottom? It might be hard...
Miami May Put Students to the Test - for Drug Use Though Voluntary, Program Creates Uproar
Sherline Cameron feels she's under siege.First her school made her wear an ID badge. Then it closed her campus at lunchtime, tried to require uniforms, and, a week before Christmas, got rid of lockers.Now, the school board wants students tested for drug...
Moving Slowly on the Info Highway? One Internet Explorer Tries a Class
I'm used to checking publication dates on any instructional books I buy. Who wants out-of-date information, after all? But the publication date of the text for an Internet class I recently took set the tone for the whole day. It was not just a year,...
One More Try at Fund-Raising Reform Congress Will Revisit Campaign Finance, Even as Lawmakers End Probe of Election '96
Like an El Nino storm brewing off the coast, the issue of reforming campaign finance is about to hit Washington hard over the next few weeks - again.The Senate must consider a bill by March 6, and the House before April. Republicans and Democrats on...
Principle and Healing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
In my home town, you can find a "Centre for Metaphysics and Peace Studies"; a positive-living group; meditation classes; spiritual healing meetings; and bookshops displaying an abundance of literature on what's called the mind/body/spirit connection.What...
Reining in Ireland's 'Compo Culture' Soldiers Sue for Bad Barbecue
When the Illinois Supreme Court threw out limits on the amount juries can award in damage lawsuits last December, the president of the state's Manufacturer's Association declared, "The clock is rolled back. Illinois again has a reputation as a litigious...
The Age of Casting No Stones Private Ethics
They come into Thomas Donaldson's classroom eager to learn about ethics - young freshmen, he says, "ready to defend their values, almost idealistically so." But, he adds, for all their convictions about ethical behavior, these students also say, "Whatever...
The Jewels of Winter
The transition from winter to spring takes its own sweet time in Vermont. We put away our mittens only to bring them out again. Though skis are in the shed, the giddy yellow daffodils are flattened by snow and the chipmunk who scoots around my deck had...
The News in Brief
The USAmid signs of growing opposition to plans for bombing Iraq, President Clinton was to speak at the Pentagon on the objectives and risks of military action in the standoff over UN weapons inspections. In addition, a Clinton foreign-policy team was...
When Toddlers Tune in to CNN, Should Parents Worry?
Last year, Georgina Taylor turned on the television at her home in Sydney, Australia, to catch up on the latest developments in the tragedy of Diana, Princess of Wales. She expected that her three-year-old twin girls would leave the room."I thought,...
Why Clinton Calls Suharto
There's an extraordinary economic debate under way in Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous country. The question for President Suharto is whether to lock that nation's currency, the rupiah, to the US dollar under a "currency board" or to leave...
Why Do Americans Get Short-Changed on Maternity Leave?
It's called a blessed event. But for vast numbers of women around the world, the birth of a baby is anything but a blessing at work. Faced with lost wages or the loss of a job, they discover that maternity is grounds for discrimination.Nowhere in the...
Why Salami Tactics Have Worked for Saddam
So far, Saddam Hussein is ahead on points. It is possible, increasingly even likely, that he will win this round. He has stood up to American saber rattling because, it would appear, he does not believe it.Last fall, when he started the crisis over UN...