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 April 26, 2002

A Playwright Who Keeps Pushing the Boundaries
The passage of time has neither mellowed three-time Pulitzer- Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee nor changed his perspective about the human condition. He has been hammering at conventional morality from the stage since 1958, when his one-act drama,...
Are Movies Getting Better? or Just Bigger? ; Giant-Screen Theaters Popping Up All over the US Aim to Thrill Rather Than Educate Moviegoers
For Carrie Smith, the experience could not have been any closer to that of landing on board the International Space Station itself. As globules of water and food appeared to hover in the air around her, she learned how astronauts live in a zero-G space...
Argentines Cling to Last Pesos ; ATMs Are Empty, Banks Are Closed, and the Economics Minister Has Resigned
Argentina is suddenly the world's largest laboratory for a cashless society. Since the Argentine government took the extraordinary step of closing the nation's banking system last weekend, the country's 36 million people have been plunged abruptly into...
Catholic Crisis and Children
THE American cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church took steps at the Vatican this week to prevent sexual abuse of children by errant priests. Their meeting with Pope John Paul II made a historic shift in recognizing that the church has an obligation...
Catholics Raise Doubts about Vatican Moves ; Some US Groups Want Stronger Zero-Tolerance Policy and More Accountability
After two extraordinary days of high-profile attention on Vatican City and the scandal shaking the Roman Catholic Church, US prelates now turn to the task of firming up a national set of standards on clergy sexual abuse that will convince American Catholics...
Court Shies Away from Giving Landowners More Rights
Patricia Smith lives in Davis, Calif., but she is doing more to protect water quality in faraway Lake Tahoe than any resident of the beautiful but environmentally sensitive land surrounding the pristine lake. As an outsider seeking to build a house on...
Desperate for Skilled Big Men, NBA Looks Abroad
It's not often that I watch Chinese-language television. But the other night, as I was flipping through the channels, something caught my eye. It was a basketball game involving the Shanghai Sharks, and running the court from baseline to baseline was...
Drilling Battle Heads for New Frontiers ; after Collapse of Arctic Refuge Plan, Bush Continues Push for Drilling in Other Sensitive Areas
The recent Senate vote against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) may have cost President Bush an important symbolic round in the fight over how to achieve US energy independence. But aside from ANWR, Mr. Bush's energy policy...
Economy Bounds Forward, for Now, as Firms Restock ; GDP Is Accelerating, but Other Reports This Week Show Weakness. Economists See 3.7 Percent Growth for Year
The United States economy is getting up to speed. In fact, numbers released today are likely to show an economy at full throttle, with the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) growing at a 4.5 to 5.5 percent pace in the first three months of the year....
Exposing Churchill's Tender Side ; 'The Gathering Storm' Details the Legendary Leader's Life before World War II
World War II has been getting its due on television. Last spring saw the best version yet of the story of Anne Frank (better even than the Broadway play and movie "The Diary of Anne Frank"), the young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis. Then HBO's chilling...
Festival Celebrates Women's Films, Issues
Women are on the march, seizing more of their rightful place in the movie world - on both sides of the camera. That message rang loud and clear at the Bermuda International Film Festival, which just wrapped up its fifth impressive season on this sunny,...
'Guys and Dolls' Celebrates 50th
The Damon Runyon world of Broadway's most performed musical, "Guys and Dolls," set among gangsters and gamblers in 1920s New York City, is neither all black nor all white, says Maurice Hines, star of the show's 50th-anniversary production now traveling...
Hail of Criticism Hits Israeli Army ; on Saturday, a UN Team Is Set to Begin Investigating Alleged Military Abuses in Jenin Refugee Camp
The Israeli troops sent to occupy the Palestinian Authority interior ministry offices early this month smelled danger. What if the place were booby-trapped? It seemed likely, since the building, in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, had housed Israeli forces...
In Crisis, Israel Rallies Behind Settlers
This week, amid renewed US demands that Israel freeze the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon resolutely told his cabinet that he would not even discuss the matter until the elections in November 2003....
In Praise of American Empire
America has become an empire, a fact that Americans are reluctant to admit and that critics of the United States regard with great alarm. Since the end of the cold war, the US has exercised an unparalleled and largely unrivaled influence throughout the...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASES Facing the Music (Not rated) Directors: Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson. With Anne Boyd and faculty and students at the Univ. of Sydney. (89 min.) Sterritt *** This smart Australian documentary looks at shrinking education budgets - and their...
My Son Helps Me See Beauty in Slime
I had been in Sitka, Alaska, for a week, participating in a symposium on a weighty theme, As engaging as it was, the mix of presentations, discussions, and readings involved long sessions of sitting, talking, and thinking. I had already escaped to these...
No Sex, No Lies, but a Lot of 'Clean' Videotape
Marlon Brando may be untouchable, but can "The Godfather" really be "The Godfather" without the blood? What if Eddie Murphy's non-stop profanities in "Beverly Hills Cop" were muted? And can the disturbingly charming Dr. Hannibal Lecter of "The Silence...
Not 'Gonna Be a Long, Long Time' till You Can Be a Rocket Man ; as Another Paying Passenger Blasted off Yesterday, Space Tourism Got Closer to Reality
The International Space Station is not exactly the Waldorf- Astoria. And a Russian Soyuz capsule will never boast the creature comforts of a stretch limo. But that doesn't bother an increasing number of well-heeled executives and celebrities willing...
Putting a Happy Face on Classical Music ; Waltz King Andre Rieu Keeps His Concerts Light and Fun
Andre Rieu just may be serving up the perfect musical "mommy food" for our times - comforting, familiar, satisfying. The leader of the Johann Strauss Orchestra is playful, but traditional. Mature, but youthful. His orchestra plays classical music, but...
Shaking Faith in Faith Itself
The child abuse crisis to which Pope John Paul II and the American cardinals addressed themselves this week in Rome was the latest, and perhaps most unsettling, of a series of crises of confidence in the bedrock institutions of our society. Trust in...
South Africa Abuzz as 'Afronaut' Launches into Space
Open a newspaper or turn on a radio here, and they're all talking about the same thing: the young millionaire who is paying the cash- strapped Russian space program $20 million for a high-flying adventure. But Mark Shuttleworth, insists he's more than...
Speaking through His Notes ; Ali Khan Is Credited with Bringing Classical Indian Music to West
Ali Akbar Khan is a practical man. "I don't like to talk so much," says the Indian musician who has been dubbed a "national living treasure" in his homeland of India. Master of the sarod, the lutelike stringed instrument of classical Indian music, he...
The Deep-Woods Origins of Down-East Expressions
A lady of otherwise respectable reputation approached me recently to inquire if I knew what it means to "lean toward sawyers." I said I did. We then changed the subject, and after a chat about several matters, she said, "Well, what does it mean?" I said,...
US to Firms Trading with Cuba: Watch It ; This Month, a Canadian Became the First Foreign National Convicted of Trading with Cuba
Earlier this month, businessman James Sabzali was found guilty of violating the US trade embargo against Cuba. The case, tried in Philadelphia, passed unnoticed in most US cities. In Canada, however, the verdict has generated a public outcry. Mr. Sabzali,...