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 November 4, 2002

A Life Transformed ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Many years ago, I dropped out of mainstream society in order to find a more natural way to live.My journeys took me to a beautiful tropical island, where I lived on the beach in a tent with friends and finally with a man whose ancestors were native to...
All's Well - except Maybe the Beetle
In spite of color-coded terror warnings, budget cuts, and gloomy news on TV, Vermont and its inhabitants are in good shape, with the exception of a certain beetle. By way of illustration, I here present a series of recent small events that I observed...
A Religious Turk Vaults to Power ; Turkey's Election May Make Abdullah Gul the Next Prime Minister
Abdullah Gul bounds into each shop on a main drag of this central Turkish city, extending a hearty handshake, a pearly smile, and the greeting of politicians everywhere."How are you doing?" he asks cheerily. "Not so great," is a common reply. In a country...
As Vote Arrives, Lawyers Are Ready ; Hardball Campaigns Dash to the Finish, with Unusually Negative Ads - and Legal Teams Preparing to Go to Court
The high stakes of Campaign 2002, coupled with the tightness of many races and raw memories of Florida's presidential recount, are fueling unusually fierce legal and rhetorical tactics by candidates and parties.Campaign ads have gone harshly negative...
Beneath the Radar: The Balance of Power in State Legislatures
The pitched battle for control of Congress has consumed political attention across the country. But analysts say a more telling litmus test of the national mood, and policy dreams, may lie elsewhere: in state legislatures.With considerable power flowing...
Critics Spotlight Iraq's 'Secret Prisons' ; an Iraqi Amnesty Freed Thousands of Prisoners Last Month, but Critics Say Many Were Left Behind
It is feared that thousands of Iraqis are being held in secret prisons, making a mockery of Saddam Hussein's promise of a "comprehensive and final amnesty" for all prisoners."No authoritarian regime like his would survive without secret prisons," a senior...
Detention of Haitian Refugees Stirs Debate ; Latest Illegal Boatload Faces a Legal Climate Very Different from Cubans
Around the world emotions are stirred by images of people putting themselves in danger's way to reach a better land - a land holding out hope of freedom and prosperity.Such a scenario is just what happened when dozens of Haitians, many dressed in their...
Firms Raise Their Own Codes of Ethics
As the socially responsible investing movement presses corporate America to clean up its act, many firms are acting from within to ensure that new ethical standards will be upheld - even after the storm of corporate scandals blows over.Consider the agenda...
Japan's Newest Star: A Chemist ; Yesterday, the Emperor Awarded Nobel Laureate Koichi Tanaka Japan's Highest Academic Honor
"It could be you!"That message is resonating with Japanese of all stripes since a "salaryman" scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry last month.The previously unknown Koichi Tanaka became the country's second- youngest Nobel winner, and the only...
Letters
Soldiers' strength must be tested in a time of warIn response to your Oct. 29 article "As troops ship out, stress is rising": It is true that military service presents especially arduous challenges to families. But when I served in the US Marine Corps...
Making a Political Statement at the Gas Pump
The onset of cold weather in much of the US traditionally shifts concerns among energy buyers from gasoline prices to home heating bills.But this year, some of that focus remains on gasoline - more specifically, its origins.Over the past few months,...
Microsoft Gets Bundled
A court ruling last Friday will likely mark the end of four years of government litigation against Microsoft Corp., leaving the company intact and enjoying the highest stock-market value in the world.And yet, the federal court ruling also means the software...
New York Leaps a Hurdle in Race for 2012 Olympics ; the Sports-Mad City Sees Its Bid to Host Games as a Moneymaker and a Way to Announce, 'We're Back!'
New Yorkers have been training for the Olympics all their lives: they sprint across crosswalks to save a few seconds; they haul heavy loads of groceries up five-story walk-ups; they fight each other for cabs.Now, they are one step closer to the real...
Reporters on the Job
* OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT: The Monitor's Ilene Prusher went to Kayseri, Turkey, to interview Abdullah Gul, the man tipped to be Turkey's next prime minister (page 1). "I could have interviewed him in Ankara or Istanbul, but traveling to his hometown provided...
Small Investors for Social Justice? ; Taking Aim at Deep Corporate Scandal, a Growing Wing of the Socially Responsible Investing Movement Pushes SRI Backers to Take a Much More Activist Stance
Socially responsible investing is about to enter Phase 2.The first phase involved proving that small investors can do relatively well over time by quietly backing companies that "do good."Now SRI investors are being told not only can they make a profit,...
Thailand's Reality-Based Tourism ; Tourists in Bangkok Skip Well-Trodden Beaches to Visit Imprisoned Foreigners
Michael Braun was 27 when he was given a life sentence in Thailand's Bang Kwang Prison for trying to smuggle some heroin out of the country in his suitcase."When I first got here," the Seattle native says, "I could ... pass for a high school student."...
To Park, You Need a Pair of Antlers
Every summer, I give up my bay of our two-car garage to my husband's motorcycle. (Jeff can't give up his bay - it's his workshop.) At first frost, Jeff puts his motorcycle in storage, cleans up any mess he made, and the right side of the garage is mine...
TV Election Predictions
Ah, remember that election night not so long ago when TV networks predicted Al Gore had won Florida?That was largely because the networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox) and the Associated Press relied too heavily on the Voter News Service, a private consortium...
US Aid to Israel, Used Well, Could Be Influence for Peace
Israel's latest government crisis places a huge responsibility on Washington to do the right thing. It also gives President Bush an opportunity to take decisive action to help Israelis and Palestinians escape the cycle of violence in which they've been...
US Moves into Emerging Bioweapon Era ; Rapid Biotech Developments, like Russia's Use of Fentanyl, Are Leaving International Treaties Behind
The use of poison gas to subdue Chechen rebels in Moscow, together with what the Bush administration says is the growing threat of Iraq's chemical weapons, comes as the United States itself investigates new substances that can be used to disable terrorists...
Vending Machines That Match the Minimart
For anyone who has ever languished in a convenience store checkout line, this supersized vending machine may become a welcome sight.Perched on a sidewalk of a popular Washington nightclub district, the 20-foot-wide Tiktok Easy Shop lets consumers buy...
Weak Economy Puts More Pensions in Peril
Like the heroine from the silent film saga, "The Perils of Pauline," the American economy faces yet another danger: underfunded corporate pension plans.The traditional pension plans offered by 360 of the 500 companies in Standard & Poor's 500 index are...
Where Have All the Voters Gone?
What will it take to get Americans to the polls Tuesday? What might shake them up enough to make them want to vote?The patriotic outpouring that followed the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks - 80 percent of Americans displayed the flag on their...
Why Those Canceled Checks Are Worth Keeping
Q: Should a person save cleared checks? If yes, then for how long should he or she file them away? I always throw them away, but I feel guilty doing so. In addition, I was told that the IRS does not view canceled checks as acceptable forms of receipts....