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 March 5, 2003

Accents Speak Louder Than Words ; in Britain, Unlike in the US, We Virtually Divulge Our Postal District the Moment We Open Our Mouths
I remember one time, when I lived in the States, a telephone operator - just when I thought she was going to give me the number I'd asked for - sank strangely into a long silence. Eventually I asked, "Er, are you still there?""Oh, yeah, but don't stop...
Adirondacks Blaze New Culinary Trail ; Long Known for Its Simple, Down-Home Cooking, the Region in Upstate New York Takes on More Sophisticated Flavors
When Greg and Sharon Taylor bought a ski lodge in the Adirondack mountains, one of their favorite tasks was planning the restaurant menu. Natives of the mountainous region in northeastern New York, they reveled in the idea of using the area's fish, such...
Al Qaeda Retains Resilience ; with a Top Terror Suspect in Hand, Officials Scramble to Sift Computer Disks
Warning to America: You may have nabbed a key terrorist leader, but the network he helped run still exists - and has adapted to major setbacks before.That's a key message emerging from US officials and counterterrorism experts in the wake of Saturday's...
A Reporter Finds the Unexpected
Sometimes the story a writer comes back with is not the story she expected to find.That was the case recently when I drove to the women's prison in Connecticut to do a piece on the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. (See story) As the miles passed, I wondered...
Argentina's Seeds of Hope
A barter club meets irregularly at an outdoor basketball court up the road from our house in this pampas village by the River Parana. Such clubs are found all over Argentina; they're part of a strategy against the poverty visited upon this once wealthy...
A Top General's Thoughts on Iraq ; at a Monitor Breakfast, Gen. Richard Myers Spoke on Options without Turkey and Potential for Casualties
The Turkish refusal so far to grant crucial basing rights to US forces "dramatically" changes the equation for an Iraq war, creating serious logistical hurdles for a war strategy designed for its "shock" power, a senior US military leader said Tuesday.Gen....
A Treaty Up in Smoke?
IT sounds like a good idea: Get the nations of the world together to agree on a treaty to curb tobacco use. But it's not so easy to accomplish, despite good intentions all around.Delegates at a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Geneva agreed...
Bush's Bold Agenda, Soaring Stakes ; Wednesday's Unveiling of a $400 Billion Prescription-Drug Plan Is Latest Move for an Administration Bent on Shaping History
To some, President Bush has taken on an appropriately ambitious agenda - from a war that aims to remake the map of the Middle East to a domestic plan that includes big new tax cuts and a $400 billion prescription-drug plan for senior citizens. Routing...
Court Scores One for a Store Called 'Victor's Little Secret' ; in Trademark Case, Justices Say a Store with a Similar Name Does Not Necessarily Infringe on a Famous Brand
"Victor's Little Secret" may soon be a secret no more.In a victory with important implications for US trademark law, the owner of a Kentucky lingerie and adult novelty store has won an important battle toward establishing the right to call his shop Victor's...
Henry Higgins Would Have His Hands Full
EARLY ON A late-winter morning, a businessman waiting to board a flight at Boston's Logan Airport pulls out a cellphone and calls his secretary with an unusual request."Susan, it's Bill," he begins, in a voice loud enough for other passengers to hear....
In Minnesota, a Town of Veterans Divides over Iraq War
On most winter nights in this northern outpost, as the sun fades below the popple and jackpine trees, folks tend to disperse quietly to the warmth of hearth and ranch home. Or they might retreat to their fish houses on Shagowa Lake, questing for walleye....
It'll Take a Heat Wave to Get Me to Leave My House Again
There comes a time in every winter hermit's life when he has to venture out of his cave to see if the temperature has risen above 32 degrees F. The other day I did just that, and discovered that 21 straight days of subfreezing temperatures had come to...
Letters
Ivory Coast locals have reasons to resent EuropeansYour Feb. 27 article, "Hearts heavy, whites feeling driven from Africa," about Europeans leaving the Ivory Coast is short-sighted because it ignores the fundamental reason locals have to resent those...
No Bars to Love ; the Girl Scouts Help Incarcerated Mothers and Their Daughters Build Strong Bonds
They look like a row of baby birds, perched on a pile of gym mats. All 16 girls crane their necks, eyes fixed on the gymnasium door. They have waited two long weeksfor this.A few minutes later, the excitement level rises as women enter from the far side...
No Jackpot for States in Slots
The State of Maryland projects a $1.2 billion budget shortfall this year. Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) wants the legislature to approve slot machines at racetracks and shore up revenues with an estimated $800 million a year in new gambling profits.Maryland's...
Reporters on the Job
* COURTROOM CONFUSION: Moscow-based reporter Fred Weir has been in a lot of Russian courtrooms over the years - as a journalist - not a defendant, he hastily notes. "I've been impressed by the professionalism of the judges. But I've always been suspicious...
Russia Embraces Trial by Peers ; A Constitutional Right since 1993, Jury Trials Are Expected to Be Standard All over the Country by 2007
It's an hour after starting time on the second day of Denis Baryshnikov's murder trial, and the courtroom near Moscow's Barrikadnaya metro station is in pandemonium.Surveying the 12 black office chairs arranged along one gray wall and noting an empty...
Should Libraries Filter out Internet Porn? ; the High Court Weighs the Protection of Children against Free- Speech Rights
Congressional efforts to protect children from pornography on the Internet have met less than an enthusiastic response from the US Supreme Court in recent years.The justices struck down the 1996 Communications Decency Act and remanded to a lower court...
Slowly, Chavez Isolates Himself from World ; Venezuela's Leader Has Blasted the US and Threatened a Break with Colombia
When bombs blasted the Spanish Embassy and the Colombian Consulate in Caracas last week, Venezuelan officials denounced the attacks. They issued a flurry of statements insisting that affairs between Venezuela and the two nations hadn't been damaged.But...
The Convenience Is Built in ; When Building or Remodeling, Homeowners Have a Wide Choice of Handy Amenities
When it comes to customizing their homes, Americans are great ones for choosing paint colors, floor coverings, and the latest appliances.Where homeowners often fall short, in the estimation of one consultant, is in thinking through some of the lifestyle...
The Price of Winning the War and Keeping the Peace
The United States seems to be well prepared for war in Iraq, but it isn't clear how well prepared it is for the peace that follows.Inside the Bush administration, there are conflicting views about what Iraqi peacekeeping and nation rebuilding would cost....
US Diplomatic Strategy in Turkey Based on Outdated Roadmap ; the Head of Turkey's Ruling Party Announced Plans Yesterday to Seek a Second Vote on US Troops
It was a gentlemen's disagreement that turned into an arm wrestle.According to conventional wisdom, there was no question whose arm would fold when Turkey went elbow-to-elbow with its superpower ally. But the conventional wisdom that has shaped ties...
US-Taught Iraqis Feel War's Weight ; Iraqi Professors Have Close Ties to Americans, but Now See a Wide Cultural Divide
They lived for years with American roommates. They studied and partied and fell in and out of love with American friends. Now, they're trying to reconcile for their children - and for themselves - a US-Iraq war that appears all but certain.Few Iraqis...
We're More Than Our History ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Most pictures I have from my childhood show a little girl with furrowed brow, watching with resentment or curious bitterness other children licking bigger lollipops or sitting on the laps of friends and family where I was supposed to be.Not that I always...
Why US Is Reacting Quietly to N. Korea's Provocations ; Administration Hopes Lack of Response to Hostile Acts Will Force Others in the Region to Shoulder Responsibility
As North Korea ratchets up its "pay attention to me" campaign with the United States, America's Asian partners and some domestic critics express deepening concern that the US is ignoring a brewing crisis.But the Bush administration is acting more by...
Working for an Honor Brings Two Big Achievements
When he was in the 11th grade, my oldest son became a member of the National Honor Society. While induction into this society is an accolade that most serious high school students would like to obtain, I think that the lasting merit for my son will be...
Yum, a Century and a Half of Chips
The potato chip turns 150 this year, and what a flavor-packed adventure this snack food has had so far.Since its invention in 1853, the potato chip has gone from a lowly side dish to America's crunchy, munchy favorite. The chip market generates sales...