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 May 15, 2003

A Monitor Guide to Religion Bestsellers
1Crisis of IslamThe renowned but controversial historian of the Middle East sheds valuable light on distinctive Muslim views of history, identity, and community. He also dispels some misperceptions. But this book, while full of learning, provides more...
An Uneasy Truce in the Battle for Fort Tomato
I knew, when Eric came ambling up to the door, that soon my husband would be up to no good. Perhaps I knew this from the excited expressions of the two young boys he had in tow. Or maybe I knew this because it was rumored that the local groundhog had...
Are We Really All Created Equal? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I'm new in the neighborhood, and I don't seem to have much in common with most of my neighbors. Different cultures, different lifestyles, values, tastes - I haven't felt much of a connection.At the same time, I find myself thinking more and more that...
A Texas Standoff That's Crossed State Lines ; Squirreled Away in Oklahoma, Democrats Buck the House - and Texas Political Culture
A bit of advice to newcomers: Don't back a Texan into a corner. Raised on tales of rebellion and self-reliance, folks here will put up a fight. That independent spirit - and a propensity for going a bit too far - surfaced this week when 53 of 62 Democrats...
Bush: Will He Walk the Road-Map Talk?
The road map to peace between Israel and Palestine assumes they won't follow it by themselves. The obstacles of hate, mistrust, and violence on both sides are too high. The "quartet" of road-map authors - the European Union, the United Nations, Russia,...
Can the Thought Police Be Far Behind? ; A Hundred Years after Orwell's Birth, Some of His Concepts Look Uncomfortably Familiar, While Others Seem Overused
If George Orwell were flipping TV channels, the novelist would probably stroke his mustache in puzzlement that his catchphrase "Big Brother" was chosen to title a reality series about 10 individuals voluntarily living 24 hours a day under the scrutiny...
Find a Role for Women in Rebuilding Iraq
Iraqi women will certainly be better off without Saddam Hussein, but will they be better off in postwar Iraq?For the past 100 years, Iraqi women have struggled for equal rights, with some success. Women had held 20 percent of Iraq's parliamentary seats...
Find the Fine Line between These Garden Terms
1. As you plan your summer garden, do you remember, recall, or recollect last year's flowers?2. Does a seed packet hold or contain seeds?3. If your spade can finally penetrate the earth, can you surmise or infer that spring has arrived?4. Is the new...
Gehry Creates New Waves
At the inaugural concert last month for the new Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Frank Gehry's composition of a billowing, silver surface uniting two theaters displayed delightful variations - from Baroque to modernist....
Heavenly Tones: Music and Religion ; A Sociologist Argues That Music Has Kept the Sound of Organized Religion from Fading
From the 1960s to the closing years of the 20th century, various cultural observers predicted that religion would experience an enormous decline in America. Factors such as the increasing secularization of society, the flourishing of alternative religious...
Heavenly Tones: The Mighty Pipe Organ ; from Cathedrals to Shopping Malls, the Mighty Organ Keeps Breathing
The humongous instrument known as the pipe organ carries - a bit ironically - very little weight in most people's minds. At best, the gargantuan musical machine is thought of as something of an anomaly, like a steam engine, a symbol of bygone largess.In...
How Al Qaeda Might Strike the US by Sea ; Port Authorities Prepare for a Variety of Potential Attacks from a Terror Group Believed to Own as Many as 15 Ships
Al Qaeda terrorists proved with the attacks in Saudi Arabia this week that they are still capable of staging simultaneous bombings. And they did so at the same time that the US is carrying out its largest public drill to test the preparedness for such...
In Gun Seizures, Some Surprise Finds ; US Soldiers in Iraq Are Finding Decades-Old Weapons - Part of a Black Market in Guns That Is Making It Difficult to Restore Order in Baghdad
They are enough weapons to supply four platoons of fedayeen fighters. Thirty-four AK-47 assault rifles, seven rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and four heavy machine guns - all lined up along the curb.When the signal is given, a driver eases his 33-ton...
Learning from Pfc. Lynch
Last week, President Bush brushed aside calls from some social conservatives who want to roll back a Clinton-era rule that lets women soldiers operate in combat zones."I will take guidance from the United States military," Mr. Bush said, when asked about...
Lessons for US Cities from Antiterror Drills
When a sharp explosion rang out across a grungy Seattle warehouse district this week, and moon-suited firefighters rushed to rescue actors spattered with fake blood, it started the biggest homeland- security "war game" ever staged in the US - and underscored...
Letters
Shah of Iran was not like HusseinIn response to Henry Precht's May 5 Opinion piece "Heed the Iran- Iraq parallels": I respectfully disagree with Mr. Precht's comparisons between the late Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein of Iraq - between what happened...
Pakistanis Abroad Trick Daughters into Marriage
When Neelum Aziz visited Kashmir for the first time last year, the young British girl couldn't wait to explore her family's home village. But her parents had something else in mind.Two weeks after arriving in Kotli - in the Pakistan-administered part...
Paradise Found - Just Add Water
Every essay I've ever read on the subject celebrates the arrival of spring seed catalogs with perfect emotional abandon - the kind of welcome normally reserved for visiting royalty. And truth to tell, I feel it, too. Especially in a place like Maine,...
Remains of Toxic Bullets Litter Iraq ; the Monitor Finds High Levels of Radiation Left by US Armor- Piercing Shells
At a roadside produce stand on the outskirts of Baghdad, business is brisk for Latifa Khalaf Hamid. Iraqi drivers pull up and snap up fresh bunches of parsley, mint leaves, dill, and onion stalks.But Ms. Hamid's stand is just four paces away from a burnt-out...
Reporters on the Job
* PROCEED WITH CAUTION: Monitor correspondent Scott Peterson will never forget the first time he tracked down depleted uranium (DU) (page 1) in the battlefields of southern Iraq in 1998 - and followed Pentagon guidelines for safety in the area."I put...
Rules for an Unruly War ; in This Age of Suicide Bombers and Guerrilla Street Fighting, Are the Geneva Conventions the Latest Casualty?
As lawyers debate the legal fallout of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the highest-profile challenge to the international laws governing armed conflict isn't America's latest smart bomb technology but something more rudimentary.It's the status of...
Six Sacred Spots That Call Pilgrims around the World ; A Skeptical Traveler Discovers the Power of Place
In her travels over the years in Greece, Egypt, China, and Ireland, Rosemary Mahoney caught incidental glimpses into religious pilgrimages. They filled her with awe and astonishment and a touch of envy. Why was it that she, an Irish Catholic from Boston,...
Tall Tales Put Press on Ethical Alert, but Is That Enough?
If a lawyer or a doctor had committed ethical lapses akin to those of Jayson Blair - the young reporter caught fabricating and plagiarizing stories in The New York Times recently - he might have appeared in front of a professional board and lost his...
The Limits of a Global Economy ; Spiritual Leaders Say One Giant Marketplace Must Not Trample the Values of Other Cultures
As antiglobalization protesters scuffle with police wherever the major powers' financial or political leaders gather, representatives of the world's faiths are speaking with a quieter, yet equally intense concern."The American view of globalization is...
The Ongoing Evolution of Christianity ; New Understanding of Ancient Texts Suggests the Wide Diversity of Early Church Doctrine
Elaine Pagels has a gift for bringing ancient Christian texts alive, and for displaying their profound, sometimes startling import for contemporary experience. As a historian of religion, she has poured over and translated early Christian writings that...
US May Stoke Asian Arms Race ; A Plan to Repeal a US Ban on Nuclear-Weapons Research Could Embolden India and Pakistan
Amid all the talk of weapons of mass destruction, a curious bill passed through the United States Senate Armed Services Committee last Friday, repealing a ban on the research and development of low- yield nuclear weapons.Such weapons are so sophisticated...
Visions of a New Home Become Tangled in Red Tape ; in the Czech Republic, Where Graft Is Endemic, Even Getting an Electrical Connection May Require a Payoff
The home of our dreams stands on a hill above a cobblestoned village, and in spring the scent of lilacs floats up from the garden and through the gabled windows.Someday my husband and I will live there - far from our current, cramped apartment in a smoggy...
'What Shall I Do Then with Jesus?' ; Testimonies by Four New 'Eye-Witnesses' about the Galilean Rabble- Rouser Whose Teaching Shook the World
Nino Ricci is fortunate that Christian leaders aren't currently issuing fatwas, although as Salman Rushdie knows, there's nothing like a blasphemy charge to boost sales. Back before Madonna became a madonna, she profited from fundamentalists hyperventilating...
Why Republicans Have an Edge in Tax-Cut Politics ; as the Senate Debates Tax Cut, Democrats Are Wedged between Giving in - and Getting Stuck
With the discipline that he showed in the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush has been barnstorming the country this week in an effort to squeeze the biggest tax cut he can out of Congress.His message is relentless: Cut federal taxes - including...