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 January 29, 2002

A Fight to Keep an Island's Black Heritage ; Descendants of Slaves on St. Simons Island off the Coast of Georgia Are Uniting to Keep Developers at Bay
Since and before the Civil War, the black inhabitants of St. Simons Island off Georgia have had a simple motto: Accept what life hands you. In their case, that usually wasn't such a bad deal. Left largely alone by economic revolutions, slave descendants...
A Historic (and Political) Hindu Pilgrimage
Swords raised, faces painted, a small mob of Hindu foot soldiers bus into the muddy river town of Ayodhya - arch-symbol of a Hindu movement that altered India in the 1990s. Shouting the name of "Lord Ram," they start a "chataveni rathyatra," or warning...
An Arctic Law School Tailored to Native Needs
Afew years ago, Aaju Peter, an Inuit mother of five who lives in Canada's Arctic, would never have dreamed of entering the legal profession. Now, thanks to an innovative new program in the country's newest territory of Nunavut, she and 14 other future...
A Novel Approach to Work ; A Variety of Professionals Are Turning to Literature to Gain Insights on the Issues They Face Each Day
On a brisk winter evening in Brunswick, Maine, about 20 animated adults gather in a corner room of MidCoast Hospital. The roar of a nearby vacuum cleaner signals what should be the end of the day for many of them. But members of this group ignore the...
Black Ministers Start Schools to Fill in Gaps
When Cheryl Daughrity's two daughters were young, they did just fine in their St. Louis public elementary schools, getting mostly A's and B's. But as they reached middle school, the troubles began. Class sizes swelled, students fought in the hallways,...
Brazil Murder Recalls a Darker Era ; Police Are Struggling to Solve the Killing of an Adviser to the Top Presidential Candidate
Celso Augusto Daniel, a popular mayor, was returning home from dinner with a friend late on Friday, Jan. 18, when armed men pulled him from his bullet-proof vehicle and whisked him away. Two days later, his bullet-ridden body was found on a dirt road,...
Bush Address to Thread the Political Needle ; Goal Is to Seem to Be above the Midterm Election Fray, While Actually Controlling It
As George Bush launches Year 2 of his presidency with his State of the Union message tonight, the question for the months ahead is: Will he be able to defy political gravity? Because Year 2, of course, is also an election year with nothing less than...
Bush Seeks Massive Defense Hike ; Tonight's Speech Will Call for a Major Spending Shift toward the Military, Posing Difficult Budget Tradeoffs
Not since the Reagan administration charged into Washington, pledging to repair a "hollow" Army while confronting the Soviet "evil empire" around the world, has the US defense budget been such a rocket-hot issue. In terms of size, disposition, and politics,...
Elections Play Key Role in India's War Footing ; the Ruling Party Hopes the Troop Buildup Will Sway Voters in Feb. 18 State Elections
India's test last week of a new short-range ballistic missile and its continued massing of troops on the border with Pakistan are keeping tensions and a war of words alive in South Asia. Yet India's muscle flexing now has less to do with rival Pakistan...
Ending the 'Reading Wars'
Few would argue with the emphasis put on reading by the recently passed federal education law. Many, however, will argue about the best way to teach reading. The battle between "phonics" and "whole language" - dubbed "the reading wars" - has gone on...
EU Angry That Aid Is Going Up in Smoke ; Recent Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Targets Have Damaged Several European-Funded Projects
European leaders sent Israel a sharp note of complaint Monday, protesting damage worth more than $15 million that Israeli troops have inflicted recently on European-funded aid projects in Palestinian-ruled territories. As Palestinians awaited the next...
Follow the Geneva Convention
Secretary of State Colin Powell has added his voice to the chorus: It is in the best interests of the United States, he says, to initially treat combatants captured in Afghanistan as prisoners of war. This is the view of other realists in the Pentagon...
In Afghan Town, Warlords Clash over the King's Return ; Pashtun 'Royalists' Marched to Gates of US Base in Khost Yesterday
Thousands of Pashtun tribesmen swept down from the mountains into this city during the past three days to fend off what they claim is a conspiracy to smother Afghanistan's royal revival. Carrying ancient carbines, ivory-handled daggers, and modern Chinese...
Make Your Own Light, and Let It Shine ; You Can Help to Break the Winter Darkness. These Projects Will Show You How
For anyone living north of the equator, winter is the darkest period of the year. So perhaps this is a good time to sing the praises of lamps, lanterns, and the like. Probably not a day goes by that you don't switch on at least one light (and maybe get...
New Venue for Gang Violence: Cybercafes
Thursday 11:30 p.m.: Inside the corner window front at the local strip mall here, about 70 young men sit shoulder-to-shoulder, eyes glued to the cyber explosions of computer videogames. Earphones muffle the cacophony as each player stalks virtual terrorists....
Reporters on the Job
* DANCING IN KHOST: While reporting today's story about a standoff between Afghan warlords, Philip Smucker witnessed what was probably the first public dancing in Khost in six years. Pashtun tribesmen broke into a spontaneous dance as they entered the...
Schools Reconsider Cellphone Bans after Sept. 11
In the past, student cellphones were a real "disconnect" with schools across the country. Maryland even threatened jail terms and hefty fines for repeat violators of its ban on cellphones and pagers. Since Sept. 11, though, a growing number of schools...
Snow Business
Benjamin Franklin had the right idea, though he stopped short. Among the certain things in this world, rudeness must surely rank alongside death and taxes. My property tax bill arrived with evidence of this. Inside, a notice entitled "Winter Storm Information"...
The Bible and You ; Helping Children Learn about God's Care
Michael came to visit me. He is my nephew, and I am his Aunt Wendy. I live in the country in a farmhouse that is so old that every floor tilts a different way; and you feel like you are walking on the deck of a ship as you go from room to room. During...
This May Be College, but We're Still Taking Attendance ; Colleges Try to Stem Dropout Rates by Reaching out to Students Who Skip Classes
When Walter Diehl looks around the lecture hall each morning before his freshman zoology class begins, the professor ticks off names on a list - and may find 15 or more of his 180 students missing. That part of taking attendance is pretty standard. But...
To Parents, It's Cacophony. to the Drummer, It's Heavenly Rhythm
Working in the drum department of a music store this winter break, I felt right at home. I've grown accustomed to loud environments after 10 years of playing the drum set. However, "accustomed" was seldom the word to describe the gift- seeking parents...
Two Teams, Two Tales, and the Meaning of It All
They say baseball holds the mirror to America's soul. But in wartime, the nation adopts more the rhythm of football. The game is, after all, pugnaciousness and Patton all in one: the intense, almost military-style preparation for each opponent before...
USA
Fighting terrorism - at home and abroad - and restoring the economy are key goals President Bush will set out in tonight's State of the Union address, administration officials said. Bush will call on Congress to approve tax cuts, extended unemployment...
Why Bush Will Have Coattails
This is the time of year when some of my columnist colleagues look back on the past year and own up to blunders. It's a moment of contrition from writers who are expected always to express cloudless certainty. I could doubtless match them with my miscues...
World
Another chapter of the US hunt for Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan closed with an armed raid on a hospital ward in Kandahar where six of them had barricaded themselves for almost two months. All were killed in an assault backed by American Special Forces...