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 31, 2003

A Modest List of the World's Grand Statues
It may well have been Cato, but which I'm not sure, who wrote that he would rather men would ask why his statue is not up than to ask why it is. The statue of the noblest Roman of them all is up in Mantua, Italy, and I have paid my respects.We had not...
Arab Leaders Lose Hope on Efforts to Avert Iraq War ; Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Was in Washington Yesterday to Meet with President Bush
After weeks of behind-the-scenes activity to head off war, Arab leaders appear to have lost hope that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will fully cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.According to Arab diplomats, these leaders now believe that...
Bush's Drug Plan: A Violation of Church-State Divide? ; His Proposal to Provide Vouchers for Treatment May Fund Programs That Don't Meet Federal Standards
Wanda Haskins believes she's fully qualified to head up a successful drug-treatment program. The reason is simple: "Been there, done that," says the former crack addict.Although the Virginia native has no formal training, she's now the director of New...
Drive to Party Takes Drastic Turn
"Chaos," the title of Coline Serreau's new French thriller, suggests the movie's action-filled content. But it doesn't convey the drama's elegant structure, which takes you through a series of surprises so smoothly and logically that it might be over...
Europe Divides Sharply over Iraq ; Eight European Leaders Back US Policy on Iraq, Putting New Pressure on France and Germany
President Bush won important international support from an unexpected quarter Thursday, when eight European leaders published an open letter backing the US position on Iraq.The statement, drafted by Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, will encourage...
Faking the Voice of the People
What happens when the voice of the people gets as fake as a television laugh track?That's what's happening to the "letters to the editor" column in scores of newspapers today, thanks to a tactic known as "AstroTurf." Borrowing a trick from lobbyists,...
Film Finds Audience in the Pews
This year, one of the most talked-about documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival wasn't shown here - or at any of the five fringe venues that have sprung up around it.Instead, sellout crowds traded theater seats for church pews to see the uplifting...
For Him, the Play's the Thing
He's been called "the finest stage actor of his generation" and "the sharpest classical actor on the British stage." His portrayal of Richard III was "breathtaking, one for the history books," raved one critic. His villainous Iago in "Othello" was a...
From Guitar Riffs to Brush Strokes
Ronnie Wood claims his "day job" as a guitarist in a rock 'n' roll band is more secure than ever. But if that band - the Rolling Stones - ever splits up, he can always return to his first love: visual art.He probably doesn't need the extra bucks, but...
Havel Era Ends in Czech Republic ; Political Gridlock Has Prevented Election of a Successor to the Man Who Led the 'Velvet Revolution.'
It is the end of an era. Czech President Vaclav Havel, the last of the anticommunist heroes still in power in Central or Eastern Europe, leaves office Sunday.A renowned playwright and political prisoner before the 1989 "Velvet Revolution," Havel was...
How Best to Spend New AIDS Money ; President Bush Targeted $15 Billion for 14 Nations
To a continent ravaged by one of the worst plagues in history, President Bush's pledge of $15 billion to battle AIDS over the next five years was an unexpected balm.Or as Mr. Bush himself put it, "a work of mercy."Thirty million of the world's 42 million...
Hydrogen Cars, Drug Benefits, Tax Cuts: This Is War? ; Calls for Citizen Sacrifice, Once Crucial in War, Have Dwindled to the Voluntary and Pleasant
Already, it's been dubbed the "you can have it all" State of the Union address. In his one-hour speech Tuesday, President Bush proposed tax cuts, new drug benefits, major funding to fight AIDS overseas, a bioterror shield, hydrogen cars, a continued...
Letters
A battle between liberty and securityRegarding the Jan. 7 opinion piece "Politics just doesn't get it": Jonathan Rowe truly misses the point. The battle is not between two old political parties with old notions about the market and the state that have...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESChaos (Not rated)Director: Coline Serreau. With Catherine Frot, Vincent Lindon, Rachida Brakni, Line Renaud. (109 min.)Sterritt **** See review.The Guru (R)Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer. With Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei....
My Slippery Trip to Self-Esteem
When I was 15, I was sent off to work with Uncle Bill for the summer. Bill was very well educated, often married, and always broke. He worked really hard long-lining for halibut in southeast Alaska. I had just finished ninth grade in Anchorage and my...
NBC Adopts Its Own Crime Family
A lot of ink has been spilled over the so-called "Sopranos" effect, how much the gritty HBO mob drama has affected the rest of the TV landscape, with its cascade of foul-mouthed enforcers and casual, grisly violence.Because of this, there has been great...
New Video Games Join the Reality Craze
While our minds have been occupied with the very sober state of world affairs recently, a few bright spots have emerged in the world of video games, two of which mark important new developments in that burgeoning universe.Neither will change international...
On Iraq, Blair Reprises Role as US Bridge to Europe ; Fresh from His Latest Diplomatic Rounds, the British Leader Comes to the US Today for a Meeting with Bush
With Europe deeply divided over whether to back the United States in a potential war with Iraq, Britain's Tony Blair is again emerging as President George Bush's most important diplomat.The British prime minister has embarked on a global diplomatic mission...
Pensions, Protected
Some alarm bells are ringing over the financial health of a federal agency set up in 1974 to protect the retirement pensions of employees in the private sector.The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation protects the pensions of about 44 million workers...
Porn and Philosophy Don't Mix
Is anything worse than the hackneyed shenanigans of movies like "Kangaroo Jack" and "A Guy Thing," stuck in worn-out formulas from start to finish?Not really, but there's a different brand of annoyance in "The Guru," the kind of comedy that aims at "edginess"...
Powell's Iraq Pitch a Key to UN Unity ; Presentation by US Next Wednesday Could Help Sway a Wary Security Council
When the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution last November giving Iraq a last chance to come clean on all of its weapons programs, much of the credit for bringing everyone on board went to Secretary of State Colin Powell.Now...
Prayer When You're in a Bind ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
In the roaring 1980s I was a salesman for an elite Wall Street firm. Every day was pressure-filled, especially for someone new like me.One day, I bought a big block of securities from my biggest account. A little later, the company called again with...
Reporters on the Job
* AIDS IN AFRICA: There's a saying in Africa that life and death are always much closer to one there than elsewhere. The Monitor's Danna Harman says that the maxim literally proved true during a tour of a hospital in Ethiopia earlier this week. She visited...
Reserve Call-Ups Deplete Police, Fire Departments
These are a different breed of soldier.They are drawn from small-town police departments and big-city hospitals, from emergency medical crews and deputies guarding county jails, from the rank and file and the top brass of agencies charged with keeping...
Sign Up for 'Recruit' at Your Own Risk
Nothing is what it seems," says CIA spymaster Al Pacino, and that's a good way to start a movie."The Recruit" is chock-full of spies, spooks, moles, snoops, and trainees so sneaky their own classmates have trouble figuring out whose side they're on.In...
Technology and Democracy Are a Potent Mix in S. Korea ; Web-Based News Sites Are Increasingly Shaping Public Opinion and Policy
The marriage of a fledgling democracy and broadband technology has spawned a precocious new media child in South Korea that would have been unimaginable 15 years ago.In an exhilarating two months, Web-based journalists have swung a presidential election,...
The Heart of the Gypsies Beats to Staccato Feet ; Celebrated Spanish Dancers Sizzle on Stage in Flamenco Festival
The bare stage at Boston's Shubert Theatre is far from the caves of Andalusia, but that's where the two fiery Spanish troupes of Flamenco Festival USA began their tour last week, carrying enough heat to melt this winter's deep freeze.The two companies...
To Film the Impossible Film
Nobody knew if Terry Gilliam, world-class filmmaker and longtime member of the Monty Python comedy team, would show up at the Toronto Film Festival last fall.Most movie folks are eager to tout their newest effort at the prestigious venue, and Gilliam...
UConn's Storybook Basketball Season ; Saturday, UConn Will Try to Continue Its Winning Streak of 58 Games against the No. 1 Team, Duke
It's big-time college basketball. The stands are packed, sold out for the umpteenth time. A pair of TV commentators stand courtside, jovially previewing the game. Cheerleaders backflip, make pyramids, and toss tied-up T-shirts into the begging crowd....
US Risks Friends to War with Iraq
This is a fateful time for America, Iraq, and the world as the air is sucked out of the diplomacy balloon and all sides brace themselves for what looks inexorably like armed conflict.The Bush administration dismisses the idea of prolonged inspections...
Vouchers for Addicts
Treating drug addicts or alcoholics can be done in many ways, but success often comes simply by a change of heart - a sincere choice to be free of addiction - and sometimes by prayer.President Bush recognized that critical point in his State of the Union...
What's on TV ; SHOWS FOR FEB. 2-7
Sunday 2/2Good Fences (Showtime, 8-10 p.m.): Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover star in this bumpy comic drama about a 1970s lawyer and his family upwardly mobilizing themselves toward fame, fortune, and the state supreme court. Glover's conservative judge...