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 October 3, 2003

A Safer Way to Send Illegals Back to Mexico
Exhausted from stumbling around the desert for over a week and shaken by the first airplane ride of his life, Noe Asuna Felix is sitting on his haunches, trying to figure out what to do next.He's got less than $5 and knows no one in Nuevo Laredo, where...
Behold the Grandeur of a Single Perfect Leaf
At certain times of the year our yard was the most popular one in town - not for games of hide-and-seek or basketball, but for its trees. The fact of its popularity meant that some teacher had issued a directive to students, requesting a leaf collection....
Black Artists Who Defied Stereotypes ; Exhibits Chronicle Photographer Charles 'Teenie' Harris and Artist Romare Bearden
African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris aimed his camera at everyone from world-renowned jazz musicians to hard-hat wearing laborers. Visual artist Romare Bearden depicted similar subjects in his collages, paintings, and prints.Both focused...
California's Restless Dream ; How a Deep Deficit, Rising Taxes, Sunken Dotcoms, and a No-Limits Ethos Create a Recall State of Mind
In most states, Tom Brickley would be simply a concerned businessman, anxious over the state of the economy and vexed by a government that he sees as chronically detached from everyday life.In California, however, he is a revolutionary. With his buttoned-...
Can't Get No Satisfaction - from New Songs
Here's a pop-trivia quiz for you.Hum a track from the latest Paul McCartney album. Now name a Rolling Stones tune from the past five years. When's the next Pink Floyd disc coming out? (Clue: There isn't one.) What was the last Eric Clapton studio album...
China's Long Freedom March
With economic growth that defies gravity, China might seem like a thoroughly modern state whose stability rests on a bedrock of freedoms. Yet in a reminder of how far China has to go, the ruling Communist Party decided only this week to trust its subjects...
El Greco Enigma ; A New Met Exhibition Positions El Greco as Religiously Driven. but Many Art Historians Question His Motivations
The artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco (1541-1614), is perhaps more of an odd than an old master. For two centuries after his death, his work, which depicts dramatic religious themes, was disparaged. Critics termed the superheated...
God Bless Average Americans
Due to unexpected family obligations, I recently completed my first cross-country road trip. I, my spouse, and a 15-foot rental truck rumbled from Connecticut to Oregon in seven days.This is not an attempt to capture "the mood of America" or other similar...
Good Cop or Bad Cop? ; in 'Out of Time,' Denzel Washington Plays a Police Chief Who Investigates a Murder in Which All the Clues Point to Him
Denzel Washington built his stardom playing sympathetic characters, then won an Academy Award as a crooked cop in "Training Day," his first major bad-guy role.This suggests that an ideal part would allow Mr. Washington to occupy both sides of the moral...
Hard-Liners in Iran Soften Their Edges ; Battles between Conservatives and Reformers May Be Yielding a New Political Pragmatism
Iran's hard-line conservatives are smelling victory over the once- popular reform movement led by President Mohammad Khatami.The Khatami era has been marred by a political civil war - as violent sometimes as it has been full of hope - in which reformers...
Has US Military Been Infiltrated? ; Arrests of Three Men from Guantanamo Could Point to a New Risk to Security
The name of the US detention center for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - Camp X-Ray - has acquired a new meaning in recent days.Officials are now holding up the camp's operations to the light and scrutinizing them carefully for evidence of trouble...
How Economics May Reshape Green Policy ; Regulation of the Environment Benefits the Economy, Says a White House Report
Even though "economy" and "ecology" come from the same Greek root - "oikos," or "house" - reconciling the marketplace and nature has never been easy.One measures things in dollars and cents. The other sees the world more intangibly, sometimes ineffably.For...
In Iraq, a Scramble for Troops
In the next few weeks, the Pentagon has a tough and politically sensitive decision to make.If the Iraq coalition - mainly the United States and Britain - does not soon have firm commitments of enough international troops to make an additional division,...
In Secular Syria, an Islamic Revival ; A State with a History of Quashing Rebellious Islamic Groups Is Seeing an Upswing in Religious Faith
Turmoil in the Middle East and the sluggish pace of domestic political reform is fuelling an Islamic resurgence here.Although the regime is deeply hostile to extremist Islam, analysts and diplomats believe that Islamic groups could play an increasingly...
It's Great to Be a Cubs Fan ... Unless You're in Rome
I had one important question before planning to move my family to Rome for the year: Do the Chicago Cubs have a chance? Every Cub fan I knew said, "Follow your dream. Move to Italy." "But I have two dreams," I said. "Living in Italy and the Cubs winning...
Letters
West should back Syria's leaderRegarding your Sept. 30 article "As reform falters, Syrian elite tighten grip": Thank you for writing an article that truly reflects the situation in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad is popular among the Syrians. Unfortunately,...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESThe Event (R)Director: Thom Fitzgerald. With Olympia Dukakis, Parker Posey, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley. (110 min.)Sterritt ** Euthanasia is the subject of this offbeat drama about a policewoman (Posey) investigating a series of deaths in...
Newsreels of Years Gone By
Once upon a time, before movie patrons were insulted with 10 minutes of commercials before getting to the film they just paid 10 dollars to see, a theatre's pre-feature entertainments were actually entertaining. Newsreels warmed up the audiences with...
No Laughing Matter ; with Megahits like 'Frasier,' 'Raymond,' and 'Friends' Winding Down, Americans Are Wondering: Where Is the Next Culture-Changing Sitcom?
Howls of derision, pillows thrown at TV screens, even bashing of some big-ticket celebrities. The California recall election must be on, right?Actually, the target of this angst is not Arnold and his recall election counterparts, but the thing that's...
On the California Recall ; Adapted from an Article Published in the Christian Science Sentinel
Not since P.T. Barnum roared onto the scene have the words circus, suckers, and clowns been used so often. At least that's one conclusion from an informal survey of news stories on California's recall election.The crowd of characters running for governor...
Potemkin Elections
Voters in Russia's violence-racked Republic of Chechnya will go to the polls Sunday. But they won't be voting in a free and fair election - they'll be rubber-stamping Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand-picked candidate for president. That's hardly...
Reporters on the Job
* JOLTING REMINDER: With three years of experience reporting in South Asia, the Monitor's Scott Baldauf finds it hard to be shocked. In fact, in reporting Friday's story on boy soldiers in the war- torn area of Kashmir, it took a comment from his editor...
Rock around the Classroom ; Jack Black Gives the Performance of His Career in 'School of Rock.'
What's funny about "The School of Rock," the new comedy by director Richard Linklater and screenwriter Mike White?"What's funny," said star Jack Black after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, "is ... that improving, guiding, and taking kids to...
Seattle Ballet Leaps into Its New Home
Seattle is a city marked by institutions with landmark homes, from the Mariners' Safeco Field to the shiny, purple walls of the Experience Music Project, designed by Frank Gehry.So it's no wonder that the community is rejoicing once again about an architectural...
Skirting the Issue of Uniforms
There are many good reasons I could give for why I want my daughter to play field hockey. I could say that I want her to learn how to be a team player, to be well coordinated. Or that I think it's important for a 12-year-old girl to get physically tired,...
South African Wins Nobel Literature Prize
For a writer who hates publicity, J.M. Coetzee just got some very bad news. The white South African novelist won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature Thursday.The $1.3 million prize raises his already elevated stature to the highest ranks of literary...
Spy Feuds Raise Heat in Capital ; the Harsh Words on Exposing a Secret Agent Reflect Deep Splits over Intelligence Matters
Tensions created by troubles in Iraq have exploded into finger- pointing and high-level bickering in Washington.What's new about this week's struggles is that they are not entirely partisan. In Congress, key Republicans are causing as much trouble for...
Upsurge in Boys Drawn into Kashmir Conflict ; Some 600 Local Boys and Young Men Who Have Disappeared This Year Are Believed to Be with Pakistani-Based Militants
Early in the morning of July 18, when Sonaullah Dar and his friends headed to a nearby village for an all-day cricket tournament, they had no idea they were about to be recruited to join a militant group based in Pakistan.That, at least, is Mr. Dar's...
Ways to Burnish America's Image Abroad ; A New Report Joins Other Voices Calling for More Dialogue with Other Nations as Well as an Image Czar
The White House - and America in general - may get an overseas image czar as one result of fresh findings that foreign opinion of the US has slumped to dangerous lows.For more than a year, a string of private and government reports and independent polls...
What's on TV ; SHOWS FOR OCTOBER 4-10
Saturday 10/4L.A. Dragnet (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): This updated version of the frigid procedural drama is too real without ever bothering to touch or inform us. The producers promised to tell the real stories - from this week's episode about a brutal murder...