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 November 21, 2003

A Turning Point in the Iraqi Mess?
Historians looking back upon the American experience in Iraq may well consider the events of the first half of November to have been critical in determining the success or failure of Operation Iraqi Freedom.In that time, scores of Americans and their...
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'Barfly' Meets 'Casablanca' in Mideast Film
Director Eitan Gorlin is fond of the Jewish saying that everything in Judaism can be understood on 70 levels. And it shows in his debut film, "The Holy Land," which opens in Boston Friday." 'The Holy Land' is, on the outside, a simple coming-of-age story,...
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Blasts in Turkey Trace New Pattern ; Two Bombings Thursday Hit British Targets and Killed at Least 27 People
Two bombs ruptured busy districts of Turkey's biggest city Thursday, killing at least 26 people - including Britain's most senior official here - and wounding about 450. The nearly simultaneous attacks targeted symbols of the United Kingdom, the country...
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China Issues Mild but Clear Warning on Taiwan ; Beijing Warns 'Force May Be Unavoidable' If Taiwan Furthers Independence Moves
Looking seaward through a mist on the Xiamen coastline one can just make out the shape of Taiwanese territory, the Jinmen Islands. Here, the proximity of Taiwan, China's main object of desire, is palpable. Fishermen from Jinmen often ply their boats...
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Courts and Same-Sex Marriages
In a close 4-to-3 decision allowing same-sex marriages, the Massachusetts high court has touched off a national debate over whether other states must eventually honor the marriage license of any gay couple from the Bay State.The debate is likely to focus...
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Director Uses His New Film to 'Repair the Past'
The premiere of Denys Arcand's surprisingly upbeat new film, "Barbarian Invasions," at the Cannes Film Festival in France this year wrenched equal parts tears and laughter from its audience.The film is about a reconciliation between a father and his...
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Egypt's Leader Stumbles; People Ask, 'Who's Next?'
For 45 minutes on Wednesday, Egyptians weren't sure they still had a leader.During the live broadcast of the annual state of the nation speech opening the new parliamentary session, a weak-voiced President Hosni Mubarak suddenly began coughing into a...
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Gay Marriage: An Issue That Divides the Faithful
America's deeply rooted religious convictions are coming to the fore on the most contentious issue to face the country since abortion.The debate over homosexuality, which has long stirred anguish within some denominations, now shifts to society as a...
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Get Your Official 'Bootleg' Here! ; New Technology Makes It Possible for Concertgoers to Get a Live CD before the Band Has Even Packed Up Its Gear
For more than a century, concertgoers have gone to extraordinary lengths to record live music.The world's first "bootlegger," Lionel Mapelson, was no exception: He preferred opera live and without a safety net. In 1901, the librarian of New York's Metropolitan...
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'Grams' Is Worth Its Weight in Gold
"21 Grams" confirms the promise shown by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in his 2000 debut, the Oscar-nominated "Amores Perros."Here again are the intricate plot structure, the heartfelt acting from an expertly chosen cast - Sean Penn,...
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In Russia, a Field of Candidates with Big Dreams ; as the Dec. 7 Parliamentary Vote Nears, Contenders Battle Voter Apathy and Funding Shortfalls to Get Their Message Out
If grand ambitions were votes, the 4,500 candidates battling for seats in Russia's lower house, or Duma, couldn't be more evenly matched, as they set out to change the world.They nurse dreams of reviving Russia's prestige in the world, of turning the...
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JFK Assassination: Its Evolving Hold on the National Psyche
Seventh-graders Samantha Block and Julia Ferguson have spent the past few weeks watching videos on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They've written poems on their feelings about the day that shook their hometown - and the nation - 40 years ago;...
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Letters
Opposing views on same-sex marriageRegarding your Nov. 19 article "Landmark ruling on gay marriage": There is simply no evidence that the primary purpose of marriage has evolved to include gays and lesbians. What has evolved is the desire of some same-sex...
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Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESActs of Worship (Not rated)Director: Rosemary Rodriguez. With Ana Reeder, Michael Hyatt, Christopher Kadish, Nestor Rodriguez. (94 min)Sterritt *** A young woman copes with drug addiction and related problems on unsparing urban streets. Rodriguez...
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Music Trend: Video Games Thrill the Radio Star ; in an Effort to Grab Young Ears, Music Industry Uses Games to Launch Bands
Perfect marriages in the music world usually involve attractive country-and-western singers or MTV-groomed pop stars. But one of the best unions in the business right now isn't likely to attract the paparazzi - unless they have PlayStation.Video games...
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New York Buzz: Memorializing 9/11 ; Designs Unveiled This Week Aim to Capture Emotional Response to Terror Tragedy
New York is moving closer to resolving one of its most heartfelt yet contentious issues: the design for the memorial to the 9/11 victims.The eight finalists, participants in a global competition, are all concepts that incorporate powerful symbols - light,...
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Oui, Adults Can Enjoy Animation ; Inventive 'Triplets' Turns Tour De France into Tour De Force
Animated features are almost always aimed at children - with a handful of grownup jokes to keep adults from feeling completely forgotten."The Triplets of Belleville" breaks this mold, along with every other mold you can think of. Children may enjoy it,...
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'Phase Shift' in Terror's War on West
Al Qaeda may have a new twist in its strategy: bomb attacks designed to blow up alliances as well as buildings.Thursday's sobering truck explosions in Istanbul were but the latest in a series of strikes aimed at US allies in the war on terror.This doesn't...
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Practice, Persistence, Perseverance ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
One Sunday afternoon earlier this month, soft light poured through the stained glass windows of Trinity Church at the heart of Boston's Back Bay. John Rutter's "Requiem" filled the air, and an almost palpable peace settled across the choir stalls and...
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Reporters on the Job
* Protest with a Carnival Touch: London protests take on a surreal edge these days, reports correspondent Mark Rice-Oxley (this page). The tendency for fancy dress, face masks, imaginative placards and ironic "happenings" brings a flavor of the burlesque...
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Roberts Shines in an Evening of Improv
"You can swing anywhere," said acclaimed pianist Marcus Roberts as he introduced an original composition, "Any Time, Any Place," at a recent performance with the Florida State University Jazz Ensemble. That means "at your house, at school," even "at...
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Seniors' Old Friend Turns Foe, for Some ; Many Retirees Criticize the AARP on Medicare - a Sign That the Advocacy Group's Clout Is under New Scrutiny
Senior citizens in the cavernous Senate Caucus Room - once the scene of hearings on the sinking of the Titanic - this week heartily booed the organization that is arguably the flagship in Washington's fleet of powerful lobbying groups.The meeting, while...
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Sniper Case Revisits Juvenile Death Penalty ; the Trial of Lee Boyd Malvo Comes as Opponents of Capital Punishment for Teens Appear to Be Gaining Ground
Proponents of the juvenile death penalty have a new three-word pitch for why capital punishment should not be abolished for 16- and 17-year-olds: "Lee Boyd Malvo."If there ever was a crime that deserves punishment by death, capital punishment supporters...
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So Much for Dr. Seuss ; Frenetic 'Cat' Bears Little Resemblance to Beloved Book
There's really only one question you need to answer about the new "Cat in the Hat" movie. D'ya like Mike Myers, laddie? Because that's what this film is about: his schtick as seen in the "Austin Powers" and "Wayne's World" flicks.It's only passingly...
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Terror Upstages Bush-Blair Visit ; the President and Prime Minister Vow to Remain Steadfast after Al Qaeda Hit British Targets in Istanbul
Terrorist attacks in Istanbul Thursday completely upstaged President Bush's state visit to London, serving as a chilling reminder to his hosts that Britain is a prime target of terrorists.Protesters gathering in the tens of thousands Thursday to vent...
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The Cars of Happiest Memory Are the First
I can go for weeks without bumping into the electricity man. And then our paths will cross three or four times in a row. He is always walking his two King Charleses; I am walking our two breed- unspecifieds.We call him "the electricity man." He has in...
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The Judge on the Front Lines of Culture War ; Massachusetts' Top Justice Made History, and Drew Fury, with Tuesday's Ruling on Gay Marriage
Margaret Marshall likes to say she's lived through two revolutions - the overthrow of apartheid in her native South Africa and the advancement of women in the US. Now the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is on the forefront of...
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The Kennedy Legacy
According to the latest Census, a majority of Americans - 57.5 percent, to be exact - are under 40 years of age. Thus, most Americans have no personal memory of that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated. For this generation,...
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The Very First Thanksgiving Had Lobster and No Indians ; Second in a Series of 10 Previously Unpublished Essays by the Late John Gould. the First Column Appeared Nov. 14 and Is Available At: WWW.Csmonitor.Com/gould
In 1603, King Henry IV of France issued a patent to a gentleman known as the Sieur de Monts for that part of North America known already to the French as "Acadia."It was a Micmac Indian word meaning "homeland." The patent to de Monts was for land between...
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Tuning In
Saturday, Nov. 22Eloise at Christmastime (ABC, 8-10 p.m.): Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva are back as Nanny and the worst behaved goodhearted 6- year-old on the planet. This outing features a much better script and better acting on the part of little...
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USA
Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Miami outside the building where talks were taking place to create a free trade zone for North and South America. Negotiators approved a draft text Wednesday of an agreement to create a 34-nation Free Trade Area...
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US-Brazilian Pact Breathes New Life into Trade - for Now ; Negotiations Are under Way in Miami over a Comprehensive Free-Trade Agreement for the Western Hemisphere
Following September's collapse of global trade talks in Cancun, Mexico, hopes for a comprehensive hemispheric trade deal seemed all but dashed. The United States and a coalition of developing nations led by Brazil blamed each other for the debacle, and...
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Why Some Greens Favor Energy Bill
Tucked away inside the mammoth Energy Policy Act of 2003 - all 1,148 pages of it - lies a tiny provision: a $125 million federal loan to retrofit an idle "clean coal" power plant, converting it into a conventional coal utility.It's not big as electric...
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Why TV's 'Coupling' Failed
Sorry for the delay in writing; I've been trying to create a personal theology based entirely around the new fall season. Why is it that some good shows are cruelly cut down before their time ("Skin," "The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.") while others,...
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World
Truck bombs exploded outside the British Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and the high-rise offices of London-based HSBC bank, killing at least 26 people, injuring more than 400 others, and littering streets with debris. British Consul General Roger Short...
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