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 June 28, 2000

An Intimidating Ordeal for East Timor Refugees ; Refugees in West Timor Camps Face June 30 Deadline to Decide Whether to Stay in Indonesia or Return to East Timor
They fled only to become refugees. Now they almost live here as inmates. In the camps that dot the countryside of this impoverished Indonesian province, about 100,000 refugees now live alongside the same militias who went on a killing and burning rampage...
A Radical Turn for Zimbabwe ; in a Weekend Vote, the Opposition Fell Short of a Majority, but Won Enough to Challenge the President
Nine months ago, the Movement for Democratic Change didn't exist.Ever since its humble debut as a coalition of labor unions and civil rights organizations last fall, the MDC has been politically - and physically - bullied. It's been denied access to...
Candidates Rarely Scratch Foreign Affairs Surface
If a debate on foreign policy should be a significant part of the current political campaigns, what should be its focus? A meaningful discussion of America's relations with the world may not be possible in the heat of presidential or congressional campaigns....
Do Adults Understand Young Teenagers' Needs?
As the mother of a 16-year-old son, Laura Sessions Stepp knows firsthand the complex facets of a teenager's world - the good, the bad, the funny, the sad. But not until she began traveling around the United States to interview 10-to-14-year-olds for...
Dutch Poised to Legalize Euthanasia ; Netherlands Law Would Go Furthest on Assisted Suicide; Also on Fall Ballot in Maine
Two years ago, Nelika Dumee's family gathered at her mother's home to share an event they had been discussing for a year: her mother's death by euthanasia. The older woman, who had been diagnosed as terminally ill, said "I want to have the honor to...
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YOU CAN TURN OFF THE METER A taxi driver on I-70 in Kansas almost had a sheriff's deputy convinced nothing was amiss. Yes, the cab was from California, but his passenger had negotiated a $2,500 fare from Los Angeles to Cincinnati. But then, the deputy...
From Evergreen State to Cybersociety ; in the Nation's Most Wired State, Washingtonians Find Even Mundane Tasks Are Now Digitized
Every workday morning, as millions of Americans commute to their jobs, a growing number of Seattleites are avoiding the traffic, George Jetson-style. While pouring their orange juice, they turn on their computers and call up www.smarttrek.com, a real-time...
Greater Than Genomes
It would be easy to celebrate the first decoding of the human genome. The discovery looks like life in its essence, a sort of DNA 'R Us. And this scientific wonder could be seen as a turning point for medicine, just as the printing press was for reading...
Great Lakes Debate: Where Did Water Go? ; Falling Water Levels Have Meant That Shippers Are Leaving Cargo Behind and Boaters Are Left High and Dry
Lifeguard Joshua Jadolon doesn't need a scientist to tell him the Great Lakes are receding. It's all in the sand, he explains. "Feel this sand," he says. "It's really rough." He lets it run through his stocky fingers. "The sand up there is really fine,"...
Hardware, the Old-Fashioned Way
My father is a firm believer that a good hardware store is good for the spirit. I couldn't agree more. There is something about the commingling of wood, metal, adhesives, and assorted doodads that reaffirms - in a world which can sometimes seem doubtful...
'Hey, Man, Can We Talk? ; the Ways We Socialize Change with Each Generation. Today, Friendships Often Get Squeezed out by Work and Family Obligations
When Paul Friesen finally closes the church around 10 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, groups of men linger in the parking lot talking together. Mr. Friesen, the director of men's ministry at Grace Chapel in suburban Lexington, Mass., sees such...
'Host a Party? You're Kidding. ; the Ways We Socialize Change with Each Generation. Today, Friendships Often Get Squeezed out by Work and Family Obligations
When Bettie Neubert McLane was a child, her mother would host huge bridge parties. At the time, Mrs. McLane says, she never thought of herself as a hostess in training. Something must have rubbed off, though, because today, decades later, she is known...
Kiev or Kyiv: Language an Issue in Ukraine ; How You Pronounce the Capital Is Becoming a Flash Point as Some Oppose Heavy Russian Influences
Angry crowds rampaged through the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early this month, trashing a Russian cafe and allegedly threatening Russian-speaking citizens on the streets. The riot was a reaction to the murder of a well-known local Ukrainian folk...
Militants Arrive to Fuel Unrest on Maluku Islands ; Indonesia's President Declared a State of Emergency June 26, as Christian- Muslim Fighting Escalated
A day after Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid declared a state of emergency in the strife-torn Maluku islands, paramilitaries continued to have the run of the major towns, and the hottest fighting of the year raged June 27 in the provincial capital...
Note to US Grizzlies: Avoid Canada
For the animals that have roamed the great wildlands of North America over millenniums, the 49th parallel holds no distinction. There's no barbed-wire fence, no major river to ford, no mountain to separate one side of this international divide from the...
Oil Shock Hurts Less in Info Age ; Contrary to Its SUV Image, the Economy Is Far More Fuel-Efficient Now Than in the '70S
Minus the disco beat and bushy sideburns, it's starting to look like the 1970s all over again. OPEC is riding high. American motorists feel gouged. And politicians have pushed oil back to center stage with proposals ranging from gas-tax relief to Al...
Our Mutual Friend
When I married, I thought my friendship troubles were over. No more moping around the apartment, waiting for someone to call. My best friend was now a live-in. As a couple, we would simply combine our lists of friends, and have twice as many. We'd double...
Putting Words in My Mouth
Who is that man walking along with his dog, muttering to himself? (The man, I mean, not the dog.) You can see him on the path by the motorway of a morning, his lips exercising themselves with peculiar energy, his facial expressions as changeable as...
Reimagining Latin American Democracy ; in Mexico and Colombia, Fair Elections Don't Guarantee Full Participation
Recent events in Mexico and Colombia have drawn attention to the importance of democracy. Democratic political competition may become a reality next week in Mexico, where opposition presidential candidate Vicente Fox is poised to unseat the 70-year rule...
Some Mexican Women Tell Candidates: 'No Wife, No Vote!'
Could the Mexican opposition's only real hope lose Mexico's presidential race because he is divorced and his four children are adopted? With challenger Vicente Fox and ruling party candidate Francisco Labastida in a statistical dead heat leading up...
Syria's New Assad No Sure Thing
What can the world expect from Syria's new president - 34-year- old Bashar al-Assad? Some Americans, excited by the transition, have expressed hopes that the new president will be a more pro-democracy leader, more flexible in his peace diplomacy with...
The Big Apple Has Gone to the Cows ; with Sculptures of Lizards in Orlando, Pigs in Cincinnati, and Cows in New York, US Has Become Livestock Nation
New York is not usually known as a cow town. But this summer, a veritable herd of fiberglass Holsteins has taken over the city. Cows painted in the cubist style of Piccow-sos, covered with delft tiles, or with "moo-biles," la Alexander Cow-lder, are...
The Frustrating Politics of Prosperity ; A Surplus Just Doesn't Motivate Voters like Recession, and Many Don't Credit Government with Good Times
Black ink is flowing like the Potomac in Washington - and the fiscal good times are perhaps rewriting the rules of presidential politics. Call it the prosperity paradox. It's been so long since Uncle Sam last ran a deficit that voters, for all practical...
The Girlfriend Connection ; the Ways We Socialize Change with Each Generation. Today, Friendships Often Get Squeezed out by Work and Family Obligations
Robert Louis Stevenson neatly summed up the value and rewards of friendship when he wrote, "A friend is a present you give to yourself." In the past decade, that kind of gift to oneself has become rarer for many women as careers and family obligations...
To Be Really Rich ; Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel
After just a few minutes with Elena, you sensed that she was really rich. You could see it in the way she treasured the world's great literary works. Or the way she got carried away with Beethoven symphonies. Or the way she had learned to paint, for...
To Date or Not to Date: That Is the Question
When I was in junior high, the slightest glance from the opposite sex made me want to become invisible. All that changed the night of my eighth-grade graduation party - the first such boy-girl event I had attended. There I met my first boyfriend, an...
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The landscape of Zimbabwean politics was dramatically altered this week. In a victory for the democratic process, a new opposition force was born. And it is a force that President Mugabe must reckon with. Indonesian officials are finally moving to stop...
USA
The Justice Department filed suit to block the proposed $129 billion merger of communication giants WorldCom and Sprint, on grounds it would increase prices for millions of consumers. The development came a day after the European Union's antitrust chief...
With Aunt Stina, Who Needs Air Conditioning?
My aunt Stina was as Southern as a Georgia peach - only sweeter. Picture a gracefully aged Marilyn Monroe sporting white capri pants, a pink polka-dot shirt, and sunglasses with circular frames wider than grapefruit halves. But what made her so Southern...
World
Despite the impending arrival of Secretary of State Albright in the region, Palestinian officials said the time isn't right for another meeting between their leader and Israeli Prime Minister Barak. Albright's visit, the second this month, is for the...