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 December 11, 2002

A Faulknerian Tale of Love, Betrayal - and Forgiveness
AS the October sun pierced the lead-glass windows of the Methodist church here, pastor David Banks finished his sermon and called on one of his congregants, who wanted to make a public confession of sin.The act of contrition that followed was rare even...
Afghan Refugees Strain Kabul ; Pakistan Says Another 1.8 Million Refugees Will Be Returned to Afghanistan within Three Years
A cluster of 15 refugee families left their camp in Pakistan six months ago and arrived in Afghanistan homeless. In Karta i-Seh, a southwest Kabul neighborhood so shattered the houses look like sandcastles wrecked by a violent tide, they found a skeleton...
Beyond Blocks and Monopoly ; This Holiday Season, Take the Guesswork out of Buying the Best Toys
The holiday season used to be simpler: Between Tinker Toys and dolls, parents had a narrow range of options from which to choose.Today, with many more toys on the market, parents - and grandparents - can find themselves overwhelmed when it comes time...
Federal Work Culture Set for Makeover ; Creation of the Homeland-Security Agency Paves Way for Big Shifts in Pay, Recruiting
Much of the speculation on the new Department of Homeland Security has focused on how 170,000 people from 22 agencies will fit into a new organization chart.But as these plans take shape, lawmakers and other officials close to the project say the biggest...
Giving Needy Children the Gift of Reading
THE GIFT OF READING is a priceless treasure most of ustake for granted.As children, wegrew up in homes with books. Our parents read to us, and we watched as they read newspapers and books for their own enjoyment. Later, as parents ourselves, we passed...
Holiday Plans for One ; When Going Home Is like Playing '20 Questions,' Singles Tackle the Holidays with a Fresh Spin
"Are you dating anyone? Why not?" "When will we ever become grandparents?"Nothing like cutting to the chase. It may be only a matter of seconds after walking through the door for the holiday homecoming before the personal questions start to fly. For...
Hot off the Shelf, Cookbooks to Devour
One morning about 20 years ago, I was awakened by a screaming smoke alarm. I called upstairs and asked the young woman who was renting a spare bedroom if everything was all right. She appeared through a billow of smoke and calmly informed me that all...
How Can the US Not Act on Iraq?
The minuet goes on. The Iraqis proclaim they have no weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration believes this is preposterous and untrue.How this charade will be played out by the diplomats remains to be seen. But behind the diplomatic maneuvering,...
In Water Transfer, Farmers vs. Sprawl
It would be the largest farm-to-city water transfer in US history.And in a state that is both the nation's most populous and its most agriculturally productive, the controversial plan goes to the core of California's identity. The farm-rich Imperial...
Is Cross Burning a Form of Free Speech? ; High Court Hears Arguments in Two Cases That Test the Limits of First Amendment
Few symbols carry such a clear and terrifying message as the sight of a burning cross on someone's front lawn.For most of the past century, the Ku Klux Klan, in particular, has used the flaming cross both as a symbol of white supremacy and as a terror...
It's That Tree Time of the Year
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree, like a crackling fire on a brisk evening, adds magical warmth and welcome to the home.Whether you prefer a cut tree or a live one that can be planted outdoors after the holidays, here are a few tips to help you...
Key Factor: Iraqi Scientists ; US Dampens Expectations of 'Smoking Gun' on Iraq Weapons and Urges Access to Scientists
The truth about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) may not lie hidden in the Iraqi desert. Nor is it likely to turn up at previously targeted sites like presidential palaces or toothpaste factories.UN weapons inspectors Tuesday expanded the scope...
Letters
The cost of Israel is more than monetaryRegarding the Dec. 9 "Economic Scene" column "Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US" (Work&Money): If Americans were not constantly subjected to a veritable blitzkreig of pro-Israel propaganda by mainstream...
Loneliness - and Finding Love ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
No time conjures up images of families sharing love and togetherness quite the way the Christmas season does. Advertisements capitalize on this season of family unity. Everywhere you look, happy families or couples share gift-giving and craft-making,...
NYC Is as Curt - and Courteous - as Ever
As dusk set in, a well-dressed fat man with lizard green eyes and gelled hair walked past me on my street, looked me straight in the face, and said:"Crack, cocaine, Ecstasy?"Yes, I live in New York City.No, I am not accustomed to this.This instance occurred...
Packets of Goodwill Arrive from Unexpected Quarters
The parcel slip is tucked against the front door of my cottage, a white ticket against the green iron panes."Please call at Counter No. X for a packet too large for private box/street delivery - Zimbabwe Posts and Telecommunications Corporation."I've...
Reinventing California
Long ago seen as America's frontier, California has had two cases this year in which to face a question of reshaping its landscape.The latest case involves a Dec. 31 deadline for southern California's largest water districts to reduce their water usage...
Reporters on the Job
* TRUE MOTIVES: Reporter Arie Farnam decided that the best way to illustrate today's story about controversy over European Union agricultural policy (page 7), was to find two farmers who live on opposite sides of a border separating a current EU member...
Save Colleges from the Pitfalls of Corporate Greed
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on the salaries of presidents of private colleges. The survey - quickly picked up by the mainstream press - showed that about a dozen presidents of private colleges made $500,000 annually in 2000, and...
Security, Commerce Vie on US-Canada Border ; A Plan to Register All Non-Americans Entering the US from Canada May Challenge Balance of Trade versus Safety
There are many ways to judge the fluidity of traffic across the US-Canada border, but one of the best is business at Perani's Hockey World in this community just across the river from Detroit.About 80 percent of the store's sales come from American players...
Two Farmers, One Europe, Yet Worlds Apart ; EU Expansion Fires Debate over Agriculture
Just four miles separate the farms of Austrian Friedrich Gabler and Czech Jan Vasa, but they have never met.Twelve years after the Iron Curtain fell, the Austro-Czech border, which cuts through the hills between their farms, remains the dividing line...
When the Clock Strikes Midnight
At our Thanksgiving table this year, there were two couples and six unmarrieds. After dinner, the conversation turned to the subject of singles and surviving the holidays. (See story.) We all agreed that New Year's Eve was the roughest."That's a romantic...