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 14, 2001

ABM Treaty out, Doubts In
By deciding to abandon the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, President Bush has launched the world into a whole new uncertainty over the role of nuclear weapons. At the height of the cold war, the ABM Treaty was an attempt to make sure these weapons...
'A Christmas Past' on DVD Serves Up Yuletide Treats
Charles Dickens inspired countless tale-tellers with his legendary "Christmas Carol" ghosts of yuletides past, present, and future. Friendly spirits of the cinematic variety are represented on a charming new DVD release called "A Christmas Past." At...
Be Prepared: Sudden Shifts in Climate Coming ; Data from Ancient Tree Rings and Ice Cores Suggest Earth May Soon Experience Intense Periods of Drought and Cold
SAN FRANCISCO If you're concerned about forecasts of long-term global warming, you might be worried about the wrong thing. The US National Academy of Sciences warns that sudden, unexpected climate change - on a scale that could cause widespread drought...
Bin Laden Proves Master of Elusion ; US Planes Blasted Al Qaeda Positions, as Pentagon Officials Said They Still Believe Bin Laden Is There
TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN Osama bin Laden's apparent ability to give the slip to Western military might and all its intelligence has become something of a legend in the White Mountains of Afghanistan. "Osama is a like a butterfly resting on a flower, and...
Bringing the 'Ring' Legend to the Screen
Many are calling it "Hollywood's biggest gamble" because director Peter Jackson shot three gigantic films at once. "The Lord of the Rings," the classic fantasy trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is finally getting a big-budget cinematic treatment. A...
Hallelujah! It's 'Messiah' Time
The singing of Handel's "Messiah" is not to be attempted without preparation worthy of a triathlete. I learned this in rude fashion a few years ago when I innocently joined in one of those popular "Messiah" singalongs. "Come on, it'll be fun," said friends...
He Loved the Lusciousness of Paint
Among the Abstract Expressionists who reinvented American painting in the 1940s and '50s were Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and, almost forgotten, William G. Congdon (1912-1998). The rebellious scion of a wealthy Yankee family, Congdon moved into a cold-water...
Help Afghanistan Exploit Its Riches
Afghanistan is a striking country - but not just because its people are among the poorest in the world, with a crushing child- mortality rate and a largely illiterate population. The country also boasts a spectacular physical landscape, beneath which...
Hollywood's Dark Days ; A New Movie Recalls Era When Suspicion and Betrayal Reigned
The Majestic," which stars Jim Carrey and opens Dec. 21, is the first major Hollywood film in a decade to directly touch on one of the most sensitive eras in Hollywood history: blacklisting. "I'm amazed that there are so few movies that deal with the...
Houston Falters, Yet Oil Is Not to Blame ; Its Economy Souring and Enron Failing, the City Is Nonetheless Poised to Rebound
HOUSTON The headlines in recent months have been as stinging as this bayou city's mosquito population. Compaq to cut 8,000 jobs in merger with Hewlett-Packard. Continental lays off 12,000 employees after terrorist attacks. Enron declares bankruptcy,...
How School Testing Affects Mather Elementary
At first glance, Maureen McCann's classroom looks like a cauldron of creativity. Homemade posters cover the walls and papier mache globes hang from every fluorescent light fixture. On this day, she even lets her kids have a pizza party and watch "Tuck...
Israelis Press for Post-Arafat Era ; Calling Palestinian 'Irrelevant,' Israel Extends Military Activities
JERUSALEM Israel's government seems more intent than ever on sidelining Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, placing its hopes in the unlikely emergence of a leadership more amenable to Israeli interests. Early yesterday, the Israeli government...
'Kandahar' Illuminates a Troubled Region
'Kandahar" isn't a catchy title, and when the movie premiered at the Cannes film festival last spring, most Americans barely recognized it as the name of a city in Afghanistan, at that time a land that rarely grabbed headlines. Critics dutifully went...
Let's Meet for Tea, at 3 O'clock - in the Morning ; Saudis Drastically Alter Their Daily Schedules during Ramadan, Islam's Holiest Month
'Meet me at 11," the businesswoman said, so I arrived five minutes early. An hour later, I was still there, the only person in the hotel lobby apart from a cleaner nudging his broom across the marble expanse like a reluctant dance partner. I phoned her...
New Swaggerless Miami Back on Top
Listen to the big talk in college football. You can hear it from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, surprise winners of the BCS championship game lottery, desperately trying to act like they belong in the Rose Bowl. Coach Frank Solich, with a straight face, said...
'Political Windstorm Shakes Oregon!'
I'm glad my city appears to have survived the political storm that blew through the area during the past few weeks. Things were getting pretty windy as commentators around the country unleashed a hurricane of criticism about our alleged lack of cooperation...
Real Mainers and the Hollywood Kind
At Christmastime, somebody said he heard a Santy Claus down south greet a hopeful child with, "Hi there! How ya doin'?" Santy does, they tell me, get around, but a saltwater Down-East Yankee Kris Kringle in Dixie calls for thought. "How ya doin'?" is...
So Far, US Probe into Sept. 11 Yields One Big Catch and Many Small Fish
Zacarias Moussaoui's indictment this week for conspiracy to commit murder is the first big catch in the post-Sept. 11 dragnet of Middle Eastern men, but other indictments handed down so far link no one else directly to any terrorist plot. That's not...
Specials Explore Bible, Prayer and Healing ; Archaeologists Find Evidence of Old Testament World; Medicine Meets Spiritual Means
Controversy over the Bible runs rampant. For a while, a small group of scholars calling themselves the Jesus Seminar won sensational headlines from magazines. That group (though some are highly respected scholars) claims little of the New Testament can...
The 'Sources and Methods' Mantra
In the intelligence community, the phrase "sources and methods" is holy writ. It has to do with not disclosing what you know for fear of revealing how you know it. It is a matter of not tipping off a target that you have bugged a telephone, broken a...
Tribunals on Trial ; Fragile Freedoms / Part 2 of 3
On a foggy predawn morning in June 1942, a German U-boat surfaced just off the beach at Amagansett, Long Island. Four young men armed with explosives, timers, detonators, and thousands in 50-dollar bills were ferried on a rubber raft through the churning...
Trying Al Qaeda: US vs. Europe ; Videotape Aired Yesterday Bolsters Case on Bin Laden
If Osama bin Laden wants to escape death, he has one sure fire route to safety: find his way to Europe and hand himself in. No European country applies the death penalty, and none will extradite suspects to a country, such as the United States, where...
US Arms Move Could Spark Political Fallout for Putin ; Bush Told Russia Yesterday That the US Will Withdraw from the 1972 ABM Treaty
President George W. Bush's decision to withdraw from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile treaty, announced yesterday, will deal a severe blow to his new friend Vladimir Putin, Russian experts say. Russia has long opposed any modification of the treaty, which...
What I Carried, Carried Me
We were above the clouds, more than 12,000 feet up Mt. Kilimanjaro. My climbing partner and I had come from Michigan to attempt the ascent. To understand the nature of our endeavor, you should know that Kilimanjaro is one of the highest freestanding...