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 23, 2003

007 Is Cool, but Overrated ; Spies Don't Win Wars - Soldiers Do
Many years ago, I found an interesting series of intelligence reports in the files of Sir Douglas Haig, the British commander in the First World War. General Haig was interested in the condition of the German soldiers, so his intelligence officer provided...
A Faith in Others vs. Security
My running buddy and I were just finishing our cool-down stroll when the man caught my eye. He was dressed like part of a construction crew - faded denim jeans, thick, stained jacket - only it was a Sunday evening, so he had no reason to be at the building...
A Look at the National Book Awards Nominees/ Fiction
Last year's fiction nominees inspired a collective yawn, but this time around the National Book judges have sent up a fantastic list to read and debate. Novelist Walter Mosley will host the $1,000-per- plate awards dinner on Nov. 19 in Times Square....
A New Mideast Victim - Fulbright Grants
One of the best lectures about America I ever heard was a talk that Fulbright scholar Laura Kalman gave to my law students at Tel Aviv University in 2001. In one hour Professor Kalman, a legal historian from the University of California, Santa Barbara,...
A Piano Lesson and the Music of Our Lives ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and our son will be playing and singing in a number of concerts this year. I'm looking forward to this festive season, but that wasn't always so. I had to learn to listen for the right notes and not to criticize...
A Split Infinitive Is Just the Beginning ; American English Continues Its Long Descent
"Doing Our Own Thing" is a book about the state of the English language in modern America, and John McWhorter, a professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, is not happy.Consider this: On the field of the Battle of Gettysburg,...
Burundi Peace in African Hands ; Last Week, the African Union Deployed Its First Peacekeeping Force, Aimed at Ending a 10-Year Civil War
As a cool breeze softens the fierce sun, Cpl. Lilo Africa stands at Tango Station and looks down over fields of ibijumpu, or sweet potato, and out across a land in turmoil. For almost 10 years now, this tiny nation squeezed between Rwanda, Tanzania,...
Can a Building Make L.A.'S Heart Sing?
It looks like an exploding metal artichoke. Some claim it will be - at long last - this city's plush club car to international cachet. Others quietly fear its tin-plate "starchitecture" will remain a tourist novelty and not ignite the downtown cultural...
Democrats Forge New Paths in Primary Race ; Candidates Have Gone Online, and beyond Iowa, in Moves That Spread Electoral Clout
This year's Democratic presidential candidates are mapping out very different routes to the White House than the established path of previous cycles, adding to the unpredictability of the race, and giving a host of new states - and new constituencies...
Dutch Parliament Wallows in Royal Scandals ; A Unique Relationship between the Monarchy and Parliament Makes Fitness to Rule a Source of Public Debate
One wonders what Dutch Queen Beatrix might have been thinking over the past years, as she watched her British royal cousins involved in endless humiliating scandals.Her crown must have nearly slipped off her head as she shook it in disbelief. But these...
Guantanamo Probe Stirs Wider Security Concerns ; Arrests of Base Workers Lead to Reexamination of Islamic Ties in Military Bases and Prisons
The investigation into security breaches at the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison has not yet turned up evidence of a coordinated Al Qaeda penetration of the heavily guarded Cuban camp.One of the three people recently arrested for alleged suspicious...
Indigenous People Power
The street protests by the indigenous people of Bolivia that drove President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado from office last week have deep historical roots. The same history could bring more unrest in Latin America - and damage US interests - unless officials...
Israel Defiant in Wake of UN Vote against Barrier ; A 144 to 4 Approval of the Measure Tuesday Signals Widespread Condemnation of the Wall
Bulldozers at work on Israel's security barrier ground their way over the Jerusalem hills Wednesday, a loud and dusty show of defiance against a UN vote condemning the barrier's construction."The fence will continue being built and we will go on taking...
Letters
Klamath Basin deal sets bad eco-precedentRegarding your Oct. 20 article "Cowboys, Indians, and land: an old saga's new twist": The recent proposal to take national forest lands that belong to all Americans, including Indians, and give it to the exclusive...
Pay No Attention to the Poet Behind That Mask ; A Case of Literary Fraud Leads a Young Editor to the Edge of Fame - and Madness
In book after book, Peter Carey has proven that he's incapable of writing a dull page. He's a literary Robin Hood, stealing from rich moments of history or literature and giving to poor readers. The brazenness of his recent projects makes their success...
Picasso Portrait Series Shows How Cubism Evolved
To see this series of Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso is to witness the re-creation of the birth of one of modern art's most significant movements.This compact, in-depth exhibition of portraits of Fernande Olivier - assembled for the first time in...
Reporters on the Job
* BAGHDAD TRAFFIC: As life returns to normal, reporter Dan Murphy says, the traffic in Baghdad builds. Of course, blocked bridges as well as police and military checkpoints also make travel around the city difficult. But yesterday traffic was light after...
Reversal in Momentum of N. Ireland Peace Process ; Protestant Unionists Suspicious of IRA Promises to Disarm
A carefully choreographed effort to revive Northern Ireland's stalled peace process fell dramatically out of kilter Tuesday night, despite the biggest act of disarmament ever by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).A series of initiatives aimed at getting...
Should US Draw Down Troops in Iraq? ; Pentagon Plans a Pull Back Next Year, but Questions Rise about Its Impact on Security
In what could prove a critical period for the postwar occupation, most of the 130,000 US troops now in Iraq are scheduled to rotate out over roughly four months starting in January 2004. Most will be replaced by other US troops, but in an effort to draw...
Supersonic Swan Song ; Friday, Concorde Makes Its Last Commercial Flight. Its Demise - and the Failure of Other Similar Planes - Suggests That despite Our Go- Go Age, We Have Shelved Supersonic Travel for Now
Steven Isilvia sits on a sea wall in Revere, Mass. Boston's Logan International Airport lies about three miles to the south, and this gray-haired son of Portuguese immigrants has planted himself beneath a frequent flight path for commercial jets inbound...
The Dots That Dashed across Time ; Samuel Morse Wanted to Paint, but His Telegraph Changed the World
On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse telegraphed a short message from the chamber of the United States Supreme Court to a colleague in Baltimore. "What hath God wrought!" he tapped out. Morse's colleague replied immediately, demonstrating to all assembled...
The Impact, and Limits, of Abortion Bill ; Passed by the Senate, a 'Partial-Birth' Ban May Satisfy Conservatives - Yet Still Be Struck Down
For the first time since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, the president of the United States is on the verge of signing legislation outlawing a type of abortion.The chances that the law banning so-called "partial birth abortions," passed...
Three Generations of Plastic-Bag Ladies
My mother is a bag lady and proud of it. In her kitchen pantry are all the plastic bags that she's hoarded from her past 400 or so shopping trips."Those are too good to throw away," declares this super thrifter.Mom stuffs some of the bags into a homemade...
To Save a Fast Cat, Start Counting ; Researchers Launch the First Census of Cheetahs in South Africa to Keep Poachers at Bay
High above a dusty landscape dotted with thorn trees, Deon Cilliers maneuvers an ultralight aircraft, searching for the radio signals of two young male wild cheetahs. Earlier this morning, the duo killed and then devoured an ostrich, so now they are...
Tourism Industry Ups Pressure to Lift Cuba Travel Ban
Cubans have become accustomed to foreign tourists in recent years, but the procession of vintage Chevrolets and cute Cuban coco- taxis ferried an unusual group along the Malecon seafront last weekend.Three dozen US travel executives, the first American...
Weather-Wise, Alaska Was a Lot Easier
So, how about this weather? Where I live, in St. Louis, it's been completely remarkable. Two weeks ago it was so hot and humid you could hardly breathe, and last night there was a frost. Remarkable.I can hear the guy's voice from the nature shows: "The...
Why Sharon Is Wailing
In recent days, Israel's prime minister has attacked more than militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He's also on a warpath against ideas in a "model" peace plan put together by two former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.Known as the Geneva...
World Aid for Iraq Falling Short ; A Conference in Madrid Thursday Is Expected to Raise $30 Billion for Iraq
If all goes according to plan, the international donors' conference for Iraq that begins in Madrid Thursday should end with roughly $30 billion pledged to rebuild a country devastated by war and mismanagement. The US-led coalition expects another $11.1...