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 22, 2000

Art and Religion Can Speak with Authority, Too
LIFE IS A MIRACLE: AN ESSAY AGAINST MODERN SUPERSTITION By Wendell Berry Counterpoint 153 pp., $21 I sit in the shade of the trees of the land I was born in," says Wendell Berry in one of his poems. That land is Kentucky, and like Thomas Jefferson,...
Birthrates, Italian Style ; A Centuries-Long Look at the Incredibly Shrinking Family
Renaissance Times Maria, like most women living in the Renaissance era, is a mother. As in the paintings by the great masters of her generation, those representing her namesake, the Virgin Mother holding the infant Jesus of Nazareth, she seems always...
Children Find Hope Even among Savage Inequities
ORDINARY RESURRECTIONS: CHILDREN IN THE YEARS OF HOPE By Jonathan Kozol Crown 388 pp., $25 In New York's South Bronx, a seven-year-old boy named Elio could find many things to be sad about. He and his mother live in one of the poorest and most segregated...
China Threatens to Boost Nukes ; in Two Weeks, Washington Plans a Crucial Test of the Proposed $60 Billion Strategic Defense Umbrella
When US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets today and tomorrow with the Beijing leadership, she will not find a receptive audience for the proposed American missile defense system. If Washington proceeds with a $60 billion defense umbrella,...
College Student, Carpenter, and Lawmaker
In many ways, Jesse Laslovich is just like most college kids home for summer break. Last week, the Montana teenager helped his dad, Tony, install a sewer line for a new home. Tomorrow, he'll be pounding nails for his family's construction business....
Curbing the Traffic in People
The 58 illegal immigrants who perished in the back of a produce truck as it was ferried across the English Channel only hint at the volume of people smuggling in Europe and North America. This traffic in human beings has become a legal and humanitarian...
Educational Tests Worth Keeping
It's unusual to spend more than 10 minutes talking with the parents of a school-age child and not hear about testing. Next to smaller classes and safe schools, testing has become one of the most discussed education issues of the decade. Parents, teachers,...
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DUST THE KNICKKNACKS TOO For those who detest vacuuming, scientists at City University in Hong Kong may have the ideal solution. They've designed "robot maid," a contraption that can clean floors - even under the bed. But the scientists don't expect...
Everyman Takes It on the Chin - Again and Again
RAY IN REVERSE By Daniel Wallace Algonquin Books 225 pp., $21.95 THE BOOMER By Marty Asher Alfred A. Knopf 160 pp., $15 At first, I thought I was the only one, but over the past year, I've met others living with the same secret: We hated "American Beauty."...
Global Trade Rains on Indian Cultural Icon ; Would a Bengali Be a Babu without a Locally Made Brolly?
The start of the rains in India bring out umbrellas like desert flowers after a storm. And for 112 years, the Mahendra Dutta company has turned out the famous oversized black cotton umbrella that symbolizes the Bengali "babu" - the aspiring middle-class...
Got a Nuclear Crisis? Better Call NEST
Two years ago Darwin Morgan was at the movies with his wife when he got paged. The message: Come to the office right away. A typical pseudo-crisis of budgets or personnel? Not hardly. Mr. Morgan is a member of NEST, the Department of Energy's Nuclear...
Graduation Wisdom and Wit
Fred Rogers OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Norfolk, Va. A few weeks ago I was privileged to tape a part of the "Neighborhood" with four live elephants: three adults weighing several thousand pounds each and a baby who weighed 450 pounds. The man who oversees...
Greeks Debate Privacy Rights vs. Religious Identity ; Orthodox Leaders Held a Rally in Athens Last Night to Protest ID Card Changes
Greece is experiencing a profound identity crisis as it wrestles with what it means to be Greek, fundamental ties between church and state, and how Greek traditions fit in with the rest of Europe. The debate reached a higher pitch yesterday, when the...
How Many People Does It Take to Change the World ; with Six Billion People and Counting, Planet Earth Faces Crossroads on Coming to Terms with Population Growth
For most of the 50,000 years mankind has walked the earth, life was fragile and hard. Whenever humanity progressed, famine and epidemic seemed to push it back. War brought more misery. Then, in the last 500 years - a few ticks of the anthropological...
In This High-Profile Race, No Stone Goes Unturned ; Charges of Financial Impropriety Could Tarnish Rick Lazio's Squeaky- Clean Image
Only a week ago, Republican senatorial candidate Rep. Rick Lazio was assuring radio personality Don Imus that he had no skeletons in his closet. "I've never invested in a single cattle futures in my life," quipped Mr. Lazio, in a reference to Hillary...
I Plunge into Plumbing
My eyes welled up when the leak stopped welling up around the bathroom faucet. Apart from living creatures, nothing gets to me like plumbing. For several decades I've been haunted by the time I was the house guest of a newly married couple and tried...
Key Issue at Waco Trial: Were Federal Agents Negligent? ; A Lawsuit Stemming from the '93 Standoff with Branch Davidians Is under Way. Blame Will Be Hard to Assign
It took but a few moments in April 1993 for a fire at the Branch Davidian residence to spread into a blazing deathtrap for nearly 80 men, women, and children inside. But it has taken more than seven years for a multimillion-dollar wrongful-death suit...
Murder Sparks a Clash of Values in This Amish Whodoneit
PLAIN TRUTH By Jodi Picoult Pocket Books 405 pp., $24.95 Dairy cows and criminal defense attorneys don't usually share office space in truth or fiction. But they do in Jodi Picoult's newest novel, "Plain Truth." Her seventh book in as many years crosses...
Paradise Lost and Found in Three Old Panels
LEAP By Terry Tempest Williams Pantheon Books 330 pp., $25 The 15th-century Flemish masterpiece "The Garden of Delights," by Hieronymus Bosch, is arguably one of the most extraordinary and puzzling paintings in the annals of art history. Created by...
Pardon Me, Was I Speaking French?
Chaise lounge That comfortable chair you sit in by the pool or in the backyard is actually a misnomer. The French call it a "chaise longue," meaning literally "long chair," which is the original term. But when the word was exported to English-speaking...
Reasons for Trouble in Central Park
Thank you for your June 19 article, "Central Park attacks on women - is MTV to blame?" This is a good question to ask. MTV, Black Entertainment Television, movies and television producers, and others who glorify antiwomen violence are culpable, as well...
Salmon Protection Plan with a Sharp Fin ; Federal Rules Aiding Migrating Fish Don't Mollify Environmentalists or Businesses
Salmon struggling upriver toward spawning grounds are an inspiring symbol of determination and natural intelligence. Yet they are clueless as to the major political net they now find themselves in. The federal government has just issued rules designed...
The Clash of Science and Security ; While Officials Promise Tighter Controls at Labs, Tension Persists between Openness and Secrecy
Behind the political thrust-and-parry over accountability at the nation's nuclear labs is a fundamental problem that has confounded the government since the dawn of the Atomic Age: the clash between science and security. The US government has tried...
The Monitor Guide to the Bestsellers
The Monitor's Guide to Religion Bestsellers HARDCOVER 1. ASSASSINS, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Tyndale House, $22.99 "Assassins" takes us past the midpoint of the Apocalypse, and we see more prophecies of the book of Revelation come to pass....
The Virtue of a Stiff Upper Lip ; I Weep, Therefore I Am - a Trend Gone Too Far
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's recent agonizing press conferences about his career, character, marriage, and health dramatizes a shift in the public display of private sorrows. The code governing this display has been simple. Men and boys, especially...
Today's Story Line
If the US creates a nuclear missile shield, will the world be a safer place? China argues that it will need more and better missiles to feel safe (this page). When world trade reigns, it pours on Calcutta's umbrellamakers. A look at how India (page...
To Save the Cities, Go to Church, Not City Hall
REVOLUTION AND RENEWAL: HOW CHURCHES ARE SAVING OUR CITIES By Tony Campolo Westminster John Knox Press 272 pp., $16.95 It's a sign of the times. The phrase "faith-based social programs" has almost become a buzzword, ringing through the corridors of...
USA
The FBI has found no evidence of espionage or indications that missing computer disks containing nuclear secrets ever left the Los Alamos laboratory, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson told a Senate hearing. He also said a grand jury has been convened...
What Is the Truth about Pilate? ; A Quarterly Look at Books That Ask the Big Questions
PONTIUS PILATE By Ann Wroe Random House 412 pp., $26.95 The Pontius Pilate we think we know," writes Ann Wroe, "is a mixture of dozens of invented men, each symbolic of something: the State facing the individual, the pagan world opposing the Christian...
Where Youth Is - or Isn't
A walk through recent stories about America's youths provides an intriguing composite: *More young people, including some still in their teens, are getting involved in public service; many are running for political office (see story on page 1). *Many...
Why Ngim Refuses to Sew Cargo Pants for $40 a Month ; Yesterday, Hundreds of Cambodian Garment Workers Tore Down a Factory Gate
Every morning, 19-year-old Ngim Daralin goes to work making shirts and khaki pants that could eventually end up with labels from the Gap, Ralph Lauren, or Fruit of the Loom. But yesterday was different. After working forced overtime with no hope of...
Women and Controversy Ride Together on Lady Bus ; Pink Women-Only Buses in Thailand Are Seen by Some as a Step Backward for Gender Equality in a Historically Chauvinistic Society
The mammoth bus rumbles down a chaotic Bangkok street, stopping every two blocks for passengers. As it halts in front of a large shopping center, a bewildered-looking male tourist begins to step aboard. The conductor immediately blocks his path. "No,...
World
Another political party in Israel was to meet in an effort to decide whether it, too, should quit Prime Minister Barak's coalition government. Such a move by the liberal and secular Meretz Party, analysts said, could be aimed at persuading Cabinet ministers...
You Can Start Fresh ; Originally Printed in the Christian Science Sentinel
Perhaps you're feeling unemployable despite your recent college degree, struggling through midlife crisis issues, facing retirement decisions, or dealing with anything in between. Take heart - you don't have to start over to start fresh. (And even if...