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 April 16, 2003

Baghdad's Unexploded Bombs
A two-inch-long black cylinder hangs on a white "stabilizer" ribbon from the branch of a lemon tree, a deadly fruit in a leafy Baghdad neighborhood.It's one of the unexploded cluster bombs fired by US forces last week that still litter several residential...
Bush's Debt to Blair Pushes US in Right Direction
Flush with success in Iraq, and deep in postwar turbulence there, the Bush administration may not yet be giving much attention to the next pressing international challenge. But it must. That challenge is not Iran. It is not Syria. Nor even North Korea....
Castro Shows His Colors
Romantics in North America and Europe would like to believe that the rule of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has mellowed over the decades. Recent events, however, show his regime still has a murderous streak.Bypassing the courts last week, Mr. Castro ordered...
City Improvement: Banishing Litter
The job of keeping a nation clean is never really done. But after 50 years of trying, Keep America Beautiful Inc. has learned a lot about how to encourage new antilitter crusaders.The key, at both the national and local levels, is to help people see...
City Improvement: Planting Trees
A tree may grow in brooklyn, but Gary Moll of American Forests, a conservation group, would like to see more of them there - and in Dallas, Des Moines, and Detroit as well.But the reality is that just the opposite is happening. Over the past 15 years,...
Comfort Food Still on Front Burner ; Author Marian Burros Says the Fare Is 'Anything That Makes Us Feel Safe, Warm, and Protected'
Growing up, Marian Burros so enjoyed the spaghetti and meat sauce her mother cooked every Wednesday night, she'd wake up the next morning and eat the cold leftovers for breakfast.Decades later, few dishes can bring Ms. Burros as much comfort as that...
Economy Staggers, but War May Still Buoy Bush ; with National Security Resurgent on Political Agenda, Cold-War Calculus Returns, Boosting Bush's Prospects
It is almost a political cliche: Now that President Bush has ousted Saddam Hussein, he must focus on the lackluster economy to avoid his father's fate.That is true, but not the whole truth, say political analysts and Republican advisers. The world of...
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Omar Vizquel
In April 1993, the Boston Red Sox visited the Seattle Mariners for a three-game series at the Kingdome. I went to the first two games. The third game turned out to be a no-hitter. Baseball fans everywhere can relate.The no-hitter was hardly a Sandy Koufax-like...
First Glimpse of Iraq's New Power Brokers ; Iraqi Leaders Met with US Officials Tuesday. It's Just the Start of a Long Road
The United States is now attempting the difficult job of rebuilding Iraqi public society before lawlessness and political faction rip it irreparably apart.The tasks facing retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the nation's temporary overseer, are not the kind...
Hussein Leaves Questions about Iraq's Missing Billions in His Wake ; Experts Say from $2 Billion to $40 Billion in Assets Is Hidden across the Globe
With Saddam Hussein toppled, the race is on to track down the multibillion- dollar slush fund he hid abroad during his more than two decades in power.As important as recovering the money to help rebuild Iraq is the task of preventing it from falling...
Iraqi Defeat Jolts Russian Military ; Defense and Policy Experts Said Last Week That Modernizing the Army Is a Top Priority
In the US's easy defeat of Saddam Hussein's army, Russia sees a lesson for its own conventional forces.The Iraqi Army - which was cloned from the Red Army in the final decades of the Soviet Union - mounted only a feeble defense before falling apart."The...
Iraq War as a Blueprint for Next One ; the Conflict Used a Mix of Precision Weapons, Cold-War Planes, Intelligence
Operation Iraqi Freedom - still as much objective as complete accomplishment - reflects a pattern in post-Vietnam US military engagements, a trend line indicating how likely future conflicts will be fought.This includes a mix of lightly armed but mobile...
Kosovo Village's Lessons for Iraq
You walk down Main Street - the only through street - in this village in southeastern Kosovo and you get a worm's eye view of military occupation - what is right and what can be wrong. In short, you see how grandiose macropolitics rests on the microrealities...
Layoffs, Freedom, and Purpose ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
With today's slow economy and numerous layoffs, I've found the idea of being "let go" is often misunderstood. Too often it's accompanied with feeling rejected, incapable, unwanted, or even worthless. But this perspective falls far short of where we really...
Letters
A key to understanding Arab frustrationThank you so much for the April 11 article "US show of force galls Arab world" quoting Ahmed Bishara and Samir Ragab. Dr. Bishara's comments about a "culture of denial" in the Arab world and Mr. Ragab's reference...
Rebuilding Hope - Block by Block - in the Face of War
I have never bought toy guns or violent video games for my sons. But my children don't live in a bubble. They know these toys exist and, to my chagrin, play with them at other people's homes.So our house has always been the no-fly zone. Yet for the past...
Reporters on the Job
* THE DETRITUS OF WAR: Wednesday's story on the problem of unexploded bombs in Baghdad (page 1) took the Monitor's Peter Ford to a Baghdad suburb where residents were confronting the problem in the streets and their backyards.As Peter stepped gingerly...
Seriously, Syria
If the Bush domino theory about the Middle East is correct, then building a democratic, prosperous Iraq will do far more to push Syria into changing its terrorist ways than merely invading it.Of course, the American-led ouster of Saddam Hussein in just...
Some Troops Head Home, but More Must Stay in Iraq ; A US Force of 60,000 or More Will Be Needed to Help Build a Stable Nation
With top military commanders declaring this week that the heavy fighting in Iraq is over, a top concern for many Americans is getting US troops home.Stealth bomber pilots and aircraft carrier personnel are already heading back to the US.But for soldiers...
Terrorism Kept at Bay - for Now ; the Lack of a Retaliatory Attack Could Be Attributed in Part to US Intelligence but Threat of Terrorism Remains
In the run-up to the US-led attack on Iraq, everyone from domestic security chief Tom Ridge to FBI whistle-blower Colleen Rowley warned of a nearly inexorable wave of terrorist attacks being unleashed on the American homeland during the war.Yet more...
The Aid Effort: Can Catastrophe Be Averted? ; Though Many Iraqis Face an Imminent Food Shortage, Shipments Are Delayed by Continued Lack of Security
The mounting pressure on coalition troops to restore order in Iraq is being driven largely by a fundamental equation: The longer it takes for security to be established, the longer Iraqi civilians will go without needed supplies such as food, water,...
The History of Ur
Iraqi soldiers from Talil Air Base fled the recent US advance through the nearby ruins of Ur, one of civilization's earliest cities. Their dusty uniforms lie abandoned on the floor of a house believed to have belonged to Abraham, the Biblical patriarch.Iraq...
'Tis the Season to Rebuild, and Reconsider
This could be called B&B season in the suburbs, a time when bulldozers and backhoes dot the greening landscape.Drive past a vacant lot and you may see a yellow behemoth scooping up soil and digging a foundation, the first sign that a house will soon...
To Cheer or Not to Cheer
"Nice stop, Abs!" I yell across the hockey field.Abby, 13, pauses long enough to give me a baleful look, and then jogs off."You know, Mom," she says in the car on the way home that afternoon, "it's OK if you don't cheer for me."Not cheer? Cheering for...
Top Kurdish Leader Assesses the Costs of War
For the Kurds, this may be the first war to end without massive casualties and political defeat.But to Massoud Barzani - leader of one of two main Kurdish parties in northern Iraq - the war is rife with disappointments and far from over.Mr. Barzani,...