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 February 4, 1999

A Big New Tax Cut? Public Shrugs Promise of Across-the-Board Reduction - a Core Issue for Republicans - Is Losing Its Allure in Flush Economic Times
Who could imagine that in this era of trillion-dollar surpluses, it would be hard to sell Americans on a generous, broad tax cut?Certainly Republicans don't think so. They've made it the centerpiece of their agenda this year, and are likely to parade...
A Congregation Hears a Lesson in Love
By the time I was 6, I had felt it in the woods. I had not yet felt it in church. I remember thinking: "If this is God's house, He sure stays outside a lot." But one day, it happened.I had just begun to go to "big church." I had already learned the mechanics...
A New Model to Deal with Crime and Its Victims Series: Forgiveness: Part 2 of a Three Part Series
Betty Menkin and her family are learning to forgive the "unforgivable." In doing so, they not only have renewed their own lives but also transformed that of the woman who wronged them.They found the door to forgiveness and healing through a victim-offender...
At the Height of Winter, Wyoming Has Gone to the Dogs It's the Furry Athletes Who Matter in Mushing - Making It One Sportwhere More and More Women and Teens Are Competing with the Big Boys
Clasping steaming cups of coffee, hundreds of bundled-up spectators in Jackson cheered this weekend as the International Rocky Mountain Stage-Stop Sled Dog Race, the largest such race in the Lower 48, got off to a brisk start under azure skies and subzero...
British Police Battle Charges of Racism Police Commissioner Admits 'More Than a Few Bad Apples' as Two Casesfuel Controversy
Along the main street of Tottenham, a north London suburb where racial violence flared in the 1980s, police are again having to walk the beat in pairs after a gap of more than a dozen years.Local commanders say the measure is necessary to discourage...
Color Lines, Clotheslines, and Bylines - My Mother's and Mine
I'm hardly the first in my family to take pen in hand. While we were growing up, my mother retired to the library every day after lunch to spend an hour with her black-and-silver Underwood, transcribing pages of longhand that in due course showed up...
Court Ruling Limits Web Speech Rights Oregon Decision This Week against Radical Abortion Foes May End Upsetting Precedent for Internet Law
This week's $109 million judgment against radical opponents of abortion raises profound questions that undoubtedly will affect the future of the political fight over abortion and perhaps the freedom of expression in cyberspace.In the short term, the...
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HE THINKS IT'S ALL WET New Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, known as "The Body" in his pro wrestling career, now would rather be called "The Mind" because of his ambitious legislative goals. But he may be fighting a losing battle - at least as far as lawmakers...
Europe's Kosovo Aim: Redress Bosnia Inaction Talks Planned near Paris Show a More Activist Tack against Violence inBalkans
For European governments, humiliated by their failure to avert bloodshed in Bosnia earlier this decade, Kosovo could mark the hour of redemption.At least, that is the hope in capitals around the Continent, as diplomats prepare for a European-sponsored...
Explosive Tale of Separate Lives Colliding
THE TESSERACT By Alex Garland Riverhead Books 273 pp., $24.95As every horror-movie survivor knows, it's not the attack that's so frightening. It's the moment before the attack.In Alex Garland's new novel, "The Tesseract," the monsters are entirely human,...
Filmmaking 'Digerati' the Next Generation of Directors Is as Likely to Use a Computer as Amovie Set
Watch out, Hollywood!In backyard studios and basement editing suites, a new generation of directors is editing masterpieces. With nothing more complicated than a digital camera and a desktop computer, they're turning out low-budget, high-quality productions...
For Women, a Steep Climb to the Pulpit
Each Sunday, the Rev. Mary Moore stands in the pulpit at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in south Memphis and preaches the Gospel.When she dons her long, black robe adorned with white crosses, Ms. Moore does so with pride and determination. The path...
Grappling with Being Black ... and German It's Black History Month in Berlin, but Many Germans Unaware of Blackminority
February is Black History Month, not only in the United States, but also in Germany's capital. While the black community here is significantly smaller and less cohesive than its American counterpart, organizers are expecting thousands of participants...
Impeachment's Real Star: The Constitution America's Blueprint for Government Comes under Intense Scrutiny - Andis Strengthened in the Process
Pulled from suit pockets on the House and Senate floors, waved in front of television cameras, and cited again and again during the impeachment debate is an unassuming star: the United States Constitution.The 211-year-old document and its 18th-century...
Jan.1,2001 - the Big Day the Third Millennium Begins in Two Years; Here's Why
Few historians know that a janitor named Eddie Pliff first triggered the modern-day interest in the third millennium. He did it in 1958, a year when few memorable events happened in the United States except for the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to Los Angeles.Mr....
Kosovo: Shades of Gray Unlike in Bosnia, Serbs Do Have Some Legitimate Claims
The extraordinary diplomatic unity demonstrated by the United States and Europe in threatening NATO airstrikes on Serb forces in Kosovo next week - in contrast to the West's three-year ambivalence toward Bosnia - suggests that both the origin of the...
Letters
The failings of computerized grading Regarding "Essays get the electronic red pen" (Jan. 12): In my 25 years as an instructor of English, I have often hoped for a method/way/rubric that would help with the sometimes painful reading of divergent essays....
No One Likes the New Neighbors Japanese Village Resists Reemergence of a Sect Best Known for the 1995nerve- Gas Attacks in Tokyo
"It's a type of war," explains Shinichi Ide, a burly man with powerful hands, tending his bonfire with the order and control you'd expect from a local fire chief.Chief Ide is only barely exaggerating. Standing guard this cold and rainy night are grizzled...
No 'Undercaste' Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
There are many homeless PEOPLE on the streets of my city. In an effort to increase understanding of their plight, there was a special participatory exhibit called "The Etiquette of the Undercaste." Friends and I took part.I was asked to lie in a fake...
On Religion and Social Issues, Women Trend Right
As conservative religious groups grow more politically active, American women are becoming more religious and more conservative on a number of social issues, including abortion, divorce, and affirmative action.Those are among the findings of a national...
Persisting on Kosovo
A logical first step out of the Kosovo crisis is in sight. The diplomatic conference set for this weekend at Rambouillet outside Paris should draw both sides of the conflict together for negotiations. The prospect for useful talks is heightened by a...
Political Freedom Translates into Economic Freedom
Economic freedom begets prosperity and political freedom. And vice versa.Conservative economists have been exploring and promoting that thesis in recent years.It is "new groundbreaking research," says Bryan Johnson, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation...
Residents in a Town on Fire Must Choose What Matters
THOSE WHO FAVOR FIRE By Lauren Wolk Random House 374 pp., $24.95The title of Lauren Wolk's first novel, "Those Who Favor Fire," comes from Robert Frost's famous poem, but her story had its genesis in a newspaper article about a small town in Pennsylvania...
Resurrecting ABM
The Antiballistic Missile (ABM) has been resurrected from the half-sleep into which it fell at the end of the cold war. Secretary of Defense William Cohen, supported by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, wants to spend another $6 billion trying to...
Smart Comedy of Wacky Family
THE TRAVELLING HORN PLAYER By Barbara Trapido Viking245 pp., $24.95During an interview in the kitchen of Barbara Trapido's home in Oxford, England, several years ago, it didn't take me more than three cups of tea to discover that she gets as much fun...
Spending on US Schools Is More Popular Than Ever St. Louis Vote to Raise Sales Tax Shows Public's Willingness to Backeducation
In the 1980s, Americans drew the public purse strings tight and many schools saw little new money.Referendums for school-construction bonds failed or barely got through. Educators got the cold shoulder when they asked voters to raise property taxes.But...
Super Bowl Ads Take Virtual Leap in Canada
There is a beautiful blue moon over Pro Player Stadium in Miami on Sunday night.At least, I think there was.I watched the Super Bowl in Canada. That's nothing out of the ordinary - millions of Canadians watch the game. (Although if you ask them, they'll...
The Horrors of Looking Away from Rwanda
WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES: Stories from Rwanda By Philip Gourevitch Farrar, Straus & Giroux 384 pp., $25+It seems a confusing age, this post-cold-war era, punctuated as it is by events too upsetting to contemplate....
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Horrific acts can often force people to take new directions.A string of massacres in Kosovo has awakened Europe to the need to act. It will try to hold peace talks this weekend outside Paris. Even Germany, slowly emerging from military passivity, is...
USA
House majority leader dick Gephardt was expected to announce plans to stay in Congress rather than run for the White House. Several advisers, speaking anonymously, said Gephardt planned to inform Vice President Al Gore in a private discussion before...
When a Law Sweeps in, Tradition Lashes Back
Senegal has suddenly become a testing ground in Africa for ways to change an age-old practice abhorred by the Western world.Until recent years, foreign groups and local officials fought female circumcision - or what opponents call female genital mutilation...
World
Their long-running feud apparently patched up, rival leaders of the ethnic Albanian separatist movement in Kosovo said they'd agreed to form a joint negotiating team for peace talks with the Yugoslav government. A Kosovo newspaper quoted Rexhep Qosja...