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 30, 2003

A Decade Later, a Tempered Vision of NAFTA ; on Its Anniversary, Backers of the Landmark Trade Deal Cite More Mexican Prosperity, but Critics See Loss of US Jobs
A funny thing is popping up in Mexico's NAFTA boom cities of Tijuana, Leon, Nogales, and Ciudad Juarez: vacancies.Industrial space that was once hotter than a jalapeno pepper is cooling as companies that flocked to Mexico in the 1990s are looking to...
A Democrat Breaks with Tradition
When I was growing up, the family dinner was a tradition. Above the clatter of plates, my parents discussed the world around us from their perspectives at either end of the great oak table. Together, we'd review the news of the day put into context by...
A Paleontologist Stalks a Mass Murderer ; What on Earth - or beyond - Could Kill the World's Most Ferocious Beast?
The Gorgon was the top predator of its day, taking down strange beasts the size of a modern hippopotamus. The first man to find one called it Gorgonopsid, after the mythical Gorgon, a creature so horrible that all who gazed upon it were turned to stone....
A Scholarly Soldier Steps Inside the World of Iraq's Potent Tribes
In the battle for Iraqi hearts and minds, Lt. Col. Alan King has two secret weapons: his Palm Pilot and his Koran."Sura 2, Aya 62," he recites, quoting the Muslim holy book from memory: "'Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Sabeans are all believers in the...
A Slanted History ; for 800 Years, the Leaning Tower of Pisa Has Hovered between Life and Death
Some say construction workers engineered the tilt to protest their measly compensation. Others assert it was a hunchback architect paying homage to his own lopsided body.Whatever one believes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has resisted gravity for so long...
Author Unlocks the Minds of Teen Offenders
Mark Salzman knew the teenager was testing him. But at Central Juvenile Hall, where Los Angeles's toughest teen offenders await trial, even the smallest confrontations carry high stakes. To teach these young men, he had to earn their respect.The teen...
Democrats Face a Hard-to-Hit Bush ; as Presidential Primaries near, Party Activists Suggest Playing Up the Struggles of the Working Class to Unseat an Incumbent
The day after Congress passed Medicare reform, the pictures in the paper told the story: President Bush grinning from ear to ear, and Democratic Senate leaders sucking proverbial lemons.In a political stroke worthy of Bill Clinton, who stole crime and...
Earth and Mars Share a Clock in the Sky ; on Sunday, a Sundial Will Land on Mars for the First Time. You, Too, Can Play a Role
What time is it on Mars? Just as on Earth, the time of day on Mars depends on where you are on the planet. When NASA's two Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, land on the red planet a few days from now, they'll be able to tell us the time...
Finding Patches of Wilderness in the City ; the Audubon Society Embarks on a 20-Year Plan to Open Nature Preserves for Inner-City Residents
An aerial view tells the whole story. From the concrete desert of urban rooftops that constitutes the nation's largest county, an oasis of lush hills leaps out in dramatic contrast.Red-tailed hawks swirl from above, while snakes slink and gophers tunnel...
Goya's Unparalleled Vision ; Almost 200 Years Have Passed since He Showed His Disgust with War, but Nobody's Done It Better
Whose art is at the furthest pole from Henri Matisse's tranquil dream of making paintings "devoid of troubling or depressing subject- matter ... something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue?"The answer might well be Francisco...
Guzzlers in Our Midst
As a campaign issue, it's not a sizzler. But the need to raise the fuel efficiency of SUVs, minivans, and most new vehicles on American highways ought to become a hot topic in the coming political year.Last week, the Bush administration laid out an easy...
How to Capture an Eclipse of the Sun ; Charles Babbage - Inventor of the Computer - Sends out a Team to Photograph a Rare Shadow
Shadows have sat in the shade of a dark reputation for a long time. Plato disparages the material world as a mere shadow. The Psalmist promises comfort even in the shadow of the valley of death. We all want to defend our reputations beyond the shadow...
Internet Bullying ; with the Click of a Key, Bullies Are Humiliating Their Peers. What Are Schools Doing to Tame This Behavior?
For one middle-school girl it was a rumor, circulated via text messaging, that she had contracted SARS while on a trip to Toronto. She returned to school and found nobody would come near her.For an overweight boy in Japan, it was cellphone pictures,...
KGB Influence Still Felt in Russia ; at All Levels of the Russian Government, Former Military and Security Agents Hold Key Positions, Bringing with Them Authoritarian Methods, Experts Say
Olga Kryshtanovskaya is a sociologist who dances with wolves. For more than a decade she's been Russia's premier expert on the political, business, and security elites.But even Ms. Kryshtanovskaya says she's alarmed by her own recent findings. Since...
Letters
No 'free lunch' solution for saving Social SecurityYour Dec. 26 Editorial "Bush Returns to Social Security" mistakenly asserts that allowing "market forces to pump in additional money for retirees" could eliminate the deficit in Social Security without...
Making a Bad Train Wreck Worse
For years, economists, special commissions, blue-ribbon panels, think tanks, and scores of other observers have been sounding the alarm bells about the United States' looming entitlement crisis. The great wave of retiring baby boomers is going to push...
Political Winners and Losers of 2003
As the last days of 2003 tick away, this city is in slow motion. Orange alerts aside, Washington loves a good holiday break, particularly in the year before a presidential race. There is time to think about the campaign ahead and time to sort through...
Reporters on the Job
* Do You Have an Appointment? Reporters in Tokyo rarely just "show up" hoping to talk to someone. Rather, requests are made, faxes sent, invitations issued, business cards presented.But for today's story, the Monitor's Bob Marquand simply went to the...
Serbian Radical Party Surge May Complicate Reform
Serbia has stumbled again in its bumpy climb out of a bloody past, as the country's most aggressively nationalist party took the most votes in Sunday's parliamentary elections.The Serbian Radical Party, an ultra- nationalist grouping allied with former...
Thailand Dangles Luxury to Attract 'Lifetime' Tourists ; the Thai Prime Minister Hopes That Eventually 200,000 Wealthy Visitors Will Each Pay $25,000 to Join the 'Thailand Elite' Club
Long a haven for scruffy backpackers seeking a beach paradise on the cheap, Thailand is shifting its focus to a more rarefied breed: luxury tourists.The Thai government's sales pitch is simple. Pay $25,000 now for a lifetime of fawning service and members-only...
The Power of Stillness ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I was watching the TV, transfixed with horror at the sight of the woman wailing and crying with her two daughters, looking so like to mine, dead in front of her. I cried and cried for the woman's grief. I knew her pain. She was a woman from my own country,...
The Rise of the American Megachurch
After a rousing live performance of "Jesus is better than life," broadcast over three Jumbotrons in the Compaq Center, Victoria Osteen steps to the podium in front of 16,000 cheering Sunday worshipers and proclaims:"We're going to rock today. This place...
Time to Revisit Threat Alerts
The Bush administration can't win when it comes to issuing homeland-security alerts.If it issued no warnings, the public and local authorities might become complacent, and the administration would take all the blame for a successful terrorist strike.But...
Tokyo's New 'Artelligent City': A Giant - and Global - Vision
Toyko is the New York and Paris of Asia - a Japanese Gershwin tune of style and sophistication. Yet when the $4 billion 54-story Mori Tower, a state-of-the-art paean to Japanese design and engineering, opened this year in the neon-drenched Roppongi Hills...
Two College Students Fight for Obi's Freedom
Ryan and Vinny fidgeted nervously in front of the plexiglass that separated them from the prisoners wearing bright orange jumpsuits.They were waiting for Obi (not his real name), a 21-year-old asylum-seeker from Sierra Leone who was detained in York...
US Ponders Overhauling Beef Rules ; Mad-Cow Case Could Lead to Most Important Meat Industry Changes in a Century
The investigation into the lineage of a Holstein diagnosed with mad-cow disease could bring about the greatest changes in the US meat industry since Upton Sinclair's muckraking novel "The Jungle" led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration...