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 August 10, 2004

A Banner Week in the War on Terror ; Recent Arrests of Al Qaeda Agents Marked Major Successes, Yet Show Weakness in US Intelligence and May Strain Ties with Pakistan
What may have been the best week for international intelligence agencies in their fight against Al Qaeda since 9/11 highlights both what the US is doing right in the war on terror - and enduring weaknesses.Experts say that behind the recent spate of...
A Southerner Who Listens for Tender Mercies ; A New Collection of Horton Foote's Nonfiction Prose Shows the Breadth of His Contribution to American Drama
Horton Foote has always valued place and time, and his his place is a small Southern town, generally Harrison, Texas. "There is still an oral tradition in the South, and I surely think it is one of the continuing strengths of its writers," we read in...
Behind the Music
Even before Maestra Rachel Worby of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra lowers her baton, concluding John Williams's "The Cowboys Overture," the audience at John Adams Middle School is cheering and whistling their approval.Looking more like an MTV star than...
Beyond Medals: Athletes in Pursuit of the Olympic Spirit ; the Essence of the Games May Be Captured in Hard Work, a Willingness to Forgo Financial Security, and Team Camaraderie
If it were Einstein's theory of relativity or Newton's second law of motion, perhaps he could explain it fully. Indeed, just down the Charles River at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Steven Tucker was trained as a physicist.But within the...
Can Tolerant Canada Tolerate Sharia?
Their burnished domes rise high above the adjacent pizza parlors and drab strip malls, like beacons of sanctity in this largely secular country.But the peaceful facades of the dozens of mosques in Canada's most populous province belie the public rancor...
Conventional Wisdom: The Armchair View
It was time for this old-timer to sit comfortably at home watching the national political convention on TV. I've been at 24 conventions since I covered the 1956 Democratic conclave in Chicago that nominated Adlai Stevenson for president.Being on the...
For Real Security, America Must Shrink the Global Gap ; US Military Must Be Able to Strike and Rebuild
The current debate about US foreign policy focuses on finding (or not finding) WMD in Iraq, the role of faulty intelligence in presidential decisionmaking, and - for conspiracy theorists like Michael Moore - how foreign powers shape US policy. In the...
Fourth-Graders Make Foray into Publishing
Last year they were fourth-grade students. Today they are published authors. For eight months, with the help of teaching assistant Debbie Fox, a dozen fourth-graders at Pelican Island Elementary School in Sebastian, Fla., wrote and researched a travel...
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ; One Woman's Crusade to Save Stalin from the Dustbin of History
What greater calamity could befall a Russian satirist than the collapse of the Soviet Union? For these writers weaned on absurd cruelty, inefficiency, and repression, glasnost and perestroika must have arrived like pink slips, the first layoffs in an...
Led by the Shepherd ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The early part of my recent trip to northern Africa to report on the Sudanese refugee crisis was, to all appearances, a disaster. A planned two-hour layover turned into a two-day stopover when a connecting flight was inexplicably canceled. Then, when...
Letters
Terrorists' visual images challenge media's roleRegarding Matthew Felling's Opinion piece "Terrorists' visual warfare uses the media as weapon" (Aug. 4): While asking the media to censor themselves is laudable, it is also impractical. While ethical media...
Love of Verse Unites Arabs and Jews ; in Studying One Another's Works, Jewish and Arab Poets Each Discover a New Respect for the Literature - and Humanity - of the Other
Imagine a Middle East in which Arab and Jew make poetry together rather than battle one another. Utopian? Naive? Away from the headlines about bombings and army incursions, promising Arab Israeli and Jewish Israeli poets have been coming together to...
Modern Life Stretching Family Law ; US Courts Grapple with Nontraditional Custody Issues
John Huddleston isn't married to Margaret Torres and never has been. Both of them agree he's not the father of her 3-year-old boy.But that's where their agreement ends. Mr. Huddleston has filed a lawsuit arguing that he should have visitation rights,...
New US Strategy: 'Lily Pad' Bases ; US Forces Are Repositioning Overseas Forces, Opting for Smaller, Transitory Bases in Places like Kyrgyzstan
With its tall weeds, collapsed and rusted light towers, and an aircraft graveyard that includes Soviet-era wooden biplanes, Manas International Airport lacks the aura of a pioneering US military facility.Yet its generous, 14,000-foot runway is packed...
Olympic Leaps ; over the Centuries, the Games Have Included Some Wild and Woolly Sports. Here's How They Decide What Qualifies to Be on the Olympic Program
Imagine you start an Olympics in your own backyard. Deciding what events to include might be simple at first. But if your Olympics grows in popularity, kids from other streets, other neighborhoods, and maybe even other towns will want to join in - and...
Reporters on the Job
* A Russian Boxer's World: As staff writer Scott Peterson approached the Russian Olympic training complex near Moscow (page 7), he wasn't too impressed by what he saw - until he got inside."The grounds outside were overgrown. The buildings were gray,...
Russia Poised to Flex Soviet-Era Muscle in Athens Olympics ; This Year's Group of Russian Athletes - Said to Be the Best since the Collapse of the Soviet Union - Hopes to Win at Least 30 Medals at the Olympics
Tucked away in the pine-scented forests south of Moscow, the large gray building looks like any other drab and broken Soviet relic.But inside this anonymous hall is a modern dream factory, the heart of Rus- sian boxing, where the nation's finest pugilists...
Save 'Genuine' Presidential Debates
Since 1988, the general election presidential debates have been controlled by a private corporation - the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) - that has deceptively served the interests of the Republican and Democratic parties at the expense of...
Security Gap: Places That Store Explosives ; Company Stockpiles Are Often Vulnerable to Theft and the Limits of Federal Oversight
The two homeless men were looking for something they could sell to buy drugs. In California's San Mateo County last month, the men thought they had hit pay dirt: some locked containers in the woods. Inside, wrapped in olive drab, were bricklike bars,...
The Net Tightens on Terrorism
Not connecting the dots. That is the intelligence failure for which the CIA and FBI have been most criticized since Sept. 11, and which the 9/11 Commission's recommendations aim to fix.But recent weeks have shown some serious dot-connecting going on,...
The Simple, Old-Fashioned Joys of Backbreaking Labor ; A Year without Technology Is Freeing - and Exhausting
Life-altering experiences can come in odd ways. For Eric Brende, a Yale graduate, everything changed on a bus ride from Boston to Kansas a decade ago, when he met a man in a wide-brimmed black hat who "looked Amish." The man explained that his Mennonite-style...
The Venezuela Venture
The last thing the US economy needs right now is another gas- pump shock. That's why the Bush administration has backed off from saying much about Venezuela's president, who faces a political showdown this Sunday on his future and whose country supplies...
Truckers Shift Gears to Outsmart Bandits on Deadly Highways of Iraq
Sahir Kadairiyakam is about to begin the half-month race of his life. His goal: to deliver beef and vegetables to hungry US troops in Iraq. But to succeed, this soft-spoken, diminutive Indian will need to speed his 40-foot refrigerated truck along a...
Why I Love Substitute Teaching
It's 6 a.m., and my phone is ringing.I answer groggily, and a computer-generated voice offers me a job as a substitute teacher.I jot down the grade level or subject, grab my "bag of tricks," rush to the school, and spend the next seven hours trying to...
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