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 May 23, 1990

An Audience with the `Bean King' John Withee Ate Beans Nearly Every Day as a Child; as an Adult, He's Still a Bean Fan
JOHN WITHEE can talk animatedly about beans for just about as long as he cooks them. And he starts his beans at 6 a.m. - for a 6 p.m. dinner.Name the bean - Trout, Loch Ness, Rattlesnake, Jacob's Cattle, King Tut, Painted Lady, Seafarer, Horsehead -...
Behind Romania's Vote for Ruling Communists Opposition Links Win to Voter Intimidation and Unfair Media Access
ROMANIA this week became the only Eastern European nation to reelect Communists to office, amid charges of electoral irregularities.Presidential candidate Ion Iliescu won the majority of the votes in the election last Sunday. According to the Central...
Britain's Labour Party Sails on a New Tack
AFTER three crushing general election defeats in 11 years, Britain's opposition Labour Party has produced what it hopes will be a winning political mix for the next electoral clash with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ruling Conservatives, due in...
Burma's Electoral Farce
ALMOST a year and a half have passed since the bloody massacres of Burmese demonstrators by the military regime of Gen. Saw Maung. A promised election, billed as multiparty and democratic, is about to take place in the country, now renamed Myanmar.The...
Cattle, Mining Strain Fragile Lands WESTERN DESERTS
THE traveler heading at radar detector speed toward a one-gas-station crossroads in northern Nevada slows for some local pedestrians: half a dozen cows who amble across the unfenced highway. Like much of the West, this is open range land where cattle...
Economic Woes Fuel Protests in Tunisia
FRUSTRATED by economic mismanagement and political repression, thousands of peasants joined pro-democracy demonstrations throughout Tunisia this month calling on President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to end one-party rule and establish an Islamic government.While...
Efficiency Trumps Nuclear Power
ADVOCATES for the financially troubled nuclear industry have recently been campaigning hard for renewed spending on their industry because of the alleged environmental benefits of nuclear power. Their concern is not to save the environment, but to save...
Fiction at the Corner of `Real' Intersections
ARE these deep-sea or cultured pearls? Five fictions by the most popular Mexican novelist of our times - his "The Old Gringo" was the first United States bestseller by a Mexican - with all the bumpy luminousness we've come to expect by this master of...
Former Surgeon General Criticizes Tobacco Exports Congress Is Beginning to Focus on Tobacco-Trade Issues with Thailand
IN Nairobi, the Safari Rally - an endurance car race - is now the Marlboro Rally. The manufacturer of Marlboro, Philip Morris, gets visibility and a flashy image in a fast-growing market.Philip Morris is also one of the first United States investors...
God's Promise or Two Sticks?
ONE often yearns to have faith in God's provision for mankind. But there is so much evidence of poverty and neglect in the world. And so many theories about them.A nineteenth-century preacher, for example, used to quote a verse from Psalms, "I have been...
Good Morning, Albania
WHAT'S this? Albania is changing? It's true. The mysterious, isolated, Rip van Winkle of nations is waking up. That's another precedent broken. Europe may have been in a cold war for 40 years - but Albania, under the Stalinist grip of dictator Enver...
He Was All Heart, Talent and Joy SAMMY DAVIS JR
I REMEMBER that trip very clearly. My father, who was a photographer, had invited me to visit him in his underground New York apartment - it was "big time" for me, traveling to New York all alone, to visit my free-spirited Pop. I was just 13 years old,...
Iowa College, Soviets Join to Help Farmers
SOVIET glasnost and perestroika have taken firm root here in America's farming heartland.The new spirit of cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union culminated here this week in the signing of an expanded agreement between the Soviets...
Just a Bit Crazy Maybe, Living on My Own
I KNOW they considered me a crazy man. It was a time when I was between everything - not a bad time if you can learn to handle it. What I had left of my life was: a lake in Maine, a railroad going by it on the far side, the poems of Emily Dickinson,...
Modern Powwows at Hundreds of Gatherings, Indians Celebrate Their Heritage and Deal with Current Concerns like Drug and Alcohol Abuse
AMERICAN Indians from 69 tribes gathered here at the 8,100-seat Denver Coliseum several weeks ago for a powwow that, like the hundreds of others taking place each year, was part dance contest, part arts-and-crafts fair, part social gathering.Intertribal...
Mr. Muppet
IT started with a stick, a piece of his mother's spring coat, and a Ping-Pong ball sliced in half for eyes.Jim Henson once told me he was really just fooling around at the time, trying to come up with another puppet to improve his chances in local television....
News Currents
CONGRESS</P><P> Leaders in the House hope to win approval of a clean-air bill this week, with a $20 billion-dollar-a-year cost, $1 billion less than the Senate plan passed two months ago. Meanwhile, the Senate opened debate Monday on anticrime...
Secessionist Crisis in Canada
WHEN George Shultz became American Secretary of State, reporters asked him which foreign flashpoints he would visit first.He told his incredulous listeners that the first foreign countries he would go to would be Canada and Mexico.When the reporters...
South Korea-Soviet Trade Expands Commercial Exchanges Seen as First Step toward Diplomatic Recognition between Former Foes
Russian amber necklaces and wooden matryoshka dolls had probably never been seen before at Lotte department store in downtown Seoul. But when they were put on the shelves this month, they sold like gourmet kimchi.In Moscow, too, furs made by the Jindo...
Teachers Give Tests That Don't Intimidate
`PERFORMANCE-BASED testing allows students to really demonstrate that they understand what they're doing," says Jan Coleman, a 7th-grade history teacher at Thornton Junior High School in Fremont, Calif.She is part of the California Assessment Program's...
Tests to Perform, Not to Take States Are Shunning Standardized Tests and Experimenting with `Performance-Based Testing'
`THERE are 36 sheep and 10 goats on a ship. What's the age of the captain?"When this question is inserted in the middle of a standardized multiple-choice test, a majority of schoolchildren ignore the correct answer ("none of the above"). Instead they...
The Fight to Preserve Women's Colleges
LAST week, amidst celebration by faculty, alumnae, and students, the board of trustees of Mills College reversed an earlier decision to admit men to this 138-year-old women's college. We at women's colleges are inspired, and at the same time challenged,...
The Mindlessness of Violence
THE seven Palestinian laborers killed Sunday by a mentally disturbed Israeli gunman came from the heartland of the intifadah: Gaza, a 378-square-mile snippet of Mediterranean coastline where over 560,000 Arabs, thousands of soldiers, and a tiny handful...
Two Documentaries Prove the Form Can Be as Entertaining - and Infuriating - as Scripted Films
MOVIEGOERS tend to forget about documentary films, which are not as glamorous as their fictional cousins. But they can be just as dramatic and entertaining - and infuriating, too - when they want to. And just as diverse, as a couple of recently arrived...
UN Raises Stronger Arm against Nations Violating Human Rights with Broadened Definition of Human Rights, More Staff, and Faster Response to Complaints, UN Joins Key Players in the Human-Rights Arena
THE United Nations, long considered weak on human rights issues, has been quietly adding muscle. In the process it is gaining respect from human rights activists.The change comes as democracy is spreading from Latin America to Eastern Europe and when...
US Looks Ahead to June Summit with Optimism President Says Progress Made in Moscow Has Opened Way for Likelihood of a Good Meeting
THERE is little time to waste. With Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev due in Washington May 31, US and Soviet experts are huddling to draft the arms control agreements that now appear almost certain to be the centerpiece of the superpower summit.The...
US Needs Faith in Competition AUTHOR INTERVIEW
FOUR years ago Michael Porter, a Harvard Business School professor, was appointed to President Reagan's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness. The Commission's report never made much impression, except on Mr. Porter.Frustrated that so few people knew...
US `Surprisingly' Favorable toward EC Union
UNITED STATES sentiment toward its most important trading partners is more positive now than two years ago, according to a poll conducted by the Gallup Organization. West European trade practices are seen as more fair than those of Japan and Korea, but...
What a Difference a Dial Makes New Telephone Area Codes Have Relegated Some Londoners to the `Provinces' and Lifted Phone Snobbery to an Art - a Letter from London
LONDON will never be the same again. Suddenly it is a city of "ins" and "outs."Since May 6, when British Telecom abolished the capital's "01" phone code, and replaced it with "071" for inner London and "081" for outer London, millions of lives have been...
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