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 October 22, 1997

An 'Artist Reporter' Looks at Boston in the 1930s, '40S
It is fitting that Allan Rohan Crite's work is on exhibit at the Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. Mr. Crite was a librarian himself for 20 years at his alma mater, Harvard University's Extension School.And...
An Erosion of the Ties That Bind
Imagine a world with no sisters, no brothers, nephews or cousins. Nary an aunt or uncle. Just parents, grandparents, and maybe great grandparents.It is a world in which the only biological relatives for many people - perhaps most of them - will be their...
Argentines May Act on Fatigue over Reform, Disgust over Graft Election Sunday Could Be Precursor to Presidential Race. Those Tired of Economic Reforms May Vote Opposition
In many ways, San Miguel is a typical Argentine town. The suburb, about an hour outside Buenos Aires, clings precariously to its middle-class status as unemployment flirts with the 20 percent mark. On Saturday nights, the men watch soccer on electronic-store...
A Wry Look at Your Average Joe, er, Larry
Larry's PartyBy Carol ShieldsViking 339 pp., $23.95 Among her many talents, the Canadian writer Carol Shields has a gift for portraying, not just the ordinary, but the downright mundane. In novels like her recent "The Stone Diaries" and her latest, "Larry's...
Behind the Stage Makeup and Antics Interview John Gilkey
John Gilkey is the glue that cements Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" together. This postmodern jester hails from San Francisco, acting as a kind of magical guide for the central character, a little girl in search of wonder. He mocks the serious acrobatic...
Black Sea Nations Wary of Russia's Big Oil Plans Environmentalists Warn of Potential Supertanker Spills
Valery Timoshenko stands on a beach strewn with household rubbish, medical waste, and tar and points to the grassy hill behind him with disgust. "We've got very few undeveloped natural spaces in this part of Russia," the angry environmentalist tells...
Cleveland Turns into 'Believeland' Erie Grit
With the exception of shortstop Omar Vizquel, the handsome kid from Venezuela who drives a canary yellow Porsche and intercepts would-be base hits with his bare hand, there's nothing flashy about the Cleveland Indians.This is a ball club whose general...
Europe's Wanderers Eye Britain as a New Home Hundreds of Gypsies Cross Channel Seeking Asylum after EU Rules Were Loosened Sept. 1
Britain is preparing for a possible flood of Gypsies from the Czech Republic and Slovakia seeking political asylum here.British immigration officials are blaming a new European Union (EU) law that has removed restrictions on travel across national frontiers.Officials...
'Free Willy' Snared in a Legal Tangle Groups Battle to Decide If Keiko, the Whale That Appeared in 1993 Film, Will Truly Be Free
When the tale of Willy the killer whale was brought to a Hollywood close a few years back, the giant orca leapt over a sea wall to freedom as moviegoers sniffed back tears of joy. Lovable whale was reunited with family, abandoned boy found purpose and...
Garden of Children Grows in Rwanda an American Woman Opens a Home for Those Orphaned by Genocide
In the middle of Rwanda's ethnic strife, an American octogenarian has created a flower-filled oasis for orphaned children.Rosamund Carr, who left New York to come to Rwanda with her late husband in 1949, has dedicated herself to helping those orphaned...
Global Crowd Control Starts to Take Effect
After years of dire warnings about an increasingly overcrowded planet, some demographers now see signs of elbow room ahead.World population growth rates have already peaked, and population itself may top off relatively soon. The implications are both...
Goldilocks Global Climate
Earth has to be a greenhouse or we'd go the way of Mars. But, like Goldilocks and her porridge, we need a greenhouse that's just right: not too hot, not too cold.The good news is that, at last, lots of the people capable of tackling the problem of too...
Goodwill's Tough Lessons
The recent expulsion of workers of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other relief personnel from the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) dramatizes the growing difficulties of humanitarian relief in conflict areas....
Having It Both Ways: Korea Promotes and Censors Films Film Festivals Abound, but Censors in South Korea Still Snip Away
The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is a dream come true for South Korea's "globalization" campaign, a multifaceted official effort to promote Korean culture to the world and expose Koreans to international society.Only in its second year, PIFF...
In Quebec, English Speakers Sprinkle in a Little French Quebec-English, a Separate Dialect, Embraces Hundreds of New Words
Why would you go to a depanneur and what subject would you discuss with an agronome? (By the way, that rhymes with metronome.)To the people of this English-speaking village in rural Quebec, a depanneur is a convenience store (a 7-11), and an agronome...
Israeli Roller Coaster Netanyahu Favors a Ride along Edge of Abyss
Israel's abortive assassination attempt on the life of Khaled Meshal late last month has invited the ridicule and scorn of commentators around the world.Even the official silence from Washington barely masks the growing disdain felt towards Israeli Prime...
It's Gotta Be in Here Somewhere
I did my spring cleaning in October this year, in pursuit of an olive-green coat. My college son left his wool peacoat behind in his scramble to get to school by Labor Day. As soon as an early frost blanketed the campus, he gave me a ring and left this...
Justice Lags for World's Juveniles Basic Rights Trail Those of Adults; World Standards Fail to Emerge
Last June, in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, two 16-year-old street children escaped from a government-run youth center. Two days later they were found dead.Throughout Latin America, police often cite vigilantism and gang warfare as the...
Mighty Microsoft Runs into Resistance Lawsuit May Curb Its Net Growth
Call it "Showdown in Cyberspace."The US Justice Department, in redoubling its efforts to put a check on Microsoft Corp. and its cut-throat marketing tactics, is drawing a line in the sand over what constitutes monopolistic behavior in an era of ever-bigger...
On a High Wire, Cirque Du Soleil Balances Pure Art, Pop Art
Once again, Cirque du Soleil reminds us that there's more to the circus than lion tamers and the flying trapeze - there's the circus as art. The company from Montreal is touring the United States with a new show: "Quidam" (Latin, meaning in this context,...
Savvy Travelers: Don't Be Outwitted by Pickpockets Recognize the Schemes Criminals Use, and Avoid Dangerous Situations
It happened faster than you can say, "Stop thief."On a sunny Saturday afternoon in late August, I stopped at a Barclays Bank sidewalk ATM on Piccadilly Street to withdraw 50. I was alone, but the area was suitably upscale, near the Ritz, and other pedestrians...
Slow Terrorism with an Oil Glut
Iranian officials have been complaining about lower-than-expected income since March because renewed Iraqi production has weakened international oil prices.Iran has a foreign debt of some $20 billion. It needs $4 billion yearly for hard-currency debt...
Striking Final Blow at Amtrak? If a Strike Comes Next Week, the Beleaguered Rail Service May Not Survive the Shutdown
Amtrak is still riding the rails - for now.But a strike - originally scheduled for today - could shut down rail service as early as next week if the nation's long-distance passenger railroad can't reach a settlement with a key union.Because this union...
The Last Sail, but Not the First Time
'Don't worry about it," I said. "There's plenty of wind." The sailboat had an outboard, but I'd forgotten the portable gas tank for it - for the second time. We weren't going far: from Naskeag Harbor to the Benjamin River, about 5 miles. But it was against...
The News in Brief
The USTwo presidential spokesmen denied the White House had altered videotapes showing President Clinton courting donors to the Democratic Party last year. Press secretary Mike McCurry and senior policy adviser Rahm Emanuel said US Rep. Dan Burton (R)...
US Firms Unwittingly Aid Drug Lords Congressional Hearings Today to Warn Businesses of New Money-Laundering Scheme
Columbian drug lords have quietly brought a new unwitting player into their illicit trade: brand-name American corporations.Billions of dollars of illegal drug profits made in the US are now surreptitiously funneled into legitimate American businesses,...
Women Organize to Find Cambodia Orphans a Home
Several years ago, it became clear that all was not well at an orphanage here called Canada House. Cambodia draws many people who want to help out in a troubled country, but in this case it seemed that good intentions were being overwhelmed by practical...
You Are Not Helpless Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Have you ever thought you couldn't get ahead because someone or some situation was standing in the way, preventing your progress? Simply waiting for things to change or for opportunities to come your way can take a long time.Picture this situation,...
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