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 January 27, 2000

A Genteel Contest, but Can It Last? ; the Presidential Contest Has Been Unusually Collegial, but Next Week's N.H. Primary Will Test the New Civility
So far, Election 2000 has been something of a "gentleman's campaign," a departure from the vitriol and combativeness that marked some recent presidential contests. Sure, candidates have lobbed a few grenades, but the attacks were mostly policy-oriented,...
Algae Bloom Means Evolution in Reverse
In the early 1980s, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco decorated its fish tanks with lush, colorful, seaweed normally found in tropical oceans. Several years later, somebody dumped the plants into the Mediterranean Sea. Marine biologist Alexandre Meinesz,...
Alone, All Alone with Anita Brookner ... Again
UNDUE INFLUENCE By Anita Brookner Random House 231 pp., $24 One of Henry James's plays contains a direction for the actor to enter as though he has just finished tea. Anita Brookner may be the only person alive who could describe such an entrance....
A Memo to the President from Middle America
Dear Mr. President, Greetings from middle America - or middle Americans, at least. From out here beyond the Beltway, recent presidential politics have often resembled a giant mosh pit, where rock stars leap onto the hands of frenzied audiences. We...
Blacklisted Korean Politicians Sit Up and Take Note ; Civic Groups Release Lists of More Than 200 'Unfit' Leaders, Ahead of April 13 Vote
Forget term limits or campaign finance reform. Ahead of the April 13 parliamentary elections, Koreans fed up with their politicians are "blacklisting" representatives whom they consider unfit for public office. Their sins? More than 200 politicians...
British Say Metric Rule Doesn't Measure Up ; Ordered to Adopt New Standards, Some Shopkeepers Vow Not to Budge an Inch
Butcher Dave Stevens may mince meat, but not words. "To us, an ounce is an ounce, and a pound is a pound," he affirms while slicing a skirt steak in The Chop Shop, Leigh-on-Sea, eastern England. "A kilogram is a foreign measure, and our customers don't...
Caring for Chechnya's Displaced ; UN Says 10,000 People Fled in Recent Days. Russia Hiked Security Yesterday to Ward off Rebel Attacks
The sharp odor of unwashed bodies is strangely punctuated by the acrid smell of burning vegetable oil from the homemade lamp that provides the room's only light. Twenty-four pairs of eyes stare out intently when the door opens and strangers arrive....
Don't Look Now, but We Know All about You
DATABASE NATION By Simson Garfinkel O'Reilly Books 320 pp., $24.95 A few days ago, I picked up a new computer modem at a local retailer. I had already paid for it by credit card over the phone. As the sales clerk was preparing a receipt, she asked for...
Dotcoms Sweep Super Bowl Ads with Web-Style Wit
When Americans sit down with their chips and dips to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, they'll notice two things about the game: Tennessee has a football team, and many advertisers have names that end in dotcom. At least a dozen Web sites - with ads featuring...
Ecuador's Desperation
The classic military coup wasn't supposed to happen in Latin America anymore. But last week's military ouster of Ecuador's President Jamil Mahuad, triggered by violent protests of indigenous groups, was widely supported in the economically beleaguered...
Equal Justice for Fathers in Child Custody
I read with interest your Jan. 13 opinion piece "In divorce, men suffer too." As a licensed counselor and ordained clergyman, I have had ample opportunity over the years to meet with families dealing with divorce. While I suspect that there may be little...
Familiar Terms, Unfamiliar Origins
A penny for your gazette? In ancient times, rulers of nations used to rely on couriers for news. Then, around 1550, a printed news sheet or tabloid was circulated for the first time in Venice - a forerunner of the modern newspaper. "Small, crude, and...
Invasive Species Advance on US
Could the US coastline be hit with its own "killer algae?" Marine experts say US shores are already being inundated with transoceanic hitchhikers that squeeze out native critters. In just one waterway, San Francisco Bay, scientists estimate there is...
Iowa's Subtext
Act I, Scene II. Enter the newly proclaimed Gore juggernaut, followed closely by the happy but slightly concerned Bush campaign, the ebulliently robotic Forbes machine, and the suddenly chastened Bradley team. Exeunt Orrin Hatch. Study these characters...
I Strive to Treasure Moments
On frequent mornings and early evenings, I walk through my neighborhood to clear my mind and exercise my body. For 45 minutes I promise to set aside my worries and focus on the world around me - the clear, blue sky, the sound of my footsteps falling...
Kohl's Fall a Test for Germany ; Former Chancellor's Party Struggles to Hold Support after Report of Missing $6 Million
The bigger they come, the harder they fall. As Helmut Kohl, the colossus who bestrode Europe for more than a decade, falls from his pedestal into a swamp of allegations about illegal slush funds, he is dragging his party and, some say, the whole edifice...
Lebanese Ask If Civil War Is Really over ; This Month's Attack on a Christian Family by Muslim Militants Is Rekindling Tensions
John Yazbek's village was a place of quiet accommodation between Christians and Muslims, even during most of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. On Jan. 3, Muslim militants stormed into the house of Mr. Yazbek, a Christian soldier in the Lebanese Army. His...
My Nightmare Car Becomes a Dream
My parents gave me my grandmother's Plymouth Satellite station wagonto drive my senior year in high school.The brown behemoth, once the transportation choice of the 1970s family, did not fit with my fantasies of owning my own car."Fast and sporty" could...
Oh, Yes, and There's a Football Game, Too
The NFL's season finale has been on TV since 1967, but it was a 1984 Apple Computer ad (known as "1984") that first made people stop their Super Bowl snacking and take notice of the advertising. "I'm not sure anyone will ever achieve what '1984' achieved...
Oil Is Again Black Gold, but So Far, Little Sign of Inflation ; at Nearly $30 a Barrel, Oil Prices Are Rippling through Economy, Raising Heating Oil, Gasoline, and Airline Prices
The highest oil prices since the Gulf War are rippling through the economy - hitting Americans everywhere from the gasoline pump to the airline ticket counter to their home thermostats. More broadly, concern is rising that if the high prices persist,...
Pecking Their Way Back, One Dead-Tree Cavity at a Time
A housing crisis is gripping the southeastern United States, and the homeless tenants aren't your usual citizens. They're woodpeckers, and they're endangered. The shy, 7-inch-long red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) has been on the endangered-species list...
Pilgrims Profess
Rising at 2 in the morning to scramble up Mt. Sinai seemed suitably biblical at the time. The idea was to reach the summit as dawn broke. The three-hour hike in the moonlight and ringing silence, except for the crunch of gravel underfoot, only added...
Primary Choices ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
For months now, candidates for the presidency have been presenting themselves and their programs, working up to Iowa's recent caucus and New Hampshire's Feb. 1 primary. As one voter, I've devoted a lot of thought to their efforts. They all seem sincere...
Shakespeare: He's Not Just for Adults Anymore
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE By Michael Bender Chronicle Books Unpaged, $14.95 Ages 8 and up WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE & THE GLOBE By Aliki HarperCollins 48 pp., $15.95 All ages SHAKESPEARE'S THEATRE By Andrew Langley Illustrated by June Everett Oxford University...
Take Modern Cosmology with a Billion Grains of Salt Series:
THE RUNAWAY UNIVERTHE RACE TO FIND THE FUTURE OF THE COSMOS By Donald Goldsmith Perseus Books 232 pp., $25If you like "The X-Files," you'll love cosmology. Like TV's dogged hero, scientists probing the nature of our universe are driven by faith that...
The Ethics of Airing Horrors of War ; South Africa TV and CNNI Broadcast a Film That Captures the Horrific Attrocities in Sierra Leone
The documentary film opens with a harrowing scene. The TV camera holds steady as a young man pleads for his life on the war-ravaged streets of Sierra Leone. "I am a woodcutter," the suspected rebel tells armed soldiers. "I only came to find fish for...
The How of Voting
Prepare yourself for another confrontation between hallowed tradition and the dawning cyber-age. The tradition? Voting - specifically, the act of stepping into the booth, drawing the curtain, and casting a secret ballot. Would it be the same if millions...
The Monitor Guide to the Bestsellers
The Monitor's Guide to Bestsellers HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. THE LION'S GAME, by Nelson DeMille, Warner, $26.95 (Last week 1, Weeks on list 2) A Libyan terrorist has just killed a plane load of passengers, ducked out of the airport, and is wreaking...
The Shot Heard Round the Capitol
A VAST CONSPIRACY By Jeffrey Toobin Random House 422 pp., $25.95 It's been a year since the Senate voted down articles of impeachment forwarded by the House, allowing President Clinton to stay in office by the skin of his gritted teeth. For most of us,...
To Be a Pilgrim ; on Spain's Camino De Santiago, a Pilgrimage for Spiritual Renewal Is Its Own Reward
When Linda Davidson and David Gitlitz led a group of pilgrims on foot across northern Spain in 1974, they were considered a pretty exotic bunch. Spanish TV was eager to interview them. Complete strangers came up and hailed "the American pilgrims." Local...
Today's Story Line
It would be hard to overstate the depth of change occurring in Germany's political power structure. For most of the past 50 years, the conservative Christian Democratic Union held sway. Now the CDU is in serious trouble. News editors daily filter events...
Tonight, a Reflective Clinton Addresses US ; President's Last State of the Union Opens a Final Year in Which He Vows to Stay Busy
It's State-of-the-Union night, President Clinton's favorite time of year. It's his chance to speak unfiltered to the American people and to toss out policy points like confetti at a ticker-tape parade.Yet it's also the president's last such speech, a...
Travails of War and Drug Abuse from an Eyewitness
MY WAR GONE BY, I MISS IT SO By Anthony Loyd Atlantic Monthly Press 336 pp., $25 My War Gone By, I Miss It So" should not be confused with other books about the war in Bosnia. It neither attempts to explain the entire conflict nor waxes poetic about...
TV Bards: Storytellers Turn to Small Screen ; through the Ages, Writers Have Searched out the Largest Audience for Their Work. Today, That Means TV
When David Kelley sits down to write, he reaches for pen and paper, in the tradition of ink-stained novelists over the centuries. True, the tools of the trade are no longer quill and parchment (he uses a ballpoint pen and a yellow legal pad), but that's...
USA
In tonight's State of the Union address, President Clinton is expected to map out what he'd like Congress to approve during his final year in office, including health-insurance programs, education initiatives, and tax breaks for the working poor. Analysts...
What Makes a Pilgrimage a Pilgrimage?
The word "pilgrimage" is tossed about so loosely these days, it's often applied as casually to culinary adventures as to acts of religious devotion. But "pilgrim" customarily has referred to someone who exerted time and effort in the service of a belief,...
What's New
SCIENCE Moo to the third generation TOKYO - Japanese scientists have successfully bred two generations of cloned cows, the first time a large animal has been recloned, researchers say. The breeding of the calf is part of a project to study the life...
Whose Money (and Debt)? ; A Higher Federal Surplus: Pay Debt and Lower Taxes?
Anyone with a home mortgage who suddenly receives a big chunk of cash is tempted to pay down that weighty debt. But then they think twice: Are there better uses for my money? That's just the kind of question that Congress and President Clinton should...
World
Senior Palestinians denied - but a US official confirmed - a published report that details a proposed new formula for a final peace deal with Israel. The newspaper Haaretz said Palestinian Authority President Arafat proposed the handover of the entire...
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