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 28, 1998

Across Asia, Regimes Loosen Subversive Political Effects of Market Capitalism Prod Governments in the Region to Become More Responsive
Old ways of doing business aren't the only traditions breaking up in Asia these days. The whip of financial crisis has cracked open Asian politics, as well - perhaps presaging a historic shift towards openness in a region long known for less-than-democratic...
An Orbital Workshop Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
Like a family with a build-it-yourself furniture kit, astronauts and cosmonauts who will be assembling the international space station hope the parts fit together smoothly.There's no guarantee. But the manufacturers in 16 countries on four continents...
Are We Subduing Our Allies in Fight against Climate Change? New Studies Suggest That Plants and Oceans May Absorb Less Carbon Dioxide Because of Temperature Changes
Lush forests and windswept oceans are two of humanity's most important natural allies in the battle against global warming. But until recently, scientists didn't know how climate change itself might weaken these allies, which absorb heat-trapping...
At the End of Her Rope, Mom Smiles and Swings
A thick, frayed rope still dangles from an elm tree beside a river-bank in New Hampshire. I know just where it is. I discovered it last year. It was only the second woodland dangler I had seen in my lifetime. A rope swing!Inspecting the length and the...
Defining America: Ideals vs. Just an Address
Is America more than an address? And if so, what? These are questions that we're having extraordinary difficulties answering together in contemporary America.America has always faced a challenge in defining itself as a nation. Unlike the historic situation...
Far-Flung Tales of the Ordinary These First Novels, Up Close and Personal, All Delve into the Lives of Their Characters and Draw out Their Uniqueness
KALIMANTAANBy C.S. GodshalkHenry Holt 472 pp., $25 THE WRITTEN SCRIPT By Annalita Marsigli Overlook Press 315 pp., $24.95 THE PARIS YEARS OF ROSIE KAMIN By Richard Teleky Steerforth Press 218 pp., $24 THE BAKER By Paul Hond Random House 360 pp., $23...
Fostering Trust and Civility Is a Moral Issue Acclaimed Author Stephen Carter on the Duty to Respect Others
In the sultry summer of 1966, five children settled with some trepidation on the front steps of their new home in northwest Washington, D.C. Their lawyer father had just accepted a job with the federal government, and this was their first venture into...
Gifts from a Gifted Teacher
His name was Ray Rinehart, but naturally we, his fifth-graders, called him "Mr. Rinehart." I was a timid 10-year-old on the first day of class, and the teacher's bullfrog rumble made me tremble in my tennis shoes. A man teacher was a new idea to me,...
Hong Kong Pushes for More Democracy Sunday's Election Gave Democrats a Big Win, and an Incentive to Push China to Allow More Directly Elected Seats
The limited democracy that China has allowed in Hong Kong has left many people wanting more.After last Sunday's election, in which Democrats won handsomely even though they could run for only one-third of the seats in the legislature - demands are on...
How Indonesia's Army Fills a Power Vacuum Military's Chief of Socio-Political Affairs Reveals Ideas on Democracy, East Timor
It is now possible to call Indonesia's former President Suharto a dictator in the office of one of the country's most senior generals and provoke not even the raising of an eyebrow."It's OK," says Lt. Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, for a foreign visitor...
International Space Station Starts to Take Shape
A little over three years ago, American astronaut James Wetherbee made a prediction about space flight that should soon come true. His space shuttle Discovery had finished the first-ever rendezvous of a United States craft with Russia's Mir space station....
Invaluable Lessons from Russian Space Station
Move over John Glenn. Here comes Valeriy Ryumin. The veteran cosmonaut is catching the early June space shuttle to the Mir space station. After 18 years on the sidelines, he is heading for one last fling in orbit.Like Senator Glenn's, Dr. Ryumin's veteran...
Journalists Give Business Priorities a Wary Welcome
Publisher Mark Willes makes his position perfectly clear. When there are dueling viewpoints at the Los Angeles Times over business decisions and editorial needs, "The editorial decisionmaker wins every time," he says.But in l995, when the Times Mirror...
Keeping A Language Kosher
ASK Israelis what makes them Israeli, and they just may answer in Hebrew. Its rebirth as a living language was once viewed as the glue that would bind a dispersed people.Today, Hebrew experts are less concerned about nation-building and more interested...
Letters
Ballot Initiatives Are Less DemocraticThe article "Ballots Boom, but Is It Good Government?" (May 20) addresses a very important problem, and some of the operating difficulties with the ballot-initiative process. I would like to suggest additional fundamental...
Math Chat: A Weight-Loss Formula for Space
Old space station challengeThe new space station is only about 6 percent farther from the center of the earth than the earth's surface. Therefore gravity should be just about 12 percent less than on the earth's surface (by Newton's "inverse square" law...
New Contender for the Morality Vote
Besides being the junior US senator from Missouri, John Ashcroft is a baritone singer, a country-music composer, and man whose idea of relaxing is to ride motorcycles around his farm in southern Missouri.In person, this easygoing former two-term governor...
No Miserable Me! Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Have you ever had the experience of listening to a particular piece of music and then hearing it over and over again in your mind? That happened to me recently with an Italian pop song that had become an international hit. I woke up very early one morning,...
Presidential Election Offers Hope for Troubled Colombia
No matter who wins, Sunday's presidential election in Colombia offers hope for a better future for that troubled country. After four years of a weakened and controversial president, the change in leadership will, itself, be important. It will also open...
Real US China Interests
First, sort. Then act. House Speaker Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Lott ought to start the coming days sorting out America's national interest in China from the political hay to be made from attempts by some Chinese military-industrial-party figures...
Separating the Wheat from the Tares in News
It's a short, slim book, but it's all Pete Hamill, which means lots of punch to his words and ideas, but no sourness after 40 years of banging around journalism and life in New York.And this new book, "News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth...
South Will Rise Again, This Time to GOP Beat Elections, Both Big and Small, Are Expected to Further Enhance GOP's Standing across the Region
There's a slow-motion revolution under way in statehouses and county courthouses across the South.Republicans are increasingly elbowing their way into state and local offices in a region where Democrats have had a near-total lock across the political...
Stories of Character and Courage Children's Imagination Thrives Where Heroes, Heroines, and Noble Deeds Happen
What makes a great children's book? Good word choice? Engaging characters? Strong plot? Yes, all of these. But Kathleen Odean, author of the recently published paperbacks "Great Books for Girls" and "Great Books for Boys" (Ballantine), has additional...
The Monitor's Guide to Bestsellers
Hardcover Fiction1. A WIDOW FOR A YEAR, by John Irving, Random House, $27.95John Irving has returned with his best book since "A Prayer for Owen Meany." Told in three episodes, it's the story of Ruth Coles's struggle to grow out of an emotionally neglected...
The News in Brief
The USKentucky voters chose two congressmen to vie for a vacant US Senate seat held by Democrats since 1974. Rep. Scotty Baesler narrowly won the most expensive primary in Kentucky history, beating five Democratic opponents, including multimillionaire...
'Titanic' Has Cruise Execs Singing 'Our Profits Will Go on and On' Cruise Sales Have Been Spurred by Hit Movie. World's Largest Ship Set Sail May 27
Thank you, Leonardo.The success of the film "Titanic" has cruise industry executives, like so many Celine Dions, warbling the praises of the iceberg epic and its baby-faced star, Leonardo DiCaprio.Before the film's release, the industry was concerned...
'To Think Is to Thank'
Ideas are.They define the world and our place in it. They confer identity. They are closer to us than a small child, arms tight around a mother's neck.With the rollout today of Ideas, the fourth of five new weekly feature sections, Monitor journalists...
Who Will Judge the Judges?
OUT OF ORDER: ARROGANCE, CORRUPTION, AND INCOMPETENCE ON THE BENCHBy Max BootBasic Books, 252 pp., $25 The struggle over control of the judiciary is one of the most bitter in Washington and many statehouses. Liberals want judges who are sympathetic to...