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 September 3, 1998

14,000-Foot Peaks Draw Crowds - and Bootprints Climbers Clog Colorado's Mountains, Putting a Strain on the Environment
Ask normally reticent mountain man John Nale about the crowds of folks in the Colorado high country these days - and stand back.It's not that he's unwilling to share the trail with all the newcomers who feed on a steady diet of Outside Magazine and extreme-...
A Call for Reasonable Outrage
THE DEATH OF OUTRAGE: BILL CLINTON AND THE ASSAULT ON AMERICAN IDEALSBy William J. BennettFree Press154 pp., $20William Bennett finished this book before President Clinton's Aug. 17 grand jury testimony and his telling few minutes before a national television...
America, Strung with Clotheslines
During the 16 years I worked and traveled as a fruit picker, I noticed that migrant women often evaluated a campground or trailer park on the basis of one amenity: a clothesline. "I like that trailer park where we winter at, down in Bakersfield," a woman...
America Watches the Giants Swing in a Homeric Quest, Two Players Close in Inexorably on One of the Great Records in Sports
In America's midlands today, in the streets of the urban sprawls on the East Coast, and on the bicep beaches of California, they weren't talking Yeltsin or Nasdaqs. Clinton's fiascos disappeared. Irrelevant. What you heard was Mc-Gwire and home runs.It...
An Effort to Widen Clinton's Shadow A North Carolina Republican Candidate Is First to Try Strategy of Guilt by Association
At Benson's Main Street Cafe in a rural part of North Carolina, people are talking about the political promise and pitfalls the Lewinsky scandal offers Republicans.The topic over lunch is Dan Page, the Republican challenger in their congressional district.In...
A New Show of Black Promise but Two Mass Rallies This Weekend Highlight a Quest for Greater Unity among Young African-Americans
They have the most promising future of any generation of blacks in America's history. They're better educated. And they're headed for adulthood in an era when black incomes are rising and overt racism is receding.But in an odd paradox, these black teens...
An Irishman's Defense of English
We take for granted the amazing process of language-learning. Pronouns are the last parts of speech a child masters, since their meaning continually shifts. Does "I" refer to me or to you? Why does "you" sometimes mean you and sometimes me? To avoid...
A Town's Moral Uprising Cable Porn
This southern California town of 45,000 is putting itself on the map as a model of how to "just say no" to activities it feels will erode family and moral values.In quick succession, folks here nixed plans for a gambling casino, then a pool hall. They...
'Beauty and the Beast': Fleeting Phenomenon or Enduring Show?
There is a brilliant flash of light, an explosion of smoke, and a prince turns into a beast before our very eyes. In an extravagant castle, household objects come vividly to life as a sassy broom, a diva wardrobe, a cranky clock, a cunning candlestick,...
Britain and Ireland Tag-Team against Terrorism Both Governments Pass Their Strongest Bills Ever to Track Down and Punish Renegade Groups
Northern Ireland's most hardened terrorists now face the prospect of near-total isolation.They are also having to contend with the toughest antiterrorist laws ever devised by the British and Irish governments.As President Clinton arrived in Belfast yesterday,...
Can Anyone Manage the World? Solving World Crises Is Difficult in an Age of Rising Domestic Politics and Tight Global Financial Ties
As Presidents Clinton and Boris Yeltsin ended their summit, the embattled leaders' dour expressions said more than their words about the outcome.Official declarations aside, there were no major arms-control accords or resolutions of foreign-policy differences....
Centuries of Myth about the Chinese
THE CHAN'S GREAT CONTINENT: CHINA IN WESTERN MINDSBy Jonathan D. SpenceW.W. Norton279 pp., $27.50When Deng Xiaoping, then leader of the People's Republic of China, visited the US in 1979, Americans couldn't get enough of him. Pictures of the smiling...
Combatting Terrorism without Sacrificing Democratic Values
TERRORISM AND AMERICA: A COMMONSENSE STRATEGY FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETYBy Philip B. HeymannMIT Press180 pp., $20As night settled on the city of Khartoum, Sudan, and training camps near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 20, a faint whirring sound broke the evening's...
Dispersing a Cloud
My mother-in-law is a heavy smoker. She smokes in her house, she smokes in her car, she sometimes smokes in her bed before she falls asleep at night and as soon as she wakes up in the morning. She smokes around other people, in large groups or small.What...
Down a Cyborg Rabbit Hole
Mark McGwire, in hot pursuit of Roger Maris's Major League Baseball home-run record for a single season, admits to using a dietary supplement. It has a testosterone-boosting compound.Most fans still cheer him on since what he ingests is not banned by...
Enhanced Homers?
The way Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs are swinging for the fences, baseball's single- season home record could fall almost any day. The question seems to be when, not if, the mark of 61 homers set by Roger...
Far Corners of Globe Serve Up Tennis Players
Thirty years ago, the quintessence of tennis was the country club. Suburbanites in their dress whites volleyed in the summer sun.Today, the United Nations seems a better model, as more and more doors are opening for players around the world to enter...
Fashion Then and Now
Ahhh, September. For some people, it's a time to bemoan the end of late nights and lazy days. But for me it's a time of fresh starts, full schedules, and new clothes.I suspect that the ritual of back-to-school shopping - picking out a new pair of jeans,...
'Firelight' Glows but Fails to Fully Ignite
Movie screens aren't exactly swarming with governesses this season, but they do seem more numerous than usual. First we had "The Governess," with Minnie Driver as the title character, who falls in love with her wealthy 19th-century employer and helps...
Freeing 'Willy': A Whale of a Job for the Air Force
The pilots and loadmasters at Charleston Air Force Base here have ferried some unusual cargo in their careers, including Russian fighter jets and foreign heads of state fleeing into exile.But the passenger they are to take next week from Oregon to Iceland...
Giant Worms Imperil Ancient Rice Terraces
The 2,000-year-old Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, which are already under threat from poor irrigation, neglect, and cultural change, have met a new menace - giant earthworms.The ancient terraces, dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by the...
Home-Run Derby: Season's Saving Grace - Barely
It has been a crummy baseball season but relief is on the way: The season is ending.First, and by far the most important, is that the competition among the teams has been almost nil. There are three divisions in the National League, three in the American...
How Hurricanes May Add to Global Warming New Research Shows That Hurricanes Pump More CO2 into the Air by Roiling Oceans
Scientists tracking the global warming gas carbon dioxide (CO2) should look at what hurricanes do to the surface of the sea.The ocean soaks up about a third of the CO2 coming from fossil fuel burning and forest clearance. But new research shows that...
KLA's 'Blind One' Speaks Candidly about the Kosovo War
SEATED at a corner table in a cafe behind the Hotel Ermali, the coordinator of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in northern Albania gave a candid interview that sheds light on the armed conflict in the Serbian province of Kosovo.The KLA leader, an ethnic...
Legends of the P.E. Wall - Who Were Those Guys?
Summer is retreating. Kids are heading back to class. On sultry afternoons, when the shadows are long, I can recall the sound of shrill whistles blowing, the crack of shoulder pads colliding, and the smell of grass in my face. Football season is here.Every...
Letters
The Overworked American?The article "Long Workdays Draw Backlash" (Aug. 28) adds to the myth of the "overworked American," a misleading description of work experience in America. Data from the Current Population Survey show that since 1968, the length...
Letters
A University and Its Football TeamIt's the classic American tale - rags to riches, downtrodden underdog makes it good. That's the tale sports columnist Douglas Looney told in "Lowly Colorado State Begins to Forget Its Place" (Aug. 14) on CSU's recent...
Let Us Be Grateful for Lettuce, and More
The huge heads of lettuce glistened with drops of water nestled among their red-tipped, frilly leaves. They took up nearly half the Stoner Vegetable Stand."Those are beautiful heads of lettuce," I said, almost to myself, almost to the woman shopping...
Lights! Camera! Fall Films! This Season's Most-Anticipated Movies Include Star-Powered Romances, Animated Bug Flicks, and a Superb Drama from Makers of 'Remains of the Day.'
The fall movie season is just around the corner, and there's no better place to sense its mood and anticipate its pleasures than the World Film Festival in this bustling city, which is just far enough from Hollywood and just crammed enough with American...
Little Profit in Attack on Capitalism
THE TROUBLE WITH CAPITALISM: AN ENQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC FAILUREBy Harry ShuttZed Books256 pp., $22.50It is useful to challenge conventional wisdom. In "The Trouble With Capitalism," economist Harry Shutt tackles the notion that capitalism...
Microchip under His Skin
When Kevin Warwick walks into his office, doors open, lights switch on, and a digitized voice says, "Welcome, Professor Warwick."He could have created the same effects by tucking a smart card into the pocket of his tweed jacket. But by opting to implant...
New Guerrillas Rival Old Rebels to Free Kosovo KLA Gives a Cold Shoulder to an Upstart Group, Complicating the Path to Peace
This rugged mountain land no longer belongs solely to the Kosovo Liberation Army.In a development that could hamper the armed independence movement in Kosovo, a second guerrilla army rivaling the KLA has sprung up with a base in northern Albania.Like...
N. Ireland on Course
Britain and Ireland have announced a policy response to the terrorist bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Both governments will employ tough new laws designed to strengthen their ability to detain, interrogate, and convict suspects in that crime, which...
North Korea's Missile Show Tests Japan's Tolerance US Satellites Reveal a Second Launch Could Come Soon. Japan Scrambles to Respond
For North Korea, one ballistic missile may deserve another.The governments of Japan and South Korea yesterday prepared for a possible second missile launch by North Korea, which startled the world on Monday by firing a two-stage rocket over the northern...
One Way to Avoid Scandal A White House Inspector General Could Close the 'Gates'
Perhraps it is not surprising that many of the scandals that have plagued the Clinton administration have arisen in an institution that lacks an inspector general.The financial irregularities that ultimately resulted in "Travel- gate," the improper handling...
Pakistan Edging toward Islamic Rule A Strategic Nation's Secular System Is in Jeopardy as Its Leader Promotes Theocracy
A billowy, sail-shaped white granite facade seems to lift Pakistan's modern new Supreme Court building right off the ground. But turbulent Islamic headwinds may now wreck this soaring symbol of law.A new plan by beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif...
Philosophy Tries to Fill Ethics Vacuum in Cyberspace
To paraphrase Will Rogers, most philosophers never met a moral quandary they didn't like. After all, philosophers are beside themselves when pondering quandaries of the human race.But until recently, in a swiftly moving technological society, most philosophers...
Population Shifts - Future Challenge Is Here
Some new studies of world population raise new questions of public policy and illuminate how complicated the problem is. It's commonly held that explosive population growth threatens the world's resources, the environment, economic development, and social...
Praying for Others Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
It has sometimes been thought of as the more-or-less-exclusive vocation of the ministry. But we hear a lot today about people praying for each other. Some churches have prayer groups that take "requests." People are finding that praying for one another...
Reining in Weapons
The effort to keep weapons of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands has been fumble-fingered of late.First, growing indecisiveness over holding Iraq to its post-Gulf War agreement to dismantle nuclear, chemical, and biological armaments...
Residents Are Working to Help Wilmington, N.C., Heal Racial Divisions That Persist 100 Years after Whites Ran Blacks out of Town City Struggles to Bridge Century-Old Rift
Overlooking the Cape Fear River as it flows toward the sea, the antebellum landmarks of old Wilmington stand like stoic, silent witnesses to a brutal act kept buried by this North Carolina port for 100 years.Historic plaques gracing the city's marble...
Russians Ask: What Reform? Runs on Banks, Food Lines Bring Memories of Communist Era. Will Recent Progress Stick?
In recent days, Muscovites have noticed the comeback of a certain feminine accessory - the avoska. Loosely translated as "maybe" or "just in case," it is a plastic or net bag easily crumpled into a coat pocket.The avoska was an indispensable item for...
Russia's Oligarchs Wield Power Behind the Scenes
Any time there is a major political development in Russia, conspiracy theories swirl about behind-the-scenes maneuverings of tycoons.These intriguing financiers appeared only over the past five or six years in the aftermath of the Soviet Union. They...
Safe at School Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
A recent survey of US teenagers indicated that six out of 10 say their top concern is crime and violence in school. Some reports predict an increase in violent incidents.But the situation is not hopeless. And resignation to fear and helplessness only...
Swissair Crash: Blemish on Good Safety Record Officials See No Sign of Terrorism but Have Not Pinpointed Cause of the Air Tragedy
As international investigators scour the cold waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, airline experts say the crash of Swissair Flight 111 late Wednesday was a tragic punctuation to what overall has been a good year for airline safety."In the United States,...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt (the first set of '+' marks in each review) unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (the second set of '+' marks in each review) reflect the sometimes...
The News in Brief
The USThe Senate was expected to approve $18 billion in funds for the International Monetary Fund, shifting debate to the House where a companion bill includes only $3.4 billion for the agency. The Senate's IMF package is part of a bill that provides...
The News in Brief
The USAttorney General Janet Reno showed key lawmakers a series of Justice Department memos recommending she seek an independent counsel to probe Democrats' campaign-fundraising. Republicans, who have threatened to hold her in contempt of Congress for...
The Reasons for Seasons in Maine
A directive recently descended to gladden our regimented affairs. It said that henceforth our fire-alarm system will be inspected twice a year: once in the jonquil spring when the air conditioners are installed, and again in the golden autumn when the...
Untangling the Religion-Science Debate
News from the front: The war between science and religion has been greatly exaggerated. PBS's new documentary on the age-old debate, "Faith and Reason" (Sept. 11, 10-11 p.m.), demonstrates that much of the controversy has been misrepresented. The program...
Wall Street Bankrolls New Artificial Intelligence Software
Mathematician Ben Goertzel is producing a computer program he says will take the Internet out of its "infancy" and spearhead a new era in intelligence-based software. His plans are part science fiction and part actual possibility, say critics and champions...
What's on TV
TV highlights for the week of Sept. 5-11. Shows listed are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times are Eastern; check local listings.MONDAY 9/7Ben-Hur (TCM, noon-3:45 p.m.): William Wyler's epic spectacle offers more than a tense chariot...
When Is It Time to Forgive?
What happens now?The president of the United States has admitted inappropriate behavior with a young woman who is not his wife. The nation's chief executive further has acknowledged that he "misled" the American people - meaning he lied by omission.This...
Why Can't We Be Friends? Sudan to U.S
The Sudanese taxi driver mulled over the nationality of his passenger for a moment, then leaned close and said in a throaty whisper:"Viva USA!"Sudan's official policy could hardly be described as pro-American. It has been even less so since US cruise...
Will Asia Woes Turn State's Golden Economy to Dross? California, Which Does Double the US Rate of Trade with Asia, May Give Clues to What the Future Holds for the US Economy
With world financial markets in crisis and investors trying to discern the lessons of this week's black Monday, eyes are turning to the mammoth economy of California as a possible harbinger of trends to come.The Golden State's $1 trillion-plus output...
Workers' Wages Are Up, but Security Eludes Many Stock Market Volatility Ranks Last among Seven Economic Concerns of Americans, Says Study to Be Released Today
Many Americans couldn't care less when stock prices sail up or down. The majority don't own any shares at all.What they watch closely is not some electronic stock ticker but the paycheck that arrives every week or two. And, for the typical worker, those...