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 April 21, 2000

As Asylum Seekers Surge, British Beg to Differ ; an Influx of Refugees Seeking a Better Standard of Living Has Western European Governments Looking for Tougher Controls
Some weeks back, I was traveling on the Tube, London's subway system, when I was nudged by a woman in a grubby, dark-brown coat, a well-worn scarf around her olive-skinned face. The child in her arms was swathed so tightly its features were hard to see....
Bach's 250th Produces Some Wild and Woolly CDs
Johann Sebastian Bach's music has been praised for epitomizing God's order on earth. Even so, the explosion of interest from CD companies on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death is an extraordinary sign of his lasting importance. From single-CD...
Beyond What's in the Books
The kids in the back are acting up, but Katherine Lin forges gamely ahead. The junior stands amid chest-high drafting tables in the design class and says, somewhat incongruously, "This is a story about Joe who went to a party and got busted." A freshman...
Cal Ripken Finds 3,000 Ways to Succeed
Cal Ripken, third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is one of the most accomplished players in the major leagues. He catapulted himself to the attention of even devoted nonfans five seasons ago when he surpassed Lou Gehrig's record of playing in 2,130...
'Center' Dances to Sprightly Beat
Dance is a great subject for movies because it moves. Elegant motion, rhythmic music, colorful costumes - what more could a filmmaker need? Another great subject is young people, partly because they're attractive and energetic, and partly because real-life...
Cops Narrow Gap on Web Criminals ; This Week's Arrest of a Teen Hacker Shows That Law Enforcement Is Getting More Savvy
Computer hackers cruising the Internet these days should check their rearview mirrors. Those flashing lights might not be the modem. They could be the technology police. With increased manpower, better know-how, and higher-profile cases, law-enforcement...
Dusting off the Musicals ; the Goodspeed Opera House Revives Classic Musicals and Jump-Starts New Ones
It's been called the mecca of musical theater, and it's one of the few places in the United States that's devoted to America's popular theater form. Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House is at the forefront of reviving classic musicals and providing a...
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IT DIDN'T CRACK THEM UP In Philadelphia, some radio station executives are - well - scrambling to get off the griddle after their bright idea for a special promotion backfired. In the spirit of Easter, listeners were asked to mail raw eggs to WMMR-FM...
Gentle Anglo-Irish Fable Takes on Love and Politics
The early chapters of Elizabeth Bowen's intelligent novel "The Last September" are preoccupied with a get-together of family and old friends. There's much description of clothes and furnishings and personalities - and tucked in around the edges, there...
Green Issues Alter Campaign Climate ; the Environment Is High on Voters' Agenda - Making It Potentially Pivotal in Bush-Gore Race
When it comes to the environment, neither Al Gore nor George W. Bush is quite the extremist each makes the other out to be. Governor Bush, the king of toxics in Texas? By many measures, perhaps yes, but recently he has been sounding surprisingly green:...
Holding on, and Letting Go
Last Sunday we all got spring fever. Jonquils were nodding their bright-yellow heads in a barely warm breeze, the sweet smell of honeysuckle was heavy in the air, and the sky was a pure, vivid blue. Just as I have for the past dozen years around this...
Hot-Seat Question: To Sit or Sell?
I had just unfolded into my airline seat, and a cramped four hours stood between me and Portland, Ore. I wasn't looking forward to breathing stale, manufactured cabin air and the perfume of the lady next to me. But I had secured a bulkhead seat, the...
Huge Special-Effects Feats Feed Stories in 'U-571' and 'T-REX'
Moviemakers have always loved machines and monsters. In particular, they love whatever makes their machines and monsters the biggest, loudest, and most realistic around. Two of the latest big machine-big monster films, "U-571" and IMAX's "T-REX: Back...
In Harare It's Economy, Not Race ; African Leaders Meet Zimbabwe's President Today, amid Unrest on White- Owned Farms
Three African presidents have pledged to help stop the escalating violence in Zimbabwe. Leaders of South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia plan to confront Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe at a meeting in Victoria Falls today. Their aim is to pressure...
In Miami, Free Speech Is Selective ; Anti-Castro Passion in Little Havana Has History of Drowning out Opposing Views
The heated custody battle over Elian Gonzalez is shining a bright light on the Cuban-American community in Little Havana. Television images beamed around the world show a community passionate about the welfare of the six-year-old boy - a tight-knit...
In Pakistan, a Beardless Man Doesn't Fit In
After 10 years in the West, Ali Iftikhar came home to Pakistan to test the waters. His father, a schoolmaster, wants him to stay in the village, get married, and settle down. But that isn't going to happen. Not now, anyway. It isn't just that Mr. Iftikhar,...
Lively Legend Plans Escape from Acting
Call Paul Newman "a film legend," and he bursts out laughing. "Maybe just say I've been blessed." Paul Newman has been in love with acting for the past 50 years, and his fans will be happy that he's again on the screen in what he describes as a caper...
One Who Shouldn't Be, and Three Who Should
As we entered the year 2000 it seemed we needed mostly a computer that could add 99 and 1 and get 100, thus entering the next century in academic dignity. One thing we did get was television's Baseball Team of the Century, and I take exception to it...
Real Gender Gap in Politics: Men ; New Polls Show George W. Bush Gaining among Women, but Al Gore Still Lags Behind with Male Voters
The Democrats have a gender problem. They seem to be having trouble getting men to commit. While pundits, pollsters, and the media make the most of the Republicans' troubles with soccer moms, the Democrats' difficulty with dismayed dads barely gets...
Russia's Goodwill Pacts Come with a Bite ; Its Recent Actions to Ratify Two Antinuclear Measures Back the US into a Corner on Its National Missile-Defense Plan
On the surface, Russia's recent arms-control initiatives seem to be gestures of goodwill from the country's president-elect, Vladimir Putin. By ratifying START II, and in all likelihood approving the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty today, Moscow has done...
Singapore Loosens Reins with Speakers Corner ; the Government's Plan of a Forum for Free Speech Is Intended to Encourage Creativity
It may be only a little patch of green in a public park, but the proposal for a Speakers Corner here marks a deep departure from the tightly controlled environment that has dominated this small Southeast Asian country. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's...
Suspense under the Sea in 'U-571'
You can't keep a good submarine story down. That's a message Hollywood rediscovers from time to time, and it's not surprising that the idea is surfacing again, since stories about World War II recaptured the public imagination when "Saving Private Ryan"...
The Complex Passions of Miami Cubans
To understand the passions of the Miami Cubans, you have to go back to April 17, 1961, and the CIA's misconceived, misdirected landing of Cuban exiles without air cover to overthrow Fidel Castro.Since then, says University of Miami scholar Max Castro,...
The Executing of Executions
The death penalty usually wins base-rock support from conservatives, either Democratic or Republican. Yet a number of conservative voices are recognizing that the way capital punishment is administered needs rethinking, if not the very act itself. Religious...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Red stars denote the reviews of Monitor movie critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor panel ( blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs,...
The Restarting of START
Nearly a decade after the end of the cold war, Moscow and Washington still struggle with two major aftereffects. One is lingering mistrust. The other is an overkill in nuclear missiles. Reducing both of those will require patient persuasion by the US...
The Turnoff of TV Turnoff Week
Due to circumstances fully within my control, I will not be interrupting TV broadcasts in my house anytime soon. This is not a test. It is an actual alert from a viewer who declines to participate in National TV Turnoff Week. Yes, I've read the publicity...
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It's proved difficult for one Pakistani man, who lived in the West and adopted Western ways, to go home again . South African leaders press Zimbabwe's president to end violence In Britain, political parties are responding to public disgruntlement caused...
Two Hidden Ancient Cultures Revealed
As political barriers soften and technology unites the world in one big conversation, it's not surprising to see national cultural treasures becoming today's language of exchange. Two exhibits full of works never before seen outside their native countries,...
USA
After a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled that Elian Gonzalez must stay in the country during legal proceedings initiated by his Miami relatives, lawyers for the great-uncle said he offered to take the boy anywhere in the US to meet his Cuban father....
We Are Not Powerless ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
It's awful to feel powerless. Yet that's the way many people do feel when they face violence, financial crisis, oppressive working conditions, menacing addiction, disease, pain. But the good news of the Bible is that we are not powerless. That we shouldn't...
World
There will be no more violence on white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, leaders of armed blacks who have been seizing them pledged. But they said they would not yield back the land because it was rightfully theirs, and the remains of a black farm foreman missing...
Writing Plays in the Land of Films ; Interview / Jon Robin Baitz
Standing in the lobby before the premire of his latest work, "Mizlansky/Zilinsky," playwright Jon Robin Baitz wonders aloud if he wasn't too unguarded about his profession during an earlier interview. "I probably said too much," Mr. Baitz says with...