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 23, 2003

A Beard That a Mother Could Love, at Last
In the fall of '64, I started graduate work in mathematics, turned 20, and grew a beard. Of these, the one that caused trouble was the beard.It was, of course, a big, hairy, '60s type beard, not the sort that would please anyone's mother. It was the...
About-Face in China
China's ruling Communist Party made a rare public admission last week, one that could mark a turning point in whether the Chinese government can ever be more open.The party admitted it failed to reveal enough data to the World Health Organization and...
An Old Israel-Iraq Oil Line ... Reopening?
Nothing could be better designed to undermine the coalition's promise that Iraq's oil should benefit its own people than Israel's proclaimed wish to "reopen" a long-unused pipeline from Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to Israel's Mediterranean port of Haifa.Israel's...
A Voice for Children and Families Will Soon Fall Silent
On the 14th floor of a Seventh Avenue office building in New York, change is in the air. Staff members at the Child Care Action Campaign are packing up papers and books, preparing to vacate the premises in a few weeks.This is no ordinary move for the...
Bush Water Follies
They're at it again. With Americans riveted to events unfolding in Iraq, the Bush administration has somehow found time to launch an assault on the nation's preeminent clean-water law.For 30 years, the Clean Water Act has served as the nation's major...
Castro Ploy Hasn't Worked: It's Same Old Cruel Regime
While the US is preoccupied with bringing freedom to Iraq, Fidel Castro is busy extinguishing it for his political opponents in Cuba, 90 miles from the US mainland.In timing that might not be coincidental, Mr. Castro, during the four weeks of the Iraqi...
Democracy Begins to Sprout in Iraq ; Political Parties - from Liberal Democrats to Islamists - Rush to Gain a Foothold
Up from the rubble of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, the first tentative seedlings of democracy are poking their heads, as political parties of every shape and form race to put down roots in the new Iraq.Commandeering abandoned buildings, putting up flags...
Despite Talks, Solution on N. Korea Far Off
The US wants North Korea to dismantle its nuclear programs. North Korea wants a guarantee from the US that it won't attack. China doesn't want a war on its border.But as important three-way talks begin here Wednesday between those nations, the most optimistic...
Domestic Draftees ; When Mom or Dad Goes off to War, Grandparents and Other Relatives Step in to Help Care for the Children
Saturday has become one of the busiest days of the week for Patti Abbate. Until recently, it was a time for errands, shopping, cleaning - all the mundane tasks that never get done during the week.But last month Ms. Abbate, who owns Sunrise Public Relations...
French Opinion on War Shifts
Natalie Lavarra is having second thoughts about her position on the Iraq war."I still think it was right of [French President Jacques] Chirac to say no to the war," says the secretary at a French pharmaceutical company in Paris. "But when I saw how happy...
Harsh Spotlight Falls on Cuba ; Crackdown on Dissidents Has Dismayed Countries That Thought the Regime Was Easing Its Hard Line
As a swift crackdown against Cuban dissidents brings global condemnation and the promise of further isolation, proponents of normal relations with the island regime are bewildered at Fidel Castro's rebuff of their efforts.Seventy-five dissidents were...
How Not to Flub N. Korea Talks
Whatever else President Bush may be as a leader, he is no poker player. This is particularly true in his dealings with America's only nuclear-armed adversary, North Korea. Mr. Bush has shown a remarkable inability to read North Korea's leader, the eccentric...
How the UN May Fit in Postwar Iraq
In the marble-floored Royal Palace No. 7, Lakhdar Brahimi looks as if he has the future of Afghanistan on his lean shoulders. In a way, he does.As the United Nations point man in Afghanistan, Mr. Brahimi is responsible for every single UN activity here...
If Nike Defends Itself, Is That a Commercial? ; Wednesday, the High Court Tackles Parameters of Free Speech, in a Decision That May Determine How Companies Rebut Criticism
For years, Nike Inc. has been under pressure for the labor practices of its contractors in developing countries. Now, the world's largest athletic-footwear company - known for its swoosh icon and high-priced pitchmen - has gone to the Supreme Court to...
Just Do What?
Can a corporation such as Nike defend its actions in the public square without being charged in court with making false or misleading statements?That's essentially what's at stake Wednesday, as the Supreme Court takes up arguments in a case that may...
Lawn Mowers on the Cutting Edge
If you are, or have been, the parent of a teenager, look at the photograph on this story. Have you ever seen a high school student who looked so happy while mowing the lawn?That's not knocking teens; I'm sure there are many who are willing and outstanding...
Learning to Cook the Julia Child Way ; Bored with Her Job, a Young New Yorker Devotes a Year to Making Meals from 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'
Like many who come to New York City seeking fame and fortune, Julie Powell found only cheap pizza, overpriced housing, and a monotonous office job.She works for the organization in charge of developing the World Trade Center site - a job that might sound...
Native Hawaiians Want Their Share of Paradise ; They Demand Royalties for Land Annexed by the US, but the State and Some Residents Balk at Paying All Reparations
What is the price of a stolen kingdom? That is the question many Hawaiian activists are posing as the state government tries to put to rest a decades-long dispute over royalties owed to native Hawaiians for use of lands annexed from their ancestors by...
Recipe for Iraq's Economy: Oil, Entrepreneurship ; Top Priorities Now: Ending Sanctions, Restoring the Flow of Oil and Food Aid, and Getting Cash to Iraqi Workers
For years, Iraq's economy has been held back by corruption, war, and an inefficient "command" structure in which major businesses were government-run.Now, the economic questions facing Iraq are as basic as this: Can Iraq be converted to some form of...
Remington Labored to Illumine the West
The name Frederic Remington is synonymous with the American West. Remington (1861-1909) - renowned illustrator, sculptor, journalist, novelist, and painter - provided the American public with the visual vocabulary that defined the late 19th-century Western...
Reporters on the Job
* RELIABLE SOURCES: As the Monitor's Peter Ford drove around the streets of Baghdad earlier this week and noticed makeshift signs going up announcing the creation of new political-party headquarters, he kept an eye out for the communists (page 1). "It...
Shiite Pilgrims to US: 'Thanks. Please Go Now.'
The chanting never stops. Nor does the flailing with chains. And the emotional intensity just keeps rising for Iraqi Shiite Muslims on their first free pilgrimage in a generation. They pound their chests so hard in unison that the ground the seems to...
Sticks for North Korea
Has North Korea been cowed by the US show of force in Iraq? At first, it seemed that way. The provocative actions and hostile rhetoric coming out of that country had hit a level not seen in years. Then the provocations stopped for a while, just as the...
The Ethics of Rebuilding Iraq
csmonitor.com's Josh Burek spoke to ethics expert Rush Kidder about the ethical aspects of rebuilding Iraq and spreading democracy around the globe. Mr. Kidder is founder and president of the Institute for Global Ethics.csmonitor.com: [Former Pentagon...
The Other Boots on the Ground: Embedded Press
It wasn't until the end of Ron Harris's six-week tour with the 7th Regiment that the embedded journalist got marines to open up - and share what they thought about reporters."One guy - a first sergeant - told me, 'Ron, when I heard you guys were coming,...
The Right Tools to Mend a Rip and a Rift
"I don't know the exact circumstances," the principal said, "but there was an argument in art class, and Dylan scratched Gary's face and tore his shirt."I was surprised. Dylan? My adorable little first-grader who'd never been in trouble in his life?But...
UN Debates How Hard to Push Postwar Role ; This Week, It Considers How to Apply Leverage, without Provoking a Backlash
The wrangling over what role the United Nations should play in postwar Iraq sounds in many ways like the prewar debate over the use of force: Claims abound that the United States is arrogantly forging ahead on its own or Security Council countries are...
Wow! Look at Coleus Now ; Considered the Plant Equivalent of Comfort Food, This Colorful Annual Has Gotten a Makeover
I have loved coleus since I was a child - back when my grandmother had several coleus plants with leaves that were cream, pale pink, and light green.Most of the time she kept them indoors, but she did take some cuttings and planted them outdoors in a...
Zebras and the Motherhood of God ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
We came suddenly to a clearing in the Zambian woodland and stopped. Our guide, in excited whispers, told us that we were seeing a near miracle. Only a few yards ahead, a mother zebra was caring for two colts. "The littler one's mother died," said the...