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 December 2, 1998

A Bountiful Harvest of Ha-Has Series: A Weekly Series about a Municipal Garden in Glasgow, Scotland
'Red, you're at it again!" I yell admiringly from the main path. He is fashioning long, deep trenches between pyramidal mounds of dirt. The universe at large, and the plots in particular, would be duller if Red didn't keep doing this - though I don't...
Africa's Huge, Harsh Land of Hope Rich in Oil and People, Nigeria Tastes Freedom, Faces Old-Guard Power, on Way to Civilian Rule in May
Often described as Africa's greatest hope, Nigeria is currently attempting its fourth official transition to democracy since independence from Britain in 1960.The sudden death of Gen. Sani Abacha in June put an end to the country's darkest period in...
After the First One, It's Easy Eating Oysters
First encountered oysters one humid night in a run-down oyster bar in New Orleans' French Quarter.I was a very finicky eater at the time, and the thought of slurping down a live, raw, bi-valve with the texture of a slug from a dirty shell dredged from...
Fun Doesn't Always Require Microchips Electronics Sell, but So Do Board Games and Yo-Yos
Try as she might, the toy vender couldn't interest Johnny Pearson in the "interactive cyber-watch."Young Johnny, visiting London, told his mother he would rather have a simple yo-yo than the hi-tech timepiece.Amid the pre-Christmas shoppers at Hamley's...
Good Cause, Bad Legislation
The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, passed by Congress just before its October adjournment, raises anew the question of priorities in foreign policy.The law sets up a complicated scale according to which the United States is supposed to...
Hottest Toys in America
Here are some popular toys that are already selling out in US stores. Listed in alphabetical order:A Bug's Life: Among the most popular of the Disney movie toys: A Bug's Life video game (Sony, $40) and Deluxe Talking Flik plastic doll (Mattel, $30).Air...
Indian Rights and Traditions Hang in Balance Supreme Court Hears Argument Today on an 1837 Treaty That Allows Hunting and Fishing Methods in Minnesota Banned by State Law
A few blocks southeast of the US Supreme Court building in the heart of the nation's capital, a long wisp of white smoke snakes upward to the sky.City folks who see or smell the smoke might fear the beginnings of a house fire or someone illegally burning...
Is Holiday Spending Hiding Economy's Flaws? Binge Buying and Reliance on Overvalued Stocks May Leave People without Enough Savings, Some Experts Say
Even though holiday shoppers are whisking merchandise off shelves and overheating cash registers, it might not be the season to be jolly.Instead of a boom, consumer spending today is a tinsel-wrapped binge headed for a bust, say a small but influential...
Not Just a World Cop, US Spends Big to Keep Peace after the Cold War, Winning, Building, and Maintaining the Peace Costs Billions of Dollars
President Clinton announced Nov. 30 the US would give an extra $400 million to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority next year, for a total of $500 million. Just last week Israel asked the United States for an extra $1.25 billion.Various economic levers...
Out of Siberia, Two Brothers Set to Challenge Moscow
Last month, two governors from Siberia decided to build a structure across the Yenisey River, to be called the Bridge of Friendship.In itself, there was nothing remarkable about the fact - except that the duo planning this symbol of unity are brothers,...
Pinning Guilt on Pinochet Honoring Spain's Extradition Request May Set a Dangerous Precedent
Britian's highest court has decided 3 to 2 that a treaty requires the British to honor a Spanish request for the extradition of Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, Chile's strong man from 1973 until he "retired" with a rank of "Senator for Life" in Chile....
Probe of Clinton Takes New Turn Perjury Plus
Many Americans may want the House impeachment inquiry to just vanish like a low-rated TV series canceled after the November sweeps. Some members of Congress are increasingly talking of censuring President Clinton as an alternative to an impeachment vote.But...
Quebec's Vote
The reelection of Premier Lucien Bouchard and the Parti Quebecois is a victory for separatists, but not for separation. The people of Quebec voted - narrowly - in favor of the good government Mr. Bouchard has provided, and to give their province a strong...
Shuttle Mission Launches a New Era in Spaceflight Zero-Gravity Connections
One of the most ambitious building projects ever undertaken will begin in the predawn darkness, when six astronauts and a large aluminum cylinder rocket into space aboard the shuttle Endeavour Dec. 3.During the 13-day mission, the astronauts will mate...
Spiritual Authority and Healing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
She'd been travelling for over 48 hours straight - dealing with bad weather, missed connections, long international flights. I assumed that any great-grandmother doing all that must be exhausted. So I kept offering to carry her travel bag. Or take her...
Superpower Needs Assistance
Hardly a day goes by without some bulletin about action by "the world's only superpower."Uncle Sam is nudging Japan to remake its economy. He's pushing Europe to act on the Balkans, go slow in Cuba, and eat his Honduran bananas. He's squeezing Israel...
Teens Get Their Hands on City Purse Strings
Portia Jones and her colleagues were in heated debate, weighing the expenditure of several thousand dollars, when she bolted from the conference room to make an urgent phone call."Is Mom there?" the high school junior said, pleadingly, into the phone....
The Frosty Moment Called for Ice Cream
Every time I receive a wedding invitation, I envision the unique personalities of the two people about to wed. I think of what they love, what they share, what makes them laugh. Then I go to the store and buy them all the same thing: an old-fashioned...
The News in Brief
The USRepublicans on the House Judiciary panel were expected to subpoena secret FBI and Justice Department memos urging Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged fund- raising irregularities in President Clinton's...
Today's Story Line
Over the past decade or so, we have noticed the US trying to bring peace to world trouble spots, not only with guns but with butter. Money can buy many solutions. We asked our financial sleuth, David Francis, to tally up the costs of peace.One of Africa's...
Two Oil Giants Seek Refuge as One $77 Billion Exxon-Mobil Merger Will Create the World's Largest Corporation, Reuniting Parts of Rockefeller Empire
The merger between Exxon and Mobil, creating the largest corporation on earth, underscores how much the world energy industry is changing - and how little influence oil companies now have in shaping much of it.In an age of cheap energy prices, the industry...
What Makes Saddam Run?
What makes Saddam run? The latest showdown in a crisis of his own making poses the question with fresh urgency. But it touches only half the problem. The other half is: What has made it possible for him to keep running.For seven years, President Saddam...
When Withholding Enriches
There's a story I tell myself every fall, when I see Christmas merchandise appearing in shops and I start making notes of gift ideas. It's the story of Ian's first drum set.This son showed an early aptitude for music. He started taking Suzuki piano lessons...
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