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 8, 1995

Abortion Battle Moves to States Opponents Take Fight to Legislatures
THE battle on Capitol Hill over what opponents call "partial-birth abortions" is just one facet of broad and growing effort to curb abortion in state legislatures across the nation.This year alone, more than 200 bills seeking to limit access to abortion...
Among NATO's Tricky Tasks in Bosnia: Keep Russia Happy
BY enlisting the aid of Russia and Eastern European countries in its Bosnia mission, NATO is hoping to "square a circle."The challenge is how to fit Eastern Europe into NATO's umbrella without provoking Russia, which remains adamantly opposed to enlarging...
A Time for Rejoicing
EVEN when life is fraught with burdens or threatened by illness, one can rejoice.I know sometimes it seems as if there is nothing to be happy about. We may feel we have a right to feel angry or even martyred when life gets tough. But there is a way...
Choosing Toys Is Not Child's Play Toy-Testers and Other Experts Say the Key Is Knowing Your Child's Interests and Abilities
LITTLE Johnny has just presented you with his carefully printed holiday wish list: It's as long as a jump rope. If only it were that simple.Such lists underscore a challenge parents face this time of year:how to surprise children with engaging, long-lasting...
Congress Delegation May Visit Bosnia Grave Sites
FACED with mounting evidence of atrocities committed by Bosnian-Serb forces in the four-year Balkan war, American lawmakers are contemplating direct intervention to help turn the wheels of justice.Sources on Capitol Hill say that tentative plans have...
First Amendment Stress-Test
SUPPORT for press privilege has ebbed in {the past} 20 years. In part, this is because the First Amendment has been stretched to cover a variety of activities that do not enjoy public approval.We have recently witnessed campaigns against violence and...
For the Political Tourist, A Guide to Burma
Not even the travel agents in Rangoon have high hopes for the military regime's attempt to promote 1996 as "Visit Myanmar Year."The generals who run the country would never agree, but it would take a really clever marketing campaign ("Visit Myanmar -...
France's Future Being Played out in Nation's Streets 'SPARE US, PARIS'
THERE are decisive moments in the life of nations, and France is living through one of them.It's close to the endgame for a strike that has slowed transportation in Paris to a crawl and drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters across the nation to the...
Freeze Frames the Monitor Movie Guide
DECEMBER 8, 1995Movies containing violence (V), sexual situations (S), nudity (N), and profanity (P) are noted. Ratings and comments by the panel (blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three Monitor staffers. Look for more guidance...
Ghana to Europe: Yes, We Do Have Bananas! West African Country Was Encouraged to Produce Fruit, Now the EU Won't Buy It
GHANA is being driven bananas.In an absurd quirk of international trade and bureaucratic rule-making, the Western countries trying to help this West African state develop new exports are instead putting up barriers to purchasing them.On the one hand,...
How the Young-in-Heart Share Wonder from Imaginative Ways to Teach the Alphabet to Exploring Foreign Lands and Sci-Fi Fantasy Worlds, Christmas Gift Books for Children Are Full of Delight and Adventure
JEREMY KOOLOOWritten and illustratedBy Tim MahurinDutton, unpaged, $13.99Ages 2 to 5ALPHABET CITYConceived and illustratedBy Stephen T. JohnsonViking, unpaged, $14.99All agesHOW SWEET THE SOUND: AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGS FOR CHILDRENSelected by Wadeand...
In a Sniper's Lair Lies Bosnia's Agony
THE tallies scratched on the wall tell a gruesome story in this sniper's lair: Lemi and Ivek were close competitors, but a Serb who wrote his name in Cyrillic was the best killer - he could shoot eight people in one day.This freshly abandoned snipers'...
Lessons for Latin America from Overreliance on Foreign Funding to More Stable Economic Development
Capital flows - the lifeblood of investment in emerging markets - have been the center of heated debate ever since the December 1994 Mexican devaluation and the subsequent peso crisis. But there has been little coherent analysis of such capital flows.Mexico...
N.J. Race Offers Window on Independents' Role
MIKE PADO, a Red Bank, N.J., resident, is not sure who is running to replace departing Sen. Bill Bradley (D). "It hasn't captured my attention yet," says Mr. Pado, who considers himself an independent voter.It won't take long, however, before Pado begins...
Oregon Voters Witness End of Two Political Eras SENATE CONTESTS IN 2 STATES
THIS week's special primary election to fill Bob Packwood's US Senate seat marks the end of an era and the beginning of what could be the next century's way of voting.The forced departure of Mr. Packwood due to ethical lapses, together with the retirement...
Prayer as Medicine
WHAT is health? How do we attain it? Among the hundreds of thousands of words, and many plans spawned by the great US health-care debate, few are devoted to those basic questions.What heals a patient? Molecular changes within cells? Neuron response in...
'Reverse Commuting' to Reverse City Jobless Rate How Stephen Johnson Found a Candymaking Job in a Chicago Suburb
OUT of work and almost out of confidence, Stephen Johnson was walking among the gutted buildings and abandoned lots of Chicago's West Side last August when he spotted a new sign on an old brick garage: "Suburban Job-Link.""On a whim, I gave them a call,"...
Rise of the Technocrats Challenges the Powers of Iran's Muslim Clerics
IRAN'S capital of Tehran is alive with political intrigue and gossip, much of it centered on a sharp debate that has set old-style Islamic hard-liners against a new class of technocrats. Some Iranians speculate that they are seeing early signs of a fundamental...
Small Hands Help Pick the Perfect Pine Tree
Winter nights in Washington, D.C. bring sleet or freezing rain and rarely any snow, but as I recall Christmas Eve of 1947, memory shapes my footprints into powdery dust. A woolen muffler wraps my chin and tucks in my braids as I walk down Calvert Street...
Sparks Fly over Electric-Car Mandate in California in Controversial Move, California Officials Consider Pushing Back the 1998 Deadline for Putting Smog-Free Cars on the Road
OUTSIDE, the smog was as dense as a San Francisco fog. Inside, the air crackled with the polite anger of those who want to scrub the sky clean."Consumers want the electric car," says Melissa Kasnitz, with the California Public Interest Research Group....
'Stylized Facts' Help Budget Negotiators
IN their calculations, economists sometimes employ a "stylized fact" - a number they make up when they don't know what they are talking about.Budget negotiators in Washington are using stylized facts these days when they quibble over the growth in the...
Textbook Case: McGraw-Hill Maps an Electronic Future
FOR The McGraw-Hill Companies, the road to the 21st century is paved with bytes as much as books.Faced with the digital age, the century-old publisher has moved gradually but thoroughly into electronic media - bringing its stable of products including...
The News in Brief
The USPresident Clinton's seven-year balanced-budget plan was set to arrive on Capitol Hill yesterday. Speaker Gingrich warned that it is doomed if it uses overly optimistic economic forecasts. The plan gives smaller tax cuts and takes shallower bites...
The Peso and the President: Mexico's Leadership Crisis
WASHINGTON'S optimism on developments in Mexico City is belied by the peso. Its chronic devaluations underscore serious concerns about the leadership ability of President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon.No one doubts the president's good intentions. But...
The Supper Hour Slips by in Polite New Brunswick
Each season the picture province of New Brunswick spends heavy wampum with our Maine television stations to entice us Yankees to bring our wallets and have a wonderful vacation. Truly, this is a sound plan, and we have had many a merry moment there....
What Makes a Good Toy?
Back in 1989, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York started the first undergraduate program in toy design. Its graduates have gone to work at major toy companies and inventor groups.Here's what FIT chairwoman Judy Ellis tells her students:A...
World's Aid Groups Find Neutrality Badges Tarnished
The humanitarian aid group Oxfam went out on a moral limb recently when it put up a home page on the Internet to take a stand for the protection of Bosnia's Muslims against Serb attacks.The opinion itself was less striking than that the group delivered...
Worth Noting on TV
*SATURDAYWalker, Texas Ranger (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): The holiday episode of this western offers a story of peace for a tough situation facing US cities - feuding gangs. When Walker (Chuck Norris) learns that his best karate student in an inner-city class...