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 January 8, 2001

A Bond-Fund Cushion Can Soften Market Ride
The case for bonds - relative safety, steady income streams, return of principal - is as timely as ever, despite the latest surge in the US stock market. For the fourth quarter of 2000, virtually all US bond-fund categories posted sizable gains,...
A Congress without Aisles
Atmospherically speaking, the mood in Washington during these pre-inaugural days remains mostly upbeat. A sense of bipartisan promise floats in the air. Voters, after all, ordered up a mandate for the two parties to work together by splitting the...
A Historic Opportunity to Build US-Mexican Ties
So far, President-elect Bush and his advisers have talked more about Mexico than any other foreign country. Last August, Mr. Bush called for a "special relationship with Mexico" equal to that with Great Britain and Canada. The new administration has...
A Radical Shift in Congressional Power Centers
After just a week, it's clear it's not going to be the same Congress. From a historic power-sharing agreement in the Senate to the quiet drama of powerful committee chairmen in the House of Representatives giving up their gavels, the 107th Congress...
A Silver Lining in Hollywood's Lackluster Year ; Ticket Sales Continue to Climb, Even as Critics Decry Ascent of the Commercial over the Creative
Trumping movie-industry oddsmakers and nose-holding critics, Hollywood eked out another record year at the box office in 2000: $7.7 billion (up 2 percent over 1999). But the good news masks a host of creative and economic concerns, as moviemakers...
Back to Basics ; Facing Stock Slides and Surges, Small Investors May Rebuild for Stability with Such Old Staples as Bonds and Value Funds
The bull market of the 1990s has turned into a more restrained - but still energetic - version of itself, spurred briefly by last week's surprise interest-rate cut by the Federal Reserve. Will fast times return to roost? Investor expectations remain...
Bargain Shoppers May Try on Overseas Funds
If you are counting on overseas stocks to brighten your mutual- fund portfolio in 2001, you might want to take a deep breath - and do some recalibrating. The typical international fund lost ground in 2000. International funds tumbled some 16 percent...
Bickering over Tiananmen: An Inside View
China's Communist elders engaged in a fierce power struggle before patriarch Deng Xiaoping sent troops to crush Tiananmen Square democracy protests in 1989, secret documents published here show. The documents reveal deep-seated paranoia that the protests...
Big and Little Lessons with a British Twist
The red-velvet curtain goes up on the stage of the Richmond Theatre. Our shopping trolley bump-bump-bumps over cobblestones. We watch the silent subway commuters who are deeply engrossed in their paperbacks and candy bars. Meadows of bluebells nod...
Boost in Retirement-Savings Allowance Should Fly
Save more for retirement; save on taxes. That's the deal Congress is expected to offer Americans later this year. Legislation for that purpose died under threat of a presidential veto in the closing days of Congress as lawyers fought over the ballots...
Both Sides Ready for War over Environment ; as Greens Push Clinton to Burnish Legacy, Industry Lobbies Bush to Dismantle Actions
During the compacted, contentious last two weeks of the White House transition, environmental activists and their opponents are marshaling forces to sway the public and dominate national policy for the next four years. Each has a national campaign...
Business & Finance
BP Amoco bumped up oil prices on the West Coast by exporting Alaskan crude to Asia instead of US refiners, experts' reports and court records obtained by The Oregonian, a Portland newspaper, alleged. In a 1995 e-mail exchange described by The Oregonian,...
Colombia's Latest Weapon: Art ; Fernando Botero, Famous for the Chubby Figures of His Paintings, Stands Up to the Violence Devastating His Homeland
At a moment when many Colombians are losing faith in their country's floundering peace process, artist Fernando Botero is taking a monumental stand against the violence. Colombia's best-known artist has donated paintings and sculptures worth some...
Czechs Battle over TV, Democracy ; Following a Weekend Ruling by Parliament, Czech Television Might Fire Its New Controversial Director Today
The biggest demonstrations here since popular protests toppled the Communist regime 11 years ago will likely bolster the independence of public television and, perhaps, force a change in the country's political culture. The opposition politicians...
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YOU'LL HEAR FROM MY LAWYER It probably was inevitable: Someone has accused someone else of unauthorized use of ... a tattoo. In this case, the offended party is Pita Sharples, a Maori war-dance performer from Auckland, New Zealand. The offender:...
Fabled Silk Road Now Paved with Narcotics ; Late Last Month, Kyrgyz Officials Seized Nearly a Ton of Opium, Their Largest Catch
It may be one of the most remote places on earth, but that is exactly why porous border areas of Central Asia - and especially Kyrgyzstan - have turned the ancient Silk Road into a highway for narcotics traffic from Afghanistan. Torn by religious...
I've Extended My Greetings' Season
I didnt' intend to be so CPA-ish about writing Christmas cards last year. Nor did I set out to dither away the better part of last January mailing my children's smiling faces far and wide long after Twelfth Night. But the old inventory accounting...
Math Teacher, Call Your Image Consultant!
Do mathematicians need a makeover? A survey of students in five countries found a common stereotype that may be turning off young people with an aptitude for math or science. "The image we got ... was a very negative one," says John Berry, whose...
My Post-Apartheid Journey
When I made a public apology for my collective role in the apartheid system at an editors' forum in 1996, it was the beginning of a personal journey of reconciliation I knew would last the rest of my life. Four years later, I still search daily for...
No Tribal Casino Is an Island
Gambling casinos have been a boon to relatively few native Americans. Most remain in poverty. Only about a third of the 558 tribes recognized by the federal government run gambling operations. But even that adds up to hundreds of gaming halls of...
Still Time to Set Up Roth IRA for Tax Year 2000
Q: I know I qualify for a Roth IRA. But by what date do I have to have it set up? Is it the same as for a traditional IRA? Should I call one of my current mutual-fund providers and have them set it up for me? S.R., via e-mail A: According to a spokesman...
The Williamsburg White House ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
"What about the Williamsburg White House?" my son asked with urgency. "What about it?" "It was on my list and Dad's," he said gently. "It just wasn't on yours." We were on our way into town, having left Dad to wait for the call from the real estate...
Today's Story Line:
A weak central government. Guerrillas moving illicit drugs through the mountains. Tough enforcement in neighboring states. No, this isn't Colombia. It's Kyrgyzstan. UN experts say 70 percent of the world's illicit opium - the raw material for heroin...
Under Bush, Bigger Plans for Missile Defense
President-elect George W. Bush's plans for a "robust" national missile defense (NMD) are likely to dwarf current models and may grow into a space-based system, according to experts familiar with the views of the incoming administration. Although...
USA
Defense Secretary William Cohen will order a broader review of security lapses in connection with the USS Cole bombing, a senior defense official said. Both Cohen and the Navy are expected to announce the results of separate probes in the coming days,...
Waning Era of 'Now Hiring' ; Mounting Layoffs Lead to a Shift in Attitude on the Shop Floors of America
Just a few short months ago, the US economy was a worker's paradise: nearly unlimited overtime, signing bonuses for new hires, and perks such as stock options and free food. But now as the economy starts to slow, it's beginning to look like Paradise...
World
Whether there is sufficient reason to continue Middle East peace discussions is to be decided today or tomorrow by President Clinton, based on a key meeting in Cairo between CIA chief George Tenet and senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials,...
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