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 5, 2001

All Sides Close in on Arafat ; Even His Core Faction Says It Will Not Arrest Hamas Militants
Yasser Arafat is boxed into a corner. Simultaneously blamed for sponsoring terrorism and charged with stopping it, Mr. Arafat is caught between a US-endorsed Israeli ultimatum and the demands of his own people. Two days after initiating a crackdown on...
Argentina's Anxious Middle Class ; Even Though a Short-Lived Run on Banks Fizzled This Week, Argentines Are Losing Faith in Their Economy
To Juan Serres, a good time used to mean a long meal with his family in a Buenos Aires restaurant, if not a long weekend at the beach. Now, the former bank and dotcom official must make do with a trip to the park. "This is all I can afford," he jokes,...
Ashcroft Finally Faces Hill Critics ; Senate Set to Grill US Attorney General Thursday about Erosion of Liberties. at Hearings Tomorrow
As he sits down before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, Attorney General John Ashcroft can expect a grilling not seen since his Senate confirmation hearing. The line of questioning will likely boil down to one issue: whether he and the Bush administration...
Branding American Ideals
Winning the war on terrorism will likely turn on perceptions as well as on capturing members of Al Qaeda or other terrorist networks. For that reason alone, the Bush administration is wise to step up its efforts to shape a more accurate understanding...
Business & Finance
Despite its deep financial troubles, Enron won a promise of $1.5 billion in emergency loans from two major creditors, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase. But the Houston energy trader's future hung in the balance as it announced the layoffs of 4,000 more...
Cookie Dilemma: To Bake or Not to Bake
After Thanksgiving the past several years, I've been haunted by "the cookie monster." Not the furry creature from Sesame Street with the signature "C is for Cookie" song, but - a la Scrooge - visions of Christmas cookies past. Once, I began baking cookies...
Cowboy-Boot Ornaments and 800 Pounds of 'Snow'
Laura Bush, dressed in holiday red, reaches over to the towering Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room and gently pulls an ornament from behind a branch for visiting reporters to see. Naturally, it's a reminder of Texas - a miniature leather cowboy...
Europe Gives Asylum Seekers Tough Love ; Britain Debates Tightening Laws to Guard against Terrorists and Freeloaders
In a cramped apartment in Nottingham, 100 miles north of London, Omar Hussein lives with five other asylum seekers and wonders what the future holds. If a proposed new law passes, Mr. Hussein and his roommates could be segregated in special housing centers...
In New US Foreign Policy, Unlikely Friends and Foes
With the events of Sept. 11, US foreign policy has been turned upside down. On that day, a savage attack by hate-filled terrorists brought a new kind of war to American soil and caused an overnight reappraisal of America's worldwide goals, friends, and...
In Workplace, a Shift toward Leave for Mothers
Over the past four decades, American women have leaped into the paid labor force and struck a balance between work and family. But American government has yet to catch up. It's still struggling to adjust to the new gender realities of the work place....
Letters
Don't diminish the number of Muslims in the US In "How many US Muslims? Our best estimate" (Nov. 29, opinion), Howard Fienberg and Iain Murray marginalized a majority of American Muslims that many institutions acknowledge exist and contribute to American...
Loose Nukes ; Enough Nuclear Material Is Missing Worldwide to Make a 'Dirty' Bomb. Where Is It? What Is Being Done to Prevent Its Use by Terrorists?
Jamal Ahmad Al-Fadl said his role in the prospective purchase of nuclear material began with a call from a senior Al Qaeda official. A man in Khartoum, Sudan, supposedly had uranium for sale. At the time, Mr. al-Fadl was an operative in Al Qaeda's terrorist...
Middle East: Will They Ever Learn?
The outcome was predictable: Even before Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met with his cabinet upon returning from the United States, the missiles started raining on the Palestinian areas - only hours after three horrific Palestinian suicide bombings...
No Gift Is Sweeter Than Cookies ; If Ever There Was a Holiday Season for Sharing Homemade Treats, This Is It
For years, my mother had a cottage-industry catering business, and the months and weeks leading up to the holidays meant a constant procession of baking, with the emphasis on cookies. The warm smells that surrounded us carried hints of vanilla and chocolate,...
South Africa's Political Parties Rise above Old Hostilities
A conflict that started as a minor party scuffle over the renaming of two historic streets in Cape Town last week resulted in one of the most important political realignments in post-apartheid South Africa. The New National Party (NNP), the remaining...
Sweet Dreams, despite the Machines ; Every Night When I Drifted into Sleep, the Refrigerator Clicked on, Then the Electric Furnace
We liked the house we lived in when we took care of a ranch in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, though it had no electricity or any other modern conveniences. That job ended, and we accepted a job taking care of the water intakes, at 5,000...
Teens Do a Good Deed on the 11th Day of the Month
Next week, when the date on the calendar marks the 11th day of the month, Christmas decorations will suddenly appear at the sole nursing home in Madison, Neb. There'll probably be some trash cleanups around town, and the firehouse might just get a sweeping...
The Gift of Christmas in a Season That 'Feels Different'
On the surface, this is a December like any other: Tree-lighting ceremonies and "Messiah" sings dot cities. Tinny renditions of "Jingle Bells" echo through malls. Catalogs clutter desks, and newspapers fill with ads for gifts. But ask a sampling of shoppers...
The Magic of Birthday Parties Has Nothing to Do with Their Cost
I am a recovering birthday-party overachiever. From the time my oldest son turned 1, I have created enchanted spectacles on my children's birthdays. I blush at the thought of my former self renting swimming pools, hiring entertainers, baking elaborate...
The Persistent Poinsettia ; Once Picky Plants, Poinsettias Have Been Bred to Last a Long, Long Time
If you like poinsettias, then the Paul Ecke Ranch is paradise. Some 80 percent of all poinsettias sold in the United States - and more than half in the world - get their start here at this fourth- generation-run ranch just north of San Diego. All of...
This Christmas, Some See Virtue in Buying Sprees
Every year at this time, the Rev. Mark Brady in Moultonborough, N.H., warns parishioners at the United Methodist Church that if the season's shopping frenzy takes hold, "you can lose the holiness of the experience of Christmas." But this year, Mr. Brady...
Timeline of Nuclear Security
1989 Nov. 9 -- East Germany opens the Berlin Wall, signaling the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. 1991 July 31 -- US and the Soviet Union sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I. It cuts the number of nuclear weapons in each country's...
Trafficking of Nuclear Material: Significant Incidents
1. Oct. 9, 1992 Russian police intercept 1.5 kilograms of highly enriched uranium at the train station in Podolsk. A worker at the Luch Scientific Production Association in the same city had taken the material. 2. May 1993 Approximately 100 grams of...
Two Leaders Pivotal to Economic Stimulus ; with Partisanship Resurgent, Congress's Economic Package Heads to the Back Room
After weeks of intense partisan bickering, the future of an economic stimulus package is in the hands of six men in a back room - especially one senator and one House member who count most when the pushes turn to shoves. While partisanship and power...
Under Construction: More-Connected Communities
They have come from around Los Angeles - from different faiths, or no faiths at all; some 80 people - to sit in the auditorium of a private Muslim school and deliberate over a burning question: Should "the Center for Exquisite Balance" - a small band...
USA
No decision on what to do with captured Taliban fighter John Walker, who claims to be an American, has been reached, a Pentagon spokeswoman said. Walker is being treated by US forces in Afghanistan for injuries sustained during the recent prisoner revolt...
World
Although Israel denied he was the target, three guided missiles hit the West Bank compound where Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat has his office. Arafat, who was there at the time, was not hurt, but two other Palestinians died in the attack...
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