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 October 12, 2000

A Deal-Cutting Congress Goes on Spending Spree
As presidential candidates debate how to use next year's budget surplus, Congress is rapidly spending it. With time running out on the session, lawmakers are scurrying to add just one more bridge, dam, or highway to a must-pass spending bill. Or ...
A General's Path to Democracy ; One Year after the Coup, Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf Promises a Return to Democratic Rule in 2002
Sajid Maqbool wipes the sweat from his forehead, pausing to recall his "most horrible experience ever," which he says convinced him that there was no justice in Pakistan for the poor. Holding back tears, he points to the back of his left hand, scarred...
Apologizing for Past 'Wrongs'
Last month, Cathy Freeman thrilled fellow Australians when she took gold in the women's 400 meters. But she had hardly finished her lap of honor before pressure groups co-opted her victory for leverage in their attempt to get an official apology from...
Astronomers Zoom in on the Birth of Stars ; Newly Released Images from the Hubble Telescope Are Truly Astounding
Star birth is a spectacular and poorly understood process. But thanks to the ever increasing power of their instruments, astronomers are getting a tighter grip on the problem. Newly released images from the Hubble Space Telescope illustrate what's...
Bumblebees and Business ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
A rose of sharon tree fills the view outside our second-story window. Loaded with pink blossoms, it attracts bumblebees galore. One afternoon, I carefully watched. One bee began working the blossoms counterclockwise. Every blossom received attention....
Competing Interests Tug at US in Mideast ; the US Walks a Tightrope between Its Israeli Ally and Oil-Producing Arab Nations
As tension continues in the Middle East, the United States finds itself torn between two of its most crucial strategic interests. On one side are the Arab countries who supply much of the oil that fuels the roaring US economy. On the other side is...
Don't Forget Your Stuffed Owl
Let Hollywood pitch their sexy wares to the 20-something set. John Gould is aiming at America's real growth market: the over-80 crowd. His latest book, "Tales from Rhapsody Home," is "a defiant old geezer's effort to help young and not so young folks...
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STRANGE, BUT TRUE Hans Schwarz had lots of time on his hands aboard the ship he was taking from Europe to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. So he wrote one of those if-you-find-this notes, stuffed it into a bottle, and tossed it into...
Europe, like US, Seeks Curbs on Party Funding ; Britain Is Working on Finance Reform Law. Scandals Have Also Hit Germany, France
As the leading presidential candidates in next month's US elections debate whether to use controversial "soft money" to fund their drive for the White House, they might pause to consider how their European counterparts are grappling with the influence...
How to Crush Oppression without Killing Justice
'A Force More Powerful" challenges a longstanding myth that lies at the heart of much of the turmoil of the 20th century: that power comes from the barrel of a gun. Beginning with Lenin - whose successful coup d'tat in Russia became the standard model...
In Service of Truth, Women's Voices Ring Clearly, Courageously
Reporter Marie Colvin's most vivid memory of the conflict in East Timor last fall is the fearful stares she got from refugees whom she risked her life to help. "They knew that if I was still there, they had a chance to live, and if I left, they would...
Mideast: Time for the US to Step Aside?
Can - and should - the United States hang onto its longstanding monopoly over Arab-Israeli peacemaking? With the current explosion of Middle East tensions occurring in the height of an American election, this question is urgent. On the ground, escalation...
More African-Americans Reach out to Adopt
Steve Minors remembers the first time he met Alex, the little African-American boy who would become his son. His wife, Zelda, a social worker dealing in adoption, had cajoled him to attend a party for prospective parents. From the moment Mr. Minors...
Motherhood and the Great Diaper Divide
It happened while I was helping set up the nursery for my new grandson. He'd caught us unprepared by arriving a month early, and his father and I were trying to play catch-up before he and his mother arrived home from the hospital. It didn't happen...
My Unsinkable Mellow Fellow
Marvin and Paula are going canoeing," announces my husband, Mike. "Want to go?" "I've got too much to do," I reply. "Besides, there is a little matter of we don't have a canoe." He'd been saving for one, but had spent the money on the transaxle of...
New Calculus in Mideast Math? ; Tensions Eased Yesterday, amid a Flurry of Diplomatic Visits to End the Crisis
Most days, Feda Zubaidi makes the short walk from her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah to monitor the confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. The two sides trade stones for rubber-tipped bullets. Often the days climax in exchanges...
Newly Refined Internet Polls Beat Pundits' Reservations
Perhaps most disparaging description of the political uses of polling came from a former Canadian prime minister, John Diefenbacker, who once remarked that polls were of more use to dogs than they were to politicians. When Diefenbacker made that...
Next Step for N.H.: Restore Public Faith in State Courts ; the State's Supreme Court Chief Justice Was Acquitted at His Impeachment Trial. Still, Calls for Reform Mount
Now that New Hampshire Supreme Court's chief justice has avoided impeachment, the difficult task of rebuilding public trust in the court system begins. In the Granite State, where the slow-moving, three-week Senate trial of David Brock exposed questionable...
October's Big Sport Is Counting Electoral Votes ; the US Map Becomes a Political Chess Board, as Candidates Try to Secure the States They Need to Win
In this tight race, gazing at lists of states and calculating how strongly each leans for either of the major presidential candidates can be great sport. Does Tennessee really still "lean Gore," as one of the latest scorecards indicates, or is it...
Polluters Plant Rain Forests to Earn Eco Rain Checks
The rough dirt road winds up and down the jungle-covered foothills of western Belize, passing Maya peasant families on foot or bearded Amish farmers in their horse-drawn buggies. It passes through banana plantations and scrubby pastures carved from...
Russia's Veterans of Afghan War Reinvent Themselves ; A Unit of Vet Security Guards Has Traded Its Kalashnikov Assault Rifles for Nightsticks
As captain of a Soviet tank battalion in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Valery Guskov knows the flavor of war - and the bitter taste of defeat. "It was very difficult for most of us to come back to civilized life, and in Afghanistan my view of the world...
Some of My Best Friends Are ... Annoying
In 1997, President Clinton launched One America, an ambitious initiative to begin dialogues toward bridging the racial divide. Several town hall meetings on racial issues convened across the nation. The initiative also produced the "One America Dialogue...
Teaching Civics Will Fill the Poll Booths
Regarding your Oct. 3 article "Why the poll booths of America are empty," I believe it goes back to education. Civics teachers reached us years back on why it is important for everyone to vote. I would agree with a legal requirement to vote. This...
The Legacy of John Paul II ; Forceful Leadership Stirs Hearts and Controversy
On Monday, Pope John Paul II marks his 22nd anniversary at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church - one of the longest, most energetic pontificates in history. The familiar white-clad figure, who redefined the papacy as global pastor and evangelist,...
Three Treatments, You're Out
People can be rescued from the destructiveness of drug addiction. Many have responded to drug rehabilitation programs, to counseling, and to spiritual awakening. Sadly, examples of men and women still trapped by addiction also abound - particularly...
Today's Story Line
Last week's uprising in Yugoslavia offers a vivid example of raw people power. But within relatively established democracies, individuals, who aren't wealthy, may feel frustrated by an inability to influence the political process. In Europe, as in...
Trapping Their Way to Prosperity ; in Maine, the Lobsterman-Researcher Relationship Is Bearing Live Fruit
Lobster boats begin pulling up to the docks of the Atwood Lobster Company around 11 a.m. All afternoon they trickle in, unload crate after heavy crate of wriggling crustaceans, and retire for the day. On a good day, perhaps 5,000 lobsters pass through...
USA
Last night's presidential debate was to give Al Gore and George W. Bush free air time to appeal to voters, but paid advertisements held the potential to be even more important. Republican sources said the party plans to spend up to $22 million on...
World
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rejected a proposal that he stage a Middle East Peace Summit, arguing that Israel should first stop threatening Palestinians and Arabs. The Clinton administration had worked to organize a meeting in Egypt, but both...
Youngest Member of 'Liars' Club' Keeps Telling Truth
Adolescence is an ambiguous stage of life. Less free and innocent than childhood, less settled and secure than adulthood, it hangs between in a kind of limbo. "Cherry," Mary Karr's second memoir, not only captures this neither-here-nor-there phase...
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