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 November 27, 2002

A Classic Al Qaeda Field Operative ; Alleged Bali Bombing Planner Had Extensive Training and Ties throughout Southeast Asia
Imam Samudra is exactly the sort of man investigators expected to find behind the meticulously constructed car bomb that ripped through a Bali nightclub last month.He received weapons training at Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. He taught at a religious...
A Reason for Giving Thanks ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
"Hi," the voice on the other end of the telephone said. "We were thinking about coming for Thanksgiving. Are you going to be home?" The call came about a week before the holiday.This young native American mother had been a part of my expanded family...
A Thanksgiving Gift Remembered
When I was growing up in Minnesota, Thanksgiving always felt more like Christmas. In the weeks preceding the annual feast, our local radio stations, shopping malls, and high school choirs were already broadcasting the Jingle Bell spirit.Holiday lights...
Biggest Test for Sharon Expected to Come after Likud Vote ; the Israeli Prime Minister Is Set to Be Reelected as Party Leader Thursday
Ariel Sharon is well on the way to being reelected as Israel's prime minister.For one thing, Mr. Sharon seems to have vanquished his most formidable internal critic, former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Polls and political analysts predict that...
Bush's Delicate Balancing Act on Saudi Arabia ; Washington Will Likely Pressure Riyadh Gently to Root out Terrorist Financing. It Wants to Avoid Alienating a Key Ally
New evidence of Saudi funding of Islamic extremism is complicating the relationship between the US and one of its most important Middle East allies at a sensitive moment in global diplomacy.The Bush administration is likely to press Saudi Arabia - as...
Everybody's Favorite Babysitter Grows Up ; the Heroine of Alice McDermott's New Novel Stands on the Shore of Adulthood, Testing the Waters
Call it "Reviving Ophelia - Again." In 1994, Mary Pipher galvanized the nation with her expose of the poisonous social system girls enter when they become teenagers. This year, it's the novelists' turn, and their descriptions of adolescence are even...
Fishing for Data ; to Harness the Vast Information Flow Generated Each Day, Scientists Are Developing Sophisticated Software That Can Instantly Mine Streaming Data, Such as Videos, without Ever Needing to Archive It
If looking for a needle in a haystack sounds difficult, try searching for a few flecks of gold dust in the gush of a fire hose, extracting them, then analyzing them for purity, all in a few seconds.That's the kind of challenge computer scientist Hillol...
Former Military Sites Littered with Bombs ; Lands Equal to the Size of Florida Contain Unexploded Ordnance, Watchdog Group Says. Cleanup Will Be Costly
Say "unexploded ordnance" and most Americans think of bombs still being unearthed in Europe 60 years after World War II.Or the jungles and rice paddies of Laos, where thousands of aerial weapons and land mines left over from the Vietnam War still kill...
For the Cranberry Hot Line, a Nutty Time of Year
According to Chyrel Malaguti, there is a common portrait of the people who call Ocean Spray's cranberry hot line in the days before Thanksgiving."They're frantic," says Ms. Malaguti, one of the company's customer-service agents. "They've waited until...
Get Your Elbows off Our History ; Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (for a Change)
"Mind your manners" may be one of the oldest parental directives, right up there with "Eat your vegetables." Perhaps cave men and cave moms didn't bother to teach Junior the genteel way to gnaw a mastodon bone, but through the ages, societies everywhere...
Grasshopper States
The technology recession and rising Medicaid costs have taken a heavy toll on most state governments. Two-thirds are expected to make searing spending cuts and impose $8.3 billion in new taxes.Before governors cry for help from Washington, they should...
Holiday Travel Up as Fear Factor Fades ; Air Travel on This Key Family Weekend Is Expected to Be Up 6 Percent from Last Year, Says One Forecast
Nicole Hopkins has beaten the holiday crush, but she takes little satisfaction from it.The blue-jeaned mother of two meekly follows the instructions of an airport security officer as her bags clear a monstrous white scanning machine. There is no hint...
How a Young Iraqi Grew into a Terrorist ; Qais Ibrahim Khadir Tells Why He Follows Bin Laden, and Joined a Three-Man Assassination Squad
Nothing in Qais Ibrahim Khadir's childhood hinted that he would one day be ready to kill in the name of Allah.Nothing in this young man with large brown eyes and long lashes indicated that he would embrace the most uncompromising interpretation of Islam,...
How Rwanda's Genocide Lingers on for Women ; A Handful of Programs Are Assisting Women Who Were Raped and Infected with AIDS, but Thousands More Go without Help
Chantal Uwamaliya wraps her rail-thin body in a blue knit shawl. She waits with a dozen other women to see a nurse at a small house in a ramshackle Kigali neighborhood.The women who come here, more than 500 in all, are young mothers in their 20s and...
In New NATO, a Division of Military Labor ; US Attempts to Create a New Form of Military Alliance. Will It Work against Iraq?
A Huey UH-1 helicopter swoops in above a boarded-up building and disgorges a team of Slovenian Special Forces troops, who slide down ropes and leap onto a small balcony.The troops toss in a "flash-bang" grenade, which explodes with a blinding light and...
I Open My Eyes to Travel
A diffident traveler, I've long preferred domestic destinations. The bulk of my international experience includes a chilly weekend in Montreal, one very long car trip to Quebec, and two touristy day- trips barely across the Mexican border.As I returned...
Letters
Growling at gas-guzzlingIn response to your Nov. 21 article "Proud, patriotic & green" (Ideas): So much media coverage concerning the "war on terror" steers away from the blatantly obvious and pressing issues at hand: sustainability and conservation...
Mother and Daughter Hit Just the Right Notes
THE SUMMER I TURNED 7, we lived in a rented country house. The owners left behind a grand piano, which stood in the living-room corner. My brothers and I tapped out "do-re-mi," and accompanied one another on "Chopsticks." By summer's end we'd learned...
Not a Magic Bullet, but
For a long time, the National Rifle Association's fingerprints have been on efforts to bar the more effective use of technology to curb crime. But that shouldn't stop lawmakers who dare stand up to the NRA from passing sensible measures that would use...
Passing along the Stuffing Recipe, and Family Traditions
IN NORMAN ROCKWELL'S famous 1943 illustration of a Thanksgiving gathering, three generations of a family are seated around the dinner table. Spirits run high as Grandma, wearing an apron as snowy white as the tablecloth, serenely presents a golden-brown...
Plantains Meet Pumpkin Pie
A Colombian, a Haitian, and a Mexican are sitting at a table. No, this is not a joke. It's the story of a real Thanksgiving gathering, where Latin American and Caribbean culture mingled with New England traditions to produce a celebration like no other.It...
Recounting Our Remarkable Blessings
Each Thanksgiving, I like to look around the nation and world we live in and take stock of what we have to be thankful for.I generally pull out what I wrote the previous year to see how we have done in the 12 intervening months. Last year was a particularly...
Reporters on the Job
* THAT'S NOT THE BOY WE KNEW: When The Monitor's Scott Peterson visited the family of the would-be Kurdish assassin he profiles today (Page 1), Scott assumed that they would want to see a fresh portrait of their son and brother that he had taken while...
Selling Arms to India and Pakistan: Explosive Business ; Russia and China Are Main Suppliers, but US and British High-Tech Weapons Sales May Also Be Fueling an Arms Race
When India began a pullback last month of tens of thousands of troops along its 1,800-mile border with Pakistan, diplomats in Washington and Europe chalked it up as another victory for quiet diplomacy.But India and Pakistan say the conflict is far from...
Thanksgiving Glows Pink and Green
For many families, Thanks giving is as stuffed with traditions as it is with dressing and pies. But the Pilgrims would recognize few of the rituals Americans treasure today (see story) - especially in my family.Before my Dad moved to Florida, my sister...
The First Thanksgiving ; in the Fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 English Colonists Gathered for a Three-Day Harvest Feast. How Did Americans Get from That Celebration to the Thanksgiving 'Traditions' We Observe Today?
Everyone knows about the Pilgrims and the Indians, right? How the two groups gathered peacefully in Plymouth, Mass., to feast on juicy turkeys and colorful pumpkin pies.The trouble is, almost everything we've been taught about the first Thanksgiving...
The Mystery of the Mashed Potatoes
Comfort food, anyone? Potatoes were ours. We had them baked, hashed, French-fried - and starring in a family mystery.On special occasions, Mom mashed potatoes. And at every Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving feast, or Christmas spread, Dad took a big bite....
Tie an Ecoprotest Round the Old Oak Tree ; A Developer-Activist Clash Highlights California's Heated Battle over Growth
FROM his sun-dappled perch atop one of the oldest oak trees in California, self-proclaimed "environmental educator" John Quigley says his protest shows democracy in action.Three weeks ago, Mr. Quigley got an e-mail from activist friends: Developers were...
To Survive in the Linguistic Jungle You Can't Be a Slackadem ; A Word Detective Looks into His Crystal Ball to Divine What's Next
The first time I heard "googol," the word for 1 followed by a hundred zeroes, it had a ripe, exotic, playful sound. Formerly, everything past a trillion was just a wicked big number. Googol gave juice to big. When my kids hear the word, they think "Internet...
Turkey Day Terms
Avian origin of 'pie'Four and 20 blackbirds may have been baked in a pie in that famous nursery rhyme, but the origin of the word "pie" has to do with another bird - the magpie. In the Middle Ages, this chatty flyer was referred to as "pie," from its...
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