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 12, 2003

2004: One Big Reality TV Script?
As the clock winds down on 2003, many Americans will look back and reflect on the events of the past 12 months. I prefer to look toward the new year, and the question I always ask myself is, "How much weirder can it get?"One thing I feel certain about...
20 Years Later, Same Toys ; Care Bears, My Little Pony, and He-Man Are Flying off the Shelves, Thanks to Gen-Xers, Who Grew Up with the Toys in the 1980s
Parents who thought they'd left Bedtime Bear in the 1980s, along with parachute pants and impossibly huge hair, may be surprised to find his groggy face and decorated belly on toy store shelves this year.Twenty-years after their introduction, the rest...
A Bolder Approach to Helping the World
Deepak Chopra looks around at the chaos in the world - wars, terrorism, economic disparities, and social injustice - and sees nothing but potential. Indeed, to him the current state of humanity is like that of a caterpillar, which toward the end of its...
A House Divided: EU Struggles to Lay New Foundation ; Debates Intensify over Voting Influence, Mention of God as Expanding Europe Considers a New Constitution Friday
Bitter quarrels over a new constitution threaten to dim hopes that an expanding European Union could speak with a stronger common voice on the international stage.Spain and upstart EU newcomer Poland have fought hard against Europe's titans to resist...
A Little Ditty about Jack & Diane
"Something's Gotta Give" is a standard romantic comedy in most respects, but it challenges a frequent convention of the genre. It's about an aging man (Jack Nicholson) who realizes that the latest young woman he's chasing (Amanda Peet) is, well, young...
A Writer's Christmas in June
As snowflakes swarmed in the glow of the streetlamp, actress Jennie Garth - decked out in a heavy overcoat and gloves - fanned herself to stave off the heat.Blizzards in Los Angeles in June are only a slightly less frequent occurrence than one occurring...
Being Grandpa Is as Easy as ABC
My grandfatherness started ticking when a granddaughter crawled up beside me lugging a book titled "Grandmother's Alphabet." You know: Grandmother is everything from an Artist, who does so-and-so, to a Zookeeper, who does something else. It's a charming...
Canvassing the Emotions ; 'Girl with a Peal Earring' Is a Gorgeous Tribute to Vermeer
When buzz started circulating about "Girl With a Pearl Earring," it sounded like a gimmick. The story focuses on Johannes Vermeer, arguably the greatest Dutch painter of the 17th century, and the entire film is made in conscious imitation of his style...
Clark's Fast Political Learning Curve
Wedged into a tiny chair, his knees up to his chin, retired Gen. Wesley Clark gazes at a group of 3-year-olds serenading him with a vigorous rendition of "Good Morning to You."The former NATO commander has come to the Rochester Child Care Center on this...
Congress in 2003: From Tigers to Medicare ; Lawmakers Acted on Measures That Affect Americans in Major Ways, but at a Price - in Debt and Partisan Rancor
Midway through the 108th Congress - and on the eve of a presidential election year - lawmakers are amassing a legislative record that will touch every home in America.Some new laws address hot-button issues, from child abduction and to those irksome...
Finance Decision Could Put Chill on the First Amendment
Is the press next in line for congressional regulations?That is a question raised in two dissents filed Wednesday in the US Supreme Court's landmark First Amendment decision upholding campaign-finance reform.If Congress can criminalize certain types...
For Him, the Song Does Not Remain the Same
On the Richter scale of rock, Led Zeppelin's seismic impact measures at least a 10. True, their influence on "Spinal Tap's" rock spoof scores an 11, but strip away Zeppelin's ridiculous Stonehenge stage sets and triple-necked guitars and you're left...
Guerrilla Chiefs to Undercut Karzai ; Afghanistan's Soviet-Era Guerrillas Will Control a Majority at the Constitutional Loya Jirga, Scheduled to Open This Weekend
Afghanistan's constitutional convention, scheduled to start Saturday, was supposed to be a break from the feuds of the past, a made-for-TV demonstration that the war-torn country had united around a blueprint for democracy.Now a coalition of powerful...
Iran's Nobel Winner Doesn't Make the News at Home
Shirin Ebadi accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Wednesday to standing ovations and blanket media coverage of her mission to improve democracy and human rights in Iran.But at home, Iran's state-run Channel One ranked Ms. Ebadi's achievement twelfth...
Letters
Charter school oversight means better educationI read with interest the Dec. 2 article, "Schools with a view," and of particular concern was the comment by Debra Snell of People for Legal and Nonsectarian Schools (PLANS) that California law immunizes...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESBig Fish (PG-13)Director: Tim Burton. With Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Alison Lohman. (110 min.)Sterritt ** A young man (McGregor) tries to understand the life of his estranged, now dying father (Finney) by...
Politics without Soft Money ; Supreme Court Ruling on Campaign Finance Leaves GOP with the Edge in Raising Funds
In the short run, the Republican Party is the big winner following the Supreme Court's blockbuster ruling on campaign- finance reform.Now that the year-old ban on so-called soft money donations to the parties - the large, unlimited contributions from...
Putting Potatoes to Good Use
Milford and Nellie Wellford lived on the Wellford family potato farm in Fort Fairfield, Aroostook County, Maine, the biggest potato- growing town in the world, and as the saying goes, they were just gittin' by. They had one child, Chelmsford, a boy in...
Rock Und Roll 101 ; A New German 'School of Rock' Hopes to Churn out Europe's Next Generation of Managers, Label Owners, and Pop Stars
After a guitar-heavy intro, Joscha Wittschell grabs the mic, his baby face contorting as he wails out a sugary rock ballad of love and longing in a soundproof practice room in this southern German city."You're like an angel," he croons, and you can just...
Settlers Vie for East Jerusalem ; Construction Began Last Week on a New Israeli Settlement with 600 Housing Units
While attention is focused on the fate of far-flung West Bank settlement outposts, Israel has launched a major settlement thrust only a few miles from the Knesset in Jerusalem.The bulldozers started grinding in the Palestinian area of Jabal Mukaber last...
She Goes Far beyond Paper Airplanes
Three-dimensional artist Makiko Azakami's "paper toys" don't wind up or require batteries. But the intricate miniatures manage to be more enthralling than a Game Boy thanks to their attention to detail and the level of dexterity and skill required to...
Spark of Hope for Mideast Peace
The Egyptian-brokered effort for renewal of the Israeli- Palestinian cease-fire that collapsed last August has failed after a week of talks in Cairo.The newest Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, was ready to agree to a ceasefire, but the militant...
Supreme Dream
If the Supreme Court could write a headline for its decision upholding the latest campaign-finance reform law, it might go like this:Don't stop there, votersTell Congress it can further restrict the 'growing evil' of big money in politicsIndeed, Congress,...
The Retrolounge
It seems ironic that the world's most recent form of media has so much of its content dedicated to nostalgia. Turns out the Web is the ideal place to store collections of items that predate its own existence - and if you're interested in reconnecting...
The Spin Room - Oily Engine of the Political Meat Grinder
The crush of reporters and cameramen presses in like a rabid rush- hour crowd at the Times Square subway station. There is no mercy."Can you get a shot?" asks a TV reporter toward the back of the pack."This is totally impossible," a voice replies.Somewhere...
Two Batons and a Harmonic Convergence ; Surviving Dictatorship, Destitution, and War, the Iraqi Symphony Travels to Washington for a Joint Concert - and Lunch with Bush
Last May 1, Hisham Sharaf marked President Bush's declaration of the end of major hostilities in Iraq by setting out on his own mission. The director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra (INSO) began driving around Baghdad to the houses of every...
US Commanders Are Taking More Cues from Afghans ; Troops Are Helping Create a Security Buffer around Kandahar to Facilitate Political and Economic Reforms
Kandahar's governor, Yusuf Pashtun, puts on his glasses, leans forward, and scrutinizes photographs of a huge weapons cache discovered by US troops last week in none other than the city prison.Staring back at him, in full color, are thousands of 107...
Which Film Remake Is Next? Eddie Brandt Knows
In the span of an hour on a recent Friday afternoon, Donovan Brandt has lectured a screenwriter on the acting roots of Lon Chaney, explained the difference between the US and British versions of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" to a confused teenager, and rattled...
Worth and a Christmas Party ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Every December our church community sponsors a Christmas potluck. A hall is rented and festively decorated, and around 100 people gather to celebrate.An old upright piano with ivory missing from some of its keys is badly out of tune, but in the spirit...