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 September 26, 2001

A Lesson in Life's Essentials Unravels
A couple of weeks back, my teenage son approached me with the urgent request that I take him out for "school clothes."I have to admit that I was, for a moment, at a loss for words.I hadn't heard the expression "school clothes" since I was a kid. ...
Americans Abroad Try to Cope from Afar ; Millions of US Citizens Were a Long Way from Home When Terror Struck
Every evening during the May-to-October dry season, visitors meander through 20,000-year-old rock-art galleries and climb up to the Ubirr lookout to gaze at the sunset. It is a ritual that brings a close to the day for many of the 200,000 people...
As US Staging Ground, Pakistan a Powderkeg ; Authorities Brace for a Backlash If US Launches Strikes on Afghanistan
Choose your weapon. Hand-held rocket launchers with armor- piercing ammunition, homemade Kalashnikovs, replicas of German Mausers, or authentic Remington shotguns. Pakistan's northwestern frontier offers an arsenal that could satisfy any "holy warriors"...
Attacks Energize Europe on Fight against Terror ; the EU Is Working on Measures That Will Make It Easier to Go after a Common Enemy
The enormity of the Sept. 11 attack in the US - combined with its sinister European connections - is pushing Europe to strengthen its own security efforts. Regardless of their political stripes, leaders across the continent have made an unprecedented...
Bush's Coming of Age
In two defining moments during the crisis over terrorism, George W. Bush crossed the dramatic threshold from amiable domestic politician to confident world leader. The first moment was in the early minutes after the attack on New York. Air Force...
China Displays New Tolerance for Abrasive, Urban Art
In the West, "Chinese art" has meant Ming vases and bamboo-laden landscape paintings. In recent years, however, a growing avant- garde movement has come into its own in this country. These artists' work crackles with sharp-edged social and personal...
Court to Take on Thorny Issue of School Vouchers ; in Opting to Decide a Case from Cleveland, the High Court Could Further Lower the Wall Separating Church, State
The US Supreme Court's announcement that it will examine the constitutionality of Cleveland's school-voucher program sets the stage for a potential landmark church-state ruling by next summer that could change the face of American education. It could...
Don't Oversell an 'Idea War'
Eighty-five percent of Americans today are in favor of war, according to a recent New York Times poll. On the surface, that seems to be a powerful statistic. In fact, it means only as much as the war does - which, in the case of a war against terrorism,...
Do Violent Films Shape or Reflect? ; to What Extent Do Americans' Views about Retaliation, Revenge, and Warfare Come More from Decades of Popular Entertainment Rather Than from Sustained Reflections on History and Morality?
Hollywood is scrambling to regain its balance in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Arnold Schwarzenegger's thriller "Collateral Damage" has been postponed by Warner Bros. and may never reach the screen. "Men in Black 2," a sequel to the 1997...
Finding Shelter
Irene Edwards long enjoyed the way the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center dominated the view from her Jersey City apartment. "I love that whole downtown area," she says. "I have so many memories of shopping there, having dates there."...
Global Economy Just Got Weaker ; Economic Forecasts through 2002 Are Slashed. Central Banks Unleash New Money
Central banks around the world are racing to stave off a global slump that some economists now warn could become one of the sharpest slowdowns of the post-war era. Before the terrorist attacks on the United States, the major industrialized nations...
Kinks in California's Shift to Drug Treatment
Raul bares two forearms dotted with needle marks from wrist to elbow. "They were going to send me back to jail for the fifth time," says the warehouse worker and father of two. "Then the D.A. [district attorney] saw these scars and said, 'This man...
'Live Your Lives and Hug Your Children'
Toward the end of President Bush's nationwide speech last week concerning the attacks in New York and Washington, he offered 11 little words of advice that had nothing to do with military buildups. Rather, they centered around striving for a sense...
New Urgency to Security for Winter Games
On the list of potential terrorist targets in the United States, Utah ought to feel pretty secure. Here, a half-day's drive from any major population center, there are no famous towers, no prominent federal buildings, and not many people. Instead,...
Niceness Is 'Contagious'
All across the US, people are suddenly being nicer to one another: smiling and saying "Hi" as they pass in the street, doing good deeds, genuinely caring. You wouldn't think this would be "news." Surely it ought to be the norm - but it hasn't necessarily...
Opting for Privacy
Each year, according to the FBI, some 350,000 cases of "identity theft" occur, making it one of the fastest growing crimes in the US. In a society where numbers all too often become a substitute for names, identity thieves - sometimes working on the...
Reviled No More, N.Y.P.D. Is Getting 'Hugs' from Public
The caps are everywhere, more ubiquitous than Prada bags. Black (this is, after all, New York) with white letters, they've crowned the heads of everyone from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to slugger Mike Piazza to comedian Adam Sandler. More than a fashion...
Russia Surfs Antiterrorist Wave ; Moscow Offers Support to US-Led Coalition, but Asks West to Drop Criticism of Its Conflict in Chechnya
As Russia falls into stride alongside the United States in its campaign to root out terrorists, the Kremlin is swiftly repackaging many of its own longstanding geopolitical goals to give them an antiterrorist hue - and soften Western criticism. For...
Saffron Will Cost You, but a Pinch Goes Far ; 'Threads' of the Exotic Spice Elevate the Humblest of Dishes to Gourmet Status
If the Brothers Grimm, those German tellers of tales and collectors of folklore, had been raised on bouillabaisse rather then bratwurst, they may have seen things a little differently. They might have had the diminutive rascal Rumpelstiltskin, for...
Sharing Information, Tempering Fear: A Parent's Story
Her eyes held the questions that soon tumbled from her lips. "What happened? What happened today?" she demanded as she stepped into the car after school on Tuesday. Here it was. The moment I'd been simultaneously longing for and dreading. All morning,...
The Best Trips Aren't Always Smooth Sailing
'OK," my husband said. "You say we don't do enough together; well, I've got a great plan for us for Saturday." He handed me a slick, colorful brochure featuring a laughing couple, oars in hand, rowing down a river. "A canoe trip?" I asked, incredulously....
To Exercise at Home, or Away?
Fitness has become more than a fad for Americans. Many people take brisk walks to keep in shape, while others are spending more money than ever on health-club memberships to get a good workout. But which is most cost-effective - buying your own equipment...
Trail to Al Qaeda Starts with Bin Laden 'Inc.'
In the early 1990s, Osama bin Laden worked out of an ordinary eight-room building on McNimr Street in downtown Khartoum, Sudan. His office was the first one on the left, behind the receptionist. Like bosses everywhere, Mr. bin Laden had trouble keeping...
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