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 May 8, 2003

A Monitor Guide to the Bestsellers
116The Da Vinci CodeThe body of a murdered museum director sprawled on the parquet floor of the Louvre starts an international chase in which a Harvard professor and a brilliant police cryptographer must flee the crime scene to prove their innocence....
Biologist as Watchmaker, Cells as Parts
In the early rounds of the global battle against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), few prizes have been more highly sought than the genetic "parts list" for the virus that scientists have linked to the disease.Now, only a month after identifying...
Breaking Ice in South Asia
The unexpected thaw in Indian-Pakistani relations is welcome, even if many old ice dams threaten this latest detente.Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee opened the door two weeks ago with a surprise speech, saying he wanted to "extend the hand...
Findings Give Big Boost to Big Bang
For astronomers who study cosmic evolution, the past six months have brought unprecedented revelations. Data from ground- and space- based observatories have revealed what appear to be the remnants of the first stars ever to shine. They also have pinned...
For Better or Worse, Black Market Brisk ; Iraq's Thriving Illegal Commerce Contrasts Sharply with the Slow US Reconstruction
When five Humvees from Eagle Troop of the US Army's 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment rolled into Souk Orfally, an open-air black market in eastern Baghdad, they beheld an amazing sight. There in the jaw of a front-end loader was Saddam Hussein, all 15 feet...
Fu Manchu Doesn't Live Here ; the Struggle and Triumph of Chinese-Americans Are an Integral Part of US History
In the final chapter of "The Chinese in America," Iris Chang writes, "I can only close this book with a fervent hope: that readers will recognize the story of my people - the Chinese in the United States - not as a foreign story, but as a quintessentially...
Healing Lessons from Another War-Torn Society - Mozambique
After the guns of war fall silent, what happens to the people whose main role during the war was to be professional fighters? This is an important challenge for US communities as they welcome back soldiers previously deployed in Iraq.I came to this small...
In S. Korea, Quiet Talk of Exit Plans ; A Recent Poll - Indicating That Many Students Would Leave If War Broke out - Raised Eyebrows in Seoul
Mr. Kim, a business executive here, considers his family "very patriotic." He attends club meetings, reads the papers, feels proud of Korea's rising stature in Asia.But in the past few months - a time of rapid political change and a nuclear standoff...
In Turkey, Childhoods Vanish in Weary Harvests ; A Desire to Join Europe Could Spur Turkey's Efforts to Reduce the Ranks of Its 1.6 Million Child Laborers
Eleven-year-old Zara Cigay exudes weary determination as she works her way down a row of cotton plants on a hot morning in Turkey's Amuq Valley. Hands blackened from the plant oils, the pony- tailed girl pushes through the waist-high foliage, ripping...
Iraq Effect on US Role in Asia
American victory in Iraq is having an unexpected and unintended impact in a surprising place: China. This will have deep implications for the US. Since the war started, China has shown important changes in its approach to the world, most recently at...
Islam and Democracy - Not an Impossible Marriage ; Noah Feldman Is Writing a New Constitution for Iraq
With the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, the United States has begun the daunting task of bringing democracy to a nation that has not known freedom. The consensus among many experts is that the Arab world and democracy are incompatible. Islam, the argument...
Just One Look ; Cosmetic Surgery May Be Pointing More Individuals toward an Aesthetic Sameness That Could Change the Way We View Identity
Plastic surgery is common enough in American culture that people don't think twice when they see it on The Learning Channel or in the pages of Oprah's magazine.But "Extreme Makeover," a reality series launched recently by ABC, may be adding some edge...
Letters
No link between Middle East conflictsRegarding your May 2 editorial "The US-Israeli Parallax": If I fail to look straight at the thermometer, parallax is the reason I get the wrong reading. Looking straight at the territorial occupations by Israel and...
Lost and Found - but Still Mysterious ; the Authenticity of This Modern-Day Stone Age Tribe May Never Be Confirmed
In 1971, a "lost tribe" of 27 isolated "Stone Age" rain-forest dwellers was discovered deep in the jungle of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Their hair was long, their G-strings and grass miniskirts fashioned from curculigo leaves. They were...
Merrily We Mow Along
"You don't look like you're having fun when you mow your lawn," said Matt. He and his roommate, Bob, had wandered across the street in our quiet Iowa neighborhood. This was the first time we'd talked since I'd moved to my bungalow the previous winter,...
New 3-D Sonar Puts Ocean Floor in Sharper Relief
Larry Mayer will always remember the day he showed Nova Scotia scallop fishermen what his high-tech sonar mapping technology could do.Dr. Mayer, then at the University of New Brunswick in Fredricton, displayed his team's new high-resolution, three- dimensional...
New Ways to Aid Special Kids
A 1975 federal law designed to help special-needs children obtain an appropriate education received a boost last week, when the House passed a badly needed update.A key provision in the revised Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) would...
Our 'Rogue' Vegetables Are like Dickensian Heroes
We call them rogues, the plants that spring up and surprise us in odd corners of the garden. A few seeds always manage to last all winter long and sprout in this year's bed. The seedlings appear like foundlings on the back steps, unbidden and unknown....
Pennsylvania Ave. Keeps Getting Longer ; A Tax-Cut Vote This Week Shows How Far Apart President Bush and Congress Have Grown
"I'm a uniter, not a divider," George W. Bush intoned over and over when he ran for president in 2000. His record of bipartisan bonhomie as governor of Texas - and the legislative accomplishments it produced - boded well for a Bush presidency that could...
Reporters on the Job
* GOOD REPORTING BEARS FRUIT: The first step in getting Thursday's story about the Taliban reorganizing in Afghanistan (page 1) involved finding a low-level Taliban official. Eventually, the Monitor's Scott Baldauf and his Afghan interpreter met and...
Roadblocks on the Road Map to Middle East Peace
After months of inaction, US determination to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems renewed.US envoy William Burns met Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas Monday in advance of a visit here next week by Secretary of State Colin...
Strict Indonesia Backs Free Needles for Drug Users ; AIDS Transmitted by Drug Use Has Led the Government to Allow Needle- Exchange Clinics
The atmosphere at the clinic seems jovial. But Budi, a visitor, is in no mood to linger. Having gotten what he needed, he slips out onto the busy street, on the move again.His immediate plan: find a safe place to shoot up with his new syringe.Budi's...
Taliban Appears to Be Regrouped and Well-Funded ; A New Hierarchy of Leaders Has Emerged across Parts of Afghanistan
As the fiery chief justice of the Taliban's Supreme Court, Abdul Salam shook the world once, proclaiming the right to execute foreign aid workers accused of converting Afghans to Christianity.Today, not only is Justice Salam back, talking to a foreign...
The Brave New World of Genetic Engineering ; Margaret Atwood Follows Today's Trends into a Terrifying Oblivion
The end of the world would be bad, of course, but books about it are a disaster. Once in a while an author carries off the Apocalypse with some pizazz - St. John comes to mind - but even the best writers have trouble with it. Three years ago, T.C. Boyle...
To Be as Good as You Really Are ; Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Journal
Her words came to me over the phone: "Whenever someone talks to me about goodness and the importance of being good, I feel like I'm being asked to give up my individuality." How much I longed to reach over the miles that separated us and hug this 14-year-old...
US Port Security: Is X-Ray Enough? ; Boston Now Scans Two-Thirds of the Containers, Making the Port an Exemplar of Antiterror Tactics
Down where the city of Boston meets the Atlantic Ocean, where a salty wind swirls amid 30-foot-tall stacks of giant cargo containers, two customs inspectors are doing something few of their colleagues nationwide are able to do: They're scanning roughly...
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