Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 48, December 24

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Just like the child who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes, the press has a role to carefully observe and point out the "bare" facts. That is our role. And what brings this to mind is the variety of reports in this week's...
But Will the War Be on the Test? Complaining That the System Measures Performance by Standardized-Test Scores, Teachers Are Struggling to Fit the War in Afghanistan into the Crowded Curricula. (Nation: Education)
The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may have provided a much-needed wake-up call to the nation's schools concerning the teaching of current affairs. Immediately following the tragic events of that day, teachers began staying...
Campbell Was Beacon of Light in Darkness of Leftist Faculties. (Fair Comment)
He could be generous, he could be irascible, but he could never be anything other than W. Glenn Campbell. During his long career, and from his retirement in 1989 until his recent death on Nov. 24, no one else ever was described as being "like Glenn...
Children's Right to Be in a Family: Advocates of a New Global Charter Believe It's Time to Revive Discussions about the `Real' Rights of Children. (Law)
Most nations of the world believe the question of children's rights was answered with a U.N. treaty that asserts children should be protected from harm and exploitation and benefit from adequate standards of living and an education. The U.N. treaty...
Columbine `Memorial' Languishes as Parents Sue over Artwork: Columbine High School Officials Have Rejected Some 100 Ceramic Tiles Painted in Memory of the Victims of the 1999 Shootings. Now Parents Are Suing to Reinstate the Designs. (Education)
When the Jefferson County school district of Littleton, Colo., invited Sue Petrone to paint a ceramic tile for Columbine High School as part of an art-therapy project two years ago, she jumped at the chance. She spent hours painstakingly designing...
Defense First: The National-Security Team Is Devoted to Dismantling the Failed Defense Policies That Came Back to Haunt America on Sept. 11. (Cover Story)
President George W. Bush is on the brink of a stunning new accomplishment in defense of the nation. Bit by bit, senior administration figures tell INSIGHT, he is dismantling what they say he regards as a failed and discredited system of treaties, arms-control...
Federalization of Airport Security Bogging Down. (Waste & Abuse)
The president's signature still was drying on the airport-security bill when the U.S. Department of Transportation, the lead agency in the federalization of the new baggage-screening regime, started making excuses for why it wouldn't be able to meet...
Focused on Terror, U.S. Cannot Lose Sight of Religious Liberty. (Fair Comment)
In the agonizing weeks since Sept. 11 I have observed a trend in U.S. foreign policy that is of great concern: a willingness to allow religious freedom and other human rights to suffer in order to combat terrorism abroad. As the United States assembled...
Forest Service Fingered for Fudging on Visitor Numbers. (Waste & Abuse)
Most government accounting errors are a result of bumbling bureaucrats and a hopelessly backward bookkeeping system. Other discrepancies, however, may not be errors at all but purposeful distortions intended to advance an agenda or cover somebody's...
Friendship with First Family Fortifies Franks. (Political Notebook)
Tommy Franks is not the most colorful of generals. A reluctant press briefer during the best of times, he saw no reason to spend time cultivating a relationship with journalists when there was a media onslaught in early November over his handling of...
Good Work: A Trio of Psychologists Attempt to Define Good Work in Difficult Times. (Books: Good Riddance to Good Work)
There's something about the very title of this book, Good Work (Basic Books, $26, 301pp), that irks rather than inspires. Is it the whiff of self-righteousness that rises from the Hallmarkish dust jacket, the overripe odor of noblesse oblige? Or the...
House of Saud: A House of Sand: As Internal Dissension Festers in the Kingdom of Arabia, the Saudi Royal Family Straddles the Fence between Osama Bin Laden/al-Qaeda and the U.S. War on Terror. (Special Report: Saudi Arabia)
Saudi Arabia is a powder keg, say Middle East experts, and multimillionaire Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network was intended as the match to blow the United States out of the region and radicalize the whole of Islam. President George...
In Idaho, the Loggers Are Losing: Idahoans Have Watched Their Lumber Industry Grind to a Halt as Environmentalists Use the Courts to Stop Logging in National Forests. Meanwhile, Locals Struggle to Earn a Living. (Environment)
Look in any direction along this stretch of rural Idaho near Cascade. It's all trees -- thousands upon thousands of acres of lodge-pole pine and Douglas fir, cascading down hills and blanketing mountains as far as the eye can see. For a century, the...
Lone Voice Confronts the Peltier Myth. (Washington in Brief)
As previously reported in INSIGHT (see "Indian Murders Still Beg the Question of Justice," July 1, 1996), the dust long has been settled in the shooting of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. It was back in June 1975...
Media Elites Drive Wedge between Bush, Powell. (Fair Comment)
Every skilled government official knows these magic words: "What the president meant to say is...." And with good reason: This turn of phrase allows any presidential-policy pronouncement with which the unelected, unaccountable and generally faceless...
No Holds `Barr'-Ed as Georgia Democrats Hope to Oust Key GOP Congressman. (News Alert!)
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) does not mind the good fight. Nor does he shy away from making enemies. The first congressman to call for Bill Clinton's impeachment, Barr showed bulldog tenacity as well as an impressive command of congressional procedure and...
One Librarian Heeds the Call to Combat. (Washington in Brief)
There are some interesting books on the market these days targeted to survivalists. Titles such as Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo abound. And while they're aimed at a particular market, there's no restriction on who can read them. Your local agent...
Partisanship Rears Ugly Head. (Washington's Week)
Believing he had conceived an ingenious way to unite his concern for animal hunger and a love of woodland walking, sometime-inventor Mike Madden set out with his new bird-feeding hat. But he soon discovered animal instinct can interfere with the best-laid...
Speaking from Behind the Veil: A Foreign-Aid Worker's Latest Book Explores the Roles and Worldviews of Rural Afghani Women Who Lived in the Shadow of the Fundamentalist Taliban Regime. (World: Afghanistan
In the eyes of many Westerners the wearing of the veil in Afghanistan confirms that women there are oppressed. Despite the images being broadcast constantly into American living rooms, that's not universally the case, anthropologist Anna M. Pont tells...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress assert more control over local voting standards in elections? YES: Our founding Fathers gave Congress the power to ensure that federal elections are conducted fairly. Why do we need federal standards for federal elections?...
The Enviros: Some Notes for the Record. (the Last Word)
Paul Ehrlich, one of the leading enviros and junk scientists, has warned decade after decade that within the next 10 years there will be mass starvation because this trembling Earth will be unable to provide food, shelter or energy for an "exploding"...
Wallis Finds Faith in Battling Poverty: Editor and Author Jim Wallis Puts Politics Aside While Ministering to the Needs of the Lost, Left out, Hopeless and Hungry. He's Trying to Get America to Do the Same
Jim Wallis is a man of deep Christian faith. The editor of Sojourners magazine, he also is what he calls "convener "of Call to Renewal, a very ecumenical network of evangelical, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, African-American and mainline Protestant...
White Put Politics before Prosecution: Critics of Departing U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White Say She Buried the Teamsters Scandal and Other Cases out of Concern That the Political Fallout Would Hurt Her Career. (Nation: Clinton Corruption Probes)
The words were ones of unstinting praise: "Mary Jo White's dedication to justice is unquestionable, and her term as U.S. attorney has been one of steadfast commitment to law enforcement. She is a dedicated public servant and top-notch prosecutor."...
Wildlife Follies in Montana and Topless Haircuts in Arkansas. (for the People)
Public-policy notes from here and there, gleaned from Associated Press stories: Concerned that hunters kill on average a total of two grizzly bears each year in the state, Montana officials next year will begin requiting the state's bear hunters to...