Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, January 7

Abstinence Success in Uganda Resisted by AIDS Community. (Fair Comment)
As AIDS sweeps across Africa, Uganda remains a lone success story. Millions of Ugandans have embraced traditional sexual morality, including sexual abstinence outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage, in order to avoid infection. But the international...
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A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, It always is a struggle in the news business to decide which stories to publish, let alone pursue, given the crush of competing news that comes across our radar screens. We only can imagine what it's like to be the president of the...
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A Slippery Situation. (the Business)
Some critics of President Bush argue that the close ties between the U.S. oil industry and the administration are shaping policy toward the Middle East, most particularly Iraq. The London Guardian recently argued that U.S. foreign policy is being held...
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Chavez Plans for Terrorist Regime: Venezuelan Security Officials Say That President Hugo Chavez Is Plugging Terrorist Networks into the Country's Infrastructure, Embracing Jihadists and Castroites. (the World: Venezuela)
At 9:29 p.m. on March 8, Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah landed at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar International Airport on board Delta Flight 397. The Venezuelan-born Arab had been the subject of international surveillance because he had taken lessons at two...
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Chip Production Moving to China: Low Costs and an Expanding Market Increasingly Are Attracting the U.S. and European Microchip Makers to China, Causing a Shift in Production Capacity to the East. (the Nation: High Technology)
Despite the recent strong rally in semiconductor stocks, some pundits continue to predict the demise of the technology industry as it has been known for the past half-decade. The good news is that many managers in the technology sector generally, and...
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Enron Crimes Get Scant Punishment: Justice Still Has Yet to Be Served in Ongoing Enron Investigation, Raising Troubling Questions about How the U.S. Legal System Punishes White-Collar Crime. (the Nation: Corporate Malfeasance)
It was nearly a year ago that Linda Lay, wife of former Enron chief executive officer (CEO) Kenneth Lay, appeared on NBC's Today show and tearfully defended her husband as a stand-up guy "who would do absolutely nothing wrong. Never, never, not for...
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Exposing Lies of the American Left: Daniel J. Flynn Fights for the Right at Accuracy in Academia and as Author of a Book That Explores Knee-Jerk Anti-Americanism in Arenas of Radical Influence. (Picture Profile)
Two years ago student radicals shouted down Daniel J. Flynn when he attempted to speak at the University of California at Berkeley. Four years ago, he experienced a similar fate after a conference he helped organize at Columbia University in New York...
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Finding the Truth Behind the Lies. (for the People)
A recent study conducted by the University of Connecticut which found that the average American lies about 26 times every day so intrigued writer Tim Clark that he decided he wanted to talk "with a number of people whose jobs require them to sift fact...
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Gore Loses Grip in `Hip' Quest. (Fair Comment)
In his latest reincarnation, Al Gore really is one smokin' dude after his impressive gig hosting Saturday Night Live. Nevertheless, Gore's bad luck just continues to pile up. Poor guy must be starting to feel like he was "Born Under a Bad Sign." Perhaps...
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Hate-Crime Statistics Distort Truth of American Tolerance. (Fair Comment)
Recently released FBI hate-crime data show that crimes against Arabs and Muslims have increased more than 1,500 percent since last year. Presumably this seeming outpouring of ethnic hatred is related directly to the aftereffects of Sept. 11. Our shock...
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Join Heart and Hand for the Common Cause. (the Last Word)
The passion for the future has been a characteristic of America from the beginning, while our interest in the past usually ranges from tepid to torpid. That emphasis on tomorrow rather than yesterday surely is more strength than weakness in a society...
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Mississippi Burning. (the Furies)
LAURA INGRAHAM, THE LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW (WWW.LAURAINGRAHAM.COM) When Republicans were celebrating the day after their midterm-election stunner, I urged them to replace Trent Lott as Senate majority leader. "You don't fire the coach in the middle...
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Mixed Reviews for Selection of Snow. (the Business)
There has been mixed reaction to President George W. Bush's selection of John Snow, chairman of America's largest railroad company, to replace Paul O'Neill as Treasury Secretary. While Wall Street clearly is pleased to see the departure of the gaffe-prone...
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Poindexter Embarrassment, Presidential Candidates and Islam. (the Insider)
At press time, the White House had received 9,000 faxes complaining about Adm. John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness snooper program at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), whose Website has dropped that kooky logo...
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Possible Investigation Has IDB Squirming. (the Watchers)
The damage-control department at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), reportedly embarrassed by the criminal referral of a retired bank official in an alleged kickback scheme, may be in for more bad news. In December the bank revealed that allegations...
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Readin', Writin' and Race. (Washington Diary)
In the spirit of Christmas, Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel heralded the "Bengals Tickets for Tots" program, which encouraged football fans to contribute their unwanted tickets to underprivileged children rather than throw them away. Watching...
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Resurrecting a Great Reformer: Statesman William Wilberforce, Who Led Efforts to Halt the Slave Trade in the British Empire, Now Stands as the Perfect Example of What Faith-Based Politics Can Achieve. (the World: William Wilberforce)
William Wilberforce's name isn't a household word anymore, and that's a shame. He was one of the great British statesmen of his time--Wilberforce was born in 1759 and died in 1833--but that was only part of his achievement. He was an evangelical Anglican...
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Right & Left: Congressional Votes
Senate 1. Camapign Reform HR 2356 Among other things, the controversial Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act which went into effect on November 6) muzzles political speech, and favors print media over electronic by banning most broadcast, cable and...
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Should You Save Those Gore Campaign Buttons? (Nation in Brief)
Former president Ronald Reagan is "the greatest living American," according to a new poll by Esquire magazine. But in the world of political collectibles, artifacts from "The Gipper's" campaigns haven't really made the big time yet. That should give...
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Symposium
Q: Do demographics favor democrats over republicans for the next 20 years? YES: The interests of women, minorities and professionals will give Democrats a big edge. In the 1996, 1998 and 2000 elections, Democrats increased their margin in Congress,...
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Terrorists Develop Island Operations: Concerned Government Officials Say Terrorist Groups Have Secured a Beachhead in Trinidad and Tobago That Soon Could Be Used to Target U.S. and British Interests. (the World: Trinidad and Tobago)
Al-Qaeda and two other Middle East terrorist groups have established operations and are leading a holy war against U.S. and British interests from the tiny Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, INSIGHT has learned from U.S. government sources and...
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The Role of Iraq's Oil as War Nears: As the United States Struggles to Forge a Domestic and International Consensus in Favor of Action against Iraq, That Country's Oil Reserves Demand a Place in the Debate
For months the debate about the merits of a military attack on Iraq has centered on the threat a heavily armed Saddam Hussein government poses to the rest of the world. Weapons of mass destruction are the target, U.S. officials repeatedly have said--Saddam...
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The Winter of Dr. K's Discontent: Henry's Kissinger's Public Persona of Selfless Service Cannot Mask His Hubris or His Need to Rewrite History. (Commentary: Henry Kissinger)
Poor Henry Kissinger. He should have taken a cue from the disastrous example of his former mentor, the late vice president Nelson Rockefeller, and lain low instead of posing for posterity's statue. Hours after "Rocky" died on Jan. 26, 1979, his...
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White House Anxious to Find Smoking Gun. (Political Notebook)
Will there be war with Iraq? In the run-up to Christmas, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented the best public face he could, arguing that a U.S.-led war against Iraq isn't inevitable. But according to senior U.N. sources, Annan is far from optimistic...
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