Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 45, December 3

Airports Turn to Biometrics: Devices That Can Recognize Faces, Fingerprints and Body Odor Will Make Flying Safer
International air travel will never be the same. New security measures under consideration by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a worldwide aviation-industry group, include biometric technologies that digitally analyze fingerprints,...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "Let's roll," a confident and practical President George W. Bush told the nation Nov. 8 in a speech to 5,000 or so American heroes. Curiously, not all TV networks carried the live remarks intended for the larger audience that is the...
An `Evil Russian' Trains the Marines: Pavel Tsatsouline, Once an Instructor for Soviet Special-Forces Units That Fought in Afghanistan, Now Teaches Martial Arts to the Corps at the Quantico Marine Base
Pavel Tsatsouline helps train troops in the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, now 18 months old. In the 1980s he was a physical-training instructor for Spetsnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units, where among, other duties he helped prepare...
As Enemies within Raise Their Voices, Media Turn Deaf Ears
There was a venomous hatefest in the nation's capital on Halloween night. It was hosted by Malik Zulu Shabazz of the militant New Black Panther Party. Deadly rhetorical spores of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism permeated the air for more than four...
Changing Times and Scandal on Capitol Hill. (News Alert)
Even in times of national emergency, the appetite for scandal remains strong among newsmen and politicians. So when the tips came in about a "big story," news alert! hopped into action and started making phone calls -- lots of them -- to members of...
Cliches Encumber Effectiveness of America's War on Terrorism
There are a few analyses of this war that already have attained the status of cliche. Accordingly, let's bury them. The first is the notion that the terrorists miscalculated badly when they attacked the United States. They awoke a sleeping giant,...
Democrats Refuse to Act Judiciously: Democrats in Control of the Senate Have Stonewalled President George W. Bush's Nominees for the Federal Bench, Creating a Crisis in U.S. Law Enforcement. (Nation: Judicial Nominations)
That was then. This is now. Before the Supreme Court waded into the Florida electoral swamp and decided Bush v. Gore, Senate Democrats were fond of quoting Chief Justice William Rehnquist's 1997 comment that judicial "vacancies cannot remain at such...
Enviros Helped Topple World Trade Center. (the Last Word)
The next time "environmentalist" saboteurs launch a campaign against Alaskan oil drilling -- or any other project to improve life in these United States -- they should be encouraged to review the videotapes of the collapsing World Trade Center twin...
Farm Bill Could Hurt Farming. (Waste & Abuse)
Okay everybody, who ran off with the Department of Agriculture? When Americans weren't paying attention someone ran off with what used to be known as the Agriculture Department and put in its place something that still goes by that name but really...
Fidel May Be Part of Terror Campaign: The Arrest of a Fidel Castro Mole at the Defense Intelligence Agency Is Raising Serious Questions about a Cuban Connection to the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks. (World: Cuba)
At 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, Ana Belen Montes, a senior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), walked into a public telephone booth outside Washington's National Zoo and made two calls to pager numbers later traced by federal agents to Cuba's...
Iran Cosponsors Al-Qaeda Terrorism: Iranian Young People Are Turning Soccer Games into Anti-Regime Demonstrations as Evidence Mounts of Their Government's Involvement in the Sept. 11 Attacks. (Investigative Report)
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami came to New York City on Nov. 8 to attend a U.N. summit as U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies explored new information tying his regime's intelligence services to Sept. 11 and to previous anti-American...
Jackson's Rainbow Powered by a Love of Green. (Fair Comment)
Harold Doley saw something wrong with society and wanted to fix it. The first black American to have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, Doley had lived the American Dream, and he wanted other people of color to do the same. In 1996, Doley was...
Leadership in a Time of Crisis: As the World Now Faces the Terrorist Threat, Scholars Examine the Leadership Skills That Winston Churchill Used to Help Sustain the Allies during World War II. (World: Winston Churchill)
Winston Churchill! The name evokes the feisty bulldog image of one of the 20th century's great leaders, whose courage, tenacity and eloquence did much to help the Allied powers win World War II. Early in that frightful war, in 1940, three days after...
Militant Muslims and the GOP: The Islamic Institute Was Founded by Republicans to Reach out to Conservative Muslims, but Critics Say Its Leaders Have Anti-Israel and Pro-Terrorist Connections. (Nation: Coalition Politics)
Grover Norquist long has been a conservative hero. President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), he has served as informal adviser to former House speaker Newt Gingrich and the current Bush administration and is an influential Republican power and idea...
Nuclear Materials May Be Missing. (Waste & Abuse)
Nuclear materials loaned by the Department of Energy (DOE) to some 300 universities, hospitals, private corporations and other government agencies may be missing, according to a recent report from the agency's inspector general (IG), or at least can't...
Parties Ponder Election Results. (Washington's Week)
In the beginning it was just a simple tete-a-tete, a casual dinner with French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to be hosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Both Germany and Italy had pledged military support...
Poking Holes in Self-Serving Media Myths. (Washington in Brief)
Further evidence of problems between the liberal press and the U.S. military establishment, as reported in last week's issue of INSIGHT (see "War and the Role of the Mass Media," Nov. 26), come to light in an essay by Robert Lichter and Trevor Butterworth...
Police State: Critics on the Right and Left Contend That Congress Is Stripping Away Fundamental American Rights with Passage of an Anti-Terrorism Law That Gives Police Agencies the Power to Harass Law-Abiding Citizens. (Cover Story)
If the United States is at war against terrorism to preserve freedom, a new coalition of conservatives and liberals is asking, why is it doing so by wholesale abrogation of civil liberties? They cite the Halloween-week passage of the antiterrorism...
Symposium
Q: Should the White House demand more of its coalition partners against terrorism? YES: Demand that Syria and Iran shut down terrorist groups in their own countries. As things now stand, many of the states assisting the U.S. led war on the Taliban...
Terror Takes Toll on Nation's Travel Agents: Companies Have Cut Back on Business Travel and More People Are Replacing Leisure Travel with At-Home Family Activities. (Business)
The travel and tourism industry, from hotels and restaurants to airlines and travel agents, has taken a huge hit, perhaps more so than any other industry since Sept. 11. Americans remain reluctant to travel, some fearing their security and others concerned...
U.S. Puts More Effort in War of Hearts, Minds. (Political Notebook)
President George W. Bush's stepped-up antiterror message to European leaders was that Osama bin Laden has been seeking to secure nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. "No nation can be neutral in this conflict because no civilized nation can...
Virtually There: Videoconferencing Is Emerging as an Alternative to Travel, but the Medium Remains Imperfect If Much Improved and Less Costly. (Technology)
Sept. 11's terrorist attacks grounded airplanes nationwide and closed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for more than three weeks. In their wake, many businesses are turning to videoconferencing technology to ease concerns about flying while...