Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 44, November 25

Beaches and Beautiful Valleys, but Few Tourists Visit Bulgaria
Decades behind the Iron Curtain have ruined Bulgaria's economy and morale; recent elections hold little hope for improvement. Still, there are surprises in this unusual country for intrepid travelers. While other Eastern Bloc countries emerged from...
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Clinton Policy Plans Await His Second Term
The president's options are on hold as he feels out the new Congress and decides how to overcome the scandals in which his administration is mired. Clinton may propose, of course, but Congress will depose. William Jefferson Clinton has pulled off...
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Does the National Press Undermine Conservatives?
Surveys find half of Washington bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents are Democrats and only 4 percent are Republicans, while 89 percent of the national press corps voted for Clinton in 1992. The last weeks of Bob Dole's presidential campaign...
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Don't Believe the Hype about Voter Mandates
When he ran for president in 1844, James Knox Polk of Tennessee promised the American people he wouldn't run for a second term, a promise the eventual 11th president of the United States kept when his four years in office came to an end in 1848. ...
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Double-Edged Foreign Policy: Business Leaders Say Economic Sanctions on Repressive Regimes Can Backfire on U.S. Interests
Business leaders say economic sanctions on repressive regimes can backfire on U.S. interests. Last May Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, made some moving remarks before the Senate Banking Committee deploring the dismal situation in Burma,...
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Education for All Holds a Future for Few
It's not that Bill Clinton makes promises he doesn't keep. Or that he swings around like a weather vane when the political winds shift. It's that for our president, the future is a hazy dreamland where no one's ever held accountable for anything and...
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Is Dr. Moreau Fable or Fact? Surgeons Soon Will Be Able to Transplant Animal Organs into Humans - but at What Risk?
Surgeons soon will be able to transplant animal organs into humans - but at what risk? Each year, nearly 50,000 patients in the United States await organ or tissue transplants. Several thousand of them will die because a suitable donor cannot be...
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Is There a Tenor in the House?
When weary reporters covering the Democratic National Convention dropped their laptop computers and cameras to the floor of their Chicago hotel, put up their tired dogs and raised a jar in the wee hours of the morning, they did so to the lyrical voice...
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Make No Bones about It - Osteoporosis Is on the Rise
Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women are surprised to learn that they are victims of this silent, degenerative bone disease. To many of them it will prove debilitating; to others, fatal. Nearly 25 million Americans are afflicted with...
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Q: Should Colleges and Universities Abolish Academic Tenure?
"Inside the academy, tenure is a bit like sex in the Victorian age - untouchable," observes Russell Edgerton, president of the American Association for Higher Education. Academic tenure - the guarantee of permanent employment at a college or university...
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Russia's New Elite Bodes Ill for Democracy
The abrupt firing of Gen. Aleksandr Lebed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin's former national security adviser, tells us much about Yeltsin, his rule and his camarilla. It reveals the corporate, capitalist, anti-democratic authoritarianism that is represented...
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Superfreighters Are Changing Shipping Ports and Sea Lanes
A new generation of huge cargo vessels - some too big to go through the Panama Canal - is transforming the shipping business. The result: new routes, lower costs and intense competition. New fleets of gigantic cargo ships are plying the worlds trade...
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The Cabinet Table Welcomes New Players
Now that President Clinton has moved to the winner's circle, he must remember his promise about the bridge to the 21st century - and start building it. Much of its dimensions and design (not to mention the toll to be charged) will be influenced by...
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The Vietnam War Is over, but 'Hanoi Jane' Lives On
Jane Fonda. The name and the face are enough to draw a crowd of reporters, to fire up the klieg lights and flashbulbs, to make tonight's news with her endorsement of a political candidate or her jabs at media magnate Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor...
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United Nations Must Air Its Dirty Laundry
Another United Nations' Day recently passed in which we all were expected to bear witness to the great achievements of the United Nations. The organization and its supporters scrambled to hide its misdeeds and dust off its few accomplishments. But...
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Who Really Won the Elections of 1996?
The elections are over, thank goodness. But a question remains unanswered: Who won? Yes, that's right, I asked "Who won?" This should be important not only to Demo crats, who keep control of the White House, and to Republicans, who keep control of...
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Winning Isn't Everything
Some pundits are predicting Bill Clinton's single minded focus on reelection will destroy the Democratic Party. They also concede the Republicans have their work cut out for them. Four years from now, the millennium arises. But, for now, forget...
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