Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 33, September 2

Big Projects in Big Trouble: International Cooperation in Physics and Space Research Has Been Less Than Harmonious
International cooperation in physics and space research has been less than harmonious. For several years, politicians and scientists alike have proclaimed that "globalization" is the future of science. No longer would any single nation undertake ambitious...
Read preview Overview
Burned out and Washed Up
The United States is on fire with accounts of black-church burnings. Is the nation in the middle of the largest vortex of hate crimes since the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan? Some media critics and arson experts say the alleged epidemic is smoke and mirrors....
Read preview Overview
Catastrophic Deficits Loom on Horizon
President Clinton says "the era of big government is over." Yet, during the first three years of his administration, actual federal tax revenues rose $322 billion to $1.4 trillion, a 29 percent increase. In dollar terms, that was the biggest tax increase...
Read preview Overview
Climate Deal Sets Stage for Global Energy Taxes
The Geneva meetings on the U.N. Climate Convention in mid-July have led to a surprising position statement by the State Department, calling for legally binding targets and time frames for the reduction of emissions of carbon dioxide, or [CO.sub.2]. Since...
Read preview Overview
Cruise Control for the Political Infobahn
The World Wide Web will be snaring political junkies of all stripes with these virtual ramps onto the Washington information highway. Navigating the information superhighway can be a drag, so Insight found 10 top-notch political World Wide Web sites...
Read preview Overview
In Quiet Praise of Pith and Vinegar
In this era of omnivorous media, the cultural preference for "nice" has hardened into dogma. Even if a public figure is seized by a justifiable homicidal rage, it is imperative that a smile strain his face while the TV camera or a reporter is near. Which...
Read preview Overview
Is Jack Kemp a Team Player?
Virtually no one expected Bob Dole to tap his old opponent, Jack Kemp, as his running mate. But to everyone's surprise, the unlikeliest of tickets is a reality -- although risky -- and many approve. This time, it wasn't the quarterback who threw the...
Read preview Overview
Opening the Gate to Beckett's World
A troupe of Irish actors and European directors celebrate the works of the great playwright, Samuel Beckett. The unthinkable -- and the nearly undoable -- happened five years ago in that most literary of cities in the English-speaking world: Dublin....
Read preview Overview
Q: Did Clinton Deliver on His Promise to End Welfare as We Know It?
Yes: Welfare no longer is an entitlement, and work is on the horizon for many recipients. With considerable prodding from the Republican Congress, President Clinton announced at the end of July that he finally would fulfill a 1992 campaign promise:...
Read preview Overview
Recommend at Own Risk: Employers Face a New Quandary: What Information Should They Give out about Former Workers?
Employers face a new quandary: What information should they give out about former workers? Name, rank and serial number," says Sheryl Willert, a managing partner in the Seattle law firm of Williams, Kastner and Gibbs. "That's what I used to advise my...
Read preview Overview
Save Millions with Zillions
Unlike his parents, Jimmy isn't interested in what Consumer Reports has to say about skateboards, sneakers or mountain bikes. But a junior version of that magazine talks his language. Zillions, also published by the Consumers Union, conveys the same...
Read preview Overview
Take a Ride for Wildlife: Conservation Is on the Go as Environmental License Plates Decorate American Autos
Conservation is on the go as environmental license plates decorate American autos. California pioneered the trend in 1970 with its Environmental License Plate Fund, which garnered revenue from "vanity" plates. More recently, the state introduced its...
Read preview Overview
To Green Fundamentalists, Earth Is a Close Second
Liberal Democrats are attempting to get religious conservatives to join environmentalist causes -- what one terms the 'Noah's Ark' of the nineties. They're coming armed with much more than Scripture. Rep. Richard Pombo, a California Republican, expected...
Read preview Overview
United Colors of Controversy
An international quarterly emphasizes the offbeat, the eccentric and the obscure. The images can be stark or bizarre, but they almost always are provocative: a man out for a walk with a pig on a leash; a toilet seat encrusted with jewels; a newborn...
Read preview Overview
U.S. Attorney in Hot Seat as Politics and Law Clash
Serious questions have surfaced regarding a bus driver, a Clinton appointee and a search warrant. Apartment manager Jenni Burk is fuming. Five months have not cooled her anger. "I thought about marching down there to her office and giving her a piece...
Read preview Overview
Watergate, Travelgate: Mea Culpas Don't Cut It
Shortly after Bill Clinton was sworn as the 41st president, he guaranteed Americans the highest ethical standards of any administration in modern history. Has he lived up to his promise? Rep. William Clinger, a retiring nine-term Pennsylvania Republican...
Read preview Overview
Who's to Blame for Bombing in Atlanta?
One of the great things about living in late 20th-century America is that no one is responsible for their actions. If a guy wants to go out and deal drugs, for example, well, obviously society has done him wrong by not providing a comparably lucrative...
Read preview Overview
Will Heartfelt Penitence Woo the Black Vote?
The seventies saw African-American intellectuals question the power of the Democratic Party in their community. Many wonder if a segment of the black vote could be the GOP's for the asking. When Bob Dole rejected a speaking invitation from the National...
Read preview Overview