Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 36, September 29

Advocates of Esperanto Continue to Lobby for Their Lingua Franca
More than a century after its invention, Esperanto still has its champions, who are coaxing the United Nations and European Union to adopt the universal language as a cost-saving measure. Even in the face of daunting odds, supporters of Esperanto,...
America's Religious Awakening May Be Ringing False Alarms
Ministers and scholars disagree whether the United States is experiencing a religious revival. Ninety percent of Americans say they believe in God, but church attendance has been flat for 50 years. For three months in the 1970s, Julie Hedges tried...
An African Writer Looks at Ebonics
I don't know much about ebonics, but I know a good deal about Grebo, my native dialect. I have heard ebonics spoken and I have confused it with bad English. I have spent a good deal of my academic life trying hard to separate my native Grebo dialect...
Blessed Are the Promise Keepers
Mission Statement: "Promise Keepers is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to become godly influences in their world." Promise Keepers, or PK, is a national movement of Evangelical Christian men teaching...
Can They Run the Show after the Star Is Gone?
The noise was deafening. The black-gowned master and fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, shifted uneasily from foot to foot. With Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, expected to arrive momentarily on an official visit to the 14th-century...
Clinton's Rules for God in the Workplace
President Clinton has issued guidelines -- praised by liberals and conservatives -- on religious expression in federal workplaces. But some say the document gives less protection than meets the eye. When President Clinton unveiled his administration's...
Defense Contractor Targeted for Alleged Fraud
Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., the world's largest defense and aerospace company, is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly defrauding the Department of Defense, or DOD, and several foreign countries of more than $147 million....
Did Unions Buy a Key to the White House?
The focus has been on Ron Carey and the Teamster election. However, this story of union influence, corruption and money began not in 1996 but far earlier and with the complicity of the Clinton administration. In February 1996, AFL-CIO President...
Education Reform Policies Should Be Child-Centered
I love my children. Every parent does and we want what is best for them. Thus, it was with pangs of fear and hope, and not a few tears, that many parents sent their children back to school this month. Members of Congress returned to work in Washington...
Hip-Hop Artists Hope to Prove They Have Gotten a Bum Rap
While critics complain about the message of rap artists, whose music is associated with drugs and violence, two premier artists are behaving more conscientiously than many Hollywood brats. Rock `n' roll activism isn't new. In 1971, ex-Beatle George...
Kitsch or Pitch, Old Ads Pay Off
How does the Screen Actors Guild spell relief.? R-E-S-I-D-U-A-L-S for reruns of old commercials. Mrs. Butterworth, the maple syrup lady, is missing. So is Bucky Beaver, the Maypo kid, the Ginsu knife guy, the Dippity Do gal, the Teaberry Gum shuffers...
Michael Fumento Loves Role as Dispeller of Modern Myths
Science reporter Fumento laments the fad that America spend millions of dollars every year frantically trying to solve small or non-existent problems while ignoring serious issues facing the nation. Gadfly Michael Aaron Fumento's first book, The...
Political Meltdown Dooms Nuclear Lab
A reactor at the Brookhaven lab on Long Island has been leaking radioactive tritium for 12 years. As a toxic plume oozes toward the water supply some scientists stop just short of saying it's good for you. In a move that has left scientists and...
Private Protection Is Secure Industry
Whether they're cruising the mall parking lots, guarding movie stars or fending off looters during the Los Angeles riots, private security personnel are becoming ubiquitous. And labor unions don't like it. When the Teamsters struck UPS, management...
Q: Are Abstinence-Only Sex-Education Programs Good for Teenagers?
Yes: 'Safe sex education has failed. it's time to give kids the good news about abstinence. Abstinence. What's so controversial? Parents, educators and communities want teenagers to postpone becoming sexually active, preferably until marriage,...
Snoops, Sex and Videotape
It comes as no surprise to national-security specialists -- except in the magnitude of the operation -- that the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies conducted a sweeping electronic-espionage mission in the fall of 1993 during a summit meeting...
The Modern Dating Game Is Rigged against Players
Contemporary dating is preparation for divorce, not for marriage. The social conventions currently governing boys and girls age 12 and up hardly could have been better designed to produce peer dependency, educational inadequacy and faulty socialization....
Veteran Rocker Breaks the Rules by Embracing Traditional Values
Singer and songwriter Neil Young never has been afraid to speak his mind. One of a handful of rock musicians to support Ronald Reagan, the guitarist continues to rock to the beat of a different drummer. Since his artistic rebirth in the late 1980s,...