Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 22, June 5

Baby Busters Rediscover God, Church and Morality
The baby-boom mantra was `all you need is love,' but for baby busters -- those born between 1961 and 1981 -- love isn't enough: Thousands are returning to church to embrace Christian rituals. For Chris Robeson, Jan. 22 "was just going to be another...
Conservative Financier Invests in Republicans
Just before Newt Gingrich became speaker of the House, he made a pilgrimage to Sheboygan, Wis. Why? Because Terry Kohler asked him. "Terry and Mary Kohler are such old friends and have been so vital to what we've been doing that when they called, I...
Devolutionary War of Words
In the wake of the bombing in Oklahoma City, President Clinton contended that extremist rhetoric heard on radio and television talk shows contributed to the conception and execution of that terrorist act. Although White House spokesmen have denied it,...
Dollar's Decline Raises Questions of Currency
The dollar's recent decline against the German deutsche mark and the Japanese yen have roiled a long-simmering debate about U.S. currency and its role in the international monetary system. And while this debate is couched in the arcane language of economists...
History or Histrionics?
Mario Van Peebles is ready for battle. He's dressed in black and military boots. He is on guard, and perhaps rightly so. His new film Panther has created a stir even before its early-May release. Former Black Panther party spokesman Eldridge Cleaver...
Invasion of the Neoclassical Feminist Body-Snatchers
Some call it "sibling rivalry." Others say it's "big-sister envy." Still others interpret it as intergenerational conflict. But whatever you call the new wave of feminism, it's giving establishment feminists, the "new reactionaries" who write for Ms....
No: Lower Barriers to Black Adoptive Families
Congress is debating a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican, designed to prohibit any delays in adoptive placements in order to seek a same-race adoptive family. This legislation, as well as the Metzenbaum bill of 1994 and recently...
Old King Coal Still Generates Most Electricity in United States
Debate rages, or at least smolders, on U.S.-backed research on clean-coal technology. Critics decry government subsidizing of the industry; supporters claim clean-coal programs involve only cost-sharing. In the 1980s, the nation's coal industry, responding...
Put a Trip to the Clinic on the Itinerary
Adventurers off the beaten track must be ready to face a host of problems, including tropical diseases, hordes of insects, unpotable water and a shortage of medical supplies. Scheduling a visit to a traveler's clinic may be just the shot in the arm....
Questionable Leadership Undermines Prosperity
Hopes for democracy appear dim in Africa's most populous nation. The military regime remains in power, though a cancelled election and possible drug trafficking have drawn criticism from Washington. Oil-rich Nigeria is sliding toward collapse. During...
Question: Should Congress Facilitate Transracial Adoptions? Yes: End the Foster-Care Ordeal for Black Children
As an adopted child, I long believed that adoption agencies placed the "best interests of the child" above all other considerations. But you'd be surprised how antiquated this commonsense view really is. Today, black children are sinking in bureaucratic...
Red Army Embraces Rebel with a Nationalist Cause
Acid-tongued Vladimir Zhirinovsky has been awarded a major promotion by the Russian military. Observers interpret this as a tacit presidential endorsement for the Russian firebrand. UItranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the Russian government seem...
Rent-Control Fiats Foster Urban Blight
What do New York City, Boston, Jersey City, N.J., and Los Angeles have in common? Devastated neighborhoods, deteriorating housing stock, increasing foreclosures -- and rent control. Rent control is a community cancer that is robbing urban areas of their...
Savings & Moans
Amid growing pains, Russia's banking system is branching out in many directions -- some shady. A post-communist joke goes like this: In Russia, criminals don't rob banks; they own them. Russia reorganized its banking system in the late eighties, a disorderly...
State Reform Effort Meets Same Fate as Clinton Plan
Washington's Democratic governor had a grand vision for reforming health care. Two years later, Republican gains in Congress and the state have killed what some believed was a model plan for the nation. When the nation was awash in health care reform...
Summa Cum Clowning
The sights and sounds of the circus -- animals, acrobats, aerialists -- are familiar enough. But the big top also can take on a scholarly feel, as when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus holds auditions for its celebrated Clown College. "I...
The Blue Dogs Have Their Day
Blue Dogs ain't no friend to their party leadership. A group of 23 conservative congressmen mostly from the South, the Blue Dogs supported the Republican "Contract With America" -- even though the GOP didn't need their votes to pass most of it. As the...
The Semiotics of a Terrorist Bombing
That we live in a postmodern world where the symbolic and the abstract easily supplant the tangible and concrete was brought home sharply by an April letter to the New York Times from the Unabomber In the letter, the self-proclaimed anarchist defined...