Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 6, February 12

Aide Swears Clinton Knew: Recently Discovered Deposition by Former Chief of Staff Says Drug- and Gunrunning Were Known
Recently discovered deposition by former chief of staff says drug-and gunrunning were known. When did Bill Clinton first learn there was an alleged drug-smuggling operation -- and one possibly linked to Iran-Contra -- being run from Arkansas? What did...
Anarchy, Poverty, Chaos Eclipse the 'City of Light.' (Karachi, Pakistan)(includes Related Article on Conflict in Afghanistan)
Even a hardened merchant seaman, who has seen his share of port cities, calls Kamchi frightening, comparing it to the anarchic city in the film Blade Runner, filled With dust, camels and gun-toting thugs. Not so long ago, Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling...
And Now, Earth Tax: The United Nations Is Considering a Global Tax That Would Make It Less Dependent on the U.S
The United Nations is considering a global tax that would make it less dependent on the U.S. Can the United Nations raise revenue by "taxing" the citizens of its member countries? Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali thinks so. The U.N. leader has...
A Regulatory Nightmare Haunts the American Dream
The rate of home ownership for Americans under age 40 has fallen by 10 percent. Families are priced out by costs added by government ranging from deficit-driven interest rates to environmental extremism. Despite the Clinton administration's promise...
Dispute Panel Incites Domestic Brouhaha: The World Trade Organization Is Up and Running, but Is That Good for the United States?
The World Trade Organization is up and running, but is that good for the United States? For more than 50 years, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or GATT, sought to alleviate economic tensions among sparring countries. Since the fall of communism,...
Experimental Vaccines Hold New Hope for Cancer Cure
Enlisting the body's natural defenses in the battle against cancer may eradicate residual traces of malignant cells and ready the immune system to fight future tumors. Despite aggressive measures, new drugs and advanced technologies such as laser surgery,...
Feminism's U-Turn Leads Down Path of Motherhood
Feminism is making a sharp U-turn. The tire marks are all over the road. Women won't be going back to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant (unless that's what turns them on), and they'll never give up the choices they've earned. This is not about backlash...
Hillary and Bill: What Is the State of Their Union?
January saw Washington immobilized by snowstorms, but for the first family the first month of the year already had turned into a whole winter of icy discontent. Even as President Clinton seemed successful in using the budget standoff with congressional...
Legal Defense Funds Raise Money - and Suspicions
Supporting a cause through financial support of litigation is perfectly ethical. Problems could arise, however, when donations to a politician's defense fund take on the appearance of impropriety. The press is pursuing you. The Senate is investigating...
No More Fear of Frying
Although fat is important to a balanced diet, nutritionists Americans get too much of it. A new product may allow snackers to eat that extra cheese curl. Junk-food junkies, take heart. There's a good chance fat-free potato chips will be coming to local...
One Person's Proffered Gift Is Another's Perceived Slight
Expressions of appreciation and kindness differ from country to country. Learning gestures of local courtesy before embarking on a trip can help travelers make friends and avoid embarrassment. A visitor to Finland, invited into the home of a new acquaintance,...
Postmodern Journalism Offers the Wrong End of the Shtick
Postmodernism" is a wondrous word. Everybody uses it; nobody's sure what it means. Still, we know it when we see it. Academia's gone postmodern. So have politics and culture. And now, journalism's heading down the same dreary road. To get at this, it...
Presidential Pep Talks: State of the Union Addresses Past and Present Don't Always Match the Pomp with the Circumstance
State of the Union addresses past and present don't always match the pomp with the circumstance. They rarely are significant speeches on the order of, say, Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" or Washington's "Farewell Address," written in words that enter...
Q: Have American Churches Politicized Their Religious Mission?
Imagine the scene: During last November's government shutdown -- as the president and the House speaker were at each other's throats in partisan combat -- a group of 15 church leaders visited the office of one of the principals in the conflict. They...
The White House and the Liberal, Lawyer, Liar Label
Living out here in fly-over country, three things strike me as incredible about New York Times columnist William Safire's column in which he calls Hillary Rodham Clinton "a congenital liar" and offers numerous examples to document his assertion. The...
Truth Be Told, Americans Don't Get It
George Washington, Abe Lincoln. Bill Clinton? Honesty and integrity are important character traits in a president not only because the voters demand it, but also because a president's word must be good if he is to work effectively with the other branches...
'Wildflower' Artists Bloom in Baltimore
The idea of a visionary art museum -- that in itself is visionary," says architect Rebecca Swanston, standing atop the spiral staircase that rises through the brand-new American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Swanston, who designed the building with...