Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 38, October 15

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, It would be amusing were it not such a serious issue. That is, watching the politics of Washington spin and rebound on the world stage in a time of great uncertainty over matters of national and international security, economic...
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Better to Send Commandos, Not Legions, against Saddam. (Fair Comment)
There is no question that we must remove Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq. He has moved to acquire weapons of mass destruction and already may have acquired one or more "special atomic demolition munitions" (SADM) from Islamic republics...
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Bonnard Sought `the First Sensation'; as Evidenced by an Exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, Artist Pierre Bonnard Was a Master at Capturing the Marvel and Splendor of Everyday Scenes. (Nation: Art)
Pierre Bonnard's name isn't as well known as that of his contemporary, Pablo Picasso, though it should be. It isn't as well-known either as that of another great painter of his time, Henri Matisse, even though a generous Matisse acknowledged Bonnard's...
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Bush Doctrine on Free-World Safety: The New National Security Strategy Abandons the Relativism of Old in Favor of What Condoleezza Rice Has Called `Distinctly American Internationalism.' (Nation: National Security)
Here at last is a new White House document that doesn't mince words: friends and enemies; good and evil; right and wrong. It's all in The National Security Strategy of the United States of America--the essence of what is becoming the Bush Doctrine--and...
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Carnahan Pretends to Be a Centrist; Sen. Jean Carnahan Portrays Herself as a Middle-of-the-Road Candidate in Moderate Missouri, but the Track Record of This Political Novice Routinely Veers to the Left. (Nation: U.S. Senate Race)
Geographically and politically, the state of Missouri is in the middle. Often seen as a microcosm of the United States, Missouri voted with the winning candidate in every presidential election in the 20th century except one, and statewide races...
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Clinton Sightings; Tony Blair's Thoughts on Rumsfeld and Cheney. (the Insider)
He still has an eye for the ladies. In perhaps his last speech on the U.S. Senate floor, 99-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) said: "I love all of you, especially your wives." * Speaking of active nonagenarians, George F. Kennan, the 98-year-old...
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Corruption Corrodes Development Banks; despite Concerted Efforts to Stamp It out, Corruption Still Pervades the World's Development Banks, Where Illicit Rewards for Rule-Breaking Can Be Very Lucrative. (Investigative Report)
The flurry of e-mail was urgent and angry, and the subject was kickbacks. On the receiving end was a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), one of the major financiers of infrastructure projects in Latin America. Her interlocutor...
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Genuinely Fake Gladiators and Roadkill as Art. (for the People)
Here are some recent news reports you may have missed. Each caught for the people's eye, for reasons you may guess. All come from the Associated Press and seemed somehow significant, though this reporter would be very hard pressed to say just why....
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Gorn Helps Make History Come Alive; as Executive Director of National History Day Inc., Cathy Gorn Challenges Both Students and Teachers to Reconnect with America's Past Triumphs and Struggles. (Picture Profile)
Cathy Gorn is executive director of National History Day Inc., a program for middle-and high-school students that begins each year with local-level contests. The young people present documentaries, exhibits, papers and performances they've prepared...
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How Saddam Got Weapons of Mass Destruction: Saddam Hussein's War Machine Is Being Built Systematically to Strike at the U.S. with New Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons Designed to Kill Millions. (Cover Story)
Recent intelligence information revealing dramatic progress in Iraq's nuclear-weapons program has given a new urgency to U.S. and British efforts to build international support for war with Iraq, according to Iraqi opposition leaders interviewed...
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Is U.S. Ready for High Cost of Imperialism? (Political Notebook)
Fresh from military victory in the Persian Gulf War in 1991, then-president George H.W. Bush dismissed the notion that the "new world order" he talked about would in effect be a Pax Americana. "We seek a Pax Universalis, built upon shared responsibilities...
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Joys in the Attic: Old Album Worth Big Bucks. (Nation in Brief)
A classic tale of treasure found came to the attention of nation in brief in connection with the article about controversial military collectibles published in the last issue of INSIGHT [see "War Relics of World War II GIs Resurface as the Reich...
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Law, Disorder in Tort System. (Washington Diary)
During a Sept. 17 colloquy among Senate Democrats about which national priorities will receive attention during the final days of the legislative session, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan faulted inaction by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives...
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McCain Spikes Career of Senate Staff Critic. (the Watchers)
One day Winslow Wheeler, a consummate insider on the U.S. Senate staff, wrote a white paper titled, "Mr. Smith Is Dead: No One Stands in the Way as Congress Laces Post-Sept. 11 Defense Bills with Pork." It made its way into the Wall Street Journal...
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Medical Research to Die For: A New Review of Data Reveals a Startling Incidence of Suicides and Attempted Suicides in the Original FDA Clinical Trials of Dangerous SSRI [Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors] Antipsychotic drugs.(Nation: Psychotropic Drugs)
Step right up, little lady, and get your serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat anything and everything that ails the mind and body--social phobias, eating disorders, insomnia, headaches and depression, to name but a few. This...
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News of `Political Apocalypse' Might Be Far-Fetched. (Correspondence)
In his article "Signs of a Political Apocalypse" [Washington's week, Aug. 26], J. Michael Waller unfortunately couldn't be further from the truth in his artificial references to the Islamic Free Market Institute. Mr. Waller writes that Sami al-Arian,...
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Symposium
Q: are the work requirements the new House Republican welfare plan fair? YES: They would pull parents out of the dependency trap and give states incentives for smaller caseloads. BY REP. WALLY HERGER Herger (R-Calif) is chairman of the House...
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The Degradation of American Citizenship. (the Last Word)
The Justice Department in yet another intrusive foray is ordering local election boards to publish ballots in a variety of foreign languages. One shouldn't be surprised at this latest diktat from the liberal Clinton admin ... What? Clinton's gone!...
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Treason Still Shadows J.R. Oppenheimer; ...Oppenheimer, Operating in a Group of Known Communists, Emerges as a Secret Member of the Party. but How Did He Respond to Those Soviet Solicitations to Pass Atomic Secrets? (World: Espionage)
Vladimir Putin's attendance at a reunion of KGB veterans at the notorious Lubyanka prison, and his embrace of Vladimir Kryuchkov--the former KGB chief who led the August 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev--has coincided with yet more disclosures...
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Undisclosed Report: EPA Knew It Was Toxic. Discovery Documents Confirm the Environmental Protection Agency Knew All along That Spreading of Sewage on Farmland Led to Toxins in Groundwater. (Nation: Backyard Danger)
A fight for independence once again is centered on Pennsylvania. Small-town opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) biosolids program are seeking legislative independence from what started as a governmental solution for a hazardous-waste...
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What-If Politics of Flight 93. (Fair Comment)
This much we know: United Flight 93 was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorists flying the plane turned it back toward Washington to use it as a flying bomb against the U.S. Capitol, where Congress was in session. By then, the terrorists probably...
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