The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 5, March 6

Bait and Switch on Immigration Policy
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are now 11 million illegal immigrants in our country, an estimate many consider to be extremely low. That being the case, it is somewhat ironic (though not funny) that corporate farmers in Southern...
Brazil Going Nuclear
"While the world community scrutinizes Iran's nuclear plans, Latin America's biggest country is weeks away from taking a controversial step and firing up the region's first major uranium enrichment plant," reported a February 10 Knight Ridder dispatch...
Castro and Chavez Love the UN's UNESCO
In 1994, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) acted on a suggestion given by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that it confer an award in the name of Jose Marti, Cuba's national hero who died in 1895 during its war...
Conservatism and the Bush Bunch
Bob Ban', a former Republican congressman from Georgia who served as one of the House impeachment managers during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate, has become an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's "Homeland Security" agenda....
Designing an Intelligent Curriculum
In the last 30 years, there has been a steady stream of legal actions and proposed legislation in states--including Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina...
Foreign Aid: Giving until It Hurts
ITEM: The Washington Post for January 31 reported: "After getting off to a painfully slow start, President Bush's signature foreign aid program is poised to begin ramping up the amount of money it spends on development projects in poor countries, according...
Helping Iraqi Children
Regular viewers of the weekly crime drama CSI: NY are familiar with actor Gary Sinise, who is also well-known for the role he played as Lt. Dan Taylor in the film Forrest Gump. Sinise is less well-known for his role in co-founding--along with author...
Liberal Tendencies: A Tongue-in-Cheek Look at the Logic of Liberal Positions and the Manipulations of Liberal Passions
"I hate my job!" wailed my friend Forrest for about the thousandth time in 20 minutes while we were celebrating last New Year's Eve. "I'm sick of working at the mercantile exchange--an hour train ride there in the morning, an hour train ride back at...
Marching with Nature's Best: March of the Penguins Is a Family-Friendly Movie That Instills a Sense of Awe at the Resilience Shown by Emperor Penguins as They Procreate despite Mother Nature's Harshest Whims
In the creation of the penguin we catch a special glimpse of God's sense of beauty, order, and humor. And in March of the Penguins we are treated to an absolutely captivating, astonishingly beautiful view of one of nature's (until now) secret life-cycle...
Mohammed's Looney Toons: The Recent Cartoon Controversy Illuminates Muslim Intolerance for Debate and the Danger of a Growing Islamic Population in the West
Flemming Rose, an editor at Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, sure can pick a fight. Rose is the man who published the dirty dozen cartoons of Mohammed, one of them featuring his turban shaped like a bomb, that sent Muslims everywhere into February's...
Principal Tackles Intruder
Shannon Allen is the principal of Rayburn Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, the educator was forced to rely more on the skills she polished as a high school athlete than those mastered in her college education coursework. On the...
Printed Transgression
The January 7 issue of the Toronto Star (Canada) paints a bleak picture of guns and crime in Canada--where guns are already regulated tightly--vilifying guns and gun owners. The Star's main article on this subject was about Mike Hargreaves, a gun...
The Peshtigo Fire: In 1871, a Firestorm Struck Northeastern Wisconsin, Killing More Than 1,700 People. with Courage and Confidence, the Survivors Forged a New Future among the Ruins
There came upon us ... a wave of living fire, completely enveloping us in its embrace. --Phineas Eames, a survivor On the night of October 8, 1871, the same date as the Great Chicago Fire, several destructive fires struck Wisconsin's northeastern...
The UN and Iran: Here We Go Again! an Influential U.S. Senator Has Urged the UN Security Council to Impose Strict Sanctions on Iran. as in Iraq, If the UN Acts, Americans Will Pay the Freight in Blood and Money
A January 30 report posted on channelnewsasia.com was headlined "US and EU try to convince Russia on Iranian nuclear programme." The report stated: "The United States sought to convince Russia and China to back UN action [against Iran]." Continuing,...
Why Punish Lindh-But Not Fonda?
A small item in a newspaper caught my attention a few weeks back. It reported that the father of the man who became known as "the American Taliban" asked President Bush to grant clemency to his son. The request got Frank Lindh nowhere, and his son...
WMD Pipeline from Iraq to Syria?
Georges Hormuz Sada, a former high-ranking official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force, claims that "Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed,"...