Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 43, November 19

A Faith with Many Faces: Islam Is Monotheistic, but as a Religion It Never Has Been Monolithic. Theological, Ethnic, Historical and Political Divisions Have Divided Muslims for Centuries. (Religion)
President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair repeatedly stress that the military campaign against global terrorism is not a "war on Islam." But military planners and policymakers acknowledge that understanding Islam's internal dynamics--the...
Banks and Suspicion: Government-Required Surveillance Provisions in the Newly Passed Antiterrorism Bills Could Force Banks to Rob Their Customers of Both Financial Privacy and Convenience. but How Will the Provisions Aid in Curtailing Terrorism? (Cover Story)
Air travel isn't the only industry hit with big changes in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Depending on how regulators interpret the anti-money-laundering provisions of the hastily passed House and Senate antiterrorism bills, your...
Civil Liberties and Homeland Defense. (Political Notebook)
Few here or anywhere else in the civilized world are likely to be blamed for wanting the terrorists responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon captured dead or alive. And few are resisting curtailment of civil liberties...
Conspiracy of Silence Hides Saudi Connection to Terrorism. (Fair Comment)
Rogue states such as Iraq and Libya can't hold a candle to Saudi Arabia when it comes to the radicalization of Islam. The state-controlled Saudi media don't mention that at least 10 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudis. Nor are Saudi subjects told...
Crises and Mixed Messages. (Washington's Week)
With less than two weeks before voters head to the polls for off-year elections, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), gathered reporters in a conference room on Capitol Hill to provide an update...
Did You Know? (Washington in Brief)
* Nearly 90 percent of Americans approve of the job President George W. Bush has done in responding to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll. The survey presents a good snapshot of where citizens stand in regard...
Greens Exploit Terror against GE: Greens Cry Foul as GE Takes the Offensive to Try and Head off a $500 Million EPA-Mandated Cleanup of PCB-Tainted Sediment in New York's Hudson River. (Investigative Report: Superfund)(Cover Story)
Environmental crusaders have thrown some stink of their own into the battle to force industrial giant General Electric Co. (GE) to pay almost $500 million for the cleanup of alleged carcinogens dumped over the years into New York's scenic and historic...
Iraq Connections to U.S. Extremists: In the Global War on Terror, Law-Enforcement Officials May Need to Look in Our Own Backyard for Clues about Who Sent Anthrax to Capitol Hill and TV Anchormen. (Nation: Domestic Terrorism)(Cover Story)
Who's behind the deadly anthrax letters? That is the hot-button question of the moment. While federal law-enforcement officials have come up short in connecting the postal poison to Osama bin Laden, Iraq or any other individual terrorist or state sponsor...
Militant Islam's Long Memory of History. (the Last Word)
Silvio really stepped in it -- Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy. Not long after the terror attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, he said of the West: "We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization, a system that has guaranteed...
Niskanen Warns of Federal Power: William Niskanen, the Chairman of the Cato Institute, Expresses Grave Concern about the Expanding Powers of Government, Especially in Light of the Terrorist Attacks
William Niskanen has served as chairman of the Cato Institute, Washington libertarian think tank, since 1985. A microeconomist, Niskanen holds' a doctorate from the University of Chicago and served at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under...
Reno Earns Sparse Support in Poll or from Florida Democrats. (News Alert!)
The forces of Janet Reno, who is running for governor in Florida (see "Reno Redux in Florida," Oct. 29), received some bad news this week. That the messenger was one of the Democrats' most dedicated allies -- the state teachers' union -- didn't make...
Root Causes of Anger against Anti-American College Faculty. (Fair Comment)
A professor at a New Mexico university tells his class, "Anyone who blows up the Pentagon has my vote," and finds himself the target of death threats. A professor at a Texas university expresses similar sympathies for the murderers of Sept. 11 and...
Severing Liberia's Sinews of War: The U.N. Is Preparing New Sanctions against Liberia's Strongman Charles Taylor, Who Seized That African Country's Profitable International Shipping Registry and Is Brokering `Conflict Diamonds' from Guerrillas. (World: Sanctions)
Emperors and warlords from Alexander the Great to Napoleon all understood that to wage war they needed both men and money. The French call it le nerf de la guerre -- the sinews of war. Without a constant source of finance, armies collapse like rag...
Still a Long Wait for Anthrax Vaccine: Only One Company, BioPort Corp., Manufactures the Vaccine for Anthrax, and It Faces Many a Hurdle before It Can Make the Inoculation Available to the Public. (Nation: BioPort Corp.)(Cover Story)
Want an anthrax shot? Stand in line. Make that a long line. It might be more than two years before a preventive vaccine hits the market for general-public use. And once it does the public will have to endure another 18 months of anxiety before becoming...
Symposium
Q: Should the economic stimulus package contain permanent tax cuts? YES: Cutting marginal tax rates will ensure economic growth in the long term. Businesses contract and people lose their jobs for a variety of reasons, but when businesses contract...
The Case of the Disappearing Webpage. (Washington in Brief)
The federal government "is feverishly erasing an untold number of pages from its official Websites," according to a report in the National Journal. Agencies have been deleting pages describing fuel pipelines, nuclear reactors, chemical plants and defense...
Who Bought off the Think Tanks? Corporations Eager to Do Business with China Have Cozied Up to Conservative Think Tanks, Raising Concerns about Their Influence Level on Foreign-Policy Analysis. (Nation: Policy Change)
Osama bin Laden dipped into his huge fortune to recruit, train and transport suicide bombers into the heart of American power. Maybe he should just have used the money to start a Washington think tank instead. Think tanks are, of course, those nonprofit...
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