Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, January 28

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Though battered and bruised, both physically and psychologically, this democratic republic has survived another year. Our country and her people have shown once again that while "we" can be hit we can't be knocked out. And just as...
Another Bill Clinton Redux. (Fair Comment)
It is all so predictable, if more than a little tiring. The man who for eight years demonstrated amply that (in his own mind, at least) everything is, was and always will be about him is back demanding attention. Richard Berke of the New York Times...
Brain Drain in Science Ed.: While U.S. Colleges and Universities Excel in Science and Math, Secondary Schools Are at Best Average. (Education)
America's legendary ingenuity and scientific know-how is renowned worldwide, but some observers think there simply aren't enough U.S. secondary students learning good reasoning and application skills. "American companies need workers who not only have...
Buzkashi, Anyone? the Return of a Sport as Old as the Mongols Is a Sign That Afghans Are Ready for Normalcy, Although Normal in Kabul Would Be Extraordinary Elsewhere. (Sports)
Frenzied horsemen whip their steeds into a frothing stampede while the riders lean from their saddles to grab a headless goat. With both hands, the toughest rider holds onto the legs of the carcass, galloping around a field chased by other whip-wielding...
Closed Doors and Childhoods Lost: Many Experts Believe Cases of Child Pornography and Prostitution Are on the Rise. Sometimes Prosecutors Focus on the Victims Rather Than on the Perpetrators. (Nation: Sexual Exploitation)
"When a child is assaulted, it not only is a child-welfare problem, it is a crime, and yet there is a lack of law-enforcement data available for researchers to analyze," declares the first page of a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) bulletin. Little...
Did `Fur-Fraud' Perpetrators Get off Easy? (Washington in Brief)
Call it the "Lynx Fur Fraud Case," one that almost slipped through the cracks. The story involves a group of wildlife biologists caught after they planted false evidence of the presence of the rare and endangered Canadian lynx in two national forests....
Emerson Has Eye on Militant Islam: Steven Emerson, `America's Antiterrorism Journalist,' Exposes Radical Islamic Groups Trying to Pass Themselves off as Charitable Humanitarian Organizations in the U.S. (Picture Profile)
Not surprisingly, Steven Emerson has been a very busy man since Sept. 11. Eight years ago, the man whom veteran journalist/columnist A.M. Rosenthal calls "America's never-resting antiterrorism journalist, bless' him," founded The Investigative Project,...
Fair Pay? Pension Plans Vary from Sport to Sport. Baseball Players Get the Best Benefits. (Sports)
Darrell Green's name is sprinkled through the record books of the National Football League (NFL). Once the 41-year-old defensive back wraps his career and reaches his 55th birthday, he will set yet another record: the largest pension ever paid to an...
Grant Old Party: Republicans under Bush Have Interfered Little with the NEA's Grant Process. (Arts)
The Bush administration has been in office for nearly a year, but Republican views on arts funding have yet to affect the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). A survey of the NEAs newest package of 819 grants totaling $19.4 million reveals considerable...
Home Simple Home: Here's How Some Couples Cope with Less So That One Parent Can Stay at Home. (Life)
When Lynette and Bob Palmer thought about starting a family, they envisioned Lynette as an at-home mom. They practiced for the future for a few years by banking most of the $50,000 salary Palmer made as an accountant -- more than half their annual...
IBM's New Supercomputer. (Education)
Most of us remember Deep Blue, the chess-playing supercomputer from IBM that beat world champion Gary Kasparov. More recently, the company has been working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a machine called Blue Gene/L, which has more...
Is FBI Following the Wrong Trail? the FBI Thinks a Homegrown Lone Wolf Is Responsible for Sending Deadly Anthrax Letters, but Some Experts Say Clues Suggesting Foreign Involvement Are Being Ignored. (Nation: The Anthrax Scare)
The deadly wave of anthrax spores coming through the U.S. mail seemed to have subsided until Jan. 3, when another potentially dangerous letter was found, but the poisonous effects primarily were psychological." Although casualties were not high --...
Is It Time to Take Gloves off? (Washington's Week)
A senior aide to the House Republican leadership got it just about right when he said of the current Congress that "the best thing they did for the country was to leave town." Since their departure for the Christmas holiday, the nation's capital has...
Jackson Continues Wall Street Waltz: Critics Claim the Reverend's Annual Shakedown of Corporate America Does Little More Than Line the Pockets of Select Cronies and His "Nonprofit" Empire. (Nation: Jesse Jackson)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will launch his fifth annual Wall Street extravaganza to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. day as big checks keep rolling in to fund his shakedown operation. Will corporate America ever learn? Jackson, a self-styled reverend...
Kissinger Had a Hand in `Dirty War': Declassifed Documents Reveal the Former Secretary of State Turned a Blind Eye to Human-Rights Violations during Argentina's Crackdown on Terrorism in 1976. (Investigative Report)
Newly released U.S. documents obtained by INSIGHT show that in 1976 Secretary of State Henry Kissinger played a key role in assuring Argentina's military rulers that their antiterrorist campaign involving the disappearance, torture and assassination...
Limbaugh Learning to Listen Again: Rush Limbaugh Lost Most of His Hearing Because of a Rare Disease, but the Conservative Icon Says He Has Not Lost His Ability to Communicate with His Audience. (Nation: Medical Breakthrough)
Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh broke away from the noisy pleasures of his conservative political commentary in October to tell his 20 million listeners something about a subject on which he rarely talks seriously -- himself. "I lost...
Lord of the Rings: A Morality Tale Suited for Modern Times. (Fair Comment)
The Washington Post reports a surge in Bible sales. The fantasy adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the most popular film of the holiday season. Is there a connection? Can mythology, or fairy tales, lead us to faith? In...
Magazine Has Love-Hate Relationship with Big Apple. (for the People)
A month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, even some readers used to being shocked by rock magazines no doubt were very much surprised (if not downright disgusted) to find this blurb as they opened the October issue...
Of War, Peace and Euro Euphoria. (the Last Word)
Gertrude Stein once remarked that "the thing that differentiates animals and man is money" Perhaps more memorably, Stein also coined the term "lost generation" to describe the coterie of expatriate writers ambling about Europe between the wars. ...
Predictably Yours. (Sports)
This prospective peek at the fun and games of 2002 comes with the promise that it will be a better year for somebody, somewhere. January 2002: Based on their recent antagonistic exchange on Capitol Hill, the World Wrestling Federation signs baseball...
Report Card: As the War on Terrorism Continues, Insight Reviews Efforts on Various Fronts. (Security)
The war in Afghanistan has gone well, but the war against global terrorism will be much trickier. U.S. officials must now decide where to fight the next battles. "You don't want to underplay the success we've had so far in Afghanistan, but that's just...
Simply Simple: `Voluntary Simplicity' Helps Busy Families Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses. (Life)
Selena Mordue spends a lot of time thinking about how to make her life simpler. She and her husband, David; shrug off consumer and cultural prescriptions for 21st-century living. They turn first to herbal remedies when illness strikes, saving on visits...
Study Says Cooking Could Be Hazardous to Your Health. (Waste & Abuse)
Basking in the aroma of a homecooked meal is one of life's simple yet sublime pleasures. But like all of life's little pleasures in the Age of Anxiety, efforts are under way to cast a cloud of suspicion over something as benign as stopping to smell...
Symposium
Q: Are U.S. military tribunals appropriate for dealing with suspected terrorists? YES: Such tribunals will ensure that the dictates of both fairness and national security are met. BY BRUCE TUCKER SMITH Smith, a US. administrative-law judge,...
The Grief Police: In Response to the Events of Sept. 11, All Members of NYPD Must Undergo Mental-Health Counseling, Raising Concerns That the Tragedy Has Turned into a Bonanza for Overzealous Mental-Health Professionals
During the Oct. 20 Madison Square Garden "Concert for New York City," a tribute to New York City's finest, Michael Moran of Ladder Company 3 stood before thousands of his peers and tens of millions of TV viewers and left no doubt as to what he thought...
U.S. Civil Rights Commission Now Has Legal Troubles. (News Alert!)
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission usually asks the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate possible violations of the law upon which it stumbles. But with Commissioner Mary Frances Berry at the helm, she and another obstinate commissioner may be running...
Veterans Want Action on 1960s-Era Chemical Tests. (Washington in Brief)
As many as 10,000 U.S. military personnel may have been subjected to top-secret chemical and biological tests conducted during the 1960s, according to Rick Weidman, director of government relations for the Vietnam Veterans of America. His group, along...
Writings of Alexander Hamilton Reaffirm His Place in History: The Long-Overdue Collection Illuminates the Founder's Major Contributions to the Establishment of a Free, Secure and Prosperous American Republic. (Books)
Of all the founders of the American republic, the reputation of Alexander Hamilton has fluctuated the most. During his own lifetime, Hamilton enjoyed defenders and suffered detractors. His reputation declined during the antebellum period, but the triumph...
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