Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 12, April 1

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, It has been amusing to watch the dander fly as a result of Shakedown! Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson, a new book about the controversial reverend. INSIGHT senior writer Kenneth R. Timmerman is the author of that book and, from the...
Art Arises out of the Ashes of History. (the Last Word)
Art that's controversial gets attention. That's not necessarily bad. It makes us look at or read something we might otherwise have ignored, often provoking debate that is as interesting -- and sometimes more interesting -- than the work itself. This...
Bankruptcies at Record Level: Economists Expect Filings to Remain High This Year -- Although Some Economists Say Bankruptcies Can Spur the Economy. (Economics)
Asluggish economy and massive household debt pushed bankruptcy filings by consumers and businesses to record levels in 2001: One out of every 144 U.S. adults filed for bankruptcy last year, up 19 percent to 1.49 million. The previous record was 1.44...
Cash Combat: U.S. Money Warriors Say the Hunt for Elusive Terrorist Assets Is Facing Mounting Problems Abroad and Growing Resistance in the Middle East. (Cover Story)
Painstaking financial investigations aimed at detecting terrorist funds and shutting down the sources of funding behind groups such as Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network are unearthing plenty of new information but are years away from delivering a...
Court Supports Pro-Union Plaintiffs. (News Alert!)
Although not as spirited as the debate surrounding the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), the landmark decision in Communications Workers of America v. Beck (1988) is no less febrile. The court ruled in Beck that union dues collected from...
Drugs Played Role in Isabelita's Fall; Evidence Suggests That Isabel Peron's Alleged Ties to Drug Traffickers Gave Argentine Military Leaders the Upper Hand They Needed to Seize Power in 1976. (World: Argentina)
Drug trafficking and use of narcotics in Argentina's Casa Rosada presidential palace may have been contributing factors in the March 24, 1976, military coup that toppled then-president Isabel Peron, according to a senior U.S. law-enforcement agent...
Geyer Spans Globe to Get the Story; Foreign Correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer Has a Good Knack for Tracking Down History Makers and a Keen Eye for Discerning the Next Dangers That the World May Face. (Picture Profile)
Intrepid is the right word to describe foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer, whose life has been the stuff that movies are made of In 1965 she found Dominican President Juan Bosch in hiding in Puerto Rico while revolution...
Intelligence Agents or Art Students? the DEA and Justice Department Believe There Was Something Sinister Behind Unusual Visits Israeli `Art Students' Paid to Employees of Law-Enforcement Agencies. (Investigative Report)
From Paris to Washington to New York City and back again, a story has reverberated about an alleged Israeli spy ring that was busted in the United States last year. Intelligence Online, a well-respected Internet news service broke the explosive story,...
Iowa Makes English Official; Advocates Believe That English Is the Glue That Unites Social Groups and Nurtures Civic Responsibility. (Culture)
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has signed a bill into law declaring English the state's official language of government proceedings, making it the 10th state since 1995 to enact such legislation and the 27th overall. "I recognize that the bill is not without...
Media `Compassion' Abandons Burnhams. (Fair Comment)
The kidnap-murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was an awful, brutal and evil act. But the wall-to-wall coverage of his abduction and death raises questions about media double standards. Pearl, you see, wasn't the only American being...
Online Rumor Mill Spins Its Own Myth; Snopes.com Is Presented by Some Media Outlets as an Unbiased Arbiter of Rumors and Hoaxes. but Critics Say Its Liberal Bias Causes It to Create Urban Legends of Its Own. (Nation: The Internet)
The uncertain times after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have given rise to all sorts of rumors. E-mails have circulated about malls that will be attacked on Halloween, about Osama bin Laden being spotted in Utah and Oliver North having warned about...
Plans to Crack the U.S. Tax Code; the Bush Administration Believes It Has Found a Hot-Button Issue That It Can Hammer Home in the 2004 Elections -- Reform of the Convoluted U.S. Tax Code. (Nation: Tax Reform)
While politicians and pundits jockey for position in the 2002 elections, administration officials and congressional leaders dedicated to scrapping the gargantuan U.S. tax code in favor of a simpler system are angling to return the issue to national...
Russia and the Flat-Tax Rate: Americans Should Be So Lucky. (Fair Comment)
Once again, U.S. taxpayers are struggling to complete their income-tax returns. They will pay accountants and attorneys some $140 billion this year to generate paperwork to accompany their checks to the IRS. The 46,900-page U.S. Tax Code governs the...
Son Seeks Recognition for Father's Years of Slave Labor. (Nation in Brief)
Michael Kolanik Jr. has been fighting for years to gain recognition for his father, Michael Sr., as a World War II prisoner of war (POW). The senior Kolanik was born in Rankin, Pa., in 1913 and died in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1992. In the 1930s, holding...
Steel Strikes a Blow against Free Trade. (Political Notebook)
President George W. Bush has for years extolled the virtues of free trade, and his administration has worked hard to shape international circumstances likely to lead to open markets and encourage trading accords. Arguably, Bush already has done more...
Steely Politics and Principle. (Washington's Week)
Critics attempted to caricature President George W. Bush as an affable idiot, but the former Texas governor used the elitist presumptions to his advantage. Instead of affecting complexity and taking on airs, he pulled a Reagan and delightedly admitted,...
Symposium
Q: should congress expand federal protections of gays in the workplace? Yes: ending job discrimination against gays and lesbians is good for business. It is not often that business and labor, Senate Democrats and Republicans enthusiastically...
Terrorism Hurts the Bottom Line; as the Cost of Doing Business in the Wake of Sept. 11 Keeps Growing, Some Business and Community Leaders Wonder What Price America Is Willing to Pay for Security. (Business)
Power and chemical plants, telecommunications companies, airlines, railroads and others are, or will be, paying for increased security measures prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks. The higher costs for the regulated industries eventually will become the...
Texas Takes Large Step toward Ethnic Division with Debate. (Fair Comment)
On March 1, 1836, Texans declared their independence from Mexico. On March 1, 2002, Texas retreated from one common culture with an unprecedented Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate in a foreign language. In a state and nation that once encouraged...
Traditions Transform. (for the People)
Endangered traditions often don't have the powerful or passionate protectors of endangered species, but for the people nonetheless laments their passing. In an effort to revive a downturn in sales, British beverage giant Diageo announced testing of...
U.S. Home Sales Skyrocket Past All-Time Record. (Economics)
Sales of existing homes soared an unprecedented 16.2 percent to a record 6.04 million units in January as historically low mortgage rates, rising consumer confidence and mild weather prompted Americans to buy houses even during a recession. "The...
U.S. Nuclear Security May Be Compromised. (Insight Exclusive)
In a redux of the arrest of Wen Ho Lee two years ago, INSIGHT has learned that federal investigators have launched a probe at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) concerning a Pakistani scientist working on a supersecret nuclear project. "The...
Views Vary about the Changes Afoot on College Campuses. (Correspondence)
I work at a university of about 3,000 students in Nashville. I must say that it is good to see the left losing its grip on the minds of students ["Correctness Crack-Up," March 18]. On Sept. 11, we had an open-air prayer rally in the center of campus...
When America Went Animal Crackers. (Environment)
Cultural anthropologists of the distant future undoubtedly will be struck by many oddities when they look back at America as it was at the dawning of the 21st century. Perhaps none will be as puzzling as this nation's obsession with animals both wild...
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