Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 47, December 17

A Bedroom Thriller: A Summer Romance Turns Tragic, Raising Questions of Justice and Vengeance. in the Bedroom Is That Rare Film That Explores Moral Issues While Providing Thrills. (Film)
Todd Field's brilliant directorial debut, In the Bedroom, not only is intelligently written, beautifully filmed and well-acted; it manages to be both a sensitive drama about love and loss and a gripping thriller. That Field seamlessly splices together...
A Ford in Ford's Uncertain Future: Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Is the New CEO at the World's Second-Largest Carmaker. but His Tenure May Be Short If He Doesn't Right the Company's Sinking Fortunes. (NATION: Ford Motor Co.)
For the last several years the Ford Motor Co. has been on a roll, delivering increasing sales and earnings for investors that were the envy of the auto industry. In March 2001, Ford Motor nearly overtook General Motors as the world's largest automaker...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, It was, at first, amusing to receive the solicitation to join tens of millions of Americans -- men and women capable of forcing powerful politicians to bend a knee, transportation companies to extend discounts and movie theaters to...
Big-Tent Strategy Won't Work in Afghanistan. (Fair Comment)
As U.S. strikes on the Taliban's military infrastructure continue, the political effort to replace the Taliban with a government more favorable to Afghanis and their neighbors enters a delicate phase. Many Afghanis want a quick end to the bombing and...
Cable, DSL or Satellite? High-Speed Internet Connections Can Download Information 50 Times Faster Than a Standard 56-Kilobyte Modem. but Technology Hasn't Caught Up with Demand. (Business)
Call it impatience; call it reliability; call it convenience. All of these and more are driving Internet users to demand high-speed connections. Even in a slow economy, millions of cybernauts are shelling out $40 per month or more to get the quick...
Canadian Border Open to Terrorists: Terrorists Have Exploited Canada's Lax Immigration Laws to Plan and Execute Attacks against the United States. Is the Canadian Government Taking Corrective Action? (SPECIAL REPORT: U.S.-Canada Relations)
The United States has a problem with terrorists who have found safe haven to the north. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, the Canadian government is seeking to enact a new antiterror bill that would enhance police powers, define...
Cosmic Classic: A New Symphony by Philip Glass Celebrates the World's Major Religions. (Music)
Composer Philip Glass doesn't tackle modest themes. The latest effort by the prolific musician, "Symphony No. 5 -- Requiem, Bardo and Nirmanakaya," encompasses the history of the world in a little more than 90 minutes. "Cosmic grand," is how Glass...
Democrat AMT Tax Is a Tax on Jobs: The Misnamed Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax Has Forced Many Manufacturers to Think Twice about Making Plans to Expand or Invest in New Equipment. (Nation: Corporate Taxes)
Even before Sept. 11, the manufacturing sector was taking a hit. Factory activity had been declining since August 2000, five months before George W. Bush became president, according to the monthly National Association of Purchasing Management survey....
Hill Fiddles as Economy Burns. (Washington's Week)
Long gone are the days when Americans emerged from their Thanksgiving catatonia by throwing themselves into a holiday torrent of ribbons, bows and credit-card debt. With many Americans still clinging to the ceiling from a Halloween sugar high, worried...
Hiss Defenders Covering for the `Old Man'. (the Last Word)
Ever since Whittaker Chambers named Alger Hiss as a key Soviet agent in the State Department, there has been a running battle between the incontrovertible evidence of his guilt and a rolling barrage from people who have come to his defense even as...
Historian Takes a Political U-Turn: Once a Left-Wing Activist, Ronald Radosh Now Is a Self-Described Moderate Conservative Who Has Torn Down Powerful Old Left Myths with His Research and Writing
Historian Ronald Radosh is one of the great demolishers of the myths of the Old Left. He was coauthor of The Rosenberg File (second edition, 1997), which destroyed the notion that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were innocent of the charges for which they...
Is It Safe to Fly Yet? A Transportation Official Says There Still Are `Alarming Lapses of Security' and `Systemic Vulnerabilities' Associated with U.S. Air Travel. Should New Airline-Security Laws Calm Our Fears?
Signing a landmark aviation package into law on Nov. 19, President George W. Bush called for "a new commitment to security in the air" that would make air travel as safe as possible. The most-traveled holiday of the year had arrived, and it remained...
Media MIA in Fight for Civil Liberties: Fearful of the Public Labeling Them as Unpatriotic, the Media Have Muzzled Themselves and Kowtowed to Those Demanding an Expansion of Law-Enforcement Powers. (Nation: Media Coverage)
Media organizations have fallen all over themselves to get their people onto the front lines in Central Asia, but here at home the press has been missing in action when it comes to the funeral pyre that elements of the Bush administration have been...
`Old Glory' in Short Supply on Capitol Hill. (Washington in Brief)
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Congress established the Flags for Victims program to provide an American flag for the families of those who die in the course of service to the country. There's a problem, though: There are no flags available and, according...
One Nation under God: Patriotism, Complete with References to God, Is Back in Style in American Schools. (Education)
Old-fashioned flag-waving is gaining support from parents, educators, veterans' groups and Congress. The trend seems to have swept the nation: * The school board in Madison, Wis., voted 6-1 to restore the Pledge of Allegiance. Only one week before,...
On the Eve of Deportation ... (Political Notebook)
Visiting a regional Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) center is instructive, especially in the run-up to that season of traditional good cheer, Christmas, when families gather for warm reunions and charity is at the fore. And so here in...
Philly Democrats Teach Wrong Lesson about Self-Preservation
Cantankerous Philadelphia Mayor John Street is hopping mad! The former scofflaw is incensed because the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has hired a private contractor to take over the hideous Philadelphia public-school system. Edison Schools Inc. promises...
Politicians Slowly Turning Up Heat on Our Civil Liberties. (Correspondence)
Thanks to Kelly Patricia O'Meara for an outstanding article on the USA PATRIOT Act ["Police State," Dec. 3], which is a horrendous piece of legislation. I was so incensed by what I read that I passed it on to all my friends and family and asked them...
Posse Comitatus Keeps Military from Overstepping Its Bounds
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz recently told Congress that, among the measures being considered to counter terrorism, he strongly supported reviewing the legal doctrine that has restricted the U.S. military from engaging in domestic law-enforcement...
Practicing What They Preach? Unlike Their Counterparts in America, Christians in Muslim Countries Enjoy No Religious Freedoms. Many Continue to Be Persecuted. (Religion)
The plight of Christians in Muslim-ruled countries is a dismal one, according to several human-rights organizations. In many of those nations, Christians cannot practice their religion openly nor attempt to convert others to it. Churches are not allowed...
Pursuit of Happiness Sometimes Curtailed for Folks in Far East. (for the People)
Governments react in differing ways their wonders to perform, as two recent Far East dispatches from Reuters reveal. This fall, for example, Malaysian Health Minister Chua Jui Meng responded in a scolding manner after learning that Malaysian men now...
Ridge Hints at Changes in the National Guard. (Washington in Brief)
Expect some changes in the role of the National Guard, Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge told those attending a conference on national security sponsored by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and the U.S. Army. "I think as we look at the...
Romania Hopes to Sharpen Its Teeth on Tourism. (for the People)
The problem was how to bring long lines of tourists to Romania to spend lots of money. The solution: a theme park devoted to Romania's favorite son, Dracula. It's surprising some enterprising fellow hadn't thought of it before, but it's now high on...
Silenced Is Goldin. (Waste & Abuse)
After nearly a decade at the helm of the U.S. space program (a tenure unprecedented in length and unmitigated in disaster) Daniel S. Goldin announced his departure as head of NASA. "I decided now is the time," said Goldin in a declaration that came...
Stolen Kids Become Pawns in Terror War: Thousands of American Children Now Are Being Held Hostage in Nations That Sponsor Terrorism and They Are Being Used as Bargaining Chips or Trained to Be Jihadis. (NATION: International Parental Abductions.)
As the war in Afghanistan continued, many of America's forgotten children remained trapped in Middle Eastern countries that soon could be pulled into war as the United States considers strikes against other states that sponsor terrorism. These stolen...
Symposium
Q: Should insurers give mental- and physical-health services parity of coverage? Yes: It would benefit American workers and save society from the hidden costs of mental illness. Consider Lisa Cohen. She could be your daughter, your sister, your...
Verdict Is in on Libya's Culpability in 1986 Terror Attack. (News Alert!)
Libya's responsibility for the 1986 bombing of the La Belle disco in West Berlin no longer can be disputed, say scholars who have unearthed details from the files of the Stasi, the former East German secret police. As scholars from the Woodrow Wilson...
When It Comes to Stupidity, the Sky Isn't the Limit. (Waste & Abuse)
Offering a policy placebo to an understandably anxious (and thus, regrettably gullible) public, President George W. Bush on Nov. 19 signed into law an airport-security bill that for the first time federalizes the passenger- and baggage-screening processes....
Worship Report: The State Department Raps U.S. `Antiterror Allies' for Stifling Religious Freedom in Their Own Countries but Refrains from Sanctions. (Religion)
The United States has issued a report that harshly criticizes Saudi Arabia and other Muslim states crucial in the fight against terrorism for suppressing religious freedom but refrained from placing them on its blacklist of countries of "particular...
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