Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, January 21

A Bully Defends the Bears; the Fanatical Left's Latest Hate Tactics. (the Insider)
It was great that in a year in which the news was dominated by corporate greed the biggest-ever U.S. lottery win went to a West Virginia businessman who already was a millionaire and immediately gave 10 percent of the prize money to his church and...
A Few Trivial Matters. (for the People)
Anthony S. Pitch's Exclusively Washington Trivia is full of the kind of facts that don't mean much but still are fun to know. For example, a question that very few of us have asked ourselves, though perhaps we should have: "Why was Teddy Roosevelt...
After Saddam, an Uncertain Future: As the U.S. War Machine Shifts into High Gear, the Debate about the Role of Oil and Who, or What Form of Government, Will Replace Saddam Hussein Intensifies. (the World: Iraq)
With war rhetoric in Washington hardening, the debate about Iraq's future after Saddam Hussein is intensifying. But would-be Iraqi leaders and their international patrons are divided still on who or what should succeed Saddam. Many European leaders,...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, As our national leaders contemplate the consequences of war and peace--at home and overseas--it is a good time to consider domestic-awareness programs that help citizens deal both psychologically and practically with disaster. As often...
Beware Risks to a Democratic Future: Despite the New Incendiary Anti-U.S. Leaders in South America, Much of the Bush Administration Is Fiddling as the Future of Hemispheric Security Begins to Smolder. (the World: South America)
Much of South America is spiraling into a political and economic morass that invites not only further demographic dislocation but an unprecedented haven for terrorism and political extremism. Yet in the Bush administration, only the Department of Defense...
Britain's Conservative Party Continues Slide. (Political Notebook)
Here in the United Kingdom the Conservative Party is a pale shadow of what it was when led by Margaret Thatcher. Three leaders after the Iron Lady, as the second term of Labour's Tony Blair progresses, there is little about which the Conservatives...
Clinton Ignored Kim Jong-Il's Nukes: Evidence Indicates North Korea Has Had Operational Nuclear Devices since 1994 and Never Had Any Intention of Abiding by That 1994 Clinton `Agreed Framework.' (the World: North Korea)
North Korea's expulsion of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the removal of IAEA monitoring devices and the startup of plutonium-producing operations at its Yongbyon nuclear facility have been cited by Bush administration...
Disturbing the Peace: Robbers Are Plundering Graveyards. (Nation in Brief)
The epidemic of theft of artifacts from cemetery lots continues. Thieves mainly are interested in ornamental ironwork, such as fences and gates, that fetch high prices in the antiques market when sold as "architectural artifacts," "garden ornaments"...
Economic Prospects Worrisome to Britons. (the Business)
The FTSE index of Britain's 100 largest shares recorded its third consecutive year of decline at the close of trade on Dec. 31. While it managed to struggle up through 3,900 in the final week of the year, it remained about one-quarter lower than its...
France Uncovers Al-Qaeda Bombers: French Authorities Hope the Arrest of High-Profile Al-Qaeda Bomb-Makers Will Curb Terroristic Activity in the Muslim-Dominated Suburbs of Paris and Lyons. (the World: Terrorism)
The French police struck just in time, penetrating deep into a housing project in the Paris suburbs on Dec. 16 where for years Islamic radicals have made their nest, hiding among the predominantly Muslim immigrant population. More than 100 police and...
High-Tech Voting Raises Questions: Hot on the Heels of the Florida Voting Fiasco of 2000, Computer-Based Voting Systems Gained Support. but Just How Reliable Is This Seemingly Foolproof Technology? (the Nation: Elections)
Anyone who ever has used a computer has had this sinking feeling: Will that frozen screen reboot? Can those pages made indecipherable by the word processor be recovered? Can those mangled documents be pulled out of the printer? Everyone understands...
Liberal Racial Agenda Crept Behind Hounding of Sen. Lott
The real casualties of the Trent Lott fiasco are the Constitution's First and 14th Amendments, not the senator himself and the Republican Party's reputation. America's heralded First Amendment is fading fast. Many universities have restricted or...
Man's Best Friend Is an Enemy of Terrorism. (Nation in Brief)
The employment situation looks downright rosy in some quarters for the foreseeable future--at least that's if you happen to be a dog, particularly a German or Belgian shepherd, or a Chesapeake Bay, golden or Labrador retriever or some other sporting...
NEA Hastens Death of American Education. (the Last Word)
The National Education Association (NEA), just prior to the anniversary of the horror of the Twin Towers attack, urged its members in a directive not to lay blame on Islamic terrorists but instead to lecture students on America's sins. For a day or...
Right & Left: Congressional Votes
Senate 1. Department of Homeland Security HR 5005 The concept of a Cabinet-level Homeland Security Department, originally proposed in Congress by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), was initially opposed by President George W. Bush, but Bush eventually...
Searching for `Dirty Bombs: The U.S. Intelligence Community Fears That Terrorists May Be Planning to Detonate in the United States a Portable Nuclear Device-Courtesy of Saddam Hussein-In a New Round of `Spectacular' Terror Attacks Designed to Outdo Even Those of Sept. 11
For at least the second time since terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, elite U.S. counterterrorist units have been put on a heightened state of alert in response to intelligence worries that the al-Qaeda network has obtained one...
SEC Won't Let Sun Shine in. (Washington Diary)
One of the first orders of business as the 108th Congress convenes is the Senate confirmation of William H. Donaldson, President George W. Bush's nominee to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which oversees the U.S. capital markets....
Symposium
Q: has NAFTA been a good deal for the average worker in the United States? YES: NAFTA has led to more and better jobs, while bringing political reforms to Mexico. BY DANIEL T. GRISWOLD Griswold is associate director of the Center for Trade...
The Few and Proud Are Ready and Able: Whether the Mission Is Urban Warfare or Humanitarian Relief, Marine Commandant Gen. James L. Jones Says the Corps Is Ready for a Greater Role in the War on Terror. (Picture Profile)
Gen. James L. Jones is the first U.S. Marine general to become supreme allied commander Europe and to take charge of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces. A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Jones spoke with INSIGHT in his Marine Corps offices...
The Madness at Mountain Meadows: A New Book and Forensic Evidence Suggest That the Mormon Church Long Has Covered Up Complicity in the 1857 Massacre of U.S. Civilians in Southern Utah. (the Nation: Utah Hhistory)
Four miles south of Harrison in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas stands a historical marker dedicated to "The Boone County Caravan." The plaque refers to one of the worst mass murders in the history of the United States, an event virtually unknown to...
Time for Whistle-Blower Protection? (the Watchers)
The selection of three courageous whistle-blowers by Time magazine for its "Persons of the Year" cover story points to a fact largely "uncovered" by the magazine: Only those federal whistle-blowers who attain celebrity status enjoy real protection...
U.S. Exports of Genetically Modified Foods Face Obstacles. (the Business)
The Bush administration's efforts to persuade reluctant European Union (EU) countries to accept U.S. exports of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops received a serious setback during the Christmas season when a report on official trials of such...
U.S. Needs Beefed-Up Military to Be Ready for Multiple Foes. (Fair Comment)
After a horrid year of placating feckless allies, giving a toothless United Nations a final chance to regain its good name and cajoling reluctant Democrats, it appears that the Iraqi endgame is upon us. Publicly, Bush-administration officials state...
When We Forget Who We Are. (Fair Comment)
The outpouring of patriotism following Sept. 11, 2001, was gratifying and reassuring to many, including this columnist, who had worried about the state of the nation's psyche. But each new report about our national ignorance tickles a nerve of anxiety....
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