Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 43, November 18

Big Brother and the Clinton Money Machine
A mid reports of improper - an possibly illegal - cash fro Indonesia flowing into the coffers of the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, come new question about campaign operations at the House. Answers could link Preside Clinton to questionable...
Bloody Politics, Daring Cinema
He wasn't spoken about that much, really," says director Neil Jordan about the Irish revolutionary leader who is the subject of his newest film, Michael Collins. "I heard very little when I was younger. It's only over the past generation that Collins...
Decline in Authority ... Demise of Democracy
Here's an idle question to natter about around the campfire: Can you specify a standard of behavior that is accepted across America's cultural spectrum? Despite the rhetorical exuberance about values and the general despond about family instability,...
Don't Give Federal Cops E-Mail Keys
Like the ghoulish cryptkeeper in the TV series Tales From the Crypt, the Clinton administration's flawed cryptography policy refuses to die. Recently, though, the administration has attempted to mandate its policy by fiat. When Congress returns early...
Embers of the Cold War Could Reignite in Hot Spots
Americans are the first people in the history of the world to believe that peace is the normal condition of mankind," says foreign-policy analyst Michael Ledeen. This particular conceit has cost Americans dearly in the past and may do so again, he...
Growing Drug Corruption Panicking Agency Chiefs
The poet could have had the U.S. Customs Service in mind when he wrote the line, "From ignorance our comfort flows." Last week Insight disclosed that separate federal drug-related bribery probes have been launched into the activities of Rudy M. Camacho,...
Has Immigration Become Voter-Registration Drive?
Considering the level of federal as well as state benefits immigrants have been receiving and the rate at which they are flooding the country, GOP critics have been wondering whether liberal opposition to welfare reform wasn't just a cover for Democratic...
Incomes Grow, Tithing Drops
It is better to give than receive - the adage taught by the apostle Paul and embraced by American samaritan Dorothy Day - needs to be emphasized anew. The story of Dorothy Day still pricks the American conscience. The founder of the Catholic worker...
Indians and Anthropologists Are Battling over Old Bones
The discovery of an ancient skeleton has set off an impassioned, debate pitting tradition against technology. To the shock of scientists, the federal government has come down on the side of tradition. The bones were found on the shores of the Columbia...
Infamous Atheist O'Hairs Vanish into Clear Blue Sky
She made a fortune denying the existence of God, but today it is the existence of Madalyn O'Hair that is in question. Theories regarding the whereabouts of the vanished atheist matriarch abound. One source very close to the 1995 disappearance suggests,...
Mother Night
The Cold War spawned more than its share of agents, double agents, profiteers and traitors, all pretending to be one thing or another, leaving it anyone's guess who they really were. "We are what we pretend to be," writes Kurt Vonnegut in the preface...
Notice Posted: Space for Rent
When Russian businessmen this summer announced that they had landed a contract with Pepsi-Cola - and wanted to broadcast images of cosmonauts holding a banner advertising the soft-drink company aboard the Mir space station - they encountered strenuous...
Nourishing the Soul
By the late seventies a coalition of mostly Italian officials in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church had concluded that communism in Eastern Europe was a fact of life. But in October they chose for the papacy a man who had no notion of...
Public Education: No Risks, No Profits
Call it a footnote in the history of the Stupid Party. Having criticized the teachers' unions in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in San Diego (see Symposium, Oct. 21), the stage was set for Bob Dole to score a knockout...
Q: Should Churches Be Able to Lobby Congress and Support Candidates?
Yes: Churches have a constitutional right to promote candidates they endorse. It is high time to acknowledge that American churches do have the right to lobby the government and should have the right to speak out on behalf of candidates for public...
'Rosie the Riveter' Gets Makeover and Memorial
Hundreds of thousands of American women went to work for the military, industrial complex during World War II. Richmond, Calif., is building a memorial to the poster girl who represented them. She was the symbol of a generation of American women...
Shooting Back at Illegitimacy with the Shotgun Wedding
It was a giggly moment on the television talk show. The pundit revealed that illegitimacy rates are down since Bill Clinton arrived in the White House. The implication - in its coarse silliness - is that the numbers are down because the prez has been...
Space Junk Piles High
Orbital debris - pieces of old satellites and rockets - is a growing threat to spacecraft. Nearly four decades into the space age, garbage has become a serious problem on the final frontier. Scientists and engineers are grappling with the hazards...
The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
When Margaret Thatcher visited Kansas two weeks before Election Day, she was not stumping for fellow conservative Bob Dole, critiquing President Clintons foreign policy or even discussing the labor-union influence on the elections. She was visiting...
The Reagan Secrets: Character and Will
Anyone flipping through the pages of The Reagan Years A to Z, a recently published book by historian Kenneth Franklin Kurz, soon picks up a common thread: From "Anticommunism" to "Zero-Zero Option," a clear tone is set. The American social philosopher...
Wings Clipped at Commerce
After several calls for Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary's resignation and a 300-page investigation of her foreign travel by the DOE's office of the Inspector General, government agencies have cracked down on officials' globe-trotting. But not before...
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