Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 7, February 13

An Oasis in the Andes, Volcanoes in the Mist
On a mountain hillside or in an ornate 16th-century church, visitors to Ecuador will find sublime beauty, friendly people, unusual resorts. Legend says that when the 15,000-foot, cloud-covered volcanoes - the mighty Imbabura and his consort, Cotacachi...
Capital Cleanup
Awash in crime, financial chaos and bureaucratic bungling, the District of Columbia may need scouring. Critics are proposing everything from incorporating it into Maryland for granting it commonwealth status - and the new Congress already is taking over...
Centralism vs. States' Rights
Gentlemen, choose your weapons. California Gov. Pete Wilson has challenged the central state to another duel. He won the last one - over welfare for illegal aliens - until a federal judge overruled the people in typically antidemocratic fashion. This...
Clinton's Foreign Success Begs Question: What Next?
The United States has restored Haiti's elected leader and enforced some semblance of order. Now Washington must find a face-saving way to extricate U.S. troops from the beleaguered nation. For an administration that finds success in foreign policy hard...
Don't Mix Welfare and Immigration Reform
The passion that fueled California's Proposition 187, which would prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving most government benefits, has propelled debate on the issue to the front pages of newspapers across the country. Citizens in Arizona, Texas and...
Founders Would Limit Terms in the House - but Not Senate
Congress may be ready to take the unprecedented step of limiting the terms of federal legislators. Yet, as political historians correctly point out, the framers of the Constitution considered - and rejected - limiting congressional terms. While many...
Media Should Study ABCs of Reporting
Let us commence 1995 in uncharacteristic fashion by praising ABC News, an organization we frequently criticize. ABC's Nightline stripped away the grotesque wrappings and exposed as a hoax the story about a "killer bullet" that sent the American news...
Patience Is the Root of Latin Investment
If the Chiapas uprising in Mexico just one year ago marked the end of the honeymoon for the free-market revolution in Latin America, the current peso devaluation crisis in Mexico is its first major marital row. A row can bring serious reflection or...
Repair the Safety Net, but Don't Remove It
Poor children face a greater danger today than at any time since the Great Depression. The Personal Responsibility Act, or PRA (part of the Republican "Contract With America"), is not about orphanages; it is about creating a new generation of orphans....
Self-Discipline or Cohabitation - Which Is a Military Fantasy?
The soldier in the foxhole during World War II dreamed of a woman sleeping next to him. Now some soldiers in Haiti actually have a woman next to them. Men and women are sharing small tents in Haiti with no barriers for privacy, and there's nothing they...
Spies, in from the Cold, Snitch on Collaborators
Soviet double agents are revealing the identities of American and British 'agents of influence'- politicians, journalists and academics who, wittingly or not, fed information to their Cold War enemies. The Berlin Wall collapsed five years ago, but the...
Trading Florida Sunshine for the National Spotlight
For 14 years, E. Clay Shaw Jr. has looked out for the interests of his Florida district. Now that he chairs a key House subcommittee, he must balance that tendency with the expectations of GOP leaders. Majority rule has its perks. A week before the...
Welfare Reform Makes Old Ideas Seem New
The ink was barely dry on the welfare provisions of the Republican "Contract With America" before Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala painted it as the Grinch that would steal all Christmases - past, present and future. In late December,...
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