Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 48, December 23

A Conservative Country Examines Its Values
As the pendulum of political fortune has swung from left to right and back again, the genius of America has been that its people have found ways to reform the causes of provocation and injustice. I often think it's comical, how nature does contrive,"...
Africa's Misery Index: How Low Can It Go?
Should the U.S. Army arrive in Zaire this month (see Symposium), GIs will find conditions remarkably (and depressingly) like those I found when first arriving there 24 years ago this month. Beginning a two-plus year stint in Zaire in 1972, my wife...
After 17 Centuries, Kris Kringle Is Still Making His Rounds
The French know him as `Pere Noel,' or Father Christmas he's `Weihnachtsmann' -- the Christmas-Man. In any language, Santa Claus always will be the embodiment of the joy of giving. Sante Claus, who needs no introduction, does not spend all his non-Christmas...
Celebrating the Everlasting Lights
Everyone loves the holidays. Or tries to love them. It's the best of times, it's the worst of times. For college freshmen, this may be their first trip home. Homesickness mixed with budding wisdom makes for fragile egos. Quoting Aristotle or Kant...
Doctors Find Music Works Well with Sedatives and Anesthetics
European and American doctors, with the aid of New Age artists, are exploring the healing powers of music. They are finding it helps patients undergoing surgery and some who have suffered strokes. Music, we know, "soothes the savage beast," mends...
Downgrade to Upgrade?
Hoping to slay Microsoft, rival Sun Microsystems is proposing `network computers'--PCs that download data and software from a central server. If Sun Microsystems Inc. has anything to say about it, personal computers will become a rarity in the office...
Europeans Continue to Struggle in Global Economic Competition
The tough economic restructuring that taxed the United States during the last decade has given America an economic advantage over Europe when it comes to competing in the free market. When Chancellor Helmut Kohl in October tried to cut 10 billion...
Insight's Picks and Nix for '96
The News When we finally reach the ballyhooed 21st century, what I will the glorified X generation tell Y and Z about the good old days of 1996, the year of the Atlanta Olympics, a skyrocketing stock market and a presidential election? Here is...
Is France a Christian Nation - or Just Another Secular State?
Fifteen centuries after his celebrated baptism, King Clovis has arisen to polarize France. The controversy swirling around a commemoration of his christening has all the elements of a good French fight. Historians disagree about the facts, intellectuals...
Lifting Ban Won't Drive Kids to Drink
Just in time for the close of a presidential campaign that no doubt drove some to drink, the hard-liquor industry announced it was ending its self-imposed ban on television and radio advertising of its product. The folks at Seagram's, which plans to...
New Mysteries Replace the Old: The Galileo Probe Is Sending Surprises from the Biggest Planet in Our Solar System
The Galileo probe is sending surprises from the biggest planet in our solar system. Any time anyone takes a close look at Jupiter, the experience is humbling and unsettling. This has been true since 1610, when Galileo Galilei wrote "The Starry Messenger,"...
On Doll Houses and Toy Stores
Surprisingly, the majority of visitors to the doll museum are adults -- some looking to add to their collections, others hoping to rekindle a little childlike wonder. Everyone loves the Smithsonian Institution. Other museums in Washington find themselves...
Paleolithic Work Ethic
Instead of going to the gym at lunch, we might be better off hunting down something to eat. The bad news on the fitness front: Whatever you're doing for exercise, it isn't enough, according to a scientist who studies human evolutionary medicine. ...
Q: Should U.S. Troops Be Sent to Africa to Provide Humanitarian Relief?
Yes: Sending troops to avert human tragedy is a moral imperative and sound foriegn policy, The question "Should the United States contribute military forces to Rwanda and Zaire?" really is two in one. First, should the United States care enough to...
When Hate Speech Isn't Hate Speech
The furor over alleged bias at Texaco and Avis has raised America's ethnic thermostat to an uncomfortable level. Once again, the specter of whites abusing blacks is in the headlines. What's not in the news, as usual, is the issue of black-on-black...
Who's Who in American Politics on the Left
The rise of conservatism has forced the Democrtic Party to undergo an ideological makeover that may leave liberalism irrelevant, as disparate elements of the left scrap among themselves for control. This year, Ralph Nader accepted the presidential...
Who's Who in America's Conservative Revolution?
House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leadet Trent Lott steered the Congress hard to starboard, but currents of ideas and organizations to their right are transforming American political life. Who leads the conservative side of American...
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