Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 49, December 25

Christmas in Bethlehem: Yasser Arafat's Presence in Bethlehem This Christmas Threatens the Traditional Holiday Celebration
Yasser Arafat's presence in Bethlehem this Christmas threatens the traditional holiday celebration. This year Christmas will be different," says Elias Freij, mayor of Bethlehem. "A dual celebration - Christmas and the withdrawal of the Israeli authorities."...
Classic Holiday Gift Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes
Get her a book," advises the solicitous clerk as the holiday shopper scratches his head. "But she has a book," comes the anguished reply. Despite competition from videos, compact discs and CD-ROMS, books remain the classic gift for someone who has...
Coverts Covet Spy Supplies
Espionage isn't simply for governments any more. Businesses, families and a growing number of amateur gumshoes are joining the game. Neckties hiding miniature cameras no longer are the sole province of James Bond. Secret Santas have a new store to browse...
Default Scare Didn't Faze Stock Market
Remember those dire White House warnings about the economic upheaval that would befall the United States if the Republicans persisted in their plan to use the debt limit as a weapon in the battle of the budget? Not only did predictions of debt default...
Exit Polls Make Short Shrift of Jewish Voters
By the logic of demographics, Jews should be Republicans, yet when it comes to voting, almost everyone assumes that American Jews are liberal Democrats. That Jews vote monolithically for Democrats has been the conventional wisdom for years and has been...
Israel's Arab Citizens Look for Normalcy
After decades of dodging cross fire, Israeli Arabs are seizing upon the peace process to raise their heads and demand that the Israeli establishment give their rights and opinions more consideration. There are approximately 1 million Arab citizens in...
Long-Sought Labor Reform Is Hostage to Local Politics
Efforts to fry the Davis-Bacon Act have run afoul of Republicans worried about reelection. If House members could cast their votes by secret ballot, Republican Rep. Cass Ballenger of North Carolina thinks his colleagues would repeal the Davis-Bacon...
Q: Are Republicans Loading Their Tax Cut on the Backs of the Working Poor?
Mfume is a Democratic congressman from Maryland and serves on the Banking and Financial Services Committee. Yes: The GOP budget is a case of Robin Hood in reverse. When the House approved the Republican budget in November, some observers described...
Taurus Goes Upscale; Will Buyers Follow?
The completely revamped 1996 version of Ford's best-seller may be too much for its market. Imagine interviewing prospective employees for a middle-management job. A fellow shows up with three academic degrees and 20 years' experience running a business....
The Heart of Charity
Through investments of money and time, Americans continue to keep warm the health of private charity and personal compassion despite a widely perceived decline in traditional values and humane virtue. The blustery wind of a cold December can't drown...
White House Dumping of Dale Another Case of Noxious Waste
The ordeal of Billy R. Dale was brutal even beyond the political norm. (Harry S Truman said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.) Dale was one of the first victims of the Clinton administration after it came to town with a big-league appetite...
Will New Railway Open Door to Central Asia?
Iran's plans to turn a sleepy village into a boom town may come to fruition with a railway that opens trade lines to Asia and Europe. Meanwhile, Iran prepares for controversial elections in March. Ever since medieval traders abandoned the Silk Road...
Would Not, Could Not: Carroll in Wonderland
July 4, 1862, a hot summer day ... perfect for a river picnic. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, delighted in escorting the charming daughters of the college dean on such outings, accompanied by the children's...
Wrong Marching Orders for U.S. GIs
As a talk-show host, I have the opportunity to speak to an average of A150 people a week, or 6,000 people a year. I cover an enormous range of issues, from the recent tyrannical episodes against American citizens in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho,...
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