Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 44, November 29

A Speech Heard Round the World
Historians never thought this historic, yet unsung, speech conceived and delivered by President Ronald Reagan would trigger the end of the Berlin Wall and the Cold War. An iron curtain has descended" declared Winston Churchill at Fulton, Mo., in...
Assessing the National Vanity Rate
The nations of the world long have been ranked according to the average incomes of their citizens, literacy rates and even how many of their citizens are overweight and how many go hungry. There's now a new top-to-bottom list of countries according...
Banks Should Be Free to Set Prices for Services
The Loony Left largely has given up on their more grandiose plans to reshape American society. But on the local level the left still is fighting to give government more control over the economy. A good example is the campaign to ban bank ATM, or...
Breaking the Law Makes You Legal
The U.S. immigration policy is inexplicably obtuse: It seems that illegal aliens are rewarded for their criminal behavior. Can't all of those great minds in Congress do any better? If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we stop illegal immigration?...
Child-Data Collection Restricted on Internet
As part of the federal government's efforts to enforce the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, it has tightened laws regulating information collection on the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, has declared that companies can collect...
Christians Beware
Being Christian is no easy feat in Muslim Egypt, where discrimination is condoned by the government and conversion leads to jail. The Rev. Menes Abdul Noor's office on the second floor of his Presbyterian church could belong to any pastor, with...
Correspondence
Senator Addresses Article on China and Panama Canal Thank you for the superlative article covering the Oct. 22 hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Panama and the Chinese moves into the Panama Canal zone ["PC Answers on Panama Canal"...
Deflating Inflation
Americans are experiencing both sides of this year's much-debated inflation question: unmistakable increases in prices for staples but few signs of seventies-style overheated inflation. Heather Glick of Alexandria, Va., sees prices rising for everyday...
Frosh Not Fresh-Faced
The authors of two new books about acculturating to university life have different takes on subjects from diversity to coed living. In 1949, college freshmen wrote letters, could not have visitors of the opposite sex in their rooms and usually had...
Give a Big Shout for the Republican Revolution
The criticism often is heard that reforms promised as a result of the so-called Republican Revolution have not been forthcoming. True, there have been no huge and dramatic turnabouts of the sort that would provoke dancing in the streets, such as closing...
Justice Ignores Stolen Kids
Despite recent testimony before Congress by beleaguered parents of internationally kidnapped children, State and Justice departments continue to dismiss these crimes. After a pair of congressional hearings held this autumn about the tragedy of international...
Just Who Qualifies as a `Hero' Today?
A popular song recently conjured up "hero" questions for the Democratic presidential candidates. Vice President Al Gore's list: Abe Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. For former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, it is Mikhail Gorbachev,...
KGB and Soviet Leadership Sought to Kill Pope
A KGB dossier from the files of the former Communist Czech secret service has surfaced in Rome after coming into the hands of Italian intelligence officials. The 600 pages of secret documents reveal that, with the election of Pope John Paul II in 1978,...
Leaders of the Pack Howl at the Moon
Democratic alpha males make an appearance even as the Virginia GOP gets a clean sweep in off-year elections; meanwhile, national Republicans cave on foreign aid and the U.N. The mother's milk of Washington news continues to be the Sunday talk programs....
Media Tunes out Child Torture Death
Most of the news media are failing to report the rape and murder of a boy by two homosexuals who face the death penalty in Arkansas, perhaps because it's politically incorrect. Most of the nation has not heard about two homosexual men who face the...
Orphans Get the Boot
Separation often is abrupt for foster children. Independent-living programs can help with the transition, but many say they need `interdependence' more than `independence.' Every year, around 20,000 abused, neglected and abandoned children reach...
Possible Conspiracy in Wallace Assassination Attempt?
President Richard Nixon may have ordered the Secret Service to stay away from the 1972 assassination attempt on Gov. George Wallace, but declassified records obtained by news alert! show agents went against Nixon's orders and continued to look for...
Roll Back the Power of Dangerous Regimes
On July 27, 1984, during the height of the Cold War, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko sat down with former U.S. senator George McGovern to discuss the state of U.S.-Soviet relations. Frustrated by the Reagan administration's hard line, the Russian...
Russia Hammers Chechnya
The Yeltsin regime in Russia is poised and determined to crush the rebellion in Chechnya to ensure the victory of Prime Minister Putin in next year's presidential election. MOSCOW Another border and another huge herd of terrified and ill refugees...
Russia's Pain and Pleasure
The breathtaking architecture and joie de vivre of St. Petersburg can't mask the ghests of the past and the criminal violence that has overtaken this historic city. People are cheerful and open in St. Petersburg -- such a contrast from Moscow. Open...
Sontag Brings Cold War Sub Story to Surface
Journalist Sherry Sontag's first book has become a best-seller, captivating a large audience with the untold story of the exploits of American nuclear submariners during the Cold War. Investigative reporter Sherry Sontag is coauthor of Blind Man's...
Symposium
Q: Do consumer boycotts help the world's poor? Yes: When sweatshops overseas feel the heat of boycotts, they'll to the light of fair wages. BY MOLLY IVINS Way to go, college students! Reebok, the sports-shoe manufacturer, recently admitted...
The Fallen Wall
The 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall finds the pro-Soviet Cold War `revisionists' giving ground to the documented realities of what communism was. In his new book, Reflections of a Ravaged Century, scholar and poet Robert Conquest...
The Promise and Perils of Privatization
Why can't the government work more like a business? It's an oft asked but seldom resolved question among government reformers. The question at least dates back to the so-called Grace Commission of the Reagan era, from which evolved the idea of privatizing...
Were the Recent Bombings in Russia Done by Chechen Terrorists or the Yeltsin Regime?
It is hard to imagine a tragedy more fortuitous for the present Russian government than the bombings last month of apartment buildings in Moscow, Buinaksk and Volgodonsk. With the Yeltsin government enjoying the support of only 2 percent of the...
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