Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 23, June 21

A Great Big Edsel in the Sky: (Waste & Abuse)
Say what, Yergy? The Russian half of the international space station is so noisy, published reports say, that astronauts visiting and eventually working there may have to wear earplugs just to keep the din down to a tolerable roar. In parts of the...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Now we know: U.S. and foreign military brass warned NATO politicos that the use of ground forces must accompany any air campaign and that such manpower would be required in huge numbers not only to ensure a win but to assure peace....
A Most Dangerous Medical Mandate? (the Last Word)
Two months ago Insight called for Congress to look into the thousands of hepatitis B vaccine-injury claims registered with the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA (see "Ounce of Prevention, Pound of Misery," March 22). Hearings were held on May 18,...
A Rocket's Red Glare: Two Companies Are Shooting It out to Provide the Apache Helicopter with Air-to-Air Missiles. the Only Problem Is the Army Doesn't Want the One Being Developed by the British. (Investigative Report)
The wasplike helicopter rises, maneuvers and fires from a hover, a blur of laser-guided darts streaking toward an enemy aircraft several miles distant. In seconds the target, another chopper, is hit, shot through, a fireball headed for an unscheduled...
ARTS: Saul Steinberg Remembered, in His Own [Words]
Saul Steinberg's 86th and final New Yorker cover features his now-familiar architectural and sonic letterforms spelling out HERE and NOW. Sadly, by the time the cover hit newsstands, the artist no longer was in the "here and now," having died at age...
Chinese Secrets: Two Years of Congressional Probes Have Plowed Up Some Dirt on the Red-Hot Link between the Chinese and the Clinton Administration. So What's in the Cox Report? (Cover Story)
Is the GOP blowing its chance to hold the Clinton-Gore administration accountable for the greatest national-security disaster since the Japanese caught us asleep at Pearl Harbor? Two years of congressional probes, special prosecutors and federal...
College Set for Students Who Studied at Home: Home-Schooled Students Now Have a College That Caters to Their Needs. in the Year 2000, Patrick Henry College in Virginia Will Admit Students Who Plan to Major in Government Studies. (Education)
When the first ground is broken for Patrick Henry College on June 25, Mike Farris will be one step closer to his dream. The school, to be built on 44 acres in Virginia, will be the first college in the country geared for students who have been home...
Creating Generation $: Why the Keen Interest in the Latest Teen Brands and Fashion Trends? Marketing Executives Recognize the Potent Buying Power of a Generation of Youngsters Raised on Computers. (Trends)
It is no accident that Gap jeans outsell Levi's. Or that toddlers influence their parents' choice of car purchases. Or that children demand clothing with brand-name labels rather than their generic counterparts. Advertisers long have targeted their...
Customs House in Need of Cleaning. (Waste & Abuse)
Tick them off -- bribery, smuggling, theft, conspiracy, assault -- and you have a litany of corruptions that Americans long have associated with life in the badlands south of the U.S.-Mexico border. But increasingly, driven by drug dealing and dollars,...
Different Tunes, Same Old Song; the Lascivious Starr Report Has Been Overwritten by the Comedy of Errors Detailed in the Newly Released Cox Report of Chinese Espionage -- and the Reaction Is Classic Washington. (Washington's Week)
Karl Marx's comment that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy, the second as farce, has a lot to recommend it. But in the third week of May in Washington that axiom was turned on its head. Last fall, Capitol Hill was a mass of jostling...
Historian Otto Scott Steers by the Compass: A Distinguished Writer and Historian Managed to Find His Own Way as a News Reporter to to Writing Books about Business and Finally Exploring Issues of Leadership and Civilization
Otto Scott is the author of 10 books, each engaging a different topic. Never afraid to express his candid opinions, he was expelled from the New York public-school system in grade school. After psychological testing, officials recommended Scott proceed...
Lawrence-Huffington Feud Still Sizzles. (Washington in Brief)
Shelia Lawrence, widow of late ambassador Larry Lawrence who rested temporarily in an undeserved gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery and was disinterred because of a fabricated war record (as reported by Insight in a story that caused a national...
Many Profit from the Misery of War in Kosovo. (Fair Comment)
The daily torrent of images pouring in from the Balkans has been mesmerizingly brutal. But the images don't convey the real, seamy story of life for the Kosovar refugees -- neighboring countries profiting from their misery, thugs controlling their...
Muslims Look to 2000: Although Few in Number and New to the Political Game, American Muslims Are Organizing with the Intent of Influencing the Next Election -- and Gaining What They Believe Is Long-Overdue Respect. (Religion)
Muslims will show their voting power and policy concerns in 2000, according to the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council, which announced its formation at a recent Washington conference of the American Muslim Council. "There wasn't a single...
Our Babies, Ourselves. (Culture)
More single women are becoming mothers through artificial insemination or adoption. The process is costly, and critics say fatherless children have more problems as they mature. Finding themselves at the edge of their fertility, a growing number...
Realpolitik and Slim Odds Belie Clinton's War against Milosevic. (Fair Comment)
President Clinton says NATO's stratospheric bombing war against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is to save Kosovar Albanians from ethnic cleansing and genocide and to deter any would-be imitators anywhere in the world. But don't you believe...
Symposium
Q: Would new requirements for gun buyers save lives? Yes: Stop deadly, unregulated sales to minors, at gun shows and on the Internet. The widespread availability of handguns to criminals and children in this country spurs lethal violence on a...
Syria's Stealth Strategy. (Terrorism)
The question is whether Syria has ceased to support terrorism -- as the White House claims -- or is conducting business as usual, aiding and abetting international criminals. No sooner was Ehud Barak elected prime minister of Israel than Secretary...
The Canvas Behind the Nazi Artwork: The Fuhrer as a Watercolorist? Hard to Believe, but Proof Still Exists in the Collection of Captured Third Reich War Art at Washington's U.S. Center of Military History. (Nation: War Collection)
In the basement of a vaguely post-modern office building a short walk from the White House is a small warehouse of Nazi art that belongs to the U.S. government. There are four original Adolf Hitler watercolors, bronze busts of leading Nazis, realist...
The Changing Faces of Media: Red Chinese Espionage and Shootings in Schools Have Filled the Void Left after Monicagate, Posing New Challenges Not Only to Traditional Journalists but to Online Media as Well. (Nation: Commentary)
Monica is gone and we don't even miss her. More than a year of media saturation of the sex and lies scandal involving President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky ended with a whimper earlier this year with the Senate acquittal of...
Those Were the Days of Their Lives. (News Alert!)
We've had our share of perjurers, draft dodgers and rapists!" William Rusher bellowed from the podium as emcee for the May 26 Conservative Century Dinner sponsored by the American Conservative Union, or ACU. His comment drew rounds of applause and...
Travel Trends. (Trends)
American travelers plan to take 10 million more trips this summer than last, despite increases in hotel rates, airfare, car-rental costs and gasoline prices. Thanks to high consumer confidence, people will travel more often, stay longer and spend more...
U.N. Plans Ways to Limit Births: The United Nations Population Fund Supports Abortion and Sterilization Programs throughout the Third World and Is Seeking to Impose Birth-Control Methods as Human Rights. (Nation: Population Control)
Maternal- and infant-mortality rates in the United States have decreased dramatically this century with the development of modern obstetrics and improvements in health care for women. Not so, however, in the developing world: Anemia, malaria, obstructed...
What's Missing from Media Feeding Frenzy?
Somehow or other we missed the big news about how the Republicans proclaimed it is a patriotic obligation to provide free guns and ammo to lunatics and wackos. There must have been some such proclamation from the way the elite liberal media have been...
Why Do Churches Attract Women and Estrange Many Men of Faith? (Fair Comment)
Next time you're in church, count the number of adult heads and divide by the number of pairs of panty hose. If the panty-hose contingent makes up more than half the total, there's a word for your church: typical. "Every sociologist, and indeed...
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