Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 20, June 3

A Bumper Crop of Summer Films: Fears of a Box-Office Slump in the Wake of the Events of Sept. 11 Proved Overly Apprehensive. about 90 New Releases Are Headed Our Way during the Next 18 Weekends. (Film)
The summer movie season begins long before Memorial Day these days, with Spider-Man as the fearless pacesetter this year. The season will be given a second send-off when the latest Star Wars spectacle, subtitled Episode II: Attack of the Clones,...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Have you ever wondered how stories are selected for print, radio and TV broadcast or cable news? Sure, breaking news is an important element, but so too is the mix of newsmen and their perspectives about world events. As it were,...
As Woolsey's Star Rises, Tenet Likely to Fall. (Political Notebook)
The tenure of R. James Woolsey as director of central intelligence was short--a mere two years. Frustrated by the disdain the Clinton White House showed for matters of intelligence and infuriated that he had been allowed only two (semiprivate) meetings...
Bald Eagle Remains Endangered; America's National Symbol Was to Have Flown off the Endangered Species List, but the Bird Remains Captive in a Bureaucratic Nest of Guidelines and Regulations. (Environment)
When president Bill Clinton announced at a grand Fourth of July event in 1999 that the bald eagle was being removed from the endangered species list, critics called the announcement a political move to bolster the presidential campaign for vice...
Breaking Omerta: Before Gerald Shur, Godfather of the U.S. Federal Witness-Protection Program, Took Action, Those Courageous Enough to Break the Code of Silence That Sheltered Organized Crime Faced the Risk of Being Killed for Testifying. (Cover Story)
The 1961 black-and-white photograph of the crime scene showed the naked body of a woman sprawled across a bloody tile floor. The killer had cut her from throat to navel, ripped out her intestines and piled them alongside her exposed breast. She...
Bush Belatedly Blasts Judicial Vacancies. (News Alert!)
In early May, President George W. Bush went on the offensive on behalf of his lingering judicial nominees. For some conservatives, it was well past time. They fretted that the White House had allowed itself to be bullied by left-wing groups and...
Capital Deals with Full Plate. (Washington's Week)
It began with a bang--that is, the week's news reporting. From Israel to France, and on to Germany, Afghanistan, Holland and back to the good ol' USA. Suicide bombers, urban destruction, furious elections, mourning after a mass shooting at a school,...
Cease Fire! You're Disturbing the Plovers. (Nation in Brief)
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will have to weigh the national-security impact of federal environmental restrictions placed upon military installations under a bill currently making its way through Congress. Though specifying that the...
Censorship on College Campuses: Some Students Took Radical Steps to Suppress an Ad That David Horowitz Sent to Campus Newspapers, but at Least Two Editors Stood Boldly Behind the First Amendment. (Nation: Political Correctness)
It was January 2001 when conservative intellectual and gadfly David Horowitz began sending off a controversial ad to campus newspapers at major colleges and universities across America and all hell broke loose. Forty-three of the 71 newspapers to...
Court Decision on Virtual Child Porn Draws Debate. (Correspondence)
Thank God for someone who is making sense. I was about to give up on all humankind until reading the column by Paul M. Rodriguez on "Virtual Child Porn's Very Real Consequences" [the last word, May 27]. When I remarked about the stupidity of...
Does Puerto Rico Deserve Independence? (the Last Word)
During the war years, Puerto Rican independentistas--mostly bespectacled writers and intellectuals--gathered at El Pardo, a small bar off San Juan's main drag. I used to drink with these earnest young men and argue about the merits of their cause....
EPA Meddling Meant to Undermine Administration? (Waste & Abuse)
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) reputation for being the school-yard bully of federal agencies has of late taken a troubling new turn. Its choice of patsies now has gone beyond just businesses and industries that it judges a threat...
Freedom to Farm or Freedom to Freeload? (Waste & Abuse)
The Freedom to Farm Act of 1996 soon will be plowed under--"Amen!" to that. It might have been one of the most mislabeled and misbegotten pieces of legislation in the long sordid history of such. There was nothing "freeing" about it--farmers became...
Gay Lobby Scrambles to Hide Truth about Child Molestation. (Fair Comment)
Homosexual groups are going into orbit over the ongoing revelations of Roman Catholic priests who have molested preteen and teen-age boys in Boston and elsewhere. A few weeks ago, for instance, a group of alleged Catholics who practice sodomy held...
Land Mines Still Waiting to Explode; There Is a Growing Dispute between Those Who Believe Mines Are Vital to Legitimate Defenses and Those Who See Them as Cruel Weapons That Kill Long after Wars Are over. (Nation: Military Weapons)
You could march through Afghanistan without ever setting foot on the ground because of all the military debris that has accumulated from centuries of warfare. But chances are you wouldn't get too far. The land, covered with more mines per square...
Lawyers' Stranglehold Causes Medical Crisis in Mississippi. (Fair Comment)
Mississippi has a long and troubled history when it comes to issues concerning the rule of law. The Magnolia State once was at the heart of the Confederacy, rejecting the mandates of the federal government. Nearly 100 years later it stood at the...
Leahy Presides over Judicial-Vacancy Crisis. (Fair Comment)
On April 25, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat, finally permitted a hearing for one nominee to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That's a start, but it's not nearly enough. The 6th Circuit has a real...
Media Hoaxer Joey Skaggs Strikes Again. (Nation in Brief)
The adventures of media hoaxer Joey Skaggs often have been chronicled in this column through the years, and it always is a pleasure to see his efforts recognized elsewhere. All too often, to the embarrassment of news organizations, his initial efforts...
Not Much Stock in `Put' Conspiracy: The Attacks on New York City and Washington Have Led to a New Urban Legend-Namely, That Inside Traders Used `Put' Options on Airline Stocks to Line Terrorist Pockets. (Nation: Sept. 11 Attacks)
There has been a great deal of talk about alleged insider trading of airline stocks by associates of Osama bin Laden prior to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Government investigators remain tight-lipped about a Department...
One Good Turn. (for the People)
True stories with happy endings are favorites of for the people. Here's one that happened close to home. Early this spring, INSIGHT executive assistant Donna Harkins lost her wallet while shopping at a COSTCO store in Arlington, Va. A telephone...
Putting a Brave Face on Plastic Surgery and Snake Charming. (for the People)
Usually it is simple human vanity--a desire somehow to turn back the ravages of time and be young again for a while--that causes people to submit to the knife and wiles of the plastic surgeon. But from Brazil, the plastic-surgery capital of the...
Restricting Reality; Parents Watching News on Television May Be Giving Their Children an Education in Subjects That Would Be Rated R in Theaters. (Media)
For children, news can be a frightening thing, and with cable TV's 24-hour channels and the Internet, they are exposed to more of it than ever before. "I think we should let children know what is going on in the world but shield them from TV," says...
Russia May Prove to Be Erstwhile Ally; George W. Bush's Upcoming Summit with Vladimir Putin Promises to Increase Cooperation between Washington and Moscow, but Kremlin-Watchers Warn the Path Is Full of Diplomatic and Policy Land Mines. (Special Report)
The May 22-23 summit in the old imperial capital of St. Petersburg will be the last meeting between President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, before the United States drives the final stake into the heart of Cold War...
State of the Media. (Media)
Americans aren't the only ones who get piqued at their press. British newspapers--a motley assortment of staid broadsheets and slavering tabloids--have received a black eye from their readerships. They are the least trusted in Europe, according...
Symposium
Q: Should Americans be concerned about the rise of far-right parties in Europe? YES: The anti-immigrant parties are racist, xenophobic and intolerant and could undermine the European Union. There have been two disturbing developments in Europe...
Will Third Parties Run to Victory? Candidates from the Libertarian and the Green Parties Collected Enough Votes in 2000 to Shift the Balance of National Politics. This Year, Their Eyes Are on Bigger Prizes. (Nation: Campaign 2002)
America's third parties tend to be regarded by political insiders as something of a joke. No candidate from the Libertarian or Green parties has won a high-profile state or national election--or even come close. That significant failure aside, representatives...
Woolsey Wary of More Attacks; Former CIA Director James Woolsey Says the U.S. Could Ensure a More Peaceful World by Toppling Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Ceasing Its Toleration of Mideast Tyrants. (Picture Profile)
The Woolsey family is eternally indebted to the New York Police Department, former director of central intelligence (DCI) R. James Woolsey tells INSIGHT. On Sept. 11 his youngest son, Benjamin, entered the World Trade Center from one of the subway...

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