The Kensington Review

18 June 2004

From the editor: It is obvious that pace of world events will accelerate in the next six months, and a weekly publication is too leisurely to be appropriate. Consequently, the Kensington Review will appear each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.

Latest Commentary:
9/11 Commission Says No Tie Between Saddamites and Al-Qaeda -- Among the pretexts for sending the troops into Baghdad was the alleged connection between the Saddamite regime that misruled Iraq and the rich kid terrorists of Al-Qaeda. Without any weapons of mass destruction or any sign of a stable democratic Iraq in sight, the White House could have done with this tie holding up to empirical scrutiny. According to the 9/11 Commission, though, there is no tie, and the Vice President and President are either stubbornly wrong or liars.

Milosevic Demands Clinton, Schroeder and Blair Testify at His Trial -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is on trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He has demanded that former President Clinton, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Prime Minister Tony Blair testify. The UN court in the Hague is now trapped -- either it permits these witnesses (indeed compels them) thereby creating a farce, or it refuses, denying Mr. Milosevic a "fair trial." A bullet in the back of the head would be more appropriate.

Shell Abandons Priority Shares -- Those who rule the oil company Royal Dutch Shell made a big concession to the peasantry, more commonly known as investors, when they proposed the abolition of "priority shares." Until this happens, some shares will carry more votes than others. The reform is good news for the business, and it is only unfortunate that the concession came as the result of hard times at Shell.

Joyce's Ulysses Feted in Dublin -- When it comes to classics of literature that most have never read, James Joyce's Ulysses stands out as a book one really has been meaning to get to for quite some time -- honestly. Thursday was the 100th anniversary of Leopold Bloom's fictional wandering through Dublin, and the city had a wee celebration. That even includes gorgonzola sandwiches at the Davy Byrne's pub on Duke Street.

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