The Kensington Review

22 December 2004

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Washington Baseball Drama Showcases Stadium Politics at Its Worst -- Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, it seems that Major League Baseball will come to Washington, DC after all. The failing Montreal Expos, ward of MLB for a couple of seasons now, are headed south to the land of lobbyists and congressmen. And any arrangement involving them has to be politically messy. In true socialism-for-the-rich fashion, a compromise has been reached that plays the voters of DC for suckers.

Yushchenko Lectures Yanukovich During Ukrainian Presidential Debate -- In a brazen attempt to address the issues, opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko gave Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich a tongue lashing that he truly deserved. On December 26, Ukraine’s voters will go to the polls to re-run the second round of a presidential election so fraudulent one would have thought the Soviet Union still existed. On Sunday, the two candidates debated, and it looks like the election will now be unstolen.

Coffee Prices Set to Rise Further -- Starbucks, Folgers and that little shop on the corner all have one thing in common. The price of their basic commodity has been on the upswing of late. Coffee beans traded at the New York Board of Trade hit a four and a half year high when the Arabica contract for March delivery touched 107.40 cents per pound. Three years ago, the word glut applied. If analysts are right, 2005 may be the year to switch to tea.

Behzti Closes at Birmingham Theatre after Sikh Protests -- Gurpeet Kaur Bhatti is a Sikh woman who lives in the UK. She’s a playwright of some promise as well. Her first play Behsharam (“Shameless” in English) was a commercial and critical success when it played at The Door in Birmingham and the Soho Theatre in London. She also has a feature film coming out called Pound Shop Boys, and she’s written for the soap East Enders. One would think the leaders of Britain’s Sikh community would be out in force to support her new play Behzti in its run at the Birmingham Rep. Saturday night, they were out in force, instead, protesting her work. Windows were broken, the police evacuated the theatre, and the play has closed. How appropriate that Behzti translates as “dishonor.”

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